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First off today, Teresa Rivas at Barron’s reports that jury deliberations in the Google/Oracle copyright trial is now spilling over into its second week. The case began when Oracle sued Google claiming that Google had violated their patents and copyrights when they built their version of JAVA for the Android mobile operating system. The judge broke the trial into separate parts, one for copyrights and one for patents, There had been reports that the jury had reached a partial verdict but those reports appear to be untrue as the judge ordered deliberations to continue on into this week. The jury received the case a week ago though, late last week, it began to appear there might be a deadlock.
Next up today, Jeremy Kirk at PC World reports that a new wave of malware is spreading and holding people’s computer hostage until they pay a set amount to set it free. The malware falsely claims that copyright infringing material was found on the computer and is the reason for locking down the machine. The software is a scam and a particular form of malware known as “ransomware”. This is not the first time that ransomware has used copyright infringement as a cover. This particular piece, however, also has software that aims to steal bank account as well as other important information.
Finally today, CBS has threatened rival ABC with legal action over its upcoming show “Glass Houses”. According to CBS, the show is a “classic case of copyright infringement”, calling it a rip off of their hit “Big Brother”. ABC has not responded to the claim but CBS has asked ABC to preserve all evidence related to the show’s creation as it claims to be preparing for a lawsuit.
That’s it for the three count today. We will be back tomorrow with three more copyright links. If you have a link that you want to suggest a link for the column or have any proposals to make it better. Feel free to leave a comment or send me an email. I hope to hear from you.
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