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First off today software giant SAP has accepted liability in their lawsuit against their rival Oracle.The two companies compete in business software development and, according to the suit, SAP repeatedly accessed Oracle’s password-protected customer support portal to download applications intended for clients. SAP has admitted liability but the two companies disagree on compensation, which will be the subject of the trial scheduled for Nov. 1.
Next up today, the Software Freedom Conservancy has won a $90,000 judgment in a U.S. court against Westinghouse, which it accused of modifying and distributing the Busybox application, a GPL-licensed firmware tool for televisions, without fulfilling the requirements of the license. Westinghouse is under general assignment, an alternative to bankruptcy, and declined to defend itself.
Finally today country music star Taylor Swift has moved up the release of her single, “Mine” after a pirated copy of it was leaked. According to Swift’s label, the pirated version was of a “low quality” but nonetheless they wanted to offer a higher-quality version, even if it meant moving up the release 12 days. When asked about the piracy, she said learning about it brought her to tears. The song, however, went up to number 1 on iTunes’ chart. The full record, “Speak Now” is due out Oct. 25.
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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