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First off today, software company Oracle has sued Google for both copyright and patent infringement claiming that Google’s implementation of Java in its Android mobile operating system is a violation their rights. Android’s implementation of Java caused a stir in that it does many things different from the recommended standards, fragmenting the platform. Possibly because of that Oracle, on behalf of Sun, is suing for several counts of patent infringement and copyright infringement.
Next up today, serial Internet entrepreneur Brad Greenspan has been ordered to close down his lyrics site following a lawsuit by Warner Music Group and other publishers. The publishers had won an injunction against Greenspan for his operation of the site and he was found to be in contempt of that injunction even though, according to him, the lyrics the plaintiffs wanted removed are gone.
Finally today, comedian Ricky Gervais is involved in a plagiarism dispute. Writer John Savage has threatened to sue Gervais claiming the idea for Gervais’ book “Flanimals” is based on his earlier work, “Captain Pottie’s Wildlife Encyclopedia” published in 2000. According to Gervais the concept and artwork in his book easily predates Savage’s work. Both books focus on imaginary animals and Gervais’ book is being adapted into a movie.
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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