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First off today, SAP has settled the criminal aspect of its case with Oracle, agreeing to pay a $20 million fine for copyright infringements committed by its TomorrowNow subsidiary. Oracle, which sued SAP claiming that TomorrowNow had made unauthorized copies of Oracle software, won the first round of their civil case and was awarded $1.3 billion by the jury. However, the judge reduced that amount to $272 million though that case is ongoing. The U.S. government monitored the civil action and filed a criminal complaint last week, which was quickly settled.
Nikki Finke’s site Deadline.com is suing rival The Hollywood Reported alleging that they stole various articles and stories from their site as well as HTML code. THR has removed the allegedly offending HTML code pending an evaluation but strongly disputes the stolen articles saying that the cases listed include ones from widely-cited and distributed press releases. The two sites are considered rivals in the area of Hollywood-related news and have a well-known public dislike of each other.
Finally today, Australian cell network Optus has said it’s preparing to go to Federal Court to defend itself against allegations from various sports leagues, which claim that the cell networks’ broadcasting of games to mobile devices is a copyright infringement. According to Optus, the games are all free-to-air matches that they can distribute. However, the leagues, including the AFL, say that the distribution is not authorized and could jeopardize a $153 million they signed with Optus rival Telstra.
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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