3 Count: Bay Doors Closed

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1: Oracle’s Android Lawsuit Against Google Goes to Jury for Patent Decision

First off today, Dan Levine of Reuters reports that the patent portion of the Oracle/Google case is now before the jury. The case, in which Oracle claims the search giant violated their patents and copyrights when developing the version of JAVA for use in the Android mobile operating system, was broken into copyright and patent portions, with the copyright portions concluding last week. In the copyright portion, the jury ruled that Google had infringed but was divide don the issue of fair use. There is no word on when a verdict in the patent portion is due.

2: Pirate Bay Under DDoS Attack From Unknown Enemy

Next up today, Enigmax at Torrentfreak writes that The Pirate Bay is reportedly under a denial of service attack that has all but shuttered the site over the past 24 hours. Though the perpetrator of the attack is unknown, the site was recently critical of members of Anonymous who were launching a similar attack against the UK ISP Virgin Media. Anonymous was attacking Virgin Media for blocking The Pirate Bay following a court order in the country. The site has been down for nearly 24 hours and is only reliably accessible through proxies of the site itself.

3: New Education Minister Appointed After Previous 2 Quit Amid Allegations of Plagiarism

Finally today, the Associated Press reports that Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta has apointed Liviu Pop as the new Education Minister in the nation. However, the position seems to have been somewhat cursed recently as Pop’s two predecessors both quit after allegations of plagiarism and incompetence were raised against them. The most recent, Ioan Mang, resigned yesterday after researchers from Japan, Israel and Taiwan accused him of copying academic work. Ponta has said that the attacks are politically motivated and he vowed to get to the bottom of them.


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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