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First off today, Karen Gullo and Cornelius Rahn of BloombergBusinessweek report that SAP has agreed to pay Oracle $306 million in damages for copyright infringement. The case stems from infringement by SAP’s TomorrowNow unit, which was closed in 2008 and admitted to illegally downloading Oracle software in an attempt to woo customers away from Oracle. But while SAP has always admitted to the infringement, it disagreed on the amount of damages, prompting the case. A jury awarded Oracle some $1.3 billion in damages but a judge reduced the award to $272 million. But while the agreement heads off a new trial, which was what Oracle had opted for, it doesn’t prevent the appeal, which can now take place without a new trial, and is where Oracle is asking for the jury verdict to be reinstated. SAP will not have to pay the damages until all appeals have concluded. SAP has already paid some $120 million in legal fees to Oracle, which will remain in the current deal.
Next up today, Reuters is reporting that the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals has overturned a district court ruling in the case of myVidster. The video sharing site had been sued by the pornography company Flava Works for allegedly contributing to copyright infringement of their work. The lower court found the site liable but the Appeals Court overturned that ruling. MyVidster is a video sharing site that lets users view embedded video content from other sources in a frame of ads. According to the court, Flava had not established how the site significantly contributed to the infringement but could obtain another ban if they were able to show it. The case now heads back to the district court, where Flava has said they will continue to pursue the case.
Finally today, Ben Miller of Examiner.com writes that fans hoping for the release of GTA3 on the PlayStation Network were disappointed as the expected release date at the end of the month was not met. The reason, according to Rockstar Games had trouble obtaining clearance on one of the songs used in the game and was forced to push back the release to finalize everything. The game featured in car “radio” stations that played a variety of music from the 80s, the era the game is set in.
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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