Antitrust Attack on the GPL

By John Ottaviani In the latest attack on open source software and the General Public License , Daniel Wallace, acting as his own attorney, has sued the Free Software Foundation in the United States District Court for the Southern District…

Cairo v. Crossmedia Services

Cairo, Inc. v. Crossmedia Services, Inc., 2005 WL 756610 (N.D. Cal. Apr. 1, 2005). Cairo runs a search engine listing advertised sales. CMS has a database of advertisements. To build its search database, Cairo’s robot crawls CMS’s servers, which CMS…

An AFP Licensee Tells His Story of Being Kicked Out of Google News

I mentioned before that content licensors in practice cannot prevent licensees from indexing the content in search engines. There are two reasons why this is true. First, content licensees may depend on search engine traffic to pay the bills, and…

Eye-Tracking Studies and Mandatory Disclosures

In writing about the Eyetools eye-tracking technology, Chris Sherman says: “In one study, for example, Eyetools inserted gibberish into E*Trade’s homepage to illustrate that content in a “visual dead zone” doesn’t get read and might as well not exist. Some…

Microsoft v. Zamos (and Zamos v. Microsoft)

Amusing story in the Register about David Zamos, a Kent State chemistry student, who bought a discounted educational version of Microsoft Windows XP Pro and Office XP Pro at the school bookstore. He decided he didn’t want it, tried to…

FTC v. CartManager

The FTC obtained a settlement from CartManager. CartManager operates shopping cart functionality as a service for third party website customers. CartManager used personal information from the shopping carts in conflict with customers’ privacy policies presented to users. We have seen…

Edelman on P2P Disclosures

Ben Edelman released a report entitled “Comparison of Unwanted Software Installed by P2P Programs.” The report evidences Ben’s typical skill and thoroughness, and it’s a worthy read. However, the report struggles with the appropriate standards for measuring a workable disclosure…

Cleveland State v. Oracle

Chronicle of Higher Education reports on the settlment of an interesting lawsuit by Cleveland State over a bad PeopleSoft implementation. Oracle is paying $4.25M to settle the lawsuit, while Cleveland State is still suing the systems integrator.

Dealer Management Systems v. Design Automotive Group

Dealer Management Systems v. Design Automotive Group, Ill. Ct. App. Jan. 2005. Vendor sells $20k of software and $15k of services using an unsigned purchase order. Customer doesn’t pay. Vendor sues. Customer defends claiming Statute of Frauds. Court concludes that…

More on Termination of Virtual World Accounts

Greg Lastowka of Terra Nova blogged on my previous post about termination of virtual worlds accounts. If you’re not familiar with Terra Nova, it is the leading blog on virtual world issues. Good comments over there too. Check out the…