Archive for the ‘Google’ tag
When Frank Zappa’s wife Gail found out about a music festival in Germany that honors her late husband, she wasn’t happy about the name that was chosen: Zappanale. So she sued, alleging European Union trademark infringement on behalf of Zappa’s estate. But the Higher Regional Court in Dusseldorf recently ruled that even though the Zappa [...]
Searching for patent and trademark information online just got a lot easier — and less expensive too. The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has agreed to make available nearly 10 terabytes of data that had previously been off limits, restricted, or available only through paying fees, free online through a search feature at [...]
As Google awaits word on whether its proposed $125 million settlement with authors and publishers over Google Book Search will be approved by a judge, the search engine giant has been slapped with another class action lawsuit. This time the plaintiffs are photographers and graphic artists who claim that the scanned book images of Google Book Search violate their copyrights.
The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has struck down a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) order to Comcast requiring so-called “net neutrality,” the equal treatment of all Internet content by service providers.
Finally something Google, Microsoft, AOL, the ACLU, Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), and Americans for Tax Reform can agree on! These companies, privacy advocates, and thinktanks are all members of the Digital Due Process coalition, which is pushing for Congress to overhaul the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) enacted in 1986, well before the Internet surge; [...]