Oracle loses court fight over software resale rules

A European court has ruled that its permissible to resell software licenses even if the package has been downloaded directly from the Internet. It sided with a German firm in its legal battle with US giant Oracle.

via DW.DE

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Google faced with a million requests a month to remove copyright searches

Google is receiving more than a million requests a month from copyright owners seeking to pull their content from the companys search results, the web giant has revealed. The number requests has grown so fast that it now often tops 250,000 a week, more than Google received for all of 2009.

via guardian.co.uk.

EU Court Of Justice Says Software Functionality Is Not Subject To Copyright

In a relatively short ruling, the court points out that, while software itself may be covered by copyright, “the ideas and principles which underlie any element of a computer program, including those which underlie its interfaces, are not protected by copyright.” Basically, the EUCJ properly recognized the difference between protecting the idea not copyrightable and the expression copyrightable. The court points out that actual code can still be covered, but the features generated out of that code is a different story:

via Techdirt.

ECJ rules in favor of Net Freedom and against censorship

Judgment in Case C-360/10 Belgische Vereniging van Auteurs, Componisten en Uitgevers (SABAM) v Netlog NV: 

The owner of an online social network cannot be obliged to install a general filtering system, covering all its users, in order to prevent the unlawful use of musical and audio-visual work

Such an obligation would not be respecting the prohibition to impose on that provider a general obligation to monitor nor the requirement that a fair balance be struck between the protection of copyright, on the one hand, and the freedom to conduct business, the right to protection of personal data and the freedom to receive or impart information, on the other.

Hadopi brings first cases before French Court

Users risk being disconnected from the Internet for up to one month and fines of 1.500 euros.

“Cest fait. Les premiers dossiers dabonnés à internet ayant reçu plusieurs avertissements de lHadopi ont été envoyés aux parquets. Ils risquent 1 mois de suspension de leur accès à Internet et 1500 euros damende. La pédagogie laisse maintenant place au contentieux.”

Source: Numerama.

White House releases statement against SOPA; asks for refined legislation this year

It appears the massive response from the public has made a difference. Today, people are waking up to emails in their inbox from the White House in response to two particular anti-SOPA Stop Online Piracy Act — more about it here petitions with signatures tallying just over 100,000 at the time of this writing. Under no uncertain terms, the White House clearly opposes SOPA in its current form; but the anti-piracy battle rages on as the White House calls for legislation far more refined to be passed this year.

See: ZDNet.