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Read about ground-breaking decision of the Court of Justice of EU, abuse of copyright against an Android developer, AG's opinion in awaited European interoperability ruling and much more.

Apple using patents to undermine open standards

Apply uses three registered patents and one patent application to threaten to block the W3C Standard.See article by MyOpera;

Microsoft welcomes OSI open source to Win8 store

Applications released under a license from the Open Source Initiative (e.g. GPL, Apache) are being now welcomed by Microsoft into the Windows 8 Windows Store. See article by ExtremeTech and by The Register;

Motorola Mobility wins German patent suit against Apple

The Mannheim Regional Court rendered its ruling on one of the patent infringement lawsuits Motorola Mobility brought against Apple in Germany. The ruling includes an injunction that is preliminarily enforceable in exchange for a €100 million ($134 million) bond. Concerned patent relates to "method for performing a countdown function during a mobile-originated transfer for a packet radio system". See article by FOSS Patents blog and by Heise Online;

Koha creators asking for help in trademark dispute

Koha is a free library management system. This software has been the subject of an ongoing fight with a US company called LibLime; it seems that LibLime now thinks it is entitled to a trademark on the Koha name in New Zealand. See article by LWN.net;

Mobile "rootkit" maker tries to silence critical Android developer

A data-logging software company is seeking to squash an Android developer’s critical research into its software that is secretly installed on millions of phones, but Trevor Eckhart is refusing to publicly apologize for his research and remove the company’s training manuals from his website.See article by ArsTechnica;

The Court ruled that forcing Internet service providers to monitor and censor their users' communications violated EU law, and in particular the right to freedom of communication. See article by La Quadrature du Net;

Liberation by software

Power has long been able to control the media. But the free software movement enables a radically democratic future. Which way the network behaves is determined solely by the software that comprises it. Freedom of the press, freedom of information, freedom of thought itself are now "implemented" rather than "declared", "protected" or "guaranteed".See article by Eben Moglen in the Guardian;

In two cases recently decided by two different senates of the German Federal Supreme Court (Bundesgerichtshof, BGH), the following issue was raised: To what extent can the filming of sports events organized by someone else, on the one hand, and the photographing of someone else’s physical property, on the other hand, be legally controlled by the organizer of the sports event and the owner of the property respectively? See article by Prof. Dr. Thomas Dreier in the JIPITEC;

Advocate General favours interoperability in Europe

The Opinion of Advocate General Bot in SAS v World Programming, the case before the Court of Justice of European Union, has now been published. It seems to favour World Programming and interoperability.See article by Technollama;

US Supreme Court Case Could Affect Developers' Secondary Patent Liability

The United States Supreme Court will decide a case this term that could determine whether free software developers are liable for patent infringement by users of their softwareSee article by Software Freedom Law Center;

Pirate Party MEP: eVoting is a bad idea

E-voting may sound modern and well when you first hear the idea, but unfortunately there are fundamental problems with electronic voting that does not dissolve. [..] However, there are other ways to take advantage of modern technology to improve voting in general elections. See article by Christian Engström;

For previous Free Software legal news please consult blog of Matija Šuklje and blog of Hugo Roy.