Politics & Law

Programmer's Conviction Overturned: You Can't Steal Code, It's Not Physical, Says Court

Programmer's Conviction Overturned: You Can't Steal Code, It's Not Physical, Says Court

Adriana Lee

Can you steal something that has no physical properties? That’s a tough nugget to crack, as arguments abound over whether taking software code constitutes theft. Sergey Aleynikov would definitely say no. The programmer was convicted for theft of trade secrets when he left Goldman Sachs with some exclusive code in tow. And it seems the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals agrees — it overturned...

Motorola Wins Partial Victory Over Apple in 3G Patent Dispute; Apple Will Appeal

Motorola Wins Partial Victory Over Apple in 3G Patent Dispute; Apple Will Appeal

Brandon Russell

A preliminary ruling from the U.S. International Trade Commission found Apple to have infringed upon one out of four Motorola Mobility patents. Administrative Law Judge Thomas B. Pender found Apple to have violated a patent essential to the 3G standard, both UMTS and CDMA, and, if the ruling is upheld — which FOSSPatents believes is unlikely — Apple would be prevented from importing...

The Day of Blackouts: Thousands of Sites Protest SOPA by Going Dark (poll)

The Day of Blackouts: Thousands of Sites Protest SOPA by Going Dark (poll)

Adriana Lee

If you read Noah Kravitz’s illuminating post, “This is SOPA. You Might Want to Protest It,” turned on the news or hit your favorite website to find it offline or not updated, then you’ve got an inkling about the online protest that occurred today across thousands of websites (including this one). If not, or you aren’t clear about what SOPA is to begin with, then here’s the gist in a...