LimeWire get $105 million bill from record labels

Gerald Lynch Digital Music, Intellectual Property, Tech Digest news 3 Comments

The long-running court case between P2P file-sharing service LimeWire and a handful of record labels has concluded, resulting in a bill of $105 million worth of damages to be paid by LimeWire. The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), representing…

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Ex Modern Warfare devs sue Activision for $500 million

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Nearly 40 former employees of Infinity Ward, the development team behind the mega-successful Modern Warfare franchise, have brought a $500 million lawsuit against publishing house Activision. The employees are claiming for half a billion dollars in unpaid royalties and bonuses,…

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Daughter of sci-fi author Phillip K Dick may sue Google over Nexus One

Gerald Lynch Google, Mobile phones, Tech Digest news 4 Comments

Think you're worked up by Google's Nexus One phone? Then you should have a chat with Isla Dick Hackett, daughter of sci-fi author extraordinaire Philip K. Dick. She's pretty worked up too, but for totally different reasons. Hackett is considering…

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Apple's App Store triggers ANGER and RETRIBUTION – iPint and iBeer developers come to legal blows

Gary Cutlack Computers, Intellectual Property, Internet, iPhone, iPod, Mobile phones, MP3 players, Software Leave a Comment

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The Carling iPint app is apparently little more than a shameless rip-off of Hottrix’s iBeer, according to the man who created iBeer – and is now suing the iPint makers for £7m.

Steve Sheraton, who came up with the original accelerometer-powered beer-drinking illusion app that we have been assured is VERY HILARIOUS after drinking three real beers, claims that representatives of brewing group Coors asked him if they could license his creation for use as an advertising tool. Steve declined, but the major corporation went ahead and created its iPint clone anyway…

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RIM BlackBerry sues Motorola over patent infringement, Motorola countersues over…patent infringement

Katherine Hannaford Mobile phones Leave a Comment

RIM’s throwing the courtcase Motorola’s way now, after exhausting the legal battle with LG over the similarity of their model names to its own ‘BlackBerry’ branding.

But, it turns out that Motorola has turned the tables on RIM and is counter-suing them. Ouch. RIM claims Motorola is copying their…

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Man invented the Nintendo Wii eight years ago, in his underpants, using a Dreamcast

Gary Cutlack Gaming 8 Comments

This footage is, allegedly, of an ex-Midway developer. Using his Dreamcast, his glorious, beautiful Dreamcast, he pretty much designed and built a control system identical to that which now powers the Nintendo Wii’s little motion sensitive remote. Only this was built back in the year 2000, when Nintendo was a distant third place in the console race thanks to no one really being that bothered about the N64 and its Gamecube still a distant dream that wouldn’t flop onto European shelves until 2002.

Here is some actual, visual proof – as if more was needed! – that Dreamcast was way ahead of its time and a misunderstood victim that deserved so much better:

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RIM sues LG over their phone names being too close to the BlackBerry name

Katherine Hannaford Mobile phones Leave a Comment

blackberry-RIM-mob.jpgDon’t count on Research In Motion launching any new BlackBerry smartphones over the next few months – they’re far too busy suing LG Electronics for trivial matters concerning copyright brand names.

It appears RIM has nothing better to do than accuse LG of taking inspiration from their ‘BlackBerry’ brand…

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Prince swears purple murder against The Pirate Bay, sues illegal site in three different countries

Katherine Hannaford Digital Music, Intellectual Property, Internet, Websites Leave a Comment

prince-pirate-bay.jpgHaving worked his purple magic on YouTube and asked for over 2,000 unauthorised videos to be removed, Prince is now working down his hit list, by targeting The Pirate Bay next.

We heard a few months ago the short purple-clad one had a bee in his Raspberry Beret bonnet about all his music videos being illegally shared on sites such as these, and even Prince-themed products on eBay. Needless to say, he doesn’t just dish out idle threats, that Prince character.

Prince is showing he can walk the walk as well as talk the talk, and has prepared a lawsuit against The Pirate Bay, the renowned…

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