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Before October 1st this year, you were probably a criminal. On that day, UK copyright law changed to include a private copying exception that, simply put, means you're allowed to copy media for your own personal use (not distribution, obviously). This is especially important when it comes to music...

November 26th 2014 at 8:21am 0 Comments
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While Samsung may very well be the iPhone copier emeritus, there are some new kids on the block who are even more blatant and shameless in ripping off anything emanating out of Cupertino. Earlier this summer, we profiled Xiaomi, a consumer electronics company out of China whose products and adver...

November 7th 2014 at 3:00pm 0 Comments
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Note: This story mistakenly noted Samsung as the patent filer, not LG. Android phone manufacturers and Apple have a long and rocky relationship when it comes to design patents, which you'll no doubt be aware of if you're even casually interested in the world of smartphones. This week, LG scored a...

August 20th 2014 at 11:00am 0 Comments
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When a master key for HDCP encryption surfaced last year, Intel hardly broke a sweat. It declared that nobody could use the key to unlock Blu-rays or other protected sources unless they got into the semiconductor business and "made a computer chip" of their own. Oh Mann, didn't they realize? That...

November 28th 2011 at 6:32am 0 Comments
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The fact that it hasn't technically been legal may not have stopped many folks in the UK from ripping their CDs all these years, but it looks like there may soon be a tad less anarchy involved in that process. Reuters is reporting that the British government will announce tomorrow that it plans to l...

August 2nd 2011 at 10:39pm 0 Comments
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So we all know that Apple's suing Samsung alleging myriad IP infringements, but you may not know what all the fuss is about. On one hand, the lawsuit is surprising because Apple gets much of the goodies it needs to build its iconic iPhones, iPads, and Macs from Sammy, and common sense dictates that...

April 20th 2011 at 1:02pm 0 Comments
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Whoa! In the world of big-time lawsuits, this must be just about the biggest. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Apple has sued Samsung Electronics for copying "the look and feel" of its iPad tablet and iPhone smartphone. This relates to the Samsung Galaxy S 4G, which bears more than a passi...

April 18th 2011 at 4:04pm 0 Comments
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Welcome to the Lawbringer, WoW.com's weekly look at the intersection of law and the World of Warcraft. I'm a newly minted J.D. acting as your crossing guard. Greetings from the other side of graduation! The sun is shining, tons of Cataclysm spoilers await and now I don't have to arrange my WoW-in...

May 17th 2010 at 8:00pm 0 Comments
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It's been a rough week for DVD copying services from Real and Kaleidescape, and public understanding of the whole DVD copying mess hasn't been spared. People like to watch DVDs and lawyers like to get paid, however, so we're willing to bet there's more to come. CEPro has put together a breakdown o...

August 20th 2009 at 11:27pm 0 Comments