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IBM's the biggest patent holder of all time, and when it comes to defending them, it tries to work things out amicably. That's exactly what's happened with Twitter, after the social giant today announced it has bought 900 patents from Big Blue and entered into a cross-licensing agreement to limit...

January 31st 2014 at 9:44am 0 Comments
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We prefer it when companies make devices, not courtroom drama, so it's delightful to see that Samsung has silenced another one of its litigation-frenemies this morning. The company has signed a cross-licensing agreement with former Sony beau Ericsson, with a figure of around $650 million being pai...

January 27th 2014 at 3:46am 0 Comments
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It's no secret that Google and Samsung need each other given that Samsung dominates Android device sales. It only makes sense, then, that the two companies have just struck a deal to license each other's patents for the next 10 years. In addition to accelerating product research, the agreement sho...

January 26th 2014 at 5:04pm 0 Comments
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Google Image Search has allowed users to filter results based on how they're licensed since 2009, but the option remained hidden under an advanced options menu where few users ever look. Now, a request by law professor and Creative Commons founding member Lawrence Lessig has changed that. Bing add...

January 14th 2014 at 4:29am 0 Comments
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2K Sports has officially canceled its MLB 2K baseball game series. A 2K representative told Joystiq today that it has "decided not to renew our MLB 2K series for 2014. We are very proud of the achievements made by the MLB 2K team and look forward to their contributions to our future titles, includi...

January 6th 2014 at 7:00pm 0 Comments
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Following music-related copyright claims on Terry Cavanagh's trailer for his own game, VVVVVV, as well as composer Magnus Pålsson's discovery that he was getting copyright claims on his own music, music distributor TuneCore has released an explanation for its role in the situation. Both Cav...

December 21st 2013 at 11:30am 0 Comments
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The NCAA has sued Electronic Arts and the Collegiate Licensing Company over its proposed settlement with student athletes from late September, Bloomberg reported. The $40 million settlement was in regards to the use of student athlete likeness, an ongoing legal dispute that stemmed back to May 2009...

November 21st 2013 at 9:30am 0 Comments
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While Electronic Arts plans to take the Star Wars series to "many different genres across multiple platforms" over the course of its exclusive licensing agreement with franchise owner Disney, EA chief financial officer Blake Jorgensen noted that the company will not produce games based on the upcom...

November 20th 2013 at 1:00pm 0 Comments