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[News] [Rival] Apple Cult to Face Justice Department for Market Abuses

  • Subject: [News] [Rival] Apple Cult to Face Justice Department for Market Abuses
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 28 May 2010 21:52:30 +0100
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DOJ inquires about Apple's hold on digital music

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| The U.S. Department of Justice has begun asking 
| questions about Apple's role in the recent 
| scaling back of special music discounts and 
| promotions at Amazon, according to two high 
| level music industry sources.


Justice Department Asking Questions About Apple Trying To Block Labels From Offering Deals To Amazon


Apple files for WebKit browser trademark

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| WebKit, the open-source project behind Apple's 
| Safari browser, is a pretty obscure name to 
| ordinary folks. And perhaps Apple wants to keep 
| it that way, judging by Apple's May 18 WebKit 
| trademark application. 


Nice going after taking away from KDE.


GPL Enforcement in Apple's App Store

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| An iPhone port of GNU Go is currently
| being distributed through Apple's App
| Store. However, this distribution is not
| in compliance with the GNU GPL. The
| primary problem is that Apple imposes
| numerous legal restrictions on use and
| distribution of GNU Go through the iTunes
| Store Terms of Service, which is forbidden
| by section 6 of GPLv2. So today we have
| written to Apple and asked them to come
| into compliance. We would be happy to see
| Apple distribute these programs under the
| GPL's terms, but unfortunately, it seems
| much more likely that they'll simply make
| the problem go away by removing GNU Go
| from the App Store.


HTC Takes Revenge; Hits Apple

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| Bruce Perens has written in detail about
| the problems of software patents, âPatents,
| originally created to stimulate innovation,
| may now be having the opposite effect, at
| least in the software industry. Plagued by
| an exponential growth in software patents,
| many of which are not valid, software
| vendors and developers must navigate a
| potential minefield to avoid patent
| infringement and future lawsuits. Coupled
| with strategies to exploit this confusion
| over patents, especially in standards
| setting organizations, it appears that
| software advancement will become stifled
| unless legal action is taken to resolve the
| situation...â
| He further wrote ... âPatent royalties tend
| to create discrimination against small-to-
| medium-sized businesses developing any form
| of software, and especially against Open
| Source developers.
| The largest businesses in an industry
| generally have patent cross-licenses with
| their peers, and thus they may ignore each
| other's patents while smaller businesses
| have no choice but to license those patents
| if they use them. As a result, there is a
| "tax" upon technology that small businesses
| must pay while the largest businesses are
| exempt.â
| Software patents have become weapons for
| companies to fight with each other. This
| not only wastes valuable resources but also
| time of courts. Many activists and experts
| have been raising questions about the
| legality of software patents.
| Many countries including India do no allow
| software patents.

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