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<h1>Free Software legal news</h1>
<p newsteaser="yes">Read about copyright originality in the EU, publication of Library License, European Commissions proposal to reform the old data protection rules, iPad litigations and more.</p>
<p><strong>Quick Navigation</strong>: &#8250;&#160;<a href="#Copyright">Copyright</a>
&#8250;&#160;<a href="#Privacy">Privacy</a>
&#8250;&#160;<a href="#Open_Standards">Open Standards</a></p>
&#8250;&#160;<a href="#Miscellaneous">Miscellaneous</a>
<h2 id="Copyright">Copyright</h2>
<h3>Copyright originality in EU</h3>
<p>The debate about copyright originality threshold is getting more and more interesting around European jurisdictions due to several significant decisions of the Court of Justice of EU. In the last days, the discussion was newly triggered by ´Red Bus´ case in UK and ´newspapers´ case in Slovakia. <i>See</i> <a
href=""> article about 'Red Bus' case at IPKat</a> and <a href="">comments on it by Andrew Katz</a>, <a
href=""> article about 'newspapers' case at Kluwer Copyright Blog</a>, <a
href=""> article about French position on originality at 1709blog</a> and <a
href=""> summary of recent CJEU cases by Martin Husovec</a>;</p>
<h3>Library License</h3>
<p>Library License as a way for publishers to grant non-commercial lending rights to libraries through a licensing framework. “Explicitly modeled on Creative Commons licenses with a similar eye towards simplicity and granularity, Library Licenses could be constructed in several different ways. The most simple example is a straightforward grant, where libraries could acquire and then lend ebooks after they had been on the market for a period of time ranging from instantaneous to some number of years. <i>See</i> <a href=""> article by Kenny Whitebloom</a> and <a href="">project website</a>;</p>
<h3>Pirates lose final appeal</h3>
<p>Three founders of The Pirate Bay have lost an appeal against a conviction for illegally sharing copyrighted content. <i>See</i> <a href=""> article at BBC</a> and <a href="">article at 1709blog</a>;</p>
<h2 id="Privacy">Privacy</h2>
<h3>Google changes its privacy policy</h3>
<p>With the new policy in place, Google is taking a more proactive approach toward getting more relevant results to you no matter where you are. What is perhaps slightly different is that the blanket policy means that you will be treated as a single user across all Google services. <i>See</i> <a href=""> article at The Next Web</a>;</p>
<h3>Commission proposes a comprehensive reform of the data protection rules</h3>
<p>The European Commission has proposed a comprehensive reform of the EU's 1995 data protection rules to strengthen online privacy rights and boost Europe's digital economy. A single law will do away with the current fragmentation and costly administrative burdens, leading to savings for businesses of around €2.3 billion a year. The initiative will help reinforce consumer confidence in online services, providing a much needed boost to growth, jobs and innovation in Europe. <i>See</i> <a href=""> website of European Commission</a>;</p>
<h3>Enter do-not-track (DNT) standard. </h3>
<p>Neelie Kroes hopes that a standard known as “do not track” (DNT) will have a big role to play for the future of online privacy. Do Not Track is a technology and policy proposal that enables users to opt out of tracking by websites they do not visit, including analytics services, advertising networks, and social platforms. <i>See</i> <a href=""> blog of Neelie Kroes</a> and <a href=""> website of the project</a>;</p>
<h2 id="Open_Standards">Open Standards</h2>
<h3>HP to Commit webOS to Open Source by Fall 2012</h3>
<p>HP began executing its plan to deliver an open webOS by committing to a schedule for making the platform’s source code available under an open source license. The company aims to complete this milestone in its entirety by September. <i>See</i> <a href=""> article at webpage of HP</a>;</p>
<h3>iBooks Author EULA restrictions invite antitrust concerns</h3>
<p>Apple's end user license agreement for the iBooks Author app has generated extensive controversy among authors and publishers. Namely, the agreement restricts paid distribution of "works" created with the software to the iBookstore only. <i>See</i><a href=""> article at Ars Technica</a>, <a href=""> article by Ed Bott</a> and <a href=""> second article by Ed Bott</a>;</p>
<h2 id="Miscellaneous">Miscellaneous</h2>
<h3>Intel to Buy Patents and Next Generation Video Codec Software From RealNetworks</h3>
<p>RealNetworks, Inc. announced that it has signed an agreement to sell a significant number of its patents and its next generation video codec software to Intel Corporation for a purchase price of $120 million. Under terms of the sale, RealNetworks retains certain rights to continue to use the patents in current and future products. <i>See</i> <a href=""> article at Real Networks</a>;</p>
<h3>Opinion: Copyright, Trademark and Patents are Theft</h3>
<p>To be clear, I’m a firm defender of actual property rights, even to an absolutist point. That’s exactly why I oppose the charade known as "intellectual property". <i>See</i> <a href=""> article at OUDaily</a>;</p>
<h3>iPad Litigations</h3>
<p>Court of Appeal of the Hague rejected Apple's appeal, finding no infringement of their Community Design covering the iPad. On the other hand, Apple just but won part of the case in Germany where Düsseldorf Higher Regional Court upheld a preliminary injunction against the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 on the basis on basis of unfair competition law <i>See</i> <a
href=""> article at Class 99 about Dutch litigation</a> and <a
href=""> press release of Dusseldorf court (DE)</a>;</p>
<h2>About the Free Software Legal News</h2>
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<p>Links related to Free Software news are collected, edited and published weekly to help keep track of the important legal issues. We welcome submissions of links by email to legal-news at fsfeurope dot org</p>
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FSFE is committed to helping individuals, projects, businesses and government agencies find Free Software legal information, experts and support. Our mission is to spread knowledge, solve problems and encourage the long-term growth of Free Software.
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