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Defending the First Sale Doctrine

December 25th, 2012 12:43 admin View Comments

Electronic Frontier Foundation

The Electronic Frontier Foundation recaps two court cases pending in the U.S. which will decide whether you’re allowed to re-sell the things you purchase. The first case deals with items bought in other countries for resale in the U.S., such as textbooks. An unfavorable decision there would mean “anything that is made in a foreign country and contains copies of copyrighted material – from the textbooks at issue in the Kirtsaeng case to shampoo bottles with copyrighted labels – could be blocked from resale, lending, or gifting without the permission of the copyright owner. That would create a nightmare for consumers and businesses, upending used goods markets and undermining what it really means to ‘buy’ and ‘own’ physical goods. The ruling also creates a perverse incentive for U.S. businesses to move their manufacturing operations abroad. It is difficult for us to imagine this is the outcome Congress intended.” The second case is about whether music purchased on services like iTunes can be resold to other people. “Not only does big content deny that first sale doctrine applies to digital goods, but they are also trying to undermine the first sale rights we do have by forcing users to license items they would rather buy. The copyright industry wants you to “license” all your music, your movies, your games — and lose your rights to sell them or modify them as you see fit.”

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Nokia Selling Its Headquarters To Raise Funds

December 4th, 2012 12:57 admin View Comments

Businesses

PolygamousRanchKid writes with news the Nokia is looking to generate some cash by selling its headquarters and leasing it back from the new owner. The sale price for the 48,000 sq. meter building is €170 million. “The struggling mobile phone company has operated in the glass and steel building in Espoo near Helsinki, known as Nokia House, since 1997. The sale is another step towards reducing costs and concentrating on its core business. Nokia has spent almost a third of its cash reserves in 12 months, and in October had about €3.6bn left in the bank to turn itself into a smartphone manufacturer capable of competing with Apple and Samsung.”

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Dell’s Ubuntu Ultrabook Now On Sale; Costs $50 More Than Windows Version

November 29th, 2012 11:21 admin View Comments

Linux Business

nk497 writes “Dell’s ‘Project Sputnik’ laptop is now on sale. The XPS 13 Developer Edition comes with Ubuntu 12.04 pre-installed, and costs $1,549 — $50 more than the same model running Windows. The Ubuntu Ultrabook is the result of a skunkworks project to optimise the open-source OS to run on Dell projects, to create better laptops for developers. The idea of the project was to create a laptop for developers, based around ‘the idea that developers are the kings of IT and set the agenda for web companies, who in turn, set the agenda for the whole industry,’ Dell said.” Reader skade88 points out a positive review from Ars Technica.

Source: Dell’s Ubuntu Ultrabook Now On Sale; Costs $50 More Than Windows Version

AMD Hires Bank To Explore Sale Options

November 13th, 2012 11:02 admin View Comments

AMD

Dainsanefh tips this report from Reuters: “Advanced Micro Devices has hired JPMorgan Chase & Co to explore options, which could include a potential sale, as the chipmaker struggles to find a role in an industry increasingly focused on mobile and away from traditional PCs, according to three sources familiar with the situation. … Some investors believe part or all of AMD could be bought by a technology company that might want to emulate Apple Inc’s tight control of software and components, a strategy credited in part for the success of the iPad and iPhone. Microsoft Corp, Google Inc, Samsung Electronics, Intel Corp and even Facebook Inc have been suggested by Wall Street analysts as potential suitors that could benefit from some of AMD’s chip business, including its graphics division, PC processors and server chips. Others say AMD’s most valuable asset may be its deep bench of engineers or its patents.”

Source: AMD Hires Bank To Explore Sale Options

Windows 8 Defeats 85% of Malware Detected In the Past 6 Months

November 9th, 2012 11:52 admin View Comments

Microsoft

An anonymous reader writes “Now that Windows 8 is on sale and has already been purchased by millions, expect very close scrutiny of Microsoft’s latest and greatest security features. 0-day vulnerabilities are already being claimed, but what about the malware that’s already out there? When tested against the top threats, Windows 8 is immune to 85 percent of them, and gets infected by 15 percent, according to tests run by BitDefender.”

Source: Windows 8 Defeats 85% of Malware Detected In the Past 6 Months

Supreme Court To Hear First Sale Doctrine Case

October 27th, 2012 10:31 admin View Comments

The Courts

Registered Coward v2 writes “The U.S. Supreme Court is set to hear a case to determine how copyright law and the doctrine of first sale applies to copyrighted works bought overseas, then imported to the U.S. and then re-sold. The case involves a foreign student who imported textbooks from Asia and the resold them in the U.S. to help fund his education. He was sued by the publisher, lost, and was ordered to pay $600,000 in damages. Now SCOTUS gets to weigh in on the issue. ‘The idea — upheld by the Supreme Court since 1908 — is that once a copyright holder legally sells a product initially, the ownership claim is then exhausted, giving the buyer the power to resell, destroy, donate, whatever. It’s a limited idea — involving only a buyer’s distribution right, not the power to reproduce that DVD or designer dress for sale. … The tricky part is whether that first-sale doctrine applies to material both manufactured and first purchased outside the United States. Federal law gives that authority to a purchaser’s work “lawfully made under this title.” Does “this title” apply to any copyrighted work — whether manufactured all or in part in the United States and around the world?”

Source: Supreme Court To Hear First Sale Doctrine Case

UK’s ‘Unallocated’ IPv4 Block Actually In Use, Not For Sale

September 19th, 2012 09:52 admin View Comments

The Internet

jimboh2k writes “The UK may have 16.9 million ‘unused’ IPv4 addresses but according to the department that owns them, they’re not for sale. The Department of Work and Pensions says it would be too expensive to reallocate those addresses and, even if it did, it would not stave off IPv4 address exhaustion by much.” The addresses in question are being used for a new internal government network. Of course, why that project wasn’t built using IPv6…

Source: UK’s ‘Unallocated’ IPv4 Block Actually In Use, Not For Sale

4K UHDTV Hardware On Display in Berlin, And On Sale In Korea

September 1st, 2012 09:25 admin View Comments

Displays

First the spec, and now the hardware: MrSeb writes “After five years of trying to convince us that 3D TVs are the future, it seems TV makers are finally ready to move on — to 4K UHDTV. At the IFA consumer electronics show in Berlin, Sony, Toshiba, and LG are all showing off 84-inch 4K (3840×2160) TVs. These aren’t just vaporware, either: LG’s TV is on sale now in Korea (and later this month in the US), Sony’s is due later this year, and Toshiba will follow in the new year. Be warned, though: all three will cost more than $20,000 when they go on sale in the US — oh, and there’s still no 4K Blu-ray spec, and no such thing as 4K broadcast TV. In other display-related news, Panasonic is showing off a humongous 145-inch 8K (7680×4320) plasma TV, and some cute 20-inch 4K displays — but unfortunately neither are likely to find their way to your living room or office in the near future.”

Source: 4K UHDTV Hardware On Display in Berlin, And On Sale In Korea

Sedo Halts Demonoid Domain Name Sale Citing “Legal Issues”

August 19th, 2012 08:35 admin View Comments

Piracy

hypnosec writes “Demonoid domain names that were put up for sale last week have been de-listed by Sedo because of ‘legal issues’. Trouble for Demonoid started sometime during the last week of July when it was rendered inaccessible following DDoS attacks after which it started serving malware laden ads. About four days after these reports, Ukrainian authorities got the best of Demonoid and closed down the site entirely by raiding the hosting service provider of the site. Sedo has said that no third-party or law enforcement agency has ordered the de-listing of the domain names.”

Source: Sedo Halts Demonoid Domain Name Sale Citing “Legal Issues”

Electronic Arts Up For Sale?

August 18th, 2012 08:50 admin View Comments

Businesses

John Wagger writes “One of the world’s largest gaming publishers and developers Electronic Arts has quietly put itself up for sale. While there have already been talks with private equity companies, the talks have not resulted in anything concrete. One of the sources is saying that EA would do the deal for $20 per share (currently at $14.02). Over the past year, EA’s stock price has fallen 37 percent. Like other major game publishers, EA has been struggling against growing trend of social and mobile gaming.”

Source: Electronic Arts Up For Sale?

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