Articles about Licensing

$10bn Oracle v Google copyright jury verdict: Google wins, Java APIs in Android are Fair Use

Google has won the latest round in its long-running battle with Oracle over the use of Java class library APIs in Android. A San Francisco jury today found that Google's reuse of Java's core software interfaces in its own mobile operating system should be considered Fair Use – meaning Google can avoid paying royalties to …

A UK digital driving licence: What could possibly go wrong?

Security vendors have welcomed plans to trial digital versions of the UK’s driving licence. The DVLA (Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency) is working on a digital version of its driving license for smartphones, to serve as an "add-on" to the existing plastic card. DVLA chief Oliver Morley tweeted a snapshot of the prototype …
John Leyden, 20 May 2016

The Sons of Kahn and the Witch of Wookey

Stob Editor's Note: Verity Stob's Chronicles of Delphi [King James ed.] began in 1996. The most recent translations can be found here: The Sons of Kahn and the assembly language of the internet, here: The Sons of Kahn and the Pascal spring and here: Sons of Kahn: The Apocrypha. Now it came to pass the Sons of Kahn, who did dwell …
Verity Stob, 20 May 2016
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BBC's Britflix likely dead before the ink has even dried on the news

Analysis Anyone hearing this week that Britain’s BBC is set to launch against Netflix with a service touted as “BritFlix” will almost certainly get the wrong idea and believe it is actually going to happen. The move is being touted merely because the recent government review of the BBC encouraged the ancient British public broadcasters …
Faultline, 20 May 2016
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VCE boss Chad Sakac bets he'll win the hyperconverged market

VCE's new VxRail hyperconverged appliance sold 146 units in its first 44 days on sale and the EMC server unit's new leader Chad Sakac says that impressive start means he's betting the outfit will become the leading hyperconverged systems vendor by the end of 2016. Nutanix is felt to be the revenue leader in the field, having …
Simon Sharwood, 20 May 2016
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Crayon names former Di Data sales director as UK top dog

Microsoft enterprise licensing slinger and software asset management biz Crayon has finally filled the empty seat at the top of its UK organisation after grabbing former Di Data’s local sales director Richard Lockey. The exit of Gareth Johnson in January and the last-minute decision of the candidate chosen to replace him not …
Paul Kunert, 19 May 2016
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How Nokia is (and isn't) back in the phone business today

Analysis We have a new phone company today, and it’s European. And the badge says Nokia. So is Nokia back in the phone biz? Yes and no. It won’t spend a penny on either making or marketing phones - even at arm’s length. All that is going to be the job of a new entity, HMD Global Oy, run by present and past Nokians. From HMD we can …
Andrew Orlowski, 18 May 2016
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Catz: Google's Android hurt Oracle's Java business

Google’s free distribution of Android damaged Oracle’s business – according to Oracle. The database giant reportedly told a US federal court that giving Android to handset makers for free destroyed the revenue it could have made on licensing Java. Oracle's co-chief executive Safra Catz reportedly told a San Francisco jury …
Gavin Clarke, 18 May 2016
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IBM invents printer that checks for copyrights

IBM has filed with the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for a patent on a printer that checks for copyright violations. Big Blue's application describes a device that can check print jobs for text or images that have already been copyrighted, and then delete or block the infringing content from being printed. "The …
Shaun Nichols, 17 May 2016

ZFS comes to Debian, thanks to licensing workaround

The ZFS file system has come to popular Linux distribution Debian, but in a way the distro's backers think won't kick up another row over compatibility of open source licences. Ubuntu 16.04 added ZFS, despite pre-release grumblings from Richard Stallman to the effect that anything licensed under the GNU GPL v2 can only be …
Simon Sharwood, 16 May 2016

Big Pharma wrote EU anti-vaping diktat, claims Tory ex-MEP

Revolutions have started for flimsier reasons than draconian new laws that assault the population’s health. In the past, a ruling bureaucratic class has had to do something demonstrably stupid to signal to the people that it’s unfit to govern: like dramatically increase the price of staple foods such as bread, or introducing …
Andrew Orlowski, 13 May 2016
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Non-police orgs merrily accessed PNC without authority, says HMIC

Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC), which inspects Britain's police forces, has reported on several cases of misuse of the Police National Computer (PNC) by non-police organisations. The PNC is a law enforcement database that holds personal information about people arrested by police or convicted of crimes – as …
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Apple, AT&T, Verizon named in $7bn VoIP patent claim

A company is suing Apple, AT&T and Verizon for a combined total of $7bn over claims that they violated its voice-over-IP patents. Voip-Pal.com has posted a pair of complaints against Apple (PDF) and Verizon and AT&T (PDF) in the Nevada US District Court alleging that all three companies' products infringe on two patents it …
Shaun Nichols, 11 May 2016
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Gobble away! Charter-Time Warner Cable merger OK'd by FCC

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has given its blessing to Charter's $78.7bn acquisition of Time Warner Cable (TWC) and Bright House Networks. The watchdog said on Friday in a brief statement that it had approved the massive biz gobble with conditions floated earlier by FCC chairman Tom Wheeler. Those conditions …
Shaun Nichols, 06 May 2016

Google-backed Yieldify has acquired IP from ‘world’s biggest patent troll’

Yieldify, the Google Ventures-backed startup accused of stealing code from British adtech company Bounce Exchange, has been making some unusual friends. Yieldify has acquired an ancient web patent from III Holdings which was first filed in 2007. III Holdings is better known as Inside Intellectual Ventures, co-founded by Nathan …
Andrew Orlowski, 06 May 2016

Hey, YouTube: Pay your 'workers' properly and get with the times

Analysis The latest record industry middleman takes more than ever from the mouths of musicians, at least compared with the old record industry middleman. Head of the recording industry trade group BPI Geoff Taylor says that video music consumption doubled, but revenue only rose by 0.5 per cent. Taylor contrasted this with a 70 per …
Andrew Orlowski, 06 May 2016
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Lost little X-IO lays off ~75 staff in Colorado as it shutters factory

X-IO sent a formal letter on April 29 to the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment, saying it intended to close its Colorado Springs manufacturing operation, and warning that up to 107 people could lose their jobs. In the event 70-80 employees were laid off, with some 50 employees remaining. Potential job rescue, IP …
Chris Mellor, 05 May 2016
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VMware hikes NSX price, adds cheaper versions

VMware has taken the scissors to its NSX product's feature list to offer versions that won't set back customers quite as much as the full product, at the same time hiking the price of the top version of the product. Pitched at companies that want to create software defined data centres, NSX slips networking and security into …

X-IO and Pivot3 talks stall

Talks between X-IO and Pivot3 about IP licensing, engineering services and potential X-IO staff moving to Pivot3 have stalled. X-IO has been talking to Pivot3 and other companies about providing staff, IP, engineering services and other things such as product supply as a result of deciding to refocus its efforts away from …
Chris Mellor, 04 May 2016
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Nvidia, Samsung pump brakes in car-crash GPU patent rip-off race

Samsung and Nvidia say they have agreed to a settlement that will end all patent litigation between the pair. Just hours before the US International Trade Commission (ITC) was set to rule on the duo's chip design infringement squabbles, the two companies have suddenly agreed to a deal that will dismiss their complaints before …
Shaun Nichols, 02 May 2016
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X-IO and Pivot3 enter mutual back-scratch deal

X-IO is going to add Pivot3 hyper-converged products to its customers and provide IP, software and engineering services to Pivot3. Here's the juice. We know X-IO is offering Nexsan's E60 arrays as a cold storage tier to its customers and partners. Now it's allying itself with hyper-converged and hybrid array startup Pivot3 in …
Chris Mellor, 28 Apr 2016

Getty on Google: It’s all about traffic, duh

Photo giant Getty Images has had enough – it has filed an antitrust complaint in Europe against Google. And the reasoning behind the action is more subtle than readers might think. Getty Images' VP Jonathan Lockwood explained why. Getty’s action isn’t a copyright dispute, he points out. It isn’t about piracy, rights, or right- …
Andrew Orlowski, 28 Apr 2016

Unisys releases its ClearPath MCP OS for VMs or x86

Unisys has announced that its ClearPath MCP “operating environment” can now be run without having to also buy Unisys hardware. The company also plans to do the same for its OS 2200 product. ClearPath MCP is the heir to the mainframe hardware and operating systems Unisys inherited from Burroughs. The OS had run on x86 for years …
Simon Sharwood, 28 Apr 2016

Ex-Apple gurus' elusive Android phone coming to UK next month

The startup backed by former Apple CEO John Sculley is most famous today for being elusive - but all that’s about to change. Obi Worldphone told us today its first UK phone will launch here next month, promising style and mid-range specs for a paltry £119. Obi’s story is unusual – it leveraged the economies of scale of …
Andrew Orlowski, 27 Apr 2016

It's World IP Day! Celebrate by making money from a dead teenager

It's World Intellectual Property day! So it's time again to think about the plight of IP lawyers, tens of thousands of whom are forced to undergo the daily indignity of people shaking their heads at them as they try to explain why everything in the world, including your own thoughts, are owned by someone else and you should pay …
Kieren McCarthy, 26 Apr 2016
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Nokia gobbles Withings

Nokia has acquired fitness gadget biz Withings for €170m (£131m). Withings specializes in making wearables and connected health monitoring devices, including scales, blood pressure monitors, and health trackers. The jump into wearables comes after Nokia rid itself of its mobile handset business. Instead, the Finnish firm says …
Shaun Nichols, 26 Apr 2016
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Microsoft to hike certification exam prices

Microsoft has warned it is about to increase the cost of exams for its certifications, but can't offer any guidance on just how high the rise will be be or when details of the hike will emerge. Microsoft says “There will be a price adjustment on Microsoft certification exams in July 2016” and reckons that by posting news of …
Simon Sharwood, 26 Apr 2016

Charter can gobble TWC for $78.7bn ... if it bins monthly download caps

FCC boss Tom Wheeler has put out the terms for his watchdog's approval of Charter Communications' $78bn acquisition of Time Warner Cable. Wheeler said Monday that he has passed along a proposed approval order and conditions for the other four FCC commissioners to vote on. "As proposed, the order outlines a number of …
Shaun Nichols, 25 Apr 2016
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Qualcomm channels Star Trek's Scotty as it faces a mobe chip wreck

Analysis Mobile chip designer Qualcomm typically channels Star Trek's Montgomery Scott, the chief engineer who under-promises to appear a miracle worker when he eventually delivers. The California-based biz follows the Scotty playbook by the letter. Just like the Enterprise's engineering guru would suck his teeth, cock his head, say it …
Chris Williams, 21 Apr 2016
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Official: EU goes after Google, alleges it uses Android to kill competition

The EU's competition authority thinks it has a smoking gun against Google. Consumers suffered because Google’s contracts with phone OEMs prevented the market from creating a better Android, the EU Commission alleged today. It has sent a formal Statement of Objections to Google that forces Google to come up with remedies or …
Andrew Orlowski, 20 Apr 2016
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ARM Holdings gives the thumbs-up, reports revenue and licensing uptick

Chip designer ARM has reported revenue and profit increases in Q1, with its shares trading up despite a moody FTSE 100 this morning. Q1 2016 saw a year-on-year dollar revenue rise for ARM at 14 per cent (22 per cent in £) when its results were posted today. Pre-tax profits of £137.5m are an increase of 14 per cent year-on-year …
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Apple ends Siri patent suit

Apple will pay $25m to settle a lawsuit over its Siri assistant. The iOS personal assistant was accused of violating a patent licensed by Dynamic Advances. Under the terms of the deal, Apple will pay Dynamic Advances (and the patent holder, Rensellaer Polytechnic Institute) $25m in licensing fees, in exchange for the …
Shaun Nichols, 19 Apr 2016
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So you’d sod off to China to escape the EU, Google? Really?

Analysis Google structures its entire organisation to avoid privacy laws, minimise taxes and de-risk itself from competition oversight*. Today Google’s European supremo hinted that being in China might be less of a hassle, and that losing Google would serve us Europeans right for being so backward. Of course, it’s a sheer coincidence …
Andrew Orlowski, 19 Apr 2016

Gartner's broken out its crystal ball again. Huawei's object storage bods won't be happy

Comment Gartner's gurus have ranked the top twelve object storage suppliers in a Critical Capabilities report, with Cleversafe at the top and Huawei last. The report states: "Object storage is pervasive as the underlying platform for cloud applications that we consume in our personal lives, such as content streaming, photo sharing and …
Chris Mellor, 18 Apr 2016
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Microsoft licensing giant yanked off market after sales bid fails

The sales process for Microsoft enterprise licensing house Comparex is "ongoing", the parent company has told us, denying claims from multiple industry sources it is dead in the water. The Raiffeisen Banking Group-owned reseller hired investment banker Jefferies to manage a sales process in May and by September just two …
Paul Kunert, 15 Apr 2016

Database of patent licence terms could help resolve FRAND disputes, says expert

Making the terms on which patents are licensed available for public scrutiny could help businesses, courts and regulators determine if the terms of other patent agreements are fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory (FRAND), an expert in valuing intellectual property (IP) has said. Dr Roya Ghafele, director of Oxfirst, told …
OUT-LAW.COM, 14 Apr 2016

Microsoft: We have a bullet ready for 12 competencies

Microsoft is to take 12 "old world" accreditations out back to be shot as it drags channel partners – some of them kicking and screaming – into the cloud. Gavriella Schuster, GM of Microsoft’s worldwide partner group, said it will “streamline” certifications and funnel investment on “building successful cloud practices”. “ …
Paul Kunert, 13 Apr 2016
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Cloudian's classier object storage management

Cloudian has lowered the management burden for its S3-compatible HyperStore object storage with automated this, predictive that, and dynamic, pro-active, non-disruptive other stuff. Michael Tso, Cloudian CEO and cofounder, said in a piece of canned quotery: "HyperStore 6.0 automates the whole data management and protection …
Chris Mellor, 12 Apr 2016
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When to trust a startup: Does size count?

Sysadmin blog How big does a company have to be before we can trust them? Does company size or balance sheet even equate in any meaningful fashion to trustworthiness? What does trustworthiness mean in today's data center? I recently attended the SimpliVity Connect analyst shindig in Boston. Some grumpy analyst on the other end of the room …
Trevor Pott, 11 Apr 2016
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Taking an artsy selfie in Stockholm? You might need to pay royalities

The Supreme Court of Sweden has ruled the local Wikimedia chapter must have explicit consent from artists, some of whom may choose to be anonymous, as part of its project to take photographs showcasing the country's public street art. Sweden-based artist copyright organisation the Bildkonst Upphovsrätt i Sverige filed a …
Darren Pauli, 07 Apr 2016

Apple faces €48.5m fine from furious French

Apple is reportedly facing a €48.5m (US$55.3m) suit claiming it violated anti-trust rules in France. A report from the local BFM Business [in French] claims that the Cupertino electronics giant leveraged French mobile phone carriers into deals that were unfairly weighted in Apple's favor. The report claims the nation's …
Shaun Nichols, 06 Apr 2016
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Axellio! X-IO conjures up hyper-converged PCIe monster

Comment X-IO Technologies' Axellio* is a rackmount hyper-converged server/all-flash storage platform that will be sold through OEM, ODM and system integrators – and it provides an almost unbelievable combination of performance and density. The company has been working on the technology for two years, developing a third product line, …
Chris Mellor, 06 Apr 2016
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SoftLayer reveals per-CPU VMware pricing

SoftLayer's pricing for VMware-as-a-service has emerged and the IBM outfit has scored a deal for per-CPU licences. VMware and SoftLayer teamed up earlier this year in a deal that looked good for Virtzilla which, having more-or-less abandoned ambitions to build its own globe-spanning cloud, recognised that SoftLayer could get …
Simon Sharwood, 05 Apr 2016
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FAA doubles Section 333-exemption drone ceiling to 400 feet

The Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) has announced changes to some of the rules governing drones weighing less than 55 pounds (25 kg). The main change relates to the altitude commercial operators can fly at without specific authorisation. Under the new rule, announced here, the blanket authorisation now allows a ceiling of 400 …
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Apple Fools: Times the House of Jobs went horribly awry

Apple at 40 Today marks the 40th anniversary of Apple's official establishment. Since 1976, the House that Steves Built has pushed out some of the most beloved personal electronics products in the world. There will no doubt be plenty of articles waxing poetic on the many successes that have dotted the last four decades for the Cupertino …
Shaun Nichols, 01 Apr 2016
Xamarin will now be free for Visual Studio users

Microsoft to make Xamarin tools and code free and open source

BUILD2016 Microsoft will make Xamarin tools and code, which enable compilation of Mac, Android and iOS applications using C#, free and open source, said corporate VP Scott Guthrie at the company's Build conference under way in San Francisco. Xamarin's origins are with Mono, a project created by Miguel de Icaza as an open source and …
Tim Anderson, 31 Mar 2016
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Free x86 mainframes for all! Virtual x86 mainframes, that is

Unisys's ClearPath colosso-servers may have finally moved from the weirdness of CMOS to the mundanity x86, but the servers and their operating systems still remain rather exotic and therefore not the kind of thing the curious often get to prod. But it's come to the attention of The Register's virtualisation desk that Unisys …
Simon Sharwood, 31 Mar 2016
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Amazon WorkSpaces two years on: Are we ready for cloud-hosted Windows desktops?

Amazon Web Services (AWS) released WorkSpaces, Windows desktop-as-a-service, towards the end of March 2014. We took an early look, but encountered several niggling problems. "Don't dive in: it will get better," was my conclusion. It is time for another hands-on, but first a quick recap. WorkSpaces provides a Windows desktop …
Tim Anderson, 28 Mar 2016
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Brit upstart Arkivum: We're the smart AaaS you're looking for

Arkivum, a UK-based data storage startup, is offering its AaaS: Archive-as-a-Service. It's competing successfully with public cloud and large-scale on-premises tape libraries by offering escrow-based guaranteed storage in its cloud. It was started up in 2011 as a way of productising a service technology developed at the …
Chris Mellor, 24 Mar 2016
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Ex-archiver striver Crossroads: Time to sell all the products

Crossroads Systems has sold its StrongBox archiving products business to StrongBox Data Solutions, Inc. of Canada for just $1.85m in cash. That's just $50,000 more than last quarter's $1.8m revenues, from which Crossroads recorded a $538,000 loss. In the prior three quarters of its fiscal 2015 year, losses had exceeded …
Chris Mellor, 23 Mar 2016