John Doe writes: A leaked letter from the RIAA to a US ISP sheds new light on the inner workings of the RIAA and the lengths they'll go to extract a settlement from those they suspect of file sharing without having to resort to so much as a John Doe lawsuit. The letter asks ISPs for additional cooperation in correctly identifying subscribers and communicating a new offer of $1,000 for those who agree to early settlements. But there's a catch: 'n order to be eligible for the Pre-Doe settlement option and $1,000 savings, ISPs will have to hold on to its log files for at least 180 days. This gives the RIAA ample time to pursue a lawsuit and subpoena if the suspected infringer elects not to enter a settlement.' The RIAA will also be launching a brand-new website, p2plawsuits.com, to 'provide consumers with information about the RIAA's lawsuits and how to enter into a costly settlement in order to avoid litigation.'
ruffnsc writes: Cisco Systems is suing Apple Computer for trademark infringement in a US federal court, for using the iPhone name. Apple launched its new handheld device under the iPhone name on Tuesday, at the Macworld event in San Francisco. Following the launch Cisco said it hoped to resolve the matter by Tuesday evening after negotiations. — BBC News