jools33 writes: In what can only be seen as a victory for Oracle, SAP AG have been ordered to pay $1.3bn to Oracle by a jury in Oakland, California, in what Bloomberg states will be the largest ever payout is US Copyright history: the FT article SAP were charged and admitted guilt of the theft of Oracle software through its intermediary company Tommorow Now. Oracle had asked for a payout of $1.7bn, which SAP had countered to $140m. SAP are considering post trial motions / appeal. Could this leave SAP in a weakened position / ripe for takeover? What will the eventual consequences be for SAP?
Pickens writes: "Gigi Sohn writes in the Huffington Post that one of the results of the mid-term elections was the defeat of Representative Rick Boucher, the current Chair of the House Subcommittee on Communications, Technology and the Internet, widely recognized as one of the most tech-savvy and intelligent members of Congress, and long an advocate for consumers on a wide variety of communications and intellectual property issues. Boucher has been the best friend of fair use on Capitol Hill writes Sohn. In 2002, 2003 and 2007, Boucher introduced legislation to allow consumers to break digital locks for lawful purposes, a fair use exception to the anti-circumvention provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, and while the odds against that legislation passing were always great, Boucher understood the symbolic importance of standing up for consumers' rights to use technology lawfully. "As important, he served as a moderating force both on the House Energy & Commerce and Judiciary Committees against those many members of Congress willing to give large media companies virtually everything on their copyright wish lists.""
Lucas123 writes: "The recent revelation that Intel's consumer X25-M solid state drive had a firmware bug that drastically affected its performance lead Computerworld to question whether all SSDs can suffer performance degradation due to fragmentation issues. It seems vendors are well aware that the specifications they list on drive packaging represent burst speeds when only sequential writes are being recorded, but after use performance drops markedly over time. The drives with better controllers tend to level out, but others appear to be able to suffer performance problems. Still not fully baked are benchmarking standards that are expected out later this year from several industry organizations that will eventually compel manufacturers to list actual performance with regard to sequential and random reads and writes as well as the drive's expected lifespan under typical conditions."
identity0 writes: The Economist magazine is holding a online debate on the issue of copyright, with the resolution 'This house believes that existing copyright laws do more harm than good.' currently 69% voted yes, 31% voted no. It is moderated by a tech reporter from the Economist. Law professors represent both sides of the argument, with several guest speakers, and it is open to comments from users. Interestingly, although the Economist is a British magazine, both law professors are American, perhaps a sign of the influence America's law has on global copyrights. The debate will last until May 15th.