Bruce Perens writes: "Oracle has brought a lawsuit against Google claiming that Google has infringed patents on the Java Language, presumably in Android. We don't have the text of the lawsuit yet. But there's a patent grant that should allow Google to use Java royalty-free. Has Google failed to meet the terms of the grant?"
gnosygnus writes: Xerox Corp has sued Google Inc and Yahoo Inc, accusing them of infringing the document management company's patents related to Internet search.
In a lawsuit filed last Friday in the U.S. District Court in Delaware, Xerox said Google's Web-based services such as Google Maps, YouTube and AdSense advertising software, as well as Web tools including Yahoo Shopping, infringe patents granted as far back as 2001.
Xerox seeks compensation for past infringement and asked the court to halt the companies from further using the technology.
gnosygnus writes: New rules to be introduced by government decree will require people who upload videos onto the Internet to obtain authorization from the Communications Ministry similar to that required by television broadcasters, drastically reducing freedom to communicate over the Web, opposition lawmakers have warned.
'Italy joins the club of the censors, together with China, Iran and North Korea,' said Gentiloni's party colleague Vincenzo Vita.
cgomezr writes: "In an announcement that has almost unanimously annoyed its users, The Pirate Bay has informed that it may get acquired by the Swedish company Global Gaming Factory X AB.. The acquisition is reported as confirmed in both the company's site and several news outlets.. The CEO of Global Gaming Factory has stated that "We would like to introduce models which entail that content providers and copyright owners get paid for content that is downloaded via the site". Although TPB's official blog statement tells users to "don't worry", many regard this as a bitter end for something that has been not only an important filesharing site, but also a symbol of the fight for Internet freedom."
pyalot writes: "The swiss goverment has passed a law that would make it impossible to cirvumvent effective copy protection measures. I have created a page to inform and organize a resistance against this law. If we collect 50'000 signatures until the 24th of January however, we can force a national vote on this law. Help me in any way that you can fight this law. I was first made aware of this two days ago by this article on slashdot."