maxfresh writes: Kazaa founder Kevin Bermeister and Streamcast founder Michael Weiss have formed a company called Personal Web which is pursuing patent infringement lawsuits against some of the biggest names in the cloud computing industry including Google, YouTube, Amazon, EMC, VMWare, Dropbox, NetApps, NEC and Caringo.
The lawsuits allege infringement of patents that they claim cover key elements of cloud computing, "including content addressable storage and/or distributed search engine technologies", and were filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern district of Texas, which has the infamous reputation of being the preferred venue for U.S. based patent trolls.
maxfresh writes: The Free Software Foundation's DefectiveByDesign.org campaign, in cooperation with prominent authors, journalists, and librarians, has launched a petition against the Amazon Kindle's use of digital restrictions management (DRM).
"The freedom to read without supervision or interference is central to a free society," said FSF executive director Peter Brown. "When ebook products like the Kindle use DRM to restrict what users can do with their books, that is a clear threat to the free exchange of ideas."
Signatories to the petition include prominent academic and industry names like Creative Commons and Change Congress co-founder Lawrence Lessig; author, poet and MacArthur Fellow Lewis Hyde; Harvard Law Professor and Vice Dean for Library and Information Resources John Palfrey; and Christopher Hayes, Washington, DC editor for The Nation. The petition, published at http://defectivebydesign.org/amazon1984, is now open for others to add their signatures as well.
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