In what has to be one of the quickest resolutions to a patent lawsuit between tech giants in recent history, Microsoft and Samsung have announced a settlement over patent royalties for some code included in Samsung’s Android devices. The lawsuit stemmed from an agreement reached between the two companies in 2011 that flared up in August 2014 when Microsoft accused Samsung of breach of contract.
If it does not solve its differences with a legal group covering some of music’s biggest stars, YouTube could be faced with a $1 billion lawsuit. Global Music Rights is claiming that the video sharing site does not have permission to use around 20,000 songs belonging to clients. Who are the musicians covered by Global Music Rights? Pharrell Williams, John Lennon, The Eagles, and more. Google refuses to remove the songs, though, because the company claims it does indeed have rights to the songs. When asked why Global Music Rights is only going after Google, manager Irving Azoff said “they are the ones that have been least cooperative.” It does not seem like Google will back down and the content remains on YouTube; therefore, a lawsuit is expected.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
When a carrier surprises customers with unauthorized (or unknown) charges on their monthly bills, it is known as cramming. Over the last few months, the largest carriers in the United States were exposed for doing so. The government is coming down on them with little remorse. On Wednesday, Sprint was served with a $105 million fine from the FCC. And on Friday, T-Mobile reached a settlement with the FTC to avoid any further potential damage.
Grooveshark has been battling major record labels in recent years, losing a major ruling earlier this fall, over licensing issues related to its existing music service. Perhaps in an effort to mitigate damages in that case or to be prepared for a significant damages ruling, Grooveshark is launching a new online radio service that complies with record company licensing requirements. The new service, slated to launch in January, will run 99 cents per month and offer a no commercial experience.
The music and video streaming applications from Samsung are called Milk Music and Milk Video, respectively. The somewhat strange names, though, are not as unique as one would think. Multimedia company Milk Studios has filed a lawsuit against Samsung regarding trademark infringement. The complaint specifically goes after the music streaming service, claiming that Samsung did indeed know of Milk Studios’ existence.
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NVIDIA recently filed a lawsuit against Samsung and Qualcomm for violating seven of NVIDIA’s GPU patents. Samsung filed a counter lawsuit, of course, claiming that NVIDIA violated six patents, and Velocity, a small client of NVIDIA’s, violated eight patents. Samsung also claims that NVIDIA is using false advertising when they say the Tegra K1 CPU is the “world’s fastest mobile processor,” as Samsung believes the Note 4′s Exynos 5433 is faster.
NVIDIA has responded to this lawsuit, and it’s definitely putting Samsung in a negative light for dragging a much smaller company (Velocity) into the mix. The response accuses Samsung of suing Velocity to keep the lawsuit in Virgina where Velocity is based, as Virgina has a faster time to trial than most other places in the US. It makes sense for Samsung, but it feels like a cheap shot at the much smaller company.
In response to a lawsuit filed by Microsoft against Samsung accusing the Korean electronics giant of delaying patent payments, Samsung indicates in a new filing that possible antitrust issues created by Microsoft’s acquisition of Nokia violate the patent licensing agreement.
There are people who have been waiting years to see this outcome. Between 2001 and 2006, Verizon was over-charging customers of its Family SharePlan. In two separate ways, Verizon was tacking on incorrect charges when customers should have been given free minutes or minutes at a lesser amount. The carrier has filed a settlement in New Jersey and the customers affected between the aforementioned years should be compensated. The value of Verizon’s proposed settlement is $64.3 million.
Google filed a request earlier this week seeking a ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court in a case that pits the tech giant against another powerhouse in technology, Oracle. The case involves parts of Java that Oracle claims copyright over and believes Google has violated when building the Android operating system. While the dollar figure in dispute, $1 Billion, is sizable, Google is framing the question as key to the ability for tech companies to innovate.
Google has reached a settlement with the FTC agreeing to fully refund consumers charged for their children’s in-app purchases. The decision is hardly a surprise, considering Apple reached the same agreement in January, and Amazon did the same in July. The issue arises from Google’s requiring a password for purchases every 30 minutes and “blurring the lines” between real money purchases and virtual ones. The FTC’s issue arises from a few lawsuits filed by parents looking for retribution after giving their children free reign over their devices.