US demands in Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations include patent protection for software and even of "mathematical methods".
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The devil is in the detail of a New Zealand ban on patent protection for software.
Germany's foreign minister Guido Westerwelle has told a conference that the country hopes to ban the export of tools that could allow repressive regimes to monitor their own citizens.
The New Zealand Government has moved ahead with plans to ban patents on software, but an exemption to the ban has left open-source developers outraged.
Australia's Federal Court has slapped a temporary ban on a handful of local retailers selling or importing hardware, commonly known as "mod chips", that allows unauthorised software to run on Sony's PlayStation 3.
Serena Software CEO Jeremy Burton says companies should not fear or ban social networking sites, and shares his objectives behind "Facebook Fridays".
John Lovelock, the head of the Federation Against Software Theft, explains why ISPs should ban those accused of illegal file-sharing
The European Commission has just levied a new $689,900,000 "fine" (read: tariff) on American software company Microsoft under the pretense of anti-trust which conveniently bypasses WTO agreements. The Brussels based think tank Globalization Institute has published a paper (PDF) where it recommends a ban on OS (Operating System) bundling for all PCs sold in Europe.
The anti-DRM movement wants to boycott or ban all restrictions on your rights to use digital content. It's a topic I expect to discuss with a lot of people at CES next week. How would a world without DRM work? What would happen to the cable and satellite TV industries, to movie and TV producers, to software manufacturers?
In scanning my RSS feed this morning (by the way, I now use the Web version of Newsgator to the exclusion of any thick-client solutions), I came across this little interesting tidbit from InfoWorld: A higher German court has ruled to uphold a decision by a lower court to ban the sale of used software licenses, in a case involving a subsidiary of Oracle....
A New York federal judge issues yet another sales ban against 321 Studios' popular DVD-copying software.
A New York federal judge has reinstated a ban on sales of 321 Studios' DVD copying software.
A federal appeals court panel strikes down a ban on selling or renting violent video games to kids, giving the software the same free-speech protection as that for works of art.
In a victory for free-speech advocates and product reviewers, a New York state judge has ruled that the security software company can't ban product reviews or benchark tests.
Malaysia's anti-piracy unit has recommended that a ban on VCD sales in open places be implemented immediately to fight the proliferation of illegal software and pornographic films.
In a move that bucks a nationwide trend, the University of Southern California will announce next week that it will not ban the use of popular MP3 trading software Napster.The move comes after USC officials held a town meeting with its student body on Feb.
According to Matt Richtel, of The New York Times, a controversial group of Texas lawyers, deputized by the state to protect citizens against unauthorized legal advice, has lost its battle to ban the sale of the popular self-help legal software package Quicken Family Lawyer '99. But the group may yet face a showdown with Nolo Press, a pioneer publisher of do-it-yourself legal advice that has branched out into software and the Internet.
The judge overseeing the antitrust suit between government antitrust officials and Microsoft on Wednesday denied further attempts by the software giant to ban spectators and the press from pre-trial testimony, but also invited the company to appeal his decision.Microsoft did appeal, immediately after the end of the hearing in which the judge made his decision.
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