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Novell prevails in long-running dispute over ownership of UNIX copyrights - and open source software moves on
  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • USA
  • August 31 2011

The dispute between The SCO Group and Novell, Inc. over the ownership of copyrights in the code to certain versions of the UNIX operating system, which started eight years ago, appears to have been handed its retirement papers by the Tenth Circuit


Computer file extension functional, therefore not protectable as trademark
  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • USA
  • April 14 2010

A computer file extension is inherently functional, therefore a software company that utilizes a particular file extension to designate files that are accessed by its proprietary software may not protect the letters comprising the file extension as a trademark, a district court ruled


U.S. Supreme Court grants petition for certiorari in Quon v. Arch Wireless case involving employee communications claim under Stored Communications Act
  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • USA
  • April 14 2010

The U.S. Supreme Court granted the petition for certiorari filed by the employer in a case involving the privacy of employee communications under the Stored Communications Act provisions of the Electronic Communications Privacy Act


Rule of lenity limits criminal prosecution under Computer Fraud and Abuse Act for acts of employee disloyalty
  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • USA
  • April 14 2010

The rule of lenity limits prosecution of an allegedly disloyal former employee on the theory that his access to his employer's computer network was "without authorization" or "exceeded authorized access" within the meaning of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, a district court ruled


Expectation of privacy in computer files negated by P2P user's failure to engage program privacy feature
  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • USA
  • April 14 2010

A federal agent's access to a user's computer via a peer-to-peer file-sharing program did not violate the Fourth Amendment, because the user's expectation of privacy in the contents of his computer was negated by his failure properly to engage the privacy features in the program, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled


Actual damages for copyright infringement of software code supported by monetary value of work by contributors to open source project
  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • USA
  • April 14 2010

A claim for actual damages for infringement of open source software code is not precluded because the code was distributed without charge, a district court ruled


Employee access to computer network in furtherance of criminal fraud “exceeds authorized access” under CFAA
  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • USA
  • April 14 2010

An employee who accessed financial data on her employer's computer network in violation of official policy in order to perpetrate a criminal scheme exceeded her authorized access to the network within the meaning of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled


No reasonable expectation of privacy in contents of shared folder accessible via unsecured wireless router
  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • USA
  • April 14 2010

A defendant had no reasonable expectation of privacy in the contents of a shared folder that was accessible via an unsecured wireless router to which his computer was connected, a district court ruled


Assent to newspaper’s online privacy policy did not constitute waiver of right to anonymous speech
  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • USA
  • April 14 2010

An anonymous commenter's assent to a newspaper's online privacy policy did not constitute a waiver of the commenter's right to anonymous speech, a district court ruled


ECPA not applicable to ISP's alleged disclosure of communications to foreign government
  • Proskauer Rose LLP
  • USA
  • April 14 2010

The Electronic Communications Privacy Act does not apply to the actions of an ISP that allegedly revealed subscribers' personal information and communications to a foreign government, where the acts of disclosure and interception took place in a foreign country, a district court ruled