Torrent Freak — Solarmovie.ph will become the first piracy website to be blocked on copyright grounds by Internet service providers in Singapore. Legislation targeting pirate sites was introduced in 2014 but progress to lock off the first domain has been slow. The MPA praised the move as positive for creators and helpful in preventing the spread of malware.
IT News — Supreme Court Justice Glenn Martin has spiked the Queensland government’s attempt to sue IT contractor IBM over its role in the $1.25 billion failure of its health payroll replacement project. Justice Martin today sided with the IT giant, agreeing that a 2010 waiver of liability signed by both parties was ‘properly constructed’ and the state’s latest attempt to drag IBM through the courts was therefore legally invalid.
Times of India — The Tata group has won the first round of a legal skirmish with a former high-ranking employee who took to social media to allegedly defame his employer after his services were terminated. The Bombay high court, which ruled in the company’s favour, has imposed a fairly comprehensive gag order on the disgruntled worker, asking him to remove all material deemed libelous and forbidding him from making any disparaging remarks about a wide section of Tata employees.
Want China Times — Advanced Semiconductor Engineering (ASE), the world’s largest integrated circuit packaging and testing services provider, has taken legal action to try to stop a special shareholders meeting scheduled by Siliconware Precision Industries to let electronics manufacturing giant Hon Hai overtake ASE as its biggest shareholder.
Flipkart, Facebook, Nokia’s maps division, Makemytrip.com and several other companies have corroborated complaints that the US internet giant abused its dominant market position, in their response to queries raised by the Competition Commission of India. Based on the responses from 30 businesses spanning search, social networks, e-commerce, travel and content sites, the CCI director general last week filed a report that accuses Google of abusing its dominant position to rig search outcomes, both the actual search result as well as sponsored links.
Digi Times — Taiwan’s top court has ruled in favor of TSMC in a trade secret case against Liang Mong-song, a former senior director of R&D at TSMC. Liang has been accused of revealing TSMC’s trade secrets and patents related to its advanced process technology to Samsung Electronics. The Supreme Court on August 24 maintained the determination made by the second-instance court, prohibiting Liang from working for Samsung in any form until December 31, 2015.
BENGALURU: Wipro said it will defend all pending lawsuits against it after an Indian employee filed a class action complaint against it in a US court, alleging violation of local labour laws. Media reports indicated Wipro employee Suri Payala had recently filed a complaint in Superior Court of the State of California, alleging that Wipro failed to compensate him for over-time and make other wage settlements.
iiNet and several other internet service providers have been ordered to pay most of the court costs for the owners of the Dallas Buyers Club film for being “adversarial” in the proceedings. Justice Perram today ruled that by putting “nearly everything in issue”, iiNet, Internode, Dodo, Amnet, Adam Internet and Wideband Networks had adopted an adversarial stance and therefore should be required to pay a significant portion of DBC LLC’s costs.
Beijing Higher People’s Court explained why it asked a Chinese government agency to review a company’s voice recognition patent validity, which has a dispute with Apple. On Tuesday, the court ruled in favor of Apple for a patent case. It said the voice recognition patent of Shanghai Zhizhen Network Technology should be declared invalid and asked the Patent Review Committee under the State Intellectual Property Office to review it.
The owners of the Dallas Buyers Club film want iiNet and a number of other internet service providers to hand over the details of 4700 alleged copyright infringers within two weeks. The parties were back in court today following Justice Perram’s ruling earlier this month that iiNet, Internode, Dodo, Amnet, Adam Internet and Wideband Networks hand DBC LLC the customer details of those the rights holder claims shared its film online without authorisation.
The law firm behind a series of class actions against Australia’s top three telcos over late payment fees has put the legal action on hold pending the outcome of a similar court battle against ANZ Bank. Steven Lewis, principal solicitor for ACA Lawyers, which intended to launch separate actions against Vodafone, Telstra and Optus, said the outcome of a late payment fee case against ANZ would influence its decision on whether to continue to pursue the carriers.
While much attention has been focused on how much the owners of Dallas Buyers Club might demand Australian pirates pay for sharing their film online, a new option has emerged: ‘name your price’. According to Channel News Asia, the first batch of demand letters sent by Dallas Buyers Club to 77 of 500 alleged pirates in Singapore did not demand a particular sum. Instead, the letters asked “for a written offer of damages and costs within three days of receipt”. Lawyers said they had already started receiving offers.
Express Mobile, an information technology company in the U.S., has sued China’s Alibaba for patent infringement. According to Express Mobile, the company filed the patent infringement lawsuit against the Alibaba Group in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, Marshall Division. In the statement, Express Mobile accused Alibaba for infringing its patent related to the development of platform independent websites. The involved patent record number is 6,546,397.
NBN Co and Telstra are attempting to resolve a disagreement over how much NBN Co should pay for access to Telstra’s pits, pipes, ducts and exchanges out of court. Last July Telstra won its case against NBN Co over when the consumer price index (CPI) for payments covered by the pair’s 2011, $9 billion definitive agreements should kick in. It had taken NBN Co to the NSW Supreme Court in late 2013, arguing that the CPI, which is refreshed each year in January, should apply for payments effective from January 1 2012, given that the NBN Co contract was signed in 2011.
SAN FRANCISCO: Microsoft Corp sued Kyocera Corp for patent infringement, alleging the Japanese company’s Duraforce, Hydro and Brigadier cell phone lines violate seven Microsoft patents. Microsoft asked a Seattle federal judge to impose a US sales injunction against Kyocera’s infringing products, according to the lawsuit. A Kyocera representative could not immediately be reached for comment.
iiNet has paid out $204,000 in penalties over advertisements for its 250GB naked broadband plan after being issued with two infringement notices by the consumer watchdog. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission today said the ads had failed to prominently display the minimum price of the service, giving the ACCC “reasonable grounds” to believe iiNet had contravened consumer law.
NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court has asked high courts which have admitted petitions from some telcos challenging clauses in the spectrum auction rules not to proceed with them, saying that it will rule by March 3 on all such matters related to the sale guidelines. A top court bench, comprising justices Dipak Mishra and Adarsh Kumar Goel, said that it would rule on a petition filed by the central government seeking transfer of all pending cases in different high courts to clear the way for the auction.
iiNet and Dallas Buyers Club face a three-week wait to find out whether the rights holder can obtain the names and residential addresses of almost 5000 people it claims downloaded its movie without paying last year. In the final hearing of a preliminary discovery trial between the rights holder to the Dallas Buyers Club film and the internet service provider, Justice Nye Perram today withheld his judgment for three weeks on whether iiNet should hand over the customer details.
SHANGHAI: Bill Gates, Microsoft Corp’s former CEO, met with China’s technology minister this week, said a Friday statement on the ministry website, days after U.S. tech groups expressed concerns over Chinese regulation damaging their businesses. In the meeting with China’s Minister of Science and Technology Wan Gang, in which Gates was representing the philanthropic Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the two discussed cooperating on technology and “innovative development”, Friday’s statement said.
Just days after settling with the Chinese government over claims it abused its market dominance, Qualcomm may be investigated in South Korea over the same issue. South Korea’s Fair Trade Commission is considering an investigation into Qualcomm’s business practices, the Wall Street Journal reported, but did not provide additional details. A Qualcomm spokesman declined to comment.
BEIJING: Most US firms in China feel “targeted” by authorities, a survey said, as the government embarks on a series of high-profile investigations into foreign businesses. An American Chamber of Commerce survey found 57% of respondents believed foreign firms are being singled out in China’s pricing, anti-monopoly and anti-corruption campaigns under President Xi Jinping. Of those who said foreign firms were being targeted, 65% said they fear such campaigns will have a negative impact on them.