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European court places ban on older iPhones

Written on Sunday, 06 January 2019 11:40

Chipmaker Qualcomm has won a patent dispute against phone giant Apple.

Following a ruling in the District Court of Munich, Apple will no longer sell iPhone 7 and 8 across German stores and websites.

The court ruled that Apple phones were infringing on Qualcomm’s intellectual property related to power saving technology in two of its older smartphones.

Qualcomm was required to post a $1.34 billion security bond with German courts before it would take effect.

Apple’s German website no longer features the iPhone 7 and 8, listing only the newer models such as the iPhone XR, XS, and XS Max.  

The court has also ordered Apple to recall infringing iPhones from third party resellers.

Contrary to the ban, Apple assured that “all iPhone models remain available to customers through carriers and resellers in 4,300 locations across Germany,” and has plans to appeal the ruling.

The injunction is the latest development amidst an ongoing feud between Apple and Qualcomm. The California-based phone maker sued Qualcomm in the United States and in China, accusing the company of extortion and anticompetitive conduct in its negotiations over patent licensing.

In December, Qualcomm won a Chinese lawsuit that forced Apple to recall its products due to a copyright infringement. The court ruled that Apple had violated two of Qualcomm’s software patents specifically related to resizing pictures and managing applications.

To lift the ban, Apple released a small update to its iOS version 12.1.2, which contains software changes exclusive to China.

Following the hearing, Apple described the ban as “another desperate move by a company whose illegal practices are under investigation by regulators around the world.”

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Russian authorities have ordered a popular video website to be blocked due to an allegation of a copyright infringement from a reality TV station.

A reality TV station called Piatnitsa has accused Dailymotion of copyright infringement and a Moscow court have granted the request that the website should be blocked until investigations into the alleged breach are explored further.

Users are reportedly still able to access Dailymotion, but it is expected that the site will be blocked by the end of the week. The reality TV channel which is owned by Gazprom Media expressed its satisfaction at the court ruling which blocks Dailymotion in ‘Russian territory’.

Dailymotion is a video sharing platform based in France and is one of the biggest video platforms in the world - but it stands accused of repeatedly featuring clips of the most-watched shows on Piatnitsa – which is a channel that specializes in reality programming. 

In addition to this, Gazprom Media also stated in its statement to the press that Dailymotion's French owner Vivendi did not appeal the ruling within the time limit to stop the shutdown going ahead.

Russia was until recently renowned for the scale of its online piracy, but the government has cracked down over the past few years on the illegal distribution of movies and music, considerably boosting its legislation in this area -- a key condition for joining the World Trade Organization in 2012.

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US satellite radio station Sirius XM  have agreed to pay $100 million in order to settle a dispute over playing music prior to 1972 – which is when US copyright laws came into force. Just last year, Sirius XM, which has its headquarters in New York, was forced to pay out a whopping $210 million over pre-1972 songs which were owned by major record labels.

Sirius XM – whose audience would be of the more mature variety, generally plays rock classics from the 60’s and 70’s, but this week a judge in LA ruled in favour of a series of class-action lawsuits against Sirius XM which were championed by 60’s group The Turtles – better known for their 1967 hit –‘Happy Together’.

The group also campaigned on behalf of smaller label and independent artists, and they argued that their music had still been protected by US states even though federal copyright law only applies to recordings starting on February 15, 1972. On the eve of a federal trial, lawyers The Turtles this week filed a proposed settlement with Sirius XM to resolve the suits in a federal court in Los Angeles.

If approved by federal judge Philip Gutierrez, Sirius XM will pay up to $100 million for past and future airing of pre-1972 songs, with the exact amount contingent on the network's revenue. The Turtles have a similar case pending against Pandora, the leading US internet radio network.

The United States has a complicated system of royalty payments that has long frustrated record labels and artists, with traditional radio stations paying only songwriters and not performers. The rise of internet and satellite music sites has muddled the waters further, with companies negotiating conditions with labels and publishers.

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The Pirate Bay, the copyright infringement-accused online index of digital content, founded in 2003, recently celebrated its 13th birthday. The notorious supplier of download and contribute magnet links and torrent files, which facilitate peer-to-peer file sharing among users of the BitTorrent protocol, is now the last of the original torrent sites, after KickassTorrents (KAT) and Torrentz.eu both got shut down.

Although other torrent sites remain, such as ExtraTorrent and RARBG, The Pirate Bay has managed to stick around for an impressive amount of time, evading the long arm of the law. KAT was shut down after the alleged owner of the site was arrested in Poland under the United States government orders, according to Torrent Freak. Reports suggest that the original KAT domain is unlikely to return anytime soon.

The Pirate Bay now stands as the last of the original torrent websites. Swedish pro-culture organization, Piratbyrån (Piracy Bureau), founded the website in 2003. The initial purpose of the platform was to create the first public file-sharing site in Sweden, but soon enough it turned into a universal file-sharing icon.

The site has been tracked extensively over the years, with authorities attempting to shut it down due to copyright infringement. Swedish authorities raided the website in 2006 following orders from the U.S., but the site only returned stronger. What’s more, despite the site’s founders being convicted, The Pirate Bay continued to thrive, even after the subsequent attempts to shut it down. Even today, the site is very much alive.

The fact that The Pirate Bay has managed to hold its ground over the years is undeniably impressive, despite its illegal activities. According to reports, KAT and Torrentz.eu users are sourcing their torrent files from The Pirate Bay, which has made it the most visited out of them all. Many TPB (The Pirate Bay) crewmembers are reportedly unhappy with the circumstances surrounding the torrent community. But even so, they believe that TPB has an important role to play in the community.

“TPB is as important today as it was yesterday, and its role in being the galaxy's most resilient torrent site will continue for the foreseeable future," said Spud17. "Sure, TPB has its flaws and glitches, but it's still the go-to site for all our media needs, and I can see TPB still being around in 20 or 30 years time, even if the technology changes."