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Apple clamps down on App IP theft; mulls tougher iTunes password amnesia

Apple clamps down on App IP theft; mulls tougher iTunes password amnesia

Changes look to be afoot in more than just MobileMe, with Apple adding in a new clause to help protect developers against content copying and gaming the review process; end-users may find some frustration in the purchase experience, however, as the company is also tipped to be considering shortening the period for which iOS devices like the iPhone and iPad remember your iTunes password. According to PocketGamer's sources, Apple is flirting with the idea of reducing the current 15 minute period so as to reduce the number of inadvertent in-app purchases.

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The Daily Indexed bypasses News Corp’s iPad paywall

The Daily Indexed bypasses News Corp’s iPad paywall

Back at News Corp's launch of its iPad digital newspaper, The Daily, editor-in-chief Jesse Angelo confirmed that, while HTML versions of articles would be posted online so that they could be shared from the app, there wouldn't be a web interface to access them. Unfortunately for them, developer Andy Baio has stepped in and addressed that, with his new - and potentially short-lived - site The Daily: Indexed.

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Apple accused of Japanese iBooks piracy

Apple accused of Japanese iBooks piracy

Apple has been accused of selling pirated ebooks by Japanese authors in its iBookstore, with titles by high-profile authors such as Haruki Murakami and Keigo Higashino among the texts. According to a consortium of Japanese publishers, "some of the works have been deleted in response to requests from authors and publishers but a majority of them continue to be illegally distributed."

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Oracle Sues Google Over Java Usage in Android, Google Calls It “Baseless”

Oracle Sues Google Over Java Usage in Android, Google Calls It “Baseless”

Oracle has decided to sue Google over patent and copyright infringements, as it relates to Java's usage in Android. It's a decision that has many scratching their heads in confusion over, especially the open source community. While a large market of analysts have already chimed in on their own regard about the situation, it's been Google that's waited the longest to comment. But, now, that's changed, as the Big G has come forward to put their statement on the situation forward.

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Apple: despite DMCA, jailbreaking will void your warranty

Apple: despite DMCA, jailbreaking will void your warranty

After yesterday's landmark DMCA ruling, all eyes were on Apple to see how the company would respond now that jailbreaking and unlocking devices is explicitly legal.  Unsurprisingly, they're not throwing open the doors and welcoming in the iPhone Dev Team with open arms; in a statement to Cult of Mac, an unnamed Apple PR person reiterated that the Cupertino company recommends users do not jailbreak their iPhone or iPod touch, and that doing so will violate their warranty.

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DMCA updated: Jailbreaking, unlocking and fair-use DRM bypassing are allowed

DMCA updated: Jailbreaking, unlocking and fair-use DRM bypassing are allowed

The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) has been seen as a double-edged sword by many, offering small content producers a legitimate way to defend themselves against copyright theft, but also throwing into doubt things like fair-use excerpts, jailbreaking of devices like Apple's iPhone, and unlocking handsets.  Now, in a new set of exemptions pushed for by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), the legal rights of those looking to do those things have been made clearer and - dare we say - more palatable.  That includes the proviso that jailbreaking a device to run an app that has been made incompatible by the handset manufacturer is fair use, as is bypassing copy protection on media (such as DVDs) to excerpt sections for derivative fair use works.

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Google wins in YouTube copyright case; Viacom intend to appeal

Google wins in YouTube copyright case; Viacom intend to appeal

Champagne all round at Google, as a judge ruled [pdf link] that YouTube is indeed protected by the safe harbor of the DMCA against claims of copyright infringing content uploaded to the video sharing service.  The suit, brought against the site by Viacom, alleged that YouTube either ignored or encouraged copyright infringing clips be uploaded, leveraging that content to build popularity and, thus, make themselves more appealing in the eventual Google acquisition.  Bizarrely, at one point Google alleged that Viacom had uploaded its own content - illegally - to YouTube so as to then demand it be taken down.

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Game piracy costs Nintendo 45% of Euro DS game sales

Game piracy costs Nintendo 45% of Euro DS game sales

Nintendo are blaming rampant piracy for a 45-percent drop in European DS game sales, pointing to so-called "magicom" or "R4" cartridges - which bypass copy protection and allow downloaded game ROMs to be played on the handheld - as the primary cause.  The hacks have previously been a significant issue in Japan, but have more recently spread to Europe; Italy, Spain and France are particular hotspots, apparently.

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Viacom secretly uploaded own content to YouTube, then demanded take-down?

Viacom secretly uploaded own content to YouTube, then demanded take-down?

Viacom and Google aren't exactly the best of friends, and that's because Viacom reckon Google-owned YouTube intentionally encourages copyright infringement.  Problem is, in attempting to prove to the world - and, more specifically, the courts - that YouTube is a "rogue enabler of content theft", it seems Viacom may have covertly uploaded their own video, disguised to make it look like it had been pirated, so they could continue to milk exposure on the site while simultaneously decrying it.

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