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The New York Times reports "A jury ruled in favor of Google on Thursday in a long legal dispute with Oracle over software used to power most of the world’s smartphones. Oracle contended that Google used copyrighted material in 11,000 of its 13 million lines of software code in Android, its mobile phone operating system. Oracle asked for $9 billion from Google. Google said it made fair use of that code and owed nothing. The victory for Google cheered other software developers, who operate much the way Google did when it comes to so-called open-source software. Unlike traditional software created by corporations and tightly held, open-source products are released, often with some restrictions, for anyone to use and modify."
Variety reports "In a sign of bullishness about the entertainment industry, private equity firm Shamrock Capital Advisors LLC has closed its $250 Million Entertainment IP Fund. The fund is focused on acquiring or financing entertainment intellectual property rights across a diverse group of assets that have been through their initial window of release, including films, television programming, music publishing rights, recorded music masters and video games."
London, UK — May 24, 2016 — Today The Orchard proudly announces the arrival of two top music industry executives to its European Headquarters in London: Lucy Blair & Nikoo Sadr.
The Verge reports "Samsung Electronics and SK Telecom just announced plans to build a nationwide network in South Korea to connect the intelligent devices required for the smart cities of the future. It’s hailing the new LoRaWAN-based network as the world’s first for commercial use (although KPN in The Netherlands says it will also have a nationwide network available by June, and Swisscom is deploying its national network this year as well). These are in addition to several community-based networks already taking root around the world."
Billboard reports "ICE, the one-stop pan-European online rights hub, has signed its first license deal in the digital market place, partnering with Google Play Music. ICE, or International Copyright Enterprise as it's also known, was formed by three of Europe's biggest collection societies - PRS for Music (United Kingdom), STIM (Sweden) and GEMA (Germany) - and officially launched earlier this year, having received clearance from the European Commission in June 2015."
GamesIndustry reports "Nintendo has been filing copyright claims against YouTubers again - this time, though, it's over videos created from the official Super Mario DLC created for Minecraft. The tense relationship between Nintendo and YouTubers wishing to create videos based on its games stretches all the way back to May 2013."
The Verge reports "Last Friday, Oculus released a software update blocking Revive — a piece of software that allowed users to port Rift games they'd bought from the Oculus store onto HTC's Vive headset. However, it seems Oculus's intervention may have backfired, with an update to Revive not only allowing users to port titles again, but also bypass the Rift's DRM in the process, opening the door to easier VR piracy."
Wired reports "THE LEGAL BATTLE between Oracle and Google is about to come to an end. And nothing less is as stake than the future of programming. Today lawyers for both companies are set to make their closing arguments in the fight over whether Google’s use of the Java application programming interface (API)—an arcane but critically important part of the Android mobile operating system—was legal. Regardless of how the jury rules, the case has already had a permanent effect on the way developers build software."
TechCrunch reports "A funny thing happens when the Federal Communications Commission moves to introduce competition into a consumer market. The industry, once so accustomed to acting the monopoly or duopoly in its sector, must suddenly “deal with” thousands if not millions of unhappy customers and a heated public debate."
TechCrunch reports "Safety regulations for drone usage continue to be formulated, with the US Federal Aviation Authority last month proposing a four-tiered classification system with different rules for how drones can and can’t interact with crowds. The FAA also has a task force weighing in on the issue."