A US firm is taking legal action against seven PC makers and the Chinese government alleging much of the code for China's Green Dam scheme was stolen from their products. Solid Oak software, which makes Cybersitter, wants $2.2bn in damages from Sony, Lenovo, Toshiba, Acer, Asus, BenQ and the Chinese government. Greg Fayer, …
Good luck with that...
...and how much are you paying these laywers to sue a foreign Goverment?
So you sue in America where you have no jurisdiction over China - FAIL
You sue the Chinese Goverment in China - FAIL.
Even the companies are likely to be Dell China, who will not be directly linked to Dell USA, so again, good luck with that one...
Feel sorry for them though..
This is the sort of IP protection...
... that the US should be dealing with.
Not ridiculous "software patents" where someone writes down an idea (which is often already being used), but blatant copying of an actual program.
Unfortunately whilst there's vested interests in patent whoring...
Anyone remember SCO?
Of course, I can't tell how similar this case is or isn't. But the idea that quite so many bigcos have lifted your code without permission seems far-fetched.
This seems like it should be a case against the Chinese government rather than the OEM's, as the OEM's would have been severely pressured by the Chinese goverment to install Green Dam (also likely provided to them by the Chinese government for installation) or not be able to sell their systems within the country. Likely the Chinese government were the ones to have it developed - next question would as to who the developer was, and have they been sued yet?
Not source code, data file code
The "code" that has been copied is not source code, it is code in the data files describing which sites are filtered. Cybersitter has a .pdf file on their site explaining the complaint.
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