Stories by Grant Gross

Tech groups, lawyers speak out in Grokster case

A group of technology trade groups, consumer advocates and lawyers filed more than 20 briefs Tuesday in support of peer-to-peer (P-to-P) software vendors facing a U.S. Supreme Court showdown with the movie industry later this month.

Study: Powerline broadband set to grow in 2005

Broadband customers in the US looking for an alternative to cable-modem or DSL (Digital Subscriber Line) service may not have long to wait for broadband over powerline service (BPL), according to a white paper published Thursday by a technology-focus...

Judge questions impact of settlement

A U.S. district court judge on Wednesday praised Microsoft for efforts to improve technical documentation for its communications protocols, but questioned the effect in the marketplace of her final judgment in the U.S. government's antitrust case aga...

Diebold to market paper-trail e-voting system

Diebold Election Systems, a target of many electronic voting critics during the 2004 U.S. election, announced Thursday it has completed the design for a printer that would give its e-voting machines a paper trail.

P-to-P operators plead guilty to copyright violations

Operators of two peer-to-peer (P-to-P) services have pleaded guilty to felony criminal copyright infringement charges in the first U.S. federal convictions for copyright violations using P-to-P networks, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced...

Panix.com domain hijacked

Panix.com, the main domain name of New York Internet provider Public Access Networks, was apparently hijacked over the weekend, leaving customers of the company without e-mail and Web access for a day and a half.

Congresswoman reintroduces spyware bill to U.S. Congress

Spyware legislation that would allow fines of up to US$3 million for makers of software that steals personal information from a user's computer or highjacks its browser will get a second look after the U.S. Congress failed to pass the legislation in ...

Commodore computer brand sold

The company that owns the famed Commodore computer brand has been sold to Yeahronimo Media Ventures Inc., a Beverly Hills, California, digital music distributor.

P-to-P backers propose new distribution models

A complete rewrite of the U.S. copyright system was just one proposal aired Thursday during a contentious series of panel discussions at a U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) workshop on peer-to-peer technology.

Microsoft to court: Eolas didn't invent patented tech

An appeals court should throw out a half-billion-dollar patent infringement judgment against Microsoft because a lower court failed to recognize that the Web browsing patent was based on a technology that was not invented by the company awarded the m...

Supreme Court to hear Grokster case

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear a case focusing on whether peer-to-peer (P-to-P) software vendors should be penalized for unauthorized file trading when their software is used.

RIAA files 761 new file-trading lawsuits

The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) has filed new lawsuits against 761 people who allegedly use peer-to-peer (P-to-P) software to trade music files without permission, the trade group announced Thursday.

MPAA files first suits against movie file-swappers

The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) Tuesday announced that it has begun filing lawsuits against people who use peer-to-peer (P-to-P) software to trade movie files without permission over the Internet.

Report: E-voting problems cause loss of votes

Electronic voting machine problems caused more than 4,500 votes to be lost in one North Carolina county during Tuesday's general election, and gave U.S. President George Bush more than 3,800 extra votes in an Ohio county, according to reports by the ...

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