STLR Link Roundup – March 25, 2016

FBI Finds an Outside Party That May Be Able to Hack the iPhone

The California District Court has vacated the hearing set for the Apple iPhone case that was set for March 22, 2016 after the FBI’s request. As detailed in the memo filed by the FBI, they have found an outside party that may be able to unlock the iPhone in question. If this is successful, the FBI would not need Apple’s assistance in accessing the data. The FBI is to file a status report on April 5 detailing the results of the testing.

Newly Introduced House Bill Would Require ID Verification for Prepaid Phone Purchases

Earlier this week, Congresswoman Jackie Speier introduced a bill that would require people to present identification when purchasing prepaid mobile devices, or “burner phones,” as they are commonly referred to in movies and TV shows. It was stated that there is currently a legal loophole in which many criminal activities have been centered on using these burner phones for communication.

“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” Blu-Ray Leaked Online

After shattering numerous box office records during its run in theaters, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” was set to be released on Blu-Ray on April 5th, 2016. However, it appears that a copy of it was leaked and has found its way onto websites all over the web. There are now dozens of copies on numerous torrent, hosting and streaming sites and it has been estimated that 250,000 people have grabbed a copy of it within the first 12 hours. Disney has filed thousands of takedown notices to Google in the past few days, but there doesn’t appear to be any way for the movie to be completely removed from the internet.

Supreme Court Grants Certiorari on Damages Awarded in Samsung v. Apple

The Supreme Court has granted certiorari on the question of “Where a design patent is applied to only a component of a product, should an award of infringer’s profits be limited to those profits attributable to the component?” Late last year, Apple was awarded $400 million in damages from Samsung for infringing on Apple’s design patents. The initial district court ruling which was upheld in the Federal Circuit was that an infringer is liable for the owner’s total lost profit. If the Supreme Court were to decide in favor a Samsung, they could see that damage amount reduced significantly.

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