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 Saturday, 22-November-2008  03:37:29 (GMT +10) - by BlaYde

As reported on Thursday, Village Roadshow, Universal Pictures, Warner Bros Entertainment, Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, Disney Enterprises and the Seven Network are suing iiNET for allegedly letting its users download pirated movies and television series. iiNet's managing director Michael Malone said that his company would "vigorously" defend the federal court action saying that "iiNet cannot disconnect a customer's phone line based on an allegation. The alleged offence needs to be pursued by the police and proven in the courts."

Meanwhile Exetel CEO John Linton said on Friday that iiNet brought the federal court action upon itself by not forwarding Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft (AFACT) complaints to its customers. "An action such as the one now being taken against iiNet was inevitable and it was going to be costly. What also should have been clear to anyone with half a brain was that the 'head in the sand' attitude adopted by iiNet, among others, just courted the exact result that has now transpired," Linton said.

And in more legal news, Sony has lost its court case and now must cough up $18.5 million to Agere Systems as a penalty for patent infringement. When Agere sued Sony for patent infringement in March of 2006, it alleged that the larger company had violated eight of its patents, and demanded compensation for all of them.

If you're an XBOX user then the following article, Xbox 360 Red Ring Of Death: Consumers Need To Be Upset is for you. Microsoft doesn't care, and that's because they clearly have nothing to worry about. And they won't have anything to worry about unless consumers smarten up and execute their right to say, "ah, no, I don't want to be stolen from." The 360 is a fine gaming machine, and I'm not going to deny that. But someone somewhere needs to force Microsoft to fix this.

It seems that former Microsoft Executive was furious over Vista changes. Internal Microsoft emails are detailing a former co-president’s anger over Vista changes. The emails between then co-president Jim Allchin and CEO Steve Ballmer were made public as part of a class action lawsuit against Microsoft. Allchin calls the change in Vista labeling requirements “a mess” and he added that it was wrong for consumers.

And staying with Microsoft, apparently DirectX 11 will ship with Windows 7 as well as made available for Vista. In a reversal of an earlier statement made to PCGamesHardware Ben Basaric, Product Marketing Manager Windows (Germany) has stated that DirectX 11 will ship with Windows Seven. He also goes on to state that there will be a DX11 for Vista but would not say if it would be in the upcoming SP2 release.

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