ABC News: Veterans group: Lawsuit prompts Pentagon to reopen database

ABC News: Veterans group: Lawsuit prompts Pentagon to reopen database. “The Pentagon will reopen a records database that helps service members who are appealing a less-than-honorable discharge, a veterans group said Friday. The National Veterans Legal Services Program had sued the Defense Department over a lack of access to the database, arguing that the military had been breaking federal law since April.”

The Hill: Supreme Court declines to hear Facebook facial recognition case

The Hill: Supreme Court declines to hear Facebook facial recognition case. “The Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to take up a high-profile court battle over whether users can sue Facebook for using facial recognition technology on their photos without proper consent. The high court rejected Facebook’s bid to review the case, meaning the social media giant will likely have to face the multibillion-dollar class-action lawsuit over whether it violated an Illinois privacy law.”

The Verge: Facebook accused of shutting out mobile competitors in lawsuit

The Verge: Facebook accused of shutting out mobile competitors in lawsuit. “The suit, which is seeking class-action status, argues that the company ‘identified and categorized potential market threats, then extinguished those threats’ by cutting them off from access to data on its platform. Facebook, the suit alleges, “moved aggressively to shut out entirely direct competitors,” like WeChat, by revoking access to its platform.”

Ars Technica: Oracle copied Amazon’s API—was that copyright infringement?

Ars Technica: Oracle copied Amazon’s API—was that copyright infringement?. “Early this year, the Supreme Court will hear an important case that will determine the legal status of application programming interfaces under copyright law. If the high court sides with Oracle in its multibillion-dollar lawsuit against Google’s Android platform, it could stifle competition and entrench dominant technology firms—possibly including Google itself.”

Billboard: Labels & Publishers Win $1 Billion Piracy Lawsuit Against Cox Communications

Billboard: Labels & Publishers Win $1 Billion Piracy Lawsuit Against Cox Communications. “Cox Communications was found liable for the piracy infringement of more than 10,000 musical works by a U.S. District Court jury in Virgina on Thursday (Dec. 19), awarding $1 billion statutory damages to plaintiffs Sony Music, Universal Music Group, Warner Music Group and EMI.”