Jan 26th 2007 6:45PM The 360 is evidence not because they expect to find voice conversations on it, but because it proves that the kid in question had an Xbox 360 with his gamertag on it etc. You need to prove even things like this at trial, it's called laying a foundation.
Nov 17th 2006 11:35AM Here's the way I see it:
It's difficult to say whether WOWGlider infringes on any of Bliz's trademarks because I've never seen the program in action (and don't plan on it either). I really have no idea what's up with the DMCA but I can't imagine their being much of a claim for infringement there either; WOWGlider is more like winamp than napster in that it facilitates play rather than theft. Where Blizzard may have a strong claim is that WOWGlider is encouraging and directly helping players to violate the terms of their EULA (which, contrary to prior posters, is a contract valid as any other when you decide to play the game). In legalese this is known as 'tortuous interference'.
In any event, filing an action for declaratory judgment in a case like this is quite common; it lets the potential defendant control the scope of the suit more than if they had just waited for bliz to sue, and that advantage is just another bargaining chip in settlement negotiations (which is what 99% of lawsuits are all about anyway)
Hope this helps
Jul 11th 2006 10:32AM They're posting Book Search job openings I think because U of Michigan - Ann Arbor is one of the libraries Google is trying to digitize in its entirety. The purpose of the site may be to run AdWords, but why not keep some people there in house to work on what might be Google's most ambitious project?