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Court smacks Autodesk, affirms right to sell used software

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| A federal district judge in Washington State handed down an important
| decision this week on shrink-wrap license agreements and the First Sale
| Doctrine. The case concerned an eBay merchant named Timothy Vernor who has
| repeatedly locked horns with Autodesk over the sale of used copies of its
| software. Autodesk argued that it only licenses copies of its software,
| rather than selling them, and that therefore any resale of the software
| constitutes copyright infringement.
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http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post...-software.html


Recent:

Microsoft sees slide in profits

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/7366106.stm


Microsoft stock drops amid slumping sales

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| Microsoft Corp., whose Windows software dominates the personal-computer
| market, fell 6.2 percent Fridayin Nasdaq trading after sales slumped, casting
| doubt on whether PC demand can hold up in a slowing economy. The software
| maker reported a 24 percent drop in sales of Windows last quarter and
| forecast earnings that may miss analysts' estimates.
|
| [...]
|
| "The risk is that Linux gets a foothold and then affects their long-term
| revenue significantly."
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http://www.sltrib.com/business/ci_9061263


Is Microsoft Aura Fading?

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| Yesterday's early relief rally reversed, and Microsoft's value has now fallen
| by more than $30 billion since it unveiled its bid for Yahoo on February 1.
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http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1210...googlenews_wsj
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