Wileyfox back from the brink thanks to STK licensing deal, new phones on the way

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Plucky British OEM Wileyfox has had a bit of a whirlwind three years since it released its first budget devices back in 2015. The phones ran Cyanogen OS, but the startup that made the hardware ultimately didn’t fare much better than the operating system itself, as Wileyfox entered administration last month in a bid to resolve a severe debt crisis. It was unclear if that would signal the end for the company, but apparently not entirely.

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Apple’s Made-for-iPhone Licensing Program Now Supports USB-C Ports and Lightning-to-3.5mm Audio Out Cables

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Apple’s longstanding Made-for-iPhone/iPad/iPod (MFi) licensing program has just expanded in two big ways, with Apple bringing in support for USB Type-C ports and Lightning-to-3.5mm headphone audio out cables. Continue reading
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Facebook signs European licensing deal for music you share

Facebook has dealt with some criticism over the unpaid use of licensed music in videos on the company's various platforms like Instagram. Back in September of last year, it was reported that the social network was paying out "hundreds of millions of…
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Music licensing fees paid by streaming services like Spotify or Apple Music to increase

The Copyright Royalty Board of the U.S. Library of Congress—which determines the licensing fees paid by streaming services to artists (and their publishers)—has reportedly increased the royalty rate from 10.5% to 15.1% of total revenues for the five-year period from 2018 to 2022. Streaming services rely on the compulsory license established under U.S. law rather than negotiate directly with publishers. For comparison, Netflix and Amazon must negotiate with studios for the use of programs, which is why their catalogs are not “all-inclusive” in the way that music streaming services are.

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Apple reaches settlement, licensing agreement with Immersion following iPhone haptic feedback lawsuits

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Immersion has announced it has made a deal with Apple, entering into a settlement with the iPhone producer as well as setting up licensing agreements for its haptic feedback technology, an arrangement that is extremely likely to halt all of Immersion’s current patent infringement lawsuits against Apple.
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Spotify faces $1.6 billion lawsuit over song licensing

Spotify is no stranger to facing lawsuits accusing it of offering unlicensed songs, but the latest could prove to be very costly. Hollywood Reporter has learned that Wixen Music Publishing, which manages the song composition rights for artists rangi…
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Apple Music, Beats under legal attack over third-party licensing practices

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A musician apparently disgruntled at how Beats Music and Apple Music has handled its streaming obligations is looking to fire up a class action suit, and is accusing Apple of intentionally deleting records and under-counting downloads and streams in order to pay artists less — or not at all.
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Major Players Roll Up Sleeves to Solve Open Source Licensing Problems

Four big tech players this week moved to improve their handling of open source software licensing violations. Red Hat, Google, Facebook and IBM said they would apply error standards in the most recent GNU GPLv3 to all of their open source licensing, even licenses granted under older GPL agreements. “There is no procedure in the older GPLs that allowed a licensee to correct his mistakes,” said Lawrence Rosen, former general counsel for the Open Source Initiative. “This will make everything consistent with GPLv3.”
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Immersion Announces New Multi-Year Licensing Agreement

Immersion Corp., a leading developer and licensor of touch feedback technology, announced thsi week that it has signed a multi-year license agreement with Japan’s Nippon Seiki Co., Ltd.

Nippon Seiki, a global supplier of control panels for home, office and factory appliances, will license Immersion’s technology for its line of printer and copier products.

With Immersion’s haptics, Nippon Seiki will enhance its human-interface technology with high-quality tactile effects and feedback, appealing to users’ sense of touch and creating a more intuitive interface for the operator.

“Touch is one of the most fundamental ways we connect with the physical world, and we envision a world in which virtual experiences are indistinguishable from physical life,” said Nobumitsu Shimada, Immersion’s Representative Director and Country Manager, Japan. “We look forward to working with Nippon Seiki to add haptics to the interfaces of its control panels and providing its customers with enhanced digital experiences.”

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Linux Foundation Launches Open Data Licensing Agreements

The Linux Foundation on Monday introduced the Community Data License Agreement, a new framework for sharing large sets of data required for research, collaborative learning and other purposes. CDLAs will allow both individuals and groups to share data sets in the same way they share open source software code, the foundation said. “As systems require data to learn and evolve, no one organization can build, maintain and source all data required,” noted Mike Dolan, VP of strategic programs at The Linux Foundation.
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