Federal Circuit Denies Google's Petition for Rehearing En Banc in Oracle Software Copyright Case

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit on August 28, 2014 issued a one-page order denying Google’s petition for rehearing en banc of the court’s earlier decision in favor of Oracle on the issue of “fair use” in the long-running legal battle between the two tech giants over Google’s copying of extensive Java-related software code owned by Oracle.

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Christopher Van de Verg
Process for Cybersecurity-Related "Buy Maryland Tax Credit (BMC)" Revealed

Cybersecurity buyers and sellers with a Maryland presence stand to gain from a new "Buy Maryland Cybersecurity (BMC)" program benefitting sales of cybersecurity goods and services. In its 2018 session in the spring, the Maryland General Assembly (MGA) created a new tax credit against the State income tax for qualified buyers who purchase cybersecurity technology or service from a cybersecurity business, to be administered by the Maryland Department of Commerce (MDOC).

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Maryland Cybersecurity Investment Incentive Tax Credit Investor Application Window Now Open

eginning today, Maryland Department of Commerce is accepting applications from investors interesting in qualifying to receive a Cybersecurity Investment Incentive Tax Credit (CIITC). If qualified, an investor may receive 33% of the amount of the investment (up to $250,000 per fiscal year) as a refundable credit against Maryland state income tax. In order to qualify, investors must submit an application showing, among other things, that the investment is to be made in a Qualified Maryland Cybersecurity Company (QMCC).

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Oracle II: Looking for Takeaways

Oracle II can be seen as a win for platform developers that aim to use open-source elements to entice a community of developers, but simultaneously maintain enough licensing restrictions to prevent a rival platform from reaping the benefits of the community’s development activity. True, Google forged ahead and usurped that community despite Oracle’s restrictions, but if the court’s opinion holds up, Oracle is in line for a big payday.

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