Open Source “Piggybacking”

In a previous post, we described a lawsuit filed by Rosetta Stone against competitors for “piggybacking” Rosetta Stone’s trademarks in an attempt to divert website traffic.  CNet columnist Matt Asay analogizes this situation to an open source problem here. The open source software development culture thrives on access and sharing of oftentimes copyrightable source code. …

Gucci and the Godfather: Counterfeit Purses May Fund Organized Crime

Federal agents are stepping up efforts to curb the proliferation of counterfeit purses.  Designer knock-offs have become so ubiquitous that the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (“ICE”) is concerned that their sale is a key revenue source for organized crime syndicates. In a news story here, Nebraska TV station KETV7 says it snuck hidden cameras…

The Specter of Revenue Recognition

In a January 28th article, located here, CFO magazine quotes Huron Consulting Group’s Jeffrey Szafran, as saying “revenue-recognition problems . . .  are probably the leading cause of restatements among software companies.” The consequences of getting it wrong can be severe. NEC (as reported in that same article) faced with the prospect of restating earnings…