Update: Astrology software company backs off suit over time-zone data

After defense lawyers raised the threat of sanctions, the Astrolabe firm has apologized and promised not to file more suits asserting copyright over information on such questions as when the sun rises and sets in various time zones. The suit had briefly led to the shutdown of a database used in Internet applications worldwide. [EFF, earlier]


  • Well, in the beginning was the Word.

  • They should have checked their horoscope before they filed the lawsuit. :)

  • The Hemingway Estate should sue Astrolabe for infringing on its copyright for “The Sun Also Rises”.

  • Wrong application. They should be enforcing their patent on the moon.


  • I see irony in the fact that practitioners of pseudo-science are attacking for control of the tools that real scientists use.