Google Sky Lawsuit

A contractor is suing Google for allegedly stealing the idea for Google Earth’s Sky feature. Stefan argues that the lawsuit is “demonstrably frivolous,” citing evidence that the contractor was not the first person to moot the idea. From my perspective, the features the plaintiff claims he suggested aren’t non-obvious — several of them have been standard features in astronomy and planetarium software for years.

Update, Aug. 6: The lawsuit was dismissed.