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  • New York consumers can jointly sue Microsoft

    06 Sep 2005

    A class action suit brought by New York consumers against Microsoft can proceed, a New York judge has ruled. According to Law.com, the consumers charged that they suffered damages as a result of deceptive behaviour by the company.

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  • Don't impose TV rules on the internet, says trade group

    06 Sep 2005

    The European Commission should be cautious about extending the Television Without Frontiers Directive (TVWF Directive) to cover the provision of online audiovisual content services, according to trade group the E-Business Regulatory Alliance.

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  • Open source GPL to get a makeover

    06 Sep 2005

    A global project has launched today to update the General Public Licence ( GPL ), which underpins the distribution of most open source software. The GPL Version 3 Development and Publicity Project is being run by the Free Software Foundation.

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  • Ireland convicts spammer, mulls prison sentences

    06 Sep 2005

    Ireland's Data Protection Commissioner, Billy Hawkes, has secured his first conviction for a breach of the country's anti-spam law. A similar law exists in the UK but the UK Commissioner, Richard Thomas, has taken no such action to date.

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  • Kazaa owner loses Australian copyright battle

    05 Sep 2005

    Sharman Networks, distributor of the software behind peer-to-peer service Kazaa today lost a copyright battle with the music industry, when an Australian court found that it was acting illegally in allowing users to breach music copyright.

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  • DVD Jon hacks Media Player file encryption

    05 Sep 2005

    Norway's best known IT export, DVD Jon, has hacked encryption coding in Microsoft's Windows Media Player, opening up content broadcast for the multimedia player to alternative devices on multiple platforms.

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  • Marketing myths of the London Olympics bill

    05 Sep 2005

    The Department of Culture, Media and Sport has published a fact sheet countering some of the myths that have emerged over the UK Government’s plans to protect against ambush marketing in connection with the 2012 Olympics.

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  • Lexmark's cartridge deal and box-top licence upheld

    05 Sep 2005

    A US Appeals Court has endorsed a scheme that offers Lexmark customers $30 off the price of a laser printer cartridge if they agree – by opening the box – to return the empty cartridge to Lexmark rather than seeking a refill from a third party....

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  • Battle.net emulator broke DMCA and EULA

    05 Sep 2005

    Gamers who created their own multiplayer gaming community by reverse-engineering software to emulate Blizzard Entertainment's gaming server broke Blizzard's end user licence agreement and the US Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

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  • Wider use of electoral roll raises privacy concerns

    05 Sep 2005

    The UK Government intends that voters will register their address with the security services, police and other public bodies when they register for the vote according to proposed regulations from the Department of Constitutional Affairs (DCA).

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