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  • Worm attack hits big firms

    17 Aug 2005

    A computer worm that exploits a vulnerability in the Windows 2000 operating system hit several well-known corporations yesterday, affecting computers at the Financial Times, New York Times and CNN, according to reports.

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  • Londoners worst for misusing email, says survey

    17 Aug 2005

    Londoners have the worst attitude in the country to company email usage, according to a survey commissioned by e-security firm Clearswift. One third of Londoners polled admitted to swearing in emails, as compared to one fifth from the North of England....

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  • Commission consults on music royalties deal

    17 Aug 2005

    The European Commission has today launched a consultation on proposals by the Dutch and Belgian royalty collecting societies to end their participation in the agreed restrictions as set out in the so-called "Santiago Agreement".

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  • Music samples to be credited, says Patent Office

    16 Aug 2005

    The UK Patent Office has issued guidance in respect of new rules that will introduce moral rights for performers, with the result that, from February, artists who use samples from other songs or music in their own performance must credit those responsible...

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  • Google suspends library plan over copyright concerns

    16 Aug 2005

    Google has suspended part of a plan to digitally scan certain library collections so that books can be matched to internet search queries – in order that copyright holders can let the company know of any books that should not be scanned.

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  • EPO sets up software patents site

    16 Aug 2005

    The European Patent Office (EPO) has launched a “microsite” to provide information on the law and practice relating to the patentability of computer-related inventions. It comes in the wake of a failed European Commission attempt to clarify...

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  • Man convicted of massive data theft

    16 Aug 2005

    A Florida man was on Friday convicted of stealing around 1.6 billion items of personal information from a computer database belonging to information management firm Acxiom Corporation, according to the Associated Press.

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  • Freedom of Information – the MoD responds

    15 Aug 2005

    The Ministry of Defence has received 3000 requests under the Freedom of Information Act since the Act came into force on 1st January. Queries have included a request for an old Royal Navy recipe for curried meatballs, and details of the MoD's policy on...

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  • Simon Cowell and ABC sued over “Idea” format rights

    15 Aug 2005

    The makers of US reality TV show “Million Dollar Idea” have sued Simon Cowell and ABC Television Network over their plans to create a new show called “The Million Dollar Idea”, alleging that the proposed programme is a rip-off...

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  • Court overturns email tapping case

    15 Aug 2005

    The US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit on Thursday overturned a landmark ruling that it was not a violation of criminal wiretap laws for the provider of an email service to monitor the content of users' incoming messages without their consent....

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