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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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  • Four found guilty of £40 million VAT fraud

    15 Aug 2005

    Four people were found guilty at Maidstone Crown Court on Friday of involvement in a “carousel” VAT fraud that is estimated to have cost HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) over £40 million over two years.

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  • Lloyd's taking on open source IP risk

    15 Aug 2005

    Register Exclusive: Lloyd's of London is close to offering independent insurance protection worldwide against potential IP litigation involving Linux and open source software. The financial services giant has agreed to take on the risk associated with...

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  • Jury rejects 'Grand Theft Auto' defence

    12 Aug 2005

    A US jury on Tuesday found 20-year-old Devin Moore guilty of the murder of two police officers and a dispatcher, despite claims by the defence that Moore had been influenced by the violent video game Grand Theft Auto.

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  • Delhi orders steak with chips to cut cow fraud

    12 Aug 2005

    Delhi is planting microchips in cattle to prevent the illegal milking of a cash-for-cows initiative that had been introduced by the city to tackle problems with strays, ranging from bovine belligerence to black market dairy dealers, according to reports....

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