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  • Why the Supreme Court sided with eBay

    16 May 2006

    Patent owners do not have an automatic right to an injunction that could cripple the business of an infringer, according to the US Supreme Court. In a qualified victory for eBay, the Justices explained where two lower courts had gone wrong.

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  • Indian employee database to be mandatory

    15 May 2006

    The Indian IT industry has declared that all employees will have to register on its biometric database, so it can assure its Western clients that their customers' personal data will be protected.

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  • Licensing of Windows code to be extended

    15 May 2006

    Microsoft has agreed to extend for a further two years a licensing programme that forms part of its 2002 antitrust settlement with the US Department of Justice. Rivals will now have access to communications protocols for Windows until November 2009.

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  • Put 'fair use' right in UK copyright law, says NCC

    15 May 2006

    Just 19% of people are aware that they break the law in the UK by copying a CD to their computer or iPod, according to the National Consumer Council (NCC), which wants to see a "fair use" right inserted in the country's "absurd" copyright laws.

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  • Public procurement: better rights for rejected bidders

    15 May 2006

    The losing bidder who suspects foul play in the award of a public procurement contract has too few effective remedies and too little time to exercise them if he's to stand a chance of winning a contract. But the European Commission plans to make changes....

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  • Workplace absence costs £13 billion, says CBI

    15 May 2006

    The cost of staff absence to the UK economy rose to over £13 billion in 2005 – and 66 million days were lost across the public services at a cost of £3.4 billion to the taxpayer – according to a new survey of over 400 organisations.

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  • Europe reviews VAT regime for financial services

    12 May 2006

    Much of the current VAT regime is almost 30 years old and an unpleasant environment for many financial services companies, particularly those that trade across EU borders. But the European Commission announced plans for reform yesterday.

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  • Why ICANN was right to reject .xxx

    12 May 2006

    EDITORIAL: The internet's domain naming body has rejected a plan for a .xxx domain, a red light district for the internet. It was the right decision, but not for reasons suggested by the religious right in the US. It was right because the plan was flawed....

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  • Data thieves deserve prison, says privacy chief

    12 May 2006

    Anyone trading illegally in personal data should be sent to prison for up to two years, according to the UK's Information Commissioner. Richard Thomas warned today that confidential information is too easily stolen from public and private organisations....

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  • Appeals court says Denial of Service is a crime

    12 May 2006

    A judge made a mistake when he suggested that a teenager using a 'mail-bombing' program to attack his former employer's computer system was not breaching the Computer Misuse Act, according to an appeals court.

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