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  • British firm asserts patent rights over internet downloads

    15 Jun 2004

    A British firm that is the exclusive licensee for a portfolio of six US patents which appear to cover the downloading of updates for software and virus protection has begun negotiations with several companies that it believes should be paying royalties....

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  • Mixed results for SCO in IBM and Novell actions

    14 Jun 2004

    The SCO Group had mixed results last week in two separate copyright actions brought against Linux distributors IBM and Novell. SCO has accused IBM of breaching SCO's rights in the UNIX operating system, and Novell of a bad faith effort to interfere with...

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  • A close encounter with biometrics

    14 Jun 2004

    The UK Government has begun its trial of a biometric passport scheme. Here, Duncan Drury, a volunteer for the scheme and a member of NO2ID, a coalition opposing the current ID card proposals, describes his experiences for OUT-LAW.COM.

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  • Microsoft sues almost 200 spammers

    14 Jun 2004

    In the latest stage of its fight against unsolicited commercial e-mail, Microsoft has filed eight lawsuits over the last two weeks, accusing almost 200 alleged spammers of breaches of the recently implemented CAN-SPAM Act, according to reports.

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  • Arrests over game code theft

    14 Jun 2004

    Arrests have been made in connection with the theft of source code for the on-line game Half-Life 2, according to reports. The culprits, who allegedly hacked into developer Valve Corporation's network, were tracked down with the help of irate gamers....

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  • William Hill infringed database right, says Advocate-General

    11 Jun 2004

    William Hill's use of horseracing data infringed the British Horseracing Board's database right, even though the bookmaker obtained the data from independent sources and not directly from the Board's database, said Advocate-General Stix-Hackl this week....

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  • Pop-up ads firm sues LL Bean over frivolous lawsuits

    11 Jun 2004

    Claria Corporation, formerly known as Gator, has sued internet retailer LL Bean, alleging that the clothing and outdoor equipment specialist is indulging in frivolous lawsuits against third parties, as part of a litigation strategy against Claria.

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  • IBM sued over XML-based privacy policy standard

    11 Jun 2004

    Canadian software company Zero-Knowledge Systems this week sued IBM in a Canadian court, claiming $5.1 million for alleged copyright infringement. The claim relates to work carried out by both companies in the creation of a privacy software standard....

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  • FTC proposes consumer marketing opt-out

    11 Jun 2004

    The Federal Trade Commission is seeking comment on proposed regulations that would give US consumers the chance to "opt out" before a company uses certain information provided by an affiliate to market its products or services to the consumer.

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  • Do you know the lineage of your software code?

    10 Jun 2004

    Code copying is rife. More than 75% of software developers will reuse blocks of code that were written elsewhere. But it does not automatically follow that they are breaking the law: sometimes copying is done with permission, sometimes no permission is...

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