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  • Trailers are not ‘fair use’ of movie copyrights

    18 Aug 2003

    Movie studios will be protected where someone uses clips of their copyrighted films to make and sell previews, a US court ruled this month. The defence of 'fair use', where reporters or teachers use copyrighted material for socially valuable purposes,...

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  • Patent granted for sequenced internet adverts

    18 Aug 2003

    Interactive marketing company 24/7 Real Media announced on Thursday that it has been granted a US patent that covers the delivery of sequenced advertisements over the internet, interactive TV and mobile phones.

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  • FTSE 100 web sites failing basic accessibility tests

    18 Aug 2003

    Twenty-one percent of the top UK companies have web sites that fail basic accessibility tests, according to a report by site monitoring company Business2www. The worst site tested was that of Marks and Spencer – and BT.com fared little better. Three...

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  • Child internet protection law appealed to Supreme Court

    15 Aug 2003

    The US Department of Justice (DOJ) on Monday made an appeal to the Supreme Court, arguing that the Child Online Protection Act (COPA) should not have been struck down in March as inconsistent with Constitutional rights to free speech.

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  • Microsoft beats Apple into Europe's pay-per-song market

    15 Aug 2003

    Emulating Apple's popular pay-as-you-go plan for licensed music downloads, Microsoft has become the first to launch a similar service for the European market, with prices of €0.99 or £0.75 per track, without the need for a subscription.

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  • EMMA prepared to harmonise web interfaces

    15 Aug 2003

    The ability to communicate over the web by voice, pen, keyboard or all three at the same time came a step closer on Monday when the World Wide Web Consortium, known as W3C, published its first working draft of EMMA, or the Extensible MultiModal Annotation...

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  • DirecTV fishes for pirates, catches innocents

    15 Aug 2003

    US satellite TV provider DirecTV has moved its anti-piracy stance from suing companies that sell modified smartcards to suing the individuals who use them. But DirecTV is casting its net so wide that it appears to be catching innocent people, says a civil...

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  • Data protection rights are being ignored, says survey

    15 Aug 2003

    Ninety six percent of top UK companies failed to respond to individual requests for personal information held on their marketing databases, according to a new survey – which amounts to a breach of the country's data protection law.

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  • How to avoid being caught up in VAT fraud

    14 Aug 2003

    HM Customs and Excise yesterday published new guidance to help honest businesses from being caught up in VAT fraud in the computer, mobile phone, alcohol and road fuel trade sectors.

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  • SCO revokes Sequent’s UNIX license

    14 Aug 2003

    The SCO Group on Tuesday terminated a UNIX license granted to Sequent Computer Systems, which is now owned by IBM. The move marks the latest move in a bitter battle between SCO and IBM over an alleged breach of SCO's rights in the UNIX operating system.

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