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  • SCO reveals snippet of disputed code

    20 Aug 2003

    The SCO Group has revealed snippets of code at the centre of a dispute over the Linux operating system. At a customer conference on Monday, the software firm compared its UNIX code to that found in Linux – which it says infringes its copyright....

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  • Lawyer suspended over explicit e-mail cock-up

    19 Aug 2003

    Think before you click. It's advice that Australian lawyer Patrick Smith may well wish he had taken before he mistakenly sent a sexually explicit e-mail to 30 people, rather than one intended recipient. Like others before it, Patrick Smith's e-mail has...

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  • HBOS uses lie detector to spot crooked calls

    19 Aug 2003

    HBOS is about to begin a three-month trial of lie detector tests on randomly selected callers to its insurance claims hotline. But civil rights group Liberty warns that the tests would only detect stress, rather than lies – and that most people...

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  • Librarians exposed to internet porn – case settles

    19 Aug 2003

    A dozen female librarians have settled a claim they brought against Minneapolis public library alleging that they were repeatedly exposed to pornography when library patrons accessed the material on-line. According to the Associated Press, the librarians...

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  • Freelancers abandon the UK

    19 Aug 2003

    Twenty-six percent of UK freelancers have left the country, with a further 32% wanting to go, according to a survey by freelancer's network Shout99. The uncertain economic climate, and problems caused by red tape like the IR35 legislation are blamed for...

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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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  • 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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