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  • Australian ISPs face new laws on child porn

    24 Feb 2005

    Australian ISPs and web hosts will soon be obliged to report instances of on-line child pornography to the Australian Federal Police. Failure to comply with the new regulations could result in fines of up to $55,000.

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  • FBI warns of e-mail virus

    23 Feb 2005

    The US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) yesterday advised the public not to open spam e-mails that appear to come from the agency. The e-mails, which warn victims that they are being monitored by the FBI, contain a virus-infected attachment.

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  • Top companies missing out on search marketing

    23 Feb 2005

    Almost two thirds of FTSE 100 web sites are not making the best use of the opportunities afforded by search engines, according to a survey by search marketing company The Search Works.

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  • HP sued over pre-programmed cartridges

    23 Feb 2005

    Hewlett-Packard Corporation has been sued for allegedly including chips in its printer cartridges that instruct the cartridges to stop working on a pre-determined date even if they still contain ink, according to Reuters.

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  • Freedom of Information: survey rates compliance

    23 Feb 2005

    Only seven out of 439 local authorities in the UK are fully ready and receptive to requests for information under the new Freedom of Information (FOI) regime, according to a survey by information management company IDOX plc, released yesterday.

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  • Carousel fraud: UK regulator getting it wrong?

    22 Feb 2005

    A push by HM Customs and Excise to tackle VAT fraud was dealt a blow last week when Advocate General Luis Maduro told the European Court of Justice that certain methods being used by Customs and Excise are contrary to EU VAT law.

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  • Spam sweep underway by OFT

    22 Feb 2005

    An internet sweep targeting spammers and scammers throughout the world is underway, the UK's Office of Fair Trading (OFT) announced today. The OFT has joined forces with government agencies across the globe in a coordinated two-day attack.

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  • Surname trade marks OK in the UK

    22 Feb 2005

    The UK Trade Marks Registry has said that it will now assess applications for the registration of surnames as trade marks on the same basis as any other application, following a landmark ruling by the European Court of Justice last year.

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  • Artists’ resale right coming soon to UK

    21 Feb 2005

    The UK Patent Office has launched a consultation on how best to implement a European Directive that will allow artists to enjoy a portion of the profits made when their works are traded or resold.

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  • Orange dispute with easyMobile heads to court

    21 Feb 2005

    A dispute between easyGroup and Orange is heading to court, the mobile operator announced on Friday. Orange is concerned that the orange livery of easyMobile – due to be launched in March – infringes its trade marks.

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