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  • Commission hearing on music royalties

    16 Nov 2004

    The European Commission is holding a hearing today on a potential breach of competition law caused by an agreement among 16 EU royalty-collection societies that creates a "one-stop shop" music licence, according to the International Herald Tribune.

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  • Chancellor calls for public procurement reform

    16 Nov 2004

    Gordon Brown, the UK's Chancellor of the Exchequer, is calling on the EU to reform public procurement in the wake of a report revealing significant obstacles to effective competition in EU public procurement markets.

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  • FSA reports on IT security and financial crime

    15 Nov 2004

    The UK's Financial Services Authority last week reported on how financial firms are managing their information security in the fight against fraud and other financial crime, revealing that small and medium-sized firms are not well prepared.

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  • Pre-paid calling cards: terms unfair, concludes Ofcom

    15 Nov 2004

    The regulator for the UK's communications industries last week closed two investigations into the sale of pre-paid calling cards, after providers O2 and Wanadoo agreed to amend some of the terms in their contracts with subscribers.

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  • Overseas credit card purchases are not protected, says court

    15 Nov 2004

    The Office of Fair Trading on Friday lost a test case brought to decide the question of whether or not consumer safeguards on credit card purchases apply to purchases made abroad, in person or on-line, as they do in the UK.

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  • Landmark Australian libel case settles

    15 Nov 2004

    An Australian internet libel case, which culminated in the landmark decision that an article posted on the internet is considered as published at the point where it is downloaded and read, has settled, according to reports.

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  • Domain name transfers simplified from today

    12 Nov 2004

    ICANN, the body responsible for the internet's domain name system, today announced that its new inter-registrar domain name transfer policy has gone into effect. The idea is to simplify transfers among registrars and to prevent abuses.

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  • Smart card patent fight to continue, says court

    12 Nov 2004

    A US Federal Court has ruled that a patent at the heart of an infringement action brought by smart card company E-Pass Technologies against Microsoft and Compaq (now part of Hewlett-Packard) is valid and that the case should continue.

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  • Service providers hit with over £400,000 in fines from UK watchdog

    12 Nov 2004

    The UK's watchdog for premium rate phone numbers this week published the results of actions against 15 service providers, including some overseas, for abusing rogue-dialler software and premium rate numbers. The companies were fined a total of £438,700....

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  • Europeans to outspend US shoppers this Christmas

    12 Nov 2004

    Europe will outpace the US in on-line holiday sales this year. It estimates that e-commerce during the holiday season in Western Europe will increase by 44% over last year, bringing in €13 billion compared with €10 billion ($13 billion) in the...

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