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May 2000 Articles

  • Service to music piracy attacked in court

    09 May 2000

    A district judge in California has rejected a request by Napster, the internet song-swap service, to have a major copyright infringement lawsuit against it thrown out.

  • Progress for Microsoft in Java case

    09 May 2000

    Microsoft has made a small advance in its long-running case against Sun Microsystems. Late yesterday, US District Judge Ronald Whyte accepted Microsoft’s request for summary judgement, dismissing Sun’s claims of copyright infringement. However,...

  • Love Bug arrest

    08 May 2000

    A 27 year old bank worker, Reomel Ramones, has today been arrested by the Philippine National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) in connection with the Love Bug computer virus. His 23 year old girlfriend, Irene de Guzman, is expected to turn herself in later...

  • MP3.com decision was simple

    08 May 2000

    The judge behind the decision of a US court that MP3.com, the internet music service, violated the copyrights of five major music labels, has made it clear that his decision was a simple one.

  • New Regulations to give part-time workers equal rights

    08 May 2000

    The UK Government is introducing measures to give part-time employees the right not to be treated less favourably than full-timers. The regulations, subject to Parliamentary approval, will come into force on 1st July 2000 and cover pay, pensions, training...

  • DoubleClick sued for patent infringement

    08 May 2000

    24/7 Media, the internet advertising network, is suing DoubleClick, its rival on-line advertiser, for patent infringement. The action, brought in a New York District Court, seeks damages and an order against further infringement.

  • Police suspect female student of Love Bug virus

    08 May 2000

    Police in Manila believe they have identified the author of the Love Bug virus which is claimed to have reached 45 million users and corrupted over 3 million files worldwide to date. The author used the name "Spyder" in the code of the virus.

  • E-Commerce Directive approved

    08 May 2000

    The E-commerce Directive has been approved and passed by the European Parliament in record time, making way for it to become law throughout the EU within an 18 month period expiring on 17th January 2002.

  • ASPs to get dispute settlement guidelines

    08 May 2000

    A dispute settlement mechanism is being set up specifically tailored to the needs of the application service provider (ASP) industry. The announcement came from the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) and ASPIC, the ASP industry consortium....

  • Microsoft Attacks Proposal to Break it in Two

    05 May 2000

    It has been reported that lawyers for the Microsoft Corporation may ask a federal judge to throw out the Justice Department's plan to break up the company by arguing that the US government improperly based its proposal on evidence that had not been presented...