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2003 Articles

  • Keyword density ruling against reversed

    20 Dec 2005

    A US district court has largely reversed its own ruling that required to remove remove excessive references to a rival tax advice website. The rulings consider search engine ranking manipulation caused by keyword density.

  • Music industry considers sabotaging fans' computers

    06 May 2005

    Some of the biggest names in the US music industry are financing software programs that slow down or sabotage the computers of people using file-sharing services, according to the New York Times, the latest move in the war against music piracy.

  • Transatlantic cable failure disrupts UK internet

    27 Nov 2004

    Telephone and ISP services in the UK were disrupted this week by a fault in a major undersea communications cable that links the US and parts of Europe. But the cause, and the time it will take to repair, are still unknown, reports CNET

  • ID cards – draft bill expected in New Year

    27 Nov 2004

    A draft bill introducing national ID cards in the UK will be published in the New Year, it was announced yesterday in the Queen's Speech to mark the opening of Parliament. The draft Bill will allow the Government to lay the groundwork for the scheme,...

  • TV ad's incidental use of copyright work did not infringe

    25 Nov 2004

    A medical artist, whose illustrations appeared in the background of a TV advert for text messaging, has lost his claim of copyright infringement. An appeals court in the US decided the use was 'de minimis' - i.e. so minor as to be disregarded.

  • Government guarantee on how your personal data is used

    24 Nov 2004

    The UK's Department for Constitutional Affairs announced on Friday that it will introduce a written guarantee to outline the standards that individuals can expect from public bodies when they use and share personal information.

  • OFT issues distance selling guidance for the IT industry

    04 Nov 2004

    The Office of Fair Trading has issued draft guidelines for the IT industry on the practicalities of complying with the Distance Selling and Unfair Terms in Consumer Contracts Regulations. The consultation will last for 12 weeks and the OFT has welcomed...

  • Citibank wins injunction against ATM vulnerabilities disclosure

    24 Feb 2004

    Following a request by Citibank and Diners' Club, the High Court in London has issued an order preventing a group of Cambridge University researchers from publicly disclosing cryptographic vulnerabilities in the technology used to protect withdrawals...

  • Nike wins landmark trade mark case in China

    24 Feb 2004

    US-based sportswear multinational Nike has been handed a landmark victory by a Chinese court, which, according to media reports, ruled that trade mark protection in China covers not only the marketing of goods under the Nike brand name, but also their...

  • Gator and publishers settle pop-up ads lawsuit

    10 Feb 2004

    A group of major US publishers have settled a lawsuit against software and behavioural marketing company Gator, which delivers pop-up ads on behalf of its clients at third-party web sites without permission from the operators of those sites, according...