Legal & Security

30 December 2006

uk: Media law review of the year The Guardian

In a year that saw no shortage of scandal, sensation and celebrity litigation, there have been some landmark decisions that have shaped the law and provided for a more coherent approach to censuring the media's excesses while safeguarding its underlying rights to publish them.

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uk: Time to go public The Guardian - Leader

Privacy is one of those concepts which are easier to understand than define. A human life of any quality relies on a reasonable expectation of privacy. Yet modern technology - whether deployed by corporations, individuals, media or the state - offers unlimited scope for intrusion into private lives. The border between considerations of public interest, security and convenience on the one hand, and of privacy on the other, is becoming crowded territory.

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us: Washington gets ready to gossip as DC sex blog goes to court The Guardian

The Washington Post described Jessica Cutler as "our blog slut". The National Enquirer opined that she was "beautiful, untalented and morally corrupted". Now the blogger who wrote about her attempts to juggle affairs with six men while keeping a job as an aide to a senator has a new role: as the star defendant in a case that could help define what can and cannot be published in a blog.

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25 December 2006

Is Your Blog Exposing You to Legal Liability? Law.com

The growth of streamlined Web sites presented primarily in journal form, or blogs, operated and populated by individuals as well as businesses, continues to be nothing short of explosive. But as usually is the case with such rapid adoption of technology and communication ability, there is the potential for legal liability.

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23 December 2006

Australian copyright ruling has international implications, experts say International Herald Tribune

A court ruling in a music piracy case could mean that Australian companies have a higher level of liability than those in the United States.

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21 December 2006

uk: £3m for man left with unstoppable sex drive The Guardian

A newly married man whose sex drive became uncontrollable after he suffered a head injury at work won more than £3m damages at the high court yesterday. Stephen Tame, 29, had been married to Sarah, 30, for eight months when he fell from a gantry while working in a cycle warehouse in January 2002. Although he recovered from the accident after two years of treatment, the injury unleashed a libido that could not be kept in check, the court was told.

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20 December 2006

au: Copyright ruling puts hyperlinking on notice Sydney Morning Herald

A court ruling has given the recording industry the green light to go after individuals who link to material from their websites, blogs or MySpace pages that is protected by copyright.

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18 December 2006

uk: Website scammers clone in on Cherie and her learned friends The Guardian

Cherie Booth and her fellow barristers at Matrix Chambers are usually involved in fighting discrimination, protecting human rights and exposing injustice. But Britain's best-known team of lawyers have had to resort to legal action to defend themselves against internet pirates who are using Matrix's personnel, host of awards and high reputation in an apparent money-making scam.

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16 December 2006

Virtually Addicted Business Week

A lawsuit against IBM is reviving debate over whether Web overuse may be classified as an addiction. The answer will have big implications for business: By his own admission, James Pacenza was spending too much time in Internet chat rooms, in some of them discussing sex. He goes so far as to call his interest in inappropriate Web sites a form of addiction that stems from the posttraumatic stress disorder he's suffered since returning from Vietnam. Whatever it's called, Pacenza's chat-room habit cost him his job.

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15 December 2006

Cyber hijackers demand ransom Sydney Morning Herald

Hackers are hijacking free online email accounts, refusing to cede control unless the user pays them a ransom.

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The EU takes measures to eradicate high levels of illegal online activity Internet Business Law Services

The European Union is slated to review existing legislation to determine the need for additional regulation to protect user privacy and security online. Next year, the European Commission may introduce proposals to force service providers to notify clients of security breaches and facilitate legal action to protect individuals from the consequences of spam, spyware and malicious software.

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12 December 2006

us: How We Target Child Predators FBI news release

Talk about prevention: we've helped take more than 6,000 child predators off the streets in the last 10 years. That's a lot of horrific future crimes -- and untold misery -- that never happened to kids and their families. But when it comes to the Internet -- with computing power growing and technology costs falling by the minute -- what's past is truly prologue.

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uk: High Court Holds that the Automatic Insertion of an e-mail Address does not Constitute a Signature Internet Business Law Services

On 7 April 2006, the English High Court ruled that the appearance of the sender's e-mail address at the top of an e-mail was not a "signature" for the purposes of section 4 of the Statute of Frauds, because it had not been included with the intention of giving authenticity.

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09 December 2006

Internet criminals signing up students as 'sleepers' The Guardian

Organised gangs are recruiting the next generation of internet criminals by approaching undergraduates on university campuses. In some cases gangs offer to finance undergraduates' studies and plant them as sleepers within target businesses, according to a report on cybercrime which draws on intelligence from the FBI and British and European hi-tech crime units.

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05 December 2006

UN warns on password 'explosion' BBC

The growing number of login names web users need puts privacy at risk, says a ITU report.

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02 December 2006

US warns of al-Qaeda cyber threat BBC

The US government has warned of an al-Qaeda call to attack US online stock market and banking services.

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01 December 2006

Illegal net sport faces crackdown BBC

Sports authorities are taking action to stop illegal live coverage of football and other events over the internet.

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29 November 2006

us: Calif. Supreme Court Shields Web Republishers Law.com

People who republish defamatory content online cannot be held liable for defamation even if they were warned about it, the California Supreme Court ruled, 7-0.

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The Dark Side of Second Life Business Week

Software that lets residents copy others' possessions is the latest reminder that this virtual world may need tougher law enforcement

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28 November 2006

Google settles copyright dispute with 2 groups in Belgium International Herald Tribune/Bloomberg/AP

Google said last week that it had settled with two Belgian groups representing photographers and journalists in a copyright dispute.

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us: Groups Oppose Passage of New Surveillance Bill Center for Democracy and Technology

A new bill that would weaken intelligence oversight should not pass in the few remaining days of the 109th Congress, a coalition of groups said Monday. CDT joined with several other public interest groups in urging Senate Judiciary Committee Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) to end his effort to pass the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Oversight and Resource Enhancement Act of 2006 (S. 4051). Instead of pushing for rushed passage of a legislation that could undercut the security and privacy of innocent Americans, the groups urged Specter to work with Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) to more fully address the issues relating to warrantless domestic spying when the new Congress convenes next year. November 22, 2006

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27 November 2006

The Dark Side of Second Life Business Week

Software that lets residents copy others' possessions is the latest reminder that this virtual world may need tougher law enforcement

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26 November 2006

Belgian newspapers, Google in copyright stoush Sydney Morning Herald

Lawyers for Belgium's French-speaking newspapers and Google clashed in court today during a hearing into a copyright case against the US giant.

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24 November 2006

China's Online Porn King Sentenced to Life in Prison E-Commerce Times

Chen Hui, the creator of China's largest pornographic Web site, was sentenced to life imprisonment Wednesday. Chen, 28, and his accomplices started the Qingseliuyuetian (pornographic summer) Web site in 2004 and opened three more porn Web sites, attracting more than 600,000 users.

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22 November 2006

us: Libel ruling boosts net providers BBC

Bloggers and US internet providers cannot be liable for posting defamatory comments written by third parties, the California Supreme Court has ruled.

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