Legal & Security

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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au: Security firms clash over phishy e-mails ZDNet

Banks and security experts cannot agree if it is safe for banks to use e-mail for communicating with their customers because the medium has been hijacked by criminals who try and fool online banking users into divulging their log-in details.

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us: Web publishers receive immunity on defamation International Herald Tribune

The California Supreme Court said Monday that Internet publishers could not be held liable for posting defamatory comments written by others, a victory for online companies like Google and America Online.

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20 November 2006

us: Legal Precedent Set for Web Accesibility Internet Business Law Services

A federal district court judge recently ruled in September that a retailer may be sued if its website is inaccessible to the blind. The ruling was issued in a case brought by the National Federation of the Blind against Target Corp. (Northern District of California Case No. C 06-01802 MHP) The suit charges that Target's website is inaccessible to the blind, and therefore violates the Americans with Disabilities Act. (ADA), the California Unruh Civil Rights Act, and the California Disabled Persons Act.

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17 November 2006

us: Perspective: Rushing into court has its consequences by Eric J. Sinrod CNet

So there you are, a reputable company or person, and someone else is using your trademarks to direct Internet users to pornographic Web sites. You file a lawsuit and rush into court seeking immediate relief. Right? Actually, not always. Indeed, before asking for legal relief, it is important to line up all of your legal ducks. Otherwise, your first dealings with a judge can be met with a thud. A recent case involving Online Marketing Services and other companies and individuals were using its Pottery Barn trademarks to direct Internet traffic to sites containing explicit pornographic content, none of which was sponsored or endorsed by Williams-Sonoma bears this out.

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16 November 2006

uk: Crackdown on data theft The Guardian

Tough measures planned for firms that steal and sell personal details after prosecution exposes growing trade. Information commissioner signals crackdown on companies that steal and sell sensitive details of people's private lives.

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15 November 2006

us: Catching Up With Cybercriminals eCommerce Times

Last year for the first time, proceeds from cybercrime were greater than proceeds from the sale of illegal drugs, according to recent comments by Valerie McNiven, an adviser to the U.S. Treasury Dept. "Cybercrime is moving at such a high speed that law enforcement cannot catch up with it," she says.

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us: Satanic Barney on Web tests copyright laws Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Barney the purple dinorsaur's owner, Lyons Partnership, is in a legal squabble with a Web site creator who posted unflattering images of the children's character. The dispute is testing the boundaries of copyright law and free expression on the Internet.

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us: Could Online Poker Law Raise The Stakes on Free Linking? Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School

The Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act rocked the online casino industry mere days after its passage this month, and, with the president expected to sign the bill on Friday, most commentary has focused on how it will impact the millions of Americans who enjoy playing poker and placing bets online. As in many other instances, this attempt to stamp out an online activity could also impact anyone who wants to link to or help you access sites online.

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13 November 2006

Google chief vows to protect users' privacy The Guardian

The Google chief executive, Eric Schmidt, yesterday vowed to resist attempts by US president George W Bush's administration to obtain private information on internet users. On the day when the Republican administration faced dispiriting results in the US mid-term elections, Dr Schmidt launched a stinging criticism of the government's attitude to privacy.

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us: LA police in YouTube beating film BBC

An investigation begins after a video of a man being beaten by Los Angeles police is posted on YouTube. There is also a BBC TV report that includes the video.

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12 November 2006

us: Online scams target the wealthy BBC

High-income earners in the US are the target of online "phishing" scams a study shows. The study, by analysts Gartner, found that people who earn more than $100,000 received nearly 50% more phishing e-mails than lower earners.

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11 November 2006

uk: ISPs 'should be responsible' for hacker attacks News Scientist

ISPs should be made legally liable for the damage caused by "denial of service" attacks carried out via their networks, a leading internet lawyer says.

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10 November 2006

uk: Internet groomer handed jail term BBC

A man is jailed for hacking into girls' PCs and blackmailing them into sending explicit images of themselves.

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Privacy chiefs vow to fight surveillance together The Register

A group of international data and privacy protection commissioners has decided to act together to challenge the surveillance society which they claim is developing. Commissioners from the UK, France, Germany and New Zealand will adopt common policies.

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Email viruses hitting Australians harder: report Sydney Morning Herald

One in 84 Australian emails contains a virus. This compares to one in 16 emails in India containing a virus with Ireland, Germany, Singapore and Spain next.

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de: Privacy Prevails: German ISP Forced To Delete IP Logs Torrent Freak blog

The highest appeal court in Germany has decided that T-Online, one of the largest German ISPs has to delete all IP logs to guarantee the privacy of their customers. This ruling makes it impossible for anti-piracy organizations to trace an infringing IP-address back to a customer of T-Online, once their dynamic IP address has changed. For the original story in German see http://www.spiegel.de/netzwelt/web/0,1518,446838,00.html.

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