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Fri
01
Mar
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Court Forces ISPs to Block File-Sharing Sites

A court in the United Kingdom has ordered all Internet Service Providers there to stop providing subscribers access to three well-known file-sharing (or 'torrent') sites, including Kickass Torrents, H33T, and Fenopy. Citing piracy concerns, the UK ... High Court ordered every single Internet Service Provider (ISP) in the United Kingdom to stop providing access to the aforementioned torrent sites. It's certainly a more direct approach than that taken by anti-piracy groups in the United States, which recently unveiled a 'Six Strikes' strategy. ISPs Demand, and Receive, Court Order The ruling ... (view more)

Tue
20
Nov
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Court: Parents Not Liable for Son's File Sharing

A German court has found that a mother and father are not responsible for the extensive filesharing activity of their 13-year-old son. The finding could set a precedent for other such court cases around the world. Back in 2007 record producers found ... that more than 1,100 of their copyright-protected songs were downloaded by a single IP (Internet Protocol) address. Further investigation revealed that the downloading had been the work of a single 13-year-old boy. A search of his computer turned up several filesharing programs, including 'Morpheus' and 'Bearshare.' (Source: computerworld.com ) ... (view more)

Fri
28
Sep
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Judge Orders Google's Brazil Boss Arrested

Google's top executive in Brazil has been released pending a court date. Fabio Jose Silva Coelhoto was arrested because the company defied a court order to take down YouTube videos some say slander a mayoral candidate. The video clips reportedly ... suggest that a candidate in the city of Campo Grande has committed crimes. It's not clear at this point whether there is any truth to the allegations. However, local court actions suggests there is not. Judge Flavio Peren ruled last week that the videos breached Brazilian election law and must be removed. Peren also ruled that YouTube access should be ... (view more)

Thu
16
Aug
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US Court Approves Cellphone GPS Tracking by Police

A U.S. federal appeals court has ruled that police and other law enforcement officials have the right to use Global Positioning System (GPS) data from a suspect's cellphone without a warrant. The judges decided a technicality in existing law means ... such actions do not violate the Fourth Amendment, which forbids unreasonable search and seizure by the federal government. The Appeals Court ruling came in the case of convicted drug dealer Melvin Skinner, who was tracked down by GPS after an investigation. The investigation involved acquiring a cellphone number used by Skinner. Drug enforcement ... (view more)

Mon
02
Jul
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Feds Investigate $10M Wyndham Hotel Chain Hack

A series of security breaches has exposed the credit card details of Wyndham hotel customers. As a result, the company must face the ire of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). Hackers apparently breached the hotel chain's secured data networks on ... three separate occasions, starting in April 2008. The first attack was the largest and gave the hackers access to hotel guest data stored on the system. Because the data wasn't encrypted, the attackers were able to utilize information associated with an estimated 500,000 credit cards, which they relayed to a Russian-based site. Wyndam came under ... (view more)

Fri
11
May
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Another Court Orders ISPs to Block The Pirate Bay

The assault on The Pirate Bay continues with five Dutch Internet Service Providers (ISPs) ordered by The Court of The Hague to block all access to the file-sharing site. The ruling comes only a week after a number of British ISPs were given a ... similar order by the UK High Court. UK Internet providers Everything Everywhere, O2, Sky, TalkTalk and Virgin Media were told last week to block subscribers from accessing The Pirate Bay. The new ruling was motivated by the site's prolonged activity in providing users with access to content that, in some cases, violates copyright law. Supporters ... (view more)

Thu
03
May
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Windows 7, Internet Explorer Banned by German Court

Motorola has won a court ruling that bans the distribution of most major Microsoft products in Germany. However, it's not yet clear if the landmark ban will actually be enforced. A German court granted Motorola an injunction covering distribution of ... Windows 7, Windows Media Player, Internet Explorer, and the Xbox 360 video game console in that country. If the ban is ever enforced, it would prevent those software and hardware products from being sold in Germany -- presumably until the patent dispute between Microsoft and Motorola is finally settled. However, a U.S. court has issued a ruling ... (view more)

Wed
02
May
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The Pirate Bay to be Blocked by British ISPs

The highest court in the United Kingdom has ordered the country's Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to block all access to popular torrent site 'The Pirate Bay.' The new ruling marks a stunning turn of events in what has been an ongoing war between ... copyright defenders and supporters of torrent-based websites. The UK ISPs affected by the order include Everything Everywhere, O2, Sky, TalkTalk and Virgin Media. Each of them must now prevent their users from accessing The Pirate Bay website in one way or another. Proposed Blocking Process Unclear However, it currently remains unknown exactly what ... (view more)

Mon
23
Apr
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'For Dummies' Publisher Targets BitTorrent Users

The company that publishes "For Dummies" books is taking to court the people it accuses of pirating its titles and releasing the content via BitTorrent. This could be the first time an American jury has considered a case involving BitTorrent users. ... BitTorrent is a technology for sharing large files, legally and illegally. It involves breaking down a file into hundreds of small pieces and downloading the pieces from many different sources, all at once. The method allows a computer to obtain different pieces of the same file in any convenient sequence, making the transfer process much quicker ... (view more)

Wed
14
Mar
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Yahoo Accuses Facebook of Patent Violations

Yahoo is taking Facebook to court for violating approximately ten patents related to Internet advertising systems. It's the first patent showdown between these two web companies. The lawsuit has been filed in a San Jose, California federal court. ... Yahoo is reportedly represented by the law firm of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart ... (view more)

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