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Ex-despot Noriega sues: How dare Call of Duty make me look like, like...

Brutal former Central American dictator Manuel Noriega is mimicking a Hollywood starlet by launching legal proceedings against a computer games designer for using his likeness in a popular franchise. Noriega is suing Activision for "blatant misuse, unlawful exploitation and misappropriation for economic gain" of his image in …
Jasper Hamill, 17 Jul 2014
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Joe Average isn't worth $10 a year to Mark Zuckerberg

You're not worth $US10 a year to Mark Zuckerberg. That's one of the many factoids revealed in The Social NetworkTM's new Form 10-Q (PDF) filed last Friday. One item of interest is that the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has decided not to investigate Facebook's 2012 float. The Social Network's big day was spoiled …
Simon Sharwood, 28 Jul 2014
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Google close to inking search biz deal with Brussels: report

Google is reportedly edging closer to scoring a settlement deal with competition officials in Brussels regarding the ad giant's alleged abuse of its dominance in the European search market. According to Reuters, Google has submitted a "much better" revised package of concessions to the European Commission's anti-trust chief …
Kelly Fiveash, 29 Jan 2014
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FTC: OK Facebook, swallow WhatsApp – but NO selling people's data without permission

Facebook's multi-billion-dollar slurp of WhatsApp has been given the go-ahead by US regulators – with the caveat that the social network sticks to the messaging service's privacy policy. The Federal Trade Commission said in a letter to the two firms that WhatsApp would have to stick to the privacy promises it had already made to …
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Patent judge hits out at legal tactics used against file-sharers

A senior patent court judge has heavily criticised a law firm that pursued online file-sharers with threatening letters and then ditched its cases against 26 defendants. ACS:Law and its client Media CAT had fired off thousands of threatening legal missives to alleged illegal file-sharers, offering them the chance to pay a £495 …
Kelly Fiveash, 09 Feb 2011
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Twitter row goes to court, beak says man must cough £17,500

A Twitter user has been ordered to delete tweets, tweet an apology and pay £7,500 to another Twitter user in a judgment handed down by the High Court of Justice, Leeds Queens Bench Division last week. Judge Gosnell ordered Toby Pedley to delete all tweets relating to racing boss Carl Harris and his partner, and to pay a hefty …
Anna Leach, 18 Feb 2013
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Happy Birthday Tetris: It's flipping 30

Forget the oil, forget the gas – even forget the aggressive foreign policy. The commodity that granted Russia its modern day super-wealth is clearly Tetris, which clocks up its 30th birthday today. Youtube Video Poor old beardie Alexey Pajitnov – the title’s original designer and programmer – bashed out his first attempt on a …
Giles Hill, 06 Jun 2014
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Youth Justice Board about to face legal onslaught

The Youth Justice Board and the Information Commissioner (ICO) may have reached a polite gentleman’s agreement that, even if the law is being broken, that’s OK for now, because the ICO got it wrong in the first place. But it may be too little, too late for children’s rights organisation ARCH, which is now threatening local …
Jane Fae Ozimek, 22 Sep 2010
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Wikileaks leaks documentary script about Wikileaks

Wikileaks has released a transcript of a documentary about its history so it can add notes to each section saying "Wrong!", a day before the film debuts. The secret-spilling site has taken umbrage with We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks, which is set to debut in New York and Los Angeles today and released a transcript of …
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Facebook ordered to unmask anonymous trolls by beak

Facebook was given 24 hours to supply a court in Northern Ireland with the email addresses of account holders who used the site to post abusive messages about a Belfast company, according to press reports. Three staff members from the unnamed company have been targeted by messages on the site over a period of several months, the …
OUT-LAW.COM, 22 Aug 2012
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Media phone-hacking? Tip of the iceberg, says leaked police report

A suppressed report from "Britain's FBI" has revealed that the rich, insurance companies, law firms and telecoms companies hired private investigators to run unlawful hacking and blagging campaigns of the type that brought down Rupert Murdoch’s News of the World, according to The Independent. The newspaper reports that the UK's …
John Leyden, 24 Jun 2013
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Business sues for $750,000 over bad Yelp review

An American woman is being sued for three quarters of a million dollars for giving a local building contractor a scathing write-up on crowd-sourced reviews sites Yelp and Angie's List. Jane Perez, a retired captain in the armed services living in Virginia, wrote the bad reviews about Washington DC building contractor Dietz …
Iain Thomson, 07 Dec 2012
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UK defamation law reforms take effect from start of 2014

Justice minister Lord McNally has told the House of Lords that the new Defamation Act, which received Royal Assent in April, will take effect from the start of next year. New regulations, which govern the process website operators must follow when informed about alleged defamatory comments on their site to avoid becoming liable …
OUT-LAW.COM, 21 Nov 2013
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Techs copping it from competition regulator

Group buying schemes are among the fastest-growing source of consumer complaints, according to Australia's national consumer regulator the ACCC, and it's started rolling its machinery to get them to clean up their act. Scoopon, which was last year among a number of coupon outfits the watchdog warned about their business …
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Google makes fresh offers in Euro anti-trust negotiations

Advertising giant Google has sent a revised package of concessions to Europe's competition commissioner after it was asked to clarify aspects of its proposed antitrust settlement, according to the Financial Times. It's been two weeks since the colossal advertising company submitted to Brussels' competition watchdog what it …
Kelly Fiveash, 17 Jul 2012
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After 50 years, Europe gets one patent to rule them all

Patent trolls have a new bridge to hide under, after the European Union (EU) today announced that it will now offer applicants the chance to win a single patent spanning 25 member nations. The EU has been haggling over this issue for more than 50 years - a unified patent system was one of the EU's founding aspirations, while a …
Simon Sharwood, 12 Dec 2012
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Judges set timetable for McKinnon case resolution

Senior judges have set a timetable to speed up resolution in the long-running Gary McKinnon extradition case, effectively setting a deadline for the Home Office to respond to evidence that McKinnon is too infirm to withstand the stress of a US trial and likely imprisonment over alleged Pentagon hacking offences. The case was …
John Leyden, 27 Jan 2012
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US software firm hacked for years after suing China

A Californian software company which sued the Chinese government for pirating its flagship content filtering product has revealed how it was targeted by hackers from the People’s Republic for the three years of the resulting legal proceedings. Santa Barbara-based Solid Oak Software filed the civil lawsuit against China after …
Phil Muncaster, 29 Nov 2012

'India attacked Norwegian telco to get at Pakistan, China' - report

Security researchers have uncovered what appears to be a sophisticated targeted attack launched from India and designed to steal information from a range of government and private enterprise victims in Pakistan, China and elsewhere. What began as an investigation into an attack on Norwegian operator Telenor soon uncovered …
Phil Muncaster, 21 May 2013
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Apple injunction startles Samsung

Samsung has responded to Apple's sudden legal request against the Galaxy Tab 10.1 with surprise, claiming the injunction came out of the blue and the company never had a chance to present its side of the argument. A Samsung spokeswoman issued a statement that said the company was "disappointed" with the court's decision to put …
Caleb Cox, 10 Aug 2011
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Apple rattles legal sabre at Canadian tech school

Apple is none too pleased with the Victoria School of Business and Technology in Vancouver, which has for the last three years or so used a logo which the computer giant claims is too similar to its own brand frontage. The Apple and Victoria School of Business and Technology logos According to Canada's Globe and Mail, Apple has …
Lester Haines, 09 Oct 2008
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EU edges toward dropping Google 'abuse of dominance' charges

Europe's antitrust watchdog has said Google's revised proposed changes to its business practises, which came in the wake of "abuse of dominance" allegations, may be enough for the web giant to avoid formal penalties. European Commissioner for Competition Joaquin Almunia has "considered that the outline of proposals that Google …
Kelly Fiveash, 25 Jul 2012
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'I'd buy that for a dollar': Apple on Moto phone patents

Apple is willing to pay to use Googorola's patented wireless technology - as long as it's no more than $1 per iPhone. The fruity firm made the offer in a filing to a Wisconsin court ahead of a patent licensing trial due to start next week. Google-owned Motorola Mobility is accused of breaking an agreement with Apple over the …
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Empire Online plays legal card in PartyGaming spat

Empire Online confirmed today that it has launched legal proceedings against fellow online gaming outfit PartyGaming PLC, following the two firms’ abortive autumn mating dance. Empire Online said it is seeking “substantial damages and injunctive relief from PartyGaming”. A the same time, it said, Empire Online and PartyGaming …
Team Register, 06 Dec 2005
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Apple will only reinstate mute kids' app if makers win patent case

Apple will not choke off sales of an iPad application that helps disabled children talk from its App Store if the speech therapists behind the app win the patents case that has been brought against them, The Register understands. Parents of speech-impaired kids using the iPad app 'Speak For Yourself' were distressed when Apple …
Anna Leach, 26 Jun 2012

Microsoft claims £3.6m piracy scalp in China

Microsoft’s anti-piracy efforts in China chalked up a big win last week when Shanghai retailer Ruichuang Network Technology agreed to pay 36 million yuan (£3.6m) to the software giant in compensation for several infringements. The firm posted a statement on its popular 2345.com portal site expressing “profound apologies” to …
Phil Muncaster, 03 Dec 2012
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Attorney General threatens Twitter injunction-busters

The government's chief legal adviser has warned that people who breach privacy injunctions by publishing details on micro-blogging site Twitter and other websites could be prosecuted for contempt of court. Attorney General Dominic Grieve told the BBC's Radio 4 programme, Law in Action, that he would consider taking direct action …
Kelly Fiveash, 07 Jun 2011
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If Nominet has spoken, you can't come here – High Court

Those registering '.uk' domain names are not entitled to a fresh hearing in court to assess whether they have abusively registered those domains if the issue has already been determined through an industry dispute resolution service, the High Court has ruled. Nominet is the body responsible for .uk addresses and it operates a …
OUT-LAW.COM, 22 Mar 2012
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HTC's iPhone, iPad ban bid derailed by US judge

Legal blows continue to rain down on Google's Android partners. In a preliminary ruling, the US International Trade Commission said Apple isn't infringing the patents of rival HTC Corporation. The ITC is a popular venue for intellectual property cases because it can stop the import of goods, which was what HTC wanted it to do to …
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Ciscom escapes ilion legal action

ilion has pulled out of suing reseller Ciscom, the distributor's parent company, Landis, has said. The networking distributor, which bought ilion earlier this year, said in a statement issued yesterday: "Following the due diligence carried out in relation to the acquisition, and reviewing the evidence submitted by ilion of mis- …
Linda Harrison, 07 Dec 1999
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HTC hurls more patent spew on Apple

HTC has filed a new patent-infringement suit against Apple, setting in motion yet another round of patent litigation between Cupertino and the Taiwanese manufacturer of Android-based smartphones and tablets. The suit, which alleges infringment of three patents, follows Apple's four-patent slap at HTC of July 11. Other jolly fun …
Rik Myslewski, 16 Aug 2011
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British games company says it owns the idea of space marines

British company Games Workshop, well known for producing tabletop wargames and other products set in various fantasy universes, has claimed that it owns the idea of future space marines and that nobody can write books featuring astro-bootnecks* without its consent. Last December the company succeeded in getting the novel Spots …
Lewis Page, 07 Feb 2013
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Judge mulls 'wasted costs' as ACS:Law cases close

A London court yesterday officially closed the book on allegations of illegal file-sharing brought by ACS:Law against 26 defendants. In February, senior patent court Judge Colin Birss QC heavily criticised the law firm for pursuing alleged file-sharers with threatening letters and then ditching the cases, which led to claims …
Kelly Fiveash, 17 Mar 2011
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Renault security boss arrested as spying claims fall apart

Renault has apologised to the three senior executives from its electric vehicle division who were sacked and accused of spying for China. The carmaker's security boss was arrested as he boarded a plane for West Africa. He is under judicial investigation for alleged organised fraud. Paranoid bosses at Renault have now pledged to …
John Oates, 15 Mar 2011
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UK snoop system had 1,000 COCKUPS - including 2 duff cuffs

Police, security services and other public bodies bungled nearly 1,000 requests for citizens' communications data in a year, a new report has revealed. Communication service providers (CSPs, which include ISPs and telcos) were also blamed for some of the cock-ups: the study for 2011 found that two people were wrongly arrested …
Kelly Fiveash, 16 Jul 2012
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Groupon's 'Botox' voucher push breached ad rules – watchdog

Groupon breached UK advertising rules when it promoted a cosmetics treatment on its site, the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has ruled. The watchdog said that an advert that featured on the popular consumer voucher operator's website for discounted "facial injection treatments" was in effect promoting Botox treatments. …
OUT-LAW.COM, 15 Mar 2012
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Local loop laggards face EU legal action

Europe is to take legal action against Euro zone countries that have failed to make any headway towards unbundling local telephone loops. European telecoms commissioner, Erkki Liikanen, said that while he was in a position to start legal proceedings now, he has decided to wait until a report on the matter is published in …
Tim Richardson, 13 Jun 2001
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Watch out, Apple: HTC ruling could hurt your patent income

Apple may review its patent licensing and enforcement strategy in light of a ruling by the UK's High Court last week, an expert has said. On 4 July the High Court ruled that three European patents that Apple sought to rely on in legal proceedings against HTC were invalid and that the Taiwanese device manufacturer had not been …
OUT-LAW.COM, 11 Jul 2012
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Employers get Equality Act info from mega-thick codes

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has published the statutory guidance that will help employers, lawyers and courts to interpret the Equality Act. Three Codes of Practice were laid before Parliament last week. The Codes address employment; services, public functions and associations; and equal pay. They cover each …
OUT-LAW.COM, 19 Oct 2010
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RedBubble CEO drops role at Aconex

The executive at the centre of the RedBubble Hipster Hitler scandal has quit from his key role as chairman on software as a service company Aconex. High profile internet entrepreneur Martin Hosking has resigned as a director and Chairman of Aconex on Friday ahead of a directions hearing that was scheduled for Monday in a …

Apple accuses HTC of iPhone tech theft

Apple has begun legal proceedings against HTC, alleging the Taiwanese phone manufacturer has used iPhone technology without its say-so. The Mac maker claimed HTC has infringed almost two dozen of its patents, all touching on the iPhone's UI, underlying software architecture and the hardware design. Apple filed a complaint about …
Tony Smith, 02 Mar 2010
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Play.com pummelled over purported piracy permissiveness

Play.com has come under fire for failing to quickly clamp down on an alleged seller of pirated Microsoft software. An IT consultant advised SME clients to order copies of Office 2003 Professional but says that on arrival it was apparent they were not legit: there was no holographic strip on the COA sticker, it had a fake VBA …
Paul Kunert, 07 Jun 2011
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Police, Google and Facebook warned on data protection

European Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding said citizens have the right to proper data protection, and the "right to be forgotten", and deserve national regulators which will enforce the rules. Legislation will be published in the summer to ensure that all Europeans' personal information is properly protected. Reding told the …
John Oates, 17 Mar 2011
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WorldOnline to fight legal action by shareholders

WorldOnline is to contest a claim for damages brought by disgruntled shareholders following its IPO last year. Earlier this week VEB - an association of private shareholders from Holland - began formal legal proceedings against the ISP claiming that WorldOnline withheld vital information ahead of the E2.9 billion float. …
Tim Richardson, 16 Mar 2001
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Twitter forced to hand over user details to English council

Twitter has handed over users' details following a demand from a local council in North East England that took its complaint to California, forcing the micro-blogging site to comply with a US court order. It's understood to be the first legal action of its kind in the UK and comes after intense pressure has surrounded Twitter, …
Kelly Fiveash, 31 May 2011
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Quote of the Week: 'Phone bills shouldn't cost more than the rent'

This was the week when neither rumours of a new smaller iPad nor the huge sales of the iPhone 4S were enough to stop Apple's fourth fiscal quarter earnings from dipping below estimates. Samsung and Google teamed up to launch the Samsung Galaxy Nexus/Nexus Prime along with the hotly anticipated Android OS 4.0, nicknamed Ice Cream …
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Pampernaut love-rat space shuttle pilot prangs plane

Former space shuttle pilot Bill Oefelein, famous for being the man at the centre of the romantic rivalry between troubled astronaut Lisa Nowak and air force officer Colleen Shipman - which led to the astonishing nappies, mace and car-park fracas sensation of 2007 - has suffered a mishap at the controls of a small floatplane in …
Lewis Page, 13 Oct 2011
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Madoff data can be extradited back to US

Data which is protected by the Data Protection Act can be transferred to the US to help in the investigation of companies run by Bernard Madoff, the High Court has said. The transfer would usually be barred but is justified in this case, the Court said. The Data Protection Act (DPA) forbids the export of personal data to …
OUT-LAW.COM, 26 Mar 2009
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Twitter vs Beeb in superinjunction nark shindy

A Twitter exec has defended the company's stance on fighting for its users' rights, after a report on the BBC yesterday suggested that the micro-blogging site would turn over the details of people who break privacy injunctions to UK courts. "Our policy is notify users & we have fought to ensure user rights. Sadly, some more …
Kelly Fiveash, 26 May 2011
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Bank insider charged over ATM malware scam

An IT worker at Bank of America has been charged with hacking ATM systems so that machines handed out cash without recording his transactions, IDG reports. Rodney Reed Caverly, of Charlotte, North Carolina, was charged with a single count of computer fraud over the alleged creation of malware that infected bank computers and …
John Leyden, 08 Apr 2010