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US court to rule on MP3 resales

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EMI goes to court to prevent a US online service buying and reselling digital music tracks - in a case which may set a legal precedent....
US court to rule on MP3 resales

Facebook and Twitter 'don't need piracy filter'

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European court rules social networking sites do not require filtering system in copyright case brought by music royalties firmRead the court's judgment in fullSocial networks such as Facebook and Twitter cannot be required to install an anti-piracy filtering system, the European court of justice has ruled.Europe's top court has made...
Facebook and Twitter 'don't need piracy filter'
Cyberbullies, meet your new worst enemy: Facebook

A verdict has been reached by the jury in Apple v. Samsung case, revealed soon

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The jury has reached a verdict in the Apple v. Samsung case, reports Bloomberg, and the they’re going to be admitted to the courtroom shortly. The Verge has a liveblog of the verdict up and running. No one knows what the verdict is yet, obviously, but the consensus is that...
A verdict has been reached by the jury in Apple v. Samsung case, revealed soon

Google Italy Executives Found Guilty Over Offensive Video

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Italian court in Milan has found three Google executives guilty (and acquitted the fourth) of privacy violations, convicting them to suspended six-month sentences. The Google employees were sued over a video posted to Google in 2006, showing four youths bullying a kid with Down syndrome.This decision sets a disconcerting...
Google Italy Executives Found Guilty Over Offensive Video

Indiana Senate passes bill putting religion in science class

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Yesterday, after almost no debate, the Indiana State Senate approved a bill that would allow its schools to teach the origin stories of various religions when a class touches on the origin of life. It now moves on to the state's House, where one of its cosponsors is currently...
Indiana Senate passes bill putting religion in science class

Megaupload: U.S. Government Trying to Rewrite the Rules

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Earlier this month Megaupload asked the court to dismiss its case because U.S. law doesn’t permit criminal proceedings against foreign companies. The issue has become crucial in the ongoing Megaupload proceedings, as it may lead to a premature dismissal of the case. According to “Rule 4″ of criminal procedure the...
Megaupload: U.S. Government Trying to Rewrite the Rules

Mike's Father's Favorite Techdirt Posts Of The Week

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Every week, we have a member of the community post their "favorite Techdirt posts of the week." Since tomorrow's Father's Day, I figured this week I should ask my Dad, an avid Techdirt reader. Well this is a treat. I am Mike's father and this is my Father's Day present...
Mike's Father's Favorite Techdirt Posts Of The Week

Mike's Father's Favorite Techdirt Posts Of The Week

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Every week, we have a member of the community post their "favorite Techdirt posts of the week." Since tomorrow's Father's Day, I figured this week, I should ask my Dad, an avid Techdirt reader. Well this is a treat. I am Mike's father and this is my Father's Day present...
Mike's Father's Favorite Techdirt Posts Of The Week
Samsung wins the right to see the full Apple-HTC patent-licensing agreement

EFF Fights Texas' Claims That Searching A Cell Phone Is No Different Than Searching 'A Pair Of Pants'

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Although the prevailing winds are now beginning to shift a little, it has been the opinion of many in law enforcement (and backed up by the courts) that they are welcome to search the contents of a detainee's cell phone without obtaining a warrant. The thought process seems to be...
EFF Fights Texas' Claims That Searching A Cell Phone Is No Different Than Searching 'A Pair Of Pants'

Samsung phones unaffected as Apple patent case drags on

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The patent wars continued to demonstrate their futility this week when a U.S. judge refused to ban a handful of outdated Samsung phones at Apple's behest. U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh denied Apple's request for a permanent injunction on 26 Samsung phones that were the focus of a major...
Samsung phones unaffected as Apple patent case drags on
Apple Vs. Samsung: U.S. Judge Denies Apple's Request For Permanent Injunction, Tosses Samsung's Call For New Trial

Barry Diller and Aereo Win Another Legal Battle

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Another legal victory for Aereo, the Web video startup that wants to upend the TV industry: A Federal appeals court has rejected a request from broadcasters and TV station owners to halt Aereo’s TV-over-the Web service. By a vote of 2 to 1, the Second Circuit appeals court denied a...
Barry Diller and Aereo Win Another Legal Battle

German Student Defies Google Cease-and-Desist with 1 Million Signatures

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Google is determined to take down Youtube-mp3.org, a site that rips downloadable mp3 files from streaming YouTube videos. Philip Matesanz, the site's 21-year-old owner, has collected 1.2 million signatures in protest against the action. Will his petition move the search giant? Matesanz, a German citizen, lodged the petition through Change.org last month...
German Student Defies Google Cease-and-Desist with 1 Million Signatures
Judge blasts colleagues for defying SCOTUS, allowing financial patent

Netherlands first country to pass net neutrality law

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The government of the Netherlands has become the first European country to pass a net neutrality law. The legal precedent prevents internet service providers from traffic management except in the cases of congestion and network security, and also includes restrictions on ISPs performing deep packet inspection and other similar wiretapping...
Netherlands first country to pass net neutrality law

Five More Dutch ISPs Given 10 Days To Censor The Pirate Bay

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In a case dating back to 2010, Dutch anti-piracy group BREIN went to court to try and force Ziggo, the largest ISP in the Netherlands, to implement a DNS and IP address blockade of The Pirate Bay. To avoid a negative and potentially damaging legal precedent, Ziggo was joined in...
Five More Dutch ISPs Given 10 Days To Censor The Pirate Bay

WikiLeaks founder's hearing set to boost supreme court audience

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Case of Julian Assange likely to provide useful insight into impact of televising high-profile court hearingsAs the only court to broadcast proceedings live on television, the supreme court is anticipating a substantial boost to its global audience when Julian Assange appears this week.The informality of the two-day extradition hearing in...
WikiLeaks founder's hearing set to boost supreme court audience

Social Networks Use Civil Disobedience To Protect User Data

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  Facebook and Google deserve the criticism they have received over the years for fumbling user privacy. But the two Internet giants, along with Microsoft and Yahoo, also deserve kudos for defying police requests for users' online communications. Defying Federal Law The companies have chosen civil disobedience over following federal...
Social Networks Use Civil Disobedience To Protect User Data

Apple's Patent Win Leaves Android Camp to Slog Through the FUD

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Now that it’s had a few days to digest it, Wall Street is weighing in on Apple’s recent victory over Samsung in the pair’s patent infringement battle. And the consensus seems to be that Apple has won an important legal precedent that will force handset makers to reconsider their hardware...
Apple's Patent Win Leaves Android Camp to Slog Through the FUD

Remember Righthaven? On appeal, copyright troll looks just as bad

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The abandoned Lady Luck Hotel & Casino in downtown Las Vegas. Jesse Bell / flickr Righthaven was a copyright-enforcement business dreamed up by Las Vegas attorney Steve Gibson. He managed to convince the largest newspaper in Nevada, the Las Vegas Review-Journal, to let him use their copyrights to sue...
Remember Righthaven? On appeal, copyright troll looks just as bad

Dateline 1901: In Response To Presidential Assassination, Department Of Justice Orders All Phone Calls Logged And Stored

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[If there's a new form of communication out there, you can be damn sure that the Department of Justice wants a piece of it. And if it doesn't, your local law enforcement, the FBI, the NSA, the CIA and any number of other government agencies do. The DOJ's justification seems...
Dateline 1901: In Response To Presidential Assassination, Department Of Justice Orders All Phone Calls Logged And Stored

Facebook and Twitter 'don't need piracy filter'

www.guardian.co.uk
European court rules social networking sites do not require filtering system in copyright case brought by music royalties firmRead the court's judgment in fullSocial networks such as Facebook and Twitter cannot be required to install an anti-piracy filtering system, the European court of justice has ruled.Europe's top court has made...
Facebook and Twitter 'don't need piracy filter'

French group sues because Google Suggest thinks Jon Hamm is Jewish

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A French court is set to hear arguments on Wednesday from an anti-racism group fighting against Google Suggest search results. SOS Racisme and others have brought a lawsuit against Google over its feature that lets search terms for various celebrities, including Rupert Murdoch and Jon Hamm, be associated with...
French group sues because Google Suggest thinks Jon Hamm is Jewish
Airbnb Goes to the Mattresses on Behalf of Busted Host

Dish's latest Hopper tweak reeks of legal positioning

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Facing a legal showdown with the broadcast networks over commercial-skipping features in its digital video recorders, Dish Network has quietly made several operating-system tweaks designed to put the ad-circumvention more in the hands of the user. This could be crucial in the satellite’s legal battle with broadcasters over these features,...
Dish's latest Hopper tweak reeks of legal positioning
TVShack creator being extradited to the U.S. on copyright violation charges

Oracle Shouldn't Be Forced To Bend To HP's Will On Itanium (ORCL, HPQ)

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Closing arguments wrapped up yesterday in the trial between HP and Oracle. They are fighting over whether Oracle has the right to stop producing software for HP's high-end Itanium servers. Oracle has already promised to continue to support its current version of software for Itanium customers for 10 years. We...
Oracle Shouldn't Be Forced To Bend To HP's Will On Itanium (ORCL, HPQ)
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