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Dangerous tweets: Arrested, fined in 140 characters or less

Tom Daley, Twitter abuse and the law | Joshua Rozenberg

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Twitter users have to understand that every tweet is a broadcast - even if it's prefaced with an @Debate has been raging in the Twittersphere about whether Dorset police overreacted by arresting a 17-year-old in the early hours "on suspicion of malicious communications".The police were responding to a tweet sent...
Tom Daley, Twitter abuse and the law | Joshua Rozenberg

Kim Dotcom judge rules mansion raid was illegal

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New Zealand police 'exceeded authority' when storming home of Megaupload founder, who US wants to extraditeAttempts to extradite internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom to the US have suffered a further setback with a ruling in the New Zealand high court that a raid on his Auckland mansion was illegal.Justice Helen Winkelmann...
Kim Dotcom judge rules mansion raid was illegal

Let's put Facebook's 'no nipples' rule to test with your breastfeeding photos | Rowan Davies

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A society that is not prepared to accept the odd flash of nipple is a society that is not prepared to accept breastfeedingIt's not easy being a colossally successful social network. This might sound like sarcasm, but it's not; it's hard to formulate rules that allow 845 million users to...
Let's put Facebook's 'no nipples' rule to test with your breastfeeding photos | Rowan Davies

Yet Another (Yes Another) Error In Megaupload Case: Search Warrants Ruled Illegal

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Early on, we pointed out that the legal theories behind the shutting down of Megaupload and the arrest of its founders were highly questionable. And since then, we've seen that it wasn't just the legal theories that were problematic, but nearly everything about the case, including a bunch of procedural...
Yet Another (Yes Another) Error In Megaupload Case: Search Warrants Ruled Illegal

French advisory council speaks out against Sarkozy’s plan to criminalize visiting extremist websites

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France’s National Digital Council (CNN), an advisory committee created by President Nicolas Sarkozy himself, has spoken out against a plan to punish frequent visitors of extremist websites. CNN, not to be confused with the news network, was established in April last year and plays an advisory role with the French government,...
French advisory council speaks out against Sarkozy’s plan to criminalize visiting extremist websites

Police investigate 'choc ice' tweet about Ashley Cole

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Derbyshire police start inquiry into Twitter comment after receiving complaints from publicPolice are investigating allegedly racist comments made against footballer Ashley Cole on Twitter, just days after his teammate John Terry was cleared of racism.A user, believed to be a man from Derbyshire, referred to Chelsea star Cole as a...
Police investigate 'choc ice' tweet about Ashley Cole

Whitney Houston iTunes price hike was a 'mistake', Sony says

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Label apologises for raising cost of singer's albums following her death, saying it was simply an 'employee error'Sony Music UK has apologised for raising the price of Whitney Houston albums following the singer's death on Saturday night. A spokesperson for the company called the move an "internal mistake due to...
Whitney Houston iTunes price hike was a 'mistake', Sony says

Is the law criminalising 'improper' Twitter use a menace? | Amanda Bancroft

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Everything from jokes to racism is covered by section 127 of the Communications Act. Clarification is neededPaul Chambers. Sir Olly C. Joshua Cryer. The one thing the three men have in common is that all have been found guilty of offences under section 127 of the Communications Act 2003 for...
Is the law criminalising 'improper' Twitter use a menace? | Amanda Bancroft

Google's problem is that it now believes itself above others – even governments

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The FCC revelations showing that Google's engineer knew that Street View would collect data, followed by the company's obstructive behaviour to the investigation, show that it has grown too big for its managementIt's never the offence; it's the cover-up. And if there's one thing that the last few years have...
Google's problem is that it now believes itself above others – even governments

Racist Twitter user jailed for 56 days over abusive updates about footballer Fabrice Muamba

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Liam Stacey of Pontypridd, South Wales has been given a 56 day custodial sentence after making what the judge called, “vile and abhorrent” comments, according to reports on the BBC and elswhere. 21 year old Stacey was arrested after his offensive comments, about the collapse of Bolton Wanderers footballer Fabrice Muamba...
Racist Twitter user jailed for 56 days over abusive updates about footballer Fabrice Muamba

Home secretary upholds decision to extradite Richard O'Dwyer

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Theresa May says she will not review case that could see Sheffield student facing 10 years in US jailThe home secretary, Theresa May, has told the House of Commons that she will not revisit plans to extradite Sheffield Hallam student Richard O'Dwyer to the US on copyright charges, saying the...
Home secretary upholds decision to extradite Richard O'Dwyer

Let Twitter twits stew in their own juice | John Kampfner

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The best response to cruel, offensive or disgusting tweets, like the one about Tom Daley's father, is simply to ignore themWhere in the real world do Olympians, politicians and celebrities mingle with the sad and the bad, the attention-seeking and the hyperactive? (And I'm not just talking about journalists.) The...
Let Twitter twits stew in their own juice | John Kampfner

Police In Tasmania Explain To The Public That Someone Saying Something Mean Online Is Not Illegal

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We've seen it over and over again: some people seem to think that if anyone says something you don't like about you online, it's illegal, and you can go after them for it. Of course, in most places that's not even close to true, but it doesn't stop some people...
Police In Tasmania Explain To The Public That Someone Saying Something Mean Online Is Not Illegal

Pinterest bigger than Tumblr? Depends who you ask, and where you draw the line

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It’s a strange game, comparing the relative size of websites. The pageview, once the key metric that ruled them all, is in decline as technology leaves it slowly in the dust, gripping several ’90s business plans as it fades away. And yet we do it anyway, mostly because it’s fun,...
Pinterest bigger than Tumblr? Depends who you ask, and where you draw the line

BHA to change 'flawed' whip rules

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• Paul Bittar calls current guidelines fundamentally flawed• New chief executive orders changes ahead of CheltenhamPaul Bittar, the new chief exective at the British Horseracing Authority, ordered changes to the controversial new whip rules describing the current guidelines as "fundamentally flawed".The BHA's tough stance on the use of the whip...
BHA to change 'flawed' whip rules

Charlie Brooks to keep trainer's licence despite criminal charge

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• Brooks charged with conspiracy to pervert course of justice• BHA to take no immediate action against Oxfordshire trainerCharlie Brooks' activities as a racehorse trainer will not be affected by the fact that he has been charged with conspiracy to pervert the course of justice, the body that runs the...
Charlie Brooks to keep trainer's licence despite criminal charge

Interpol accused after journalist arrested over Muhammad tweet

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Saudi Arabia used Interpol's system to get journalist arrested in Malaysia for insulting the Prophet Muhammad on TwitterInterpol has been accused of abusing its powers after Saudi Arabia used the organisation's red notice system to get a journalist arrested in Malaysia for insulting the Prophet Muhammad.Police in Kuala Lumpur said...
Interpol accused after journalist arrested over Muhammad tweet

Fabrice Muamba tweeter loses appeal against 56-day jail sentence

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Student Liam Stacey convicted of racially aggravated public disorder after mocking football player on TwitterA student who mocked football star Fabrice Muamba on Twitter, after the Bolton player collapsed with a heart attack, has lost his appeal against a 56-day jail term.Liam Stacey, 21, of Pontypridd, south Wales, sobbed as...
Fabrice Muamba tweeter loses appeal against 56-day jail sentence

Student who abused Fabrice Muamba on Twitter 'should not have been jailed'

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Thomas Hammarberg, the European commissioner for human rights, calls Liam Stacey's 56 day sentence excessiveThe Swansea student given 56 days in prison for posting racially offensive comments on Twitter should not have been jailed, according to Europe's most senior human rights official.In an interview the day before he left office,...
Student who abused Fabrice Muamba on Twitter 'should not have been jailed'

UK Pensioner Could Face Arrest For Atheist Poster

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Along with ridiculous libel cases, the UK is also infamous for laws that are designed to stop people hurting the feelings of others. Maybe that's a laudable aim, but the end-result is that they can cast a chill over freedom of speech. Here's a classic case from the English town...
UK Pensioner Could Face Arrest For Atheist Poster
The battle isn’t over for Kim Dotcom

Ravel Morrison pleads guilty of homophobic comment on Twitter

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• West Ham's 19-year-old midfielder admits FA charge• FA to decide punishment at a non-personal hearingThe West Ham United midfielder Ravel Morrison has admitted a Football Association charge of "using abusive and/or insulting words" after a homophobic remark on Twitter.The 19-year-old, who moved to Upton Park from Manchester United at...
Ravel Morrison pleads guilty of homophobic comment on Twitter

Funniest/Most Insightful Comments Of The Week At Techdirt

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Well, it's another one of those weeks where a single comment won both the "funniest" and "most insightful" categories -- and this week it did so by a hell of a lot -- over 50% more than second place in either category. Basically, you guys freaking loved this comment. It...
Funniest/Most Insightful Comments Of The Week At Techdirt

Arsène Wenger to appeal after being handed three-match ban by Uefa

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• Arsène Wenger fined €40,000 for confronting referee• 'They have transformed referees into untouchable icons'The season is coming to a relatively quiet conclusion for Arsenal, but their manager is throwing himself into the thick of another battle. Arsène Wenger has been fined €40,000 (£33,300) and sentenced to a three-game touchline...
Arsène Wenger to appeal after being handed three-match ban by Uefa

That joke tweet could cost you £1000 and a day in court

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A few months back we brought you the sorry tale of the man whose joke “bomb threat” tweet saw him arrested and charged by the police. Frustrated by poor weather closing his local airport in January, he tweeted “Robin Hood airport is closed. You’ve got a week and a bit...
That joke tweet could cost you £1000 and a day in court

OFFICIAL: Smart meters won't be compulsory

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No offence to refuse in Blighty Video  So-called 'smart meters' will not be mandatory, the energy minister has confirmed. The pledge was made by Charles Hendry last Thursday, and confirmed to us by the Department of Energy and Climate Change today.…...
OFFICIAL: Smart meters won't be compulsory

Google receives a €450 fine after its Street View car parks illegally in an Irish street

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On the same day we reported that Google Earth was getting a bit of a facelift, news emerged that the Internet giant had been summoned to appear in an Irish court after one of its famous ‘Street View’ cars, replete with roof-mounted camera, had parked illegally on a street in...
Google receives a €450 fine after its Street View car parks illegally in an Irish street

Man assaulted female police officer with penis

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The court heard Marium Varinauskas had been drinking heavily A man who assaulted a female police officer with his penis has been fined. Marium Varinauskas, 28, tried to strike the officer on the head with his penis when she was called out to his flat, but she got out...
Man assaulted female police officer with penis

Brands may be paying celebrities for tweets, but who’s paying Twitter?

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It seems you can’t even post a photo of yourself eating a chocolate bar on Twitter these days without kicking up a stink. On Tuesday, Manchester United and (former?) England defender Rio Ferdinand – with almost two million Twitter followers – posted this message, accompanied by a photo of himself...
Brands may be paying celebrities for tweets, but who’s paying Twitter?
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