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Digital Business Lawyer

Volume: 10 Issue: 3
(March 2008)


The European Parliament has rejected proposals to punish alleged intellectual property infringers by cutting their internet access and called for greater industry collaboration in seeking solutions balancing the rights of intellectual property rights holders with users. / read more

The UK's data protection regulator has welcomed the actions taken by an online behavioural advertising service to address privacy concerns expressed by consumer and privacy groups. / read more

Hackers are increasingly compromising trusted websites, such as social networking sites, and are seeking user personal information for fraudulent financial gain, according to a report by Symantec. / read more


The recent vote by MEP's rejecting proposals to shut off the internet connections of alleged file-sharers is a significant one in the ongoing challenge to balance the intellectual property rights of creative artists with users. / read more

Controversy surrounds ISPs plans to employ Phorm Advertising System
High Court rules on use of trademarks in keyword advertising
Ponemon report reveals data breach costs
OFT publishes results of Web Sweep / read more

In a release dated 8 January, Linden Lab announced that as of 22 January it would be prohibited to offer interest or any direct return on an investment be it in L$ or other currency without an applicable (real life!) government registration statement or financial institution charter. / read more

Operators of virtual worlds aimed at children are increasingly at risk from claims that they failed to protect them from dangers such as online predators. In the second of a two-part article, David Naylor, a partner at Field Fisher Waterhouse LLP and Andrew Jaworski, Legal and Business Affairs Manager for BBC Worldwide Limited's digital media and technology team1, examine the convergence between children's virtual worlds, social networking sites and the real world, and examine methods that operators of virtual worlds aimed at children can use to protect themselves. / read more

China's new regulations covering the production, editing, aggregation and presentation to the public of audio and video content through the internet came into effect from 31 January. Professor Yongnian Zheng at the University of Nottingham highlights the requirements that the new regulations place on internet sites, as well as the penalties for a breach of the regulations. / read more

The rapid expansion of the internet means that the current pool of IPv4 addresses, the protocol which allow computers and other devices to connect to and be identified on the internet, are due to be used up in about five years time, requiring a new solution to allow the internet's development to continue. Leo Vegoda, ICANN's manager, number resources, sets out the plans for implementation of IPv6 and the associated challenges and benefits. / read more

In October 2007, a consortium of record labels brought a copyright infringement lawsuit against '', one of the world's largest newsgroup and file-sharing network access providers. In this article, Candidus Dougherty, adjunct professor at Rutgers School of Law in New Jersey, assesses Usenet's potential liability. / read more

Christopher Rees, head of the Herbert Smith LLP Global TMT group and Dominic Callaghan, senior associate, provide an overview of the latest key developments in IT and eCommerce in the EU. / read more

Broadcast rights: Karen Murphy v Media Protection Services Ltd
Subject access: Ezsias v Welsh Ministers
Public access: 'Application by FT, Guardian, Times' / read more

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The monthly publication providing authoritative insights and thought leadership on the legal/regulatory issues affecting online business, covering distance selling, contracts, domain names, adblocking, advertising, cloud computing, net neutrality, e-privacy, data protection, cyber crime, the Internet of Things, social media, internet taxation and software / read more

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