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Digital Business Lawyer

Volume: 9 Issue: 9
(September 2007)


News

Global software giant Microsoft has been found guilty of abusing its dominant position in the market for PC and server operating systems and software, following a nine-year battle with EU competition authorities. / read more

Google has claimed that current privacy rules don't work globally, and has called for global privacy standards to be developed, pointing to the AsiaPacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum's Privacy Framework, endorsed by APEC ministers in 2004, as a starting point. / read more

Internet fraud is now a global business, utilising 'underground economy servers' which offer for sale credit card and bank account numbers, email passwords and hacking toolkits, with data increasingly being gleaned from social networking and online gaming sites, according to Symantec's Internet Security Threat Report for January to June 2007. / read more


Features

After nine years and the involvement of a veritable cast of businesses, politicians, economists and legal experts, Microsoft was found to have breached its dominant position under EU competition laws. / read more

Gambling Act 2005 comes into force
YouTube: first formal music licence
ICO: new guidance on determining personal data
Dates for Your Diary / read more

Perfect 10 magazine was founded in 1996, in an attempt to create a magazine which featured the world's most beautiful natural models. No expense was spared, as we paid in some cases in excess of $10,000 a day to photograph the very best natural models, such as Victoria's Secret's Marisa Miller, and Madison Model of the Year, Isabelle Funaro. We believed that if we had the best content, it would be appreciated, and Perfect 10 would be a success. / read more

On 15 August 2007, a Moscow court acquitted Denis Kvasov, the former managing director of Mediaservices, the company that owned 'Allofmp3.com', of criminal charges involving alleged copyright infringement. In this case, Lana and Philip Haworth, non-practicing barristers, set out the case findings, and explain recent efforts by Russia's legislators to control the operation of music and video download sites. / read more

The Press Complaints Commission has made a landmark ruling on the use of mobile video footage on the internet, after the Hamilton Advertiser published footage of an unruly classroom. Ashley Hurst, an associate with Olswang, examines the decision and its implications for news organisations that use mobile footage on the internet. / read more

Video games which contain adult content are classified by the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) in the same way as films are. However, the Video Recordings Act 1984, which regulates the content, does not seem to cover games downloadable from the internet. In this article, Philip Carnell, a solicitor at CMS Cameron McKenna LLP, examines the issues and the industry voluntary codes currently in place in the US and Europe. / read more

The recent death of a man who had been playing an internet game in a Chinese internet café for three days, despite legislation introduced in an attempt to limit time spent playing online games, is sure to draw attention back towards the perceived problem of addiction to internet games. Professor Mark Griffiths, director of the International Gaming Research Unit at Nottingham Trent University, examines internet gaming addiction and whether legislation is needed to protect the public. / read more

Since March 2007, the Hong Kong Domain Name Registration Company Limited has been accepting applications for registration of Chinese script domain extensions, providing opportunities for companies to secure their domains in new markets. Wing L. Cheung and Tiffany Yeung, of K&L Gates' Hong Kong office, examine domain extensions available, the dispute resolution process and relevant case law involving major international brands. / 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

Information ownership: Pennwell Publishing v Junior Isles
Telephone tapping: Breda District Court 15 February 2007
Software Zango v PC Tools / 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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