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Leading Internet Case Law

Volume: 10 Issue: 3

A WIPO decision Panel requests the transfer of the domain name 'mylondon2012' back to the Committee involved in the London Olympic Games. / read more

The US Supreme Court rejects Bilski's business patent method and holds that the 'machine or transformation' test - which had been used to determine patentability - is not the only test available. / read more

A UK judge finds that there was considerable judgement and work in selecting and arranging the contents of the lists in a database. The judgement and discretion involved were sufficient to be given copyright protection. / read more

The High Court of Australia holds that to claim protection as a database under Australian copyright law, fixture lists should satisfy the 'orginality' criterion and not merely the 'skill and judgement' test. / read more

The controller of a website on which allegedly defamatory words were posted is denied summary judgment by the UK High Court on the basis that his control over the website involved more than just the mere storage of information. / read more

A US court awards Asis - an internet service provider - $2,596,020 in damages for having lost business, time and revenue by receiving more than 200,000 spam emails every day from the same company. / read more

A US district court holds that private messages and postings sent via Facebook and MySpace are protected under the Stored Communications Act, which means he court has limited ability to order them to be disclosed. / read more

The Court of Justice of the European Union specifies the criteria surrounding the revocation of .eu top level domain names registered in an abusive manner, by holding that bad faith can be shown by circumstancial, behavioural and legal criteria. / read more

A US Court of Appeals holds that the Federal Communications Commission has no regulatory authority over Comcast's network practices as it had not linked this authority to any express statutory authority. / read more

A US federal district court rules that a news company must refrain from re-publishing online investment news produced by another company before a certain time has elapsed, as the news is protected by copyright. / read more

The US Supreme Court permits a government employer to search through employee pager communications, because the search was 'not excessively intrusive' and was also justified by work-related considerations. / read more

The Advocate General of the European Court of Justice concludes that a levy on private copies may be imposed on digital equipment, devices and media only where it may be presumed that they were used for private copying. / read more

The Court of Justice of the European Union finds that the owner of a trade mark can prevent it from being used as a keyword in the context of third parties' online advertisements, under the Trade Mark Directive. / read more

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