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Leading Internet Case Law

Volume: 8 Issue: 4


In United States v Crist, a US federal trial court rules that a state investigator's review of a digital image of a computer's hard drive and a 'hash value' of the files stored on that hard drive represented an unconstitutional search. / read more

The ECJ considers what represents an acceptable alternative direct method of contacting the provider of an internet service under the E-Commerce Directive. / read more

The European Court of Justice has held that a database right owner can prevent the copying of the idea for a database ≠ even when there has been no technical process of copying the contents. / read more

The Supreme Court of British Columbia decided that the mere creation of a hyperlink to defamatory words does not constitute as publication of those words and the creator of that hyperlink is not liable for the defamatory contents of the linked site. / read more

A World Intellectual Property Organisation Administrative Panel accepts that there was no intent to deceive customers of jeweller Harry Winston through use of the www.hairywinston.com domain name for a pet parlour business. / read more

The UK Court of Appeal dismisses an appeal against an order issued under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act to hand over computer passwords, providing guidance on the limits of the 'self-incrimination' defence. / read more

The Hamburg Regional Court holds that displaying copyrighted pictures in the form of thumbnails constitutes direct copyright infringement under German law, dismissing Google's 'fair use' defences. / read more

The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirms a decision of the US Patent and Trademark Office to reject a patent for a business method, adopting a test that raises the bar for organisations wishing to patent business methods or processes. / read more

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission denies CAIP's application requesting the Commission to order Bell Canada to stop traffic shaping practices, going against the Federal Communications Commission's ruling in Comcast. / read more

The Federal Court of Appeal rules that confidential information held on servers owned by third party companies and located outside of Canada is not protected from disclosure requests issued by a government minister. / read more


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