Ministers offer concessions on copyright changes – BBC News

Posted January 13th, 2010 in bills, copyright, internet, news by sally

“Ministers have given a concession over what critics claimed were ‘draconian’ powers which would enable them to crack down on online copyright infringement.”

Full story

BBC News, 13th January 2010


Why Nominet disconnected more than 1,000 sites with no court oversight –

Posted January 8th, 2010 in computer crime, internet, news by sally

“The body responsible for the .uk internet addresses disconnected over 1,200 websites without any oversight from a court. The much-publicised action last month was based only on police assertions about criminal activity on the sites.”

Full story, 8th January 2010


Expert claims file-sharing Bill could give Government control of the internet –

Posted December 18th, 2009 in copyright, internet, news by sally

“The Digital Economy Bill would give the Government the power to control the internet access of UK citizens by ministerial order, bypassing Parliament and without an adequate right of appeal, according to one legal expert.”

Full story, 17th December 2009


Online-only news will be regulated by press watchdog for first time –

Posted December 16th, 2009 in complaints, internet, media, news by sally

“Internet-only publications will face the same regulations as newspapers for the first time under an extension to the powers of newspaper industry self-regulator body the Press Complaints Commission (PCC).”

Full story, 16th December 2009


Law Society Gazette Podcast: Robert Heslett, President of The Law Society – Charon QC

Posted December 14th, 2009 in human rights, internet, podcasts, rule of law, solicitors by sally

“Today I am talking To Robert Heslett. We cover a wide range of topics from the rule of law, the opportunities and threats to the solicitors profession, human rights and Twitter and other forms of social media and how they could be of benefit to lawyers.”


Charon QC, 14th December 2009


“Charon QC” is the blogging pseudonym of Mike Semple Piggot, editor of insitelaw newswire.

Information Commissioner urges organisations to give individuals more privacy choices online – Information Commissioner

Posted December 10th, 2009 in codes of practice, internet, press releases, privacy by sally

“Today the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) is launching an online consultation on a new draft code of practice which will provide organisations with a practical and common sense approach to protecting individuals’ privacy online. The new draft guidance explains how the law applies and calls on organisations to give people the right degree of choice and control over their personal information, for instance by giving them clear privacy choices or making it easier for people to erase their personal information at the end of a browsing session.”

Full press release

Information Commissioner, 9th December 2009


Newspaper thwarts libel claim with E-Commerce Regulations defence –

Posted December 8th, 2009 in defamation, internet, news by sally

“A newspaper publisher was not liable for user comments posted after an online article and will not have to pay out libel damages, the High Court has ruled.”

Full story, 8th December


Green Cross Code for internet to be launched – Daily Telegraph

Posted December 8th, 2009 in children, internet, news by sally

“Children will be warned not to hand over intimate details to strangers they meet online, in the country’s first ‘green cross code’ for the internet which will be launched by the Government today.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 7th December 2009


High Court orders disclosure of Wikipedia user’s IP address in blackmail case –

Posted December 3rd, 2009 in blackmail, disclosure, internet, news by sally

“The High Court has ordered the publishers of the Wikipedia user-generated encyclopaedia to reveal information which could identify a contributor in a blackmail case involving an unnamed famous businesswoman.”

Full story, 3rd December 2009


Time limit on ‘naming and shaming’ criminals – The Independent

Posted December 3rd, 2009 in criminal records, internet, news, police by sally

“Police forces which ‘name and shame’ criminals must remove the details from their websites after a month, according to new rules released today.”

Full story

The Independent, 3rd December 2009


Story about police officer’s Facebook update after G20 death is cleared – The Guardian

Posted December 2nd, 2009 in internet, media, news, police, privacy by sally

“The Press Complaints Commission today rejected a privacy complaint on behalf of a serving police officer against a newspaper that published his Facebook status update commenting on the death of Ian Tomlinson during the G20 protests.”

Full story

The Guardian, 2nd December 2009


Government net disconnections could scupper free Wi-Fi and breach EU laws, says expert –

Posted November 30th, 2009 in EC law, internet, news by sally

“The Government’s Digital Economy Bill could be in breach of EU laws, according to an internet law expert. Professor Lilian Edwards has also warned that the Bill could make it impossible to operate a free wireless network legally.”

Full story, 26th November 2009


Web racists challenge convictions – BBC News

Posted November 27th, 2009 in inciting racial hatred, internet, news by sally

“Two men have started appeals against the UK’s first convictions for inciting racial hatred via a foreign website.”

Full story

BBC News, 26th November 2009


File-sharer disconnection law published to continuing opposition –

Posted November 23rd, 2009 in copyright, internet, news by sally

“The Government has published the legislation which would force internet service providers to disconnect internet connections used by alleged file sharers without a court order. The Digital Economy Bill contains the controversial provisions.”

Full story, 23rd November 2009


Family courts – information pilot announced – Ministry of Justice

Posted November 3rd, 2009 in family courts, internet, pilot schemes, press releases by sally

“Online publication of some judgments in family cases, like care proceedings and contact and residence cases, will be piloted for the first time at courts in Leeds and Cardiff.”

Full press release

Ministry of Justice, 2nd November 2009


Probe into Friends Reunited sale – BBC News

Posted November 3rd, 2009 in competition, internet, media, news by sally

“ITV’s £25m sale of social networking website Friends Reunited has been referred to the Competition Commission.”

Full story

BBC News, 2nd November 2009


TalkTalk threatens legal action over Mandelson’s filesharing plan – The Guardian

Posted October 29th, 2009 in copyright, human rights, internet, news, penalties by sally

“TalkTalk, the second largest internet service provider in the UK, has threatened to launch legal action if business secretary Peter Mandelson follows through with his plan to cut off persistent illegal filesharers’ internet connections.”

Full story

The Guardian, 29th October 2009


Lord Mandelson sets date for blocking filesharers’ internet connections – The Guardian

Posted October 28th, 2009 in copyright, internet, news, penalties by sally

“Lord Mandelson, the business secretary, warned internet users today that the days of ‘consequence-free’ illegal filesharing are over as he unveiled the government’s plan for cracking down on online piracy.”

Full story

The Guardian, 28th October 2009


Culture minister confirms court oversight for UK disconnections –

Posted October 27th, 2009 in copyright, internet, news, penalties by sally

“UK internet users will not be disconnected from the internet for illegal file sharing without a court’s involvement, a Government minister has pledged. Culture minister Ben Bradshaw has told MPs that there would be a ‘strict’ process involving the courts.”

Full story, 27th October 2009


Freelancer’s copyright infringed by sales of digital back issues, rules High Court –

Posted October 22nd, 2009 in copyright, internet, media, news by sally

“A Daily Mirror service which sold digital copies of back issues infringed the copyright of a freelance photographer whose pictures appeared on their pages, the High Court has ruled.”

Full story, 22nd October 2009