How logging on can help you to find the right lawyer – The Times

Posted August 21st, 2008 in advertising, internet, solicitors by sally

“Lawyers have never believed themselves to be a service industry. But the days of hanging up your shingle and waiting for a grateful public to beat its way to your door are gone, replaced by an online environment where the power is shifting rapidly towards consumers.”

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The Times, 21st August 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Computer ‘villains’ are not geeks, just savvy children – The Times

Posted August 20th, 2008 in copyright, internet, special report by sally

“In the past 15 years, nothing has given entertainment publishers quite as many sleepless nights as internet piracy. Starting with the rise of Napster, the music-sharing service, in the 1990s, the rapidly increasing speed of broadband connections has allowed consumers to share and copy media files in vast quantities.”

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The Times, 20th August 2008

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Computer games: Industry acts on illegal downloads – The Guardian

Posted August 20th, 2008 in copyright, internet, news, video games by sally

“The computer games industry is launching a crackdown on people who illegally download games from the internet by writing to 25,000 people in Britain suspected of illegally sharing files and asking them to pay £300 immediately to avoid any further legal action.”

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The Guardian, 20th August 2008

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Sun website censured over video footage – Reuters

Posted August 20th, 2008 in internet, media, news, privacy by sally

“The Sun newspaper website has been censured by the Press Complaints Commission (PCC) in a landmark ruling over the use of undercover video footage of a man convicted of child pornography offences.”

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Reuters, 19th August 2008

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The Free Legal Web – Nick Holmes

Posted August 19th, 2008 in internet, legal profession, news by sally

“The Free Legal Web is an initiative designed to deliver a web service that joins up the law and legal commentary and analysis on the web and provides a useful service to both lawyers and the community at large. Read the About page for full details.”

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Source: freelegalweb.org

Game sharers face legal crackdown – BBC News

Posted August 19th, 2008 in copyright, damages, internet, news, video games by sally

“A British woman who put a game on a file-sharing network has been ordered to pay damages to the game’s creator.”

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BBC News, 19th August 2008

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Privacy awareness not backed up by behaviour, survey finds – OUT-LAW.com

Posted August 13th, 2008 in internet, news, privacy by sally

“Almost 90% of UK internet users are prepared to give away private data despite 84% of the same users claiming to be very guarded about online privacy.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 13th August 2008

Source: www.out-law.com

‘Snooper’s charter’ to check texts and emails – The Guardian

Posted August 13th, 2008 in data protection, internet, investigatory powers, news by sally

“Local councils, health authorities and hundreds of other public bodies are to be given the power to access details of everyone’s personal text, emails and internet use under Home Office proposals published yesterday.”

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The Guardian, 13th August 2008

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Internet chat more likely slander than libel, says High Court – OUT-LAW.com

Posted August 8th, 2008 in defamation, internet, news by sally

“Defamation on internet bulletin boards is more like slander than libel, a High Court judge has ruled. Mr Justice Eady said that bulletin board discussions are characterised by ‘give and take’ and should be considered in that context.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 7th August 2008

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Don’t cite ‘hits’ as a measure of website traffic, warns advertising watchdog – OUT-LAW.com

Posted August 6th, 2008 in advertising, internet, news by sally

“An advert that claimed a website received over five million ‘hits’ every month has been banned because the metric is likely to mislead readers. The UK’s advertising watchdog said that ‘hits’ is an unreliable measure of website popularity.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 6th August 2008

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Watchdog clears Google’s street cameras – The Guardian

Posted July 31st, 2008 in internet, news, privacy by sally

“Google’s controversial Street View service – which will offer ground-level pictures of every UK street online -can finally be launched in Britain, after a privacy watchdog said it had no complaints about the service.”

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The Guardian, 31st July 2008

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MPs tell internet firms to police ‘dark side’ of web – The Guardian

Posted July 31st, 2008 in children, consumer protection, internet, news by sally

“The internet industry must take more responsibility for protecting young people from the ‘dark side’ of digital content relating to abuse, violence and suicide, according to a committee of MPs.”

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The Guardian, 31st July 2008

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Illegal file-sharing: Government hits back at BPI over last-minute letter – The Guardian

Posted July 31st, 2008 in copyright, internet, news by sally

“A hardline letter sent by the BPI at the 11th hour threatened to undermine a deal to tackle illegal file-sharing, prompting the government to express its displeasure of the music industry body in a terse response to record label executives.”

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The Guardian, 31st July 2008

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Government consults on web video regulation – OUT-LAW.com

Posted July 30th, 2008 in internet, media, news by sally

“The Government has published plans on how it might regulate the video on demand industry. It has also said that it is reluctant to relax rules on product placement on television.”

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OUT-LAW.com, 30th July 2008

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Music companies to police illegal downloads – The Times

Posted July 25th, 2008 in copyright, internet, news by sally

“No sooner had Britain’s six biggest internet service providers (ISPs) agreed to monitor illegal file sharing than the web was abuzz with suggestions to get around the scheme.”

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The Times, 25th July 2008

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Illegal filesharing: ISPs pledge not to ‘spy’ on web users – The Guardian

Posted July 24th, 2008 in copyright, internet, news, privacy by sally

“Internet service providers have pledged not to ‘spy’ on the web habits of customers as part of an agreement with the government to punish illegal sharing of music and films.”

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The Guardian, 24th July 2008

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‘Fake Facebook profile’ victim awarded £22,000 – The Times

Posted July 24th, 2008 in defamation, internet, news by sally

“A man who sued a former school friend for creating a fake profile on the social networking site has won his libel case”

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The Times, 24th July 2008

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Parents to be punished for children’s net piracy – The Times

Posted July 24th, 2008 in children, copyright, internet, news by sally

“Parents whose children download music and films illegally will be blacklisted and have their internet access curbed under government reforms to fight online piracy. ”

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The Times, 24th July 2008

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‘No decision’ on giant database – BBC News

Posted July 18th, 2008 in interception, internet, news, privacy, telecommunications, terrorism by sally

“No decision has been taken to create a huge database containing details of all phone calls, e-mails and internet use, security minister Lord West says.”

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BBC News, 17th July 2008

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Watchdog raises red flag over plan to record all phone calls and e-mails – The Times

Posted July 15th, 2008 in data protection, internet, news, telecommunications by sally

“Britain’s information watchdog criticised today plans for a massive Government database holding details of every phone call and e-mail and the time spent on the internet by the public as a step too far.”

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The Times, 15th July 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk