FlightSimLabs at it again
201806.04
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FlightSimLabs at it again

We reported back in February that FlightSimLabs (“FSL”) had been caught by Reddit users installing spyware on its customers’ computers in a strange attempt to catch a pirate. You can read that article here. It has now come to light that FSL hasn’t learned its lesson. Late last week Reddit user Walkday reported finding another…

99 Problems: is fraud one?
201805.10
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99 Problems: is fraud one?

Shawn Carter (or Jay-Z as he is more commonly known) has seen his company Tidal accused of a serious royalties’ fraud. The accusation is made by the Norwegian financial publication Dagens Naeringsliv (“Dagens”), and centres on the allegation that Tidal (a music streaming platform) has been artificially inflating the “user play counts” of songs by…

German court declares AdBlock Plus legal
201804.20
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German court declares AdBlock Plus legal

At the conclusion of a four-year legal battle between German news publisher Axel-Springer-Verlag (“ASV”) and Eyeo (who operate AdBlock Plus) the German Federal Court (“FCJ”) have held that the operation of the browser addon is legal. The addon prevents popups, banner adds, and “hover” adverts (the difficult to close video adverts with a fake “X”…

EU Content Rules to change on Easter Sunday
201803.28
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EU Content Rules to change on Easter Sunday

Travellers often complain of the restrictions on the use of subscription based streaming and on-demand content when abroad. New “content portability” regulations aim to address that. European Commission Vice-President Andrus Ansip has said “Citizens are at the core of all our digital initiatives. As of 1 April, wherever you are traveling to in the EU,…

BlackBerry sues Facebook and subsidiaries over patent infringement
201803.08
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BlackBerry sues Facebook and subsidiaries over patent infringement

BlackBerry has lodged a claim against Facebook (and its Instagram and WhatsApp subsidiaries) for infringing patents used in its messaging technologies. The patents in question allowed BlackBerry products using its once ubiquitous BlackBerry Messenger (“BBM”) to lead the way in: displaying notifications to users without bombarding them; time stamping messages; tagging people in pictures or…