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…

Google accused of patent infringement in “Siri” row
201803.05
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Google accused of patent infringement in “Siri” row

WiLAN, an intellectual property licensing company based in Canada and subsidiary of IPA Technologies Inc (“IPA”), has accused Google of infringement of six patents. The action was brought in the Delaware Federal Court, where it was alleged that Google have infringed patents relating to the voice-activated personal assistant, “Siri”. Effectively it is Apple behind the…

Reddit bans “Deepfake” content
201802.09
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Reddit bans “Deepfake” content

Reddit, also known as “the front page of the internet”, has banned all “Deepfake” pornographic content from its website. Deepfake is a type of video that has been rife online since the release in January of “FakeApp”, a feat of software engineering that allows users to (amongst other things) select thousands of ordinary images of…

Waymo v Uber in trade secrets row
201802.08
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Waymo v Uber in trade secrets row

The trial of Uber in the trade-secrets scandal has begun in San Francisco before Judge William Alsup. The dispute between Waymo (a subsidiary of Google Inc,) and Uber is centred on self-drive technology. Waymo have alleged that Uber have stolen trade secrets relating to light detection and ranging (Lidar) for their driverless vehicles. Uber are…

IP Crime Report highlights challenge of internet infringers
201710.26
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IP Crime Report highlights challenge of internet infringers

The UK Intellectual Property Office has published its IP Crime and Enforcement report for 2016-2017 (the Report). The Report explains the current challenges and threats posed by intellectual property crime, with input from the Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit and the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS). According to the Report, 15% of all internet users aged…

Morrisons in court over data breach
201710.10
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Morrisons in court over data breach

Supermarket chain Morrisons is in court this week faced with a lawsuit brought by thousands of current and former employees over a data breach which occurred in 2014. The personal details and payroll data of almost 100,000 employees were posted online after they were stolen by a fellow employee – an auditor at Morrisons’ Bradford…

Lumen links land Google into trouble
201706.15
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Lumen links land Google into trouble

The Higher Regional Court of Munich has issued an injunction against Google to stop the search engine linking users to the Lumen database. Lumen collects data relating to legal complaints made online for the removal of information and provides users with the source of the content removal. The judgement is interesting as it goes one…

UK chip designer ditched by Apple may consider legal action
201704.04
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UK chip designer ditched by Apple may consider legal action

Possibly the most well-known technology company in the world, Apple, plans to discontinue the use of its current graphics technology supplier, Imagination Technologies (Imagination). The UK firm provides Apple with chip technology used in products including iPhones, iPads and iPods, under a licensing agreement. It has been reported that Apple wants to create its own…