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BlackBerry sues Facebook and subsidiaries over patent infringement
Mar 8, 2018
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 allo...
Photography pirates taken on a grand tour.... of the Olive Garden
Mar 7, 2018
We reported on 20 February the story of FlightSimLabs sneaking spyware on to its customers' computers in an attempt to catch a pirate. You can read that story here. A photographer...
Spotify's little-known history in Torrents
Mar 6, 2018
Torrents are (and have been for over a decade now) the predominant mode of file sharing for pirates. Users host files for download by others (seeding) and other users download tiny...
Google accused of patent infringement in "Siri" row
Mar 5, 2018
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 ...
US driven change to Swiss copyright legislation
Mar 1, 2018
In late 2017 Switzerland proposed a new draft bill on copyright, which offers a more robust approach to copyright infringement. A part of that law is that an internet service provi...
BBC successfully defends Californian copyright claim
Feb 27, 2018
In November 2017 Carsey-Werner sued the BBC for infringing its copyright in The Cosby Show by broadcasting a documentary entitled "Bill Cosby – Fall of an American Icon" in the pre...
Germany lends uncertainty to the Unified Patent Court
Feb 26, 2018
On 13 February we published the news that the Unified Patent Court ("UPC") would be given an exemption in the severance of ties with the European Union post-Brexit. It is now possi...
Oscar favourite in deep water
Feb 23, 2018
Oscar season is fast approaching and the buzz around which films are going to steal the most awards has everyone talking. Merely being nominated for an Oscar is an expression of re...
Defamation? It was only a joke...
Feb 21, 2018
Comedian Louise Beaumont (known as Louise Reay on stage) is being sued by Thomas Reay, her ex-husband, for defamation and breach of privacy and data protection. Mr Reay alleges th...
Flight sim enters spy mode
Feb 20, 2018
"Spying" on one's own customers is not a new phenomenon. Web browsers have targeted adverts at users based on their search histories since the early days of the internet. Yahoo hav...
'Deisel' by Diesel
Feb 19, 2018
Canal Street, New York is ground-zero for counterfeiting retailers. A barely tolerated haven to hawk knock-offs and fakes of some of the world's best-known brands. Diesel's parent...
Court dismisses Playboy's copyright claim
Feb 16, 2018
Playboy, the well-known men's magazine, have had their copyright infringement claim against Boing Boing dismissed by Judge Fernado Olguin in a California District Court. Boing Boin...
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