Legal news and analysis for IT professionals, including antitrust lawsuits, and patent and trademark disputes
  • Police warn world of U.K. domain scammer

    Posted October 29, 2003 - 12:59 am

    Fraud is a problem all over the Internet, and domain name registration is no exception. Police in the United Kingdom are warning about a British scammer who is offering to preregister customers for the new European .eu domain - even though no preregistration is permitted.
  • Microsoft settles class-action suits

    Posted October 28, 2003 - 3:14 pm

    Microsoft Corp. today announced that it has settled class-action lawsuits in North Dakota, South Dakota, Tennessee, Kansas and the District of Columbia.
  • California wins first state suit against spammers

    Posted October 27, 2003 - 9:38 am

    California Attorney General Bill Lockyer claimed victory in the state's first antispam lawsuit late last week, after a court ordered PW Marketing and its owners to pay a $2 million fine for violating California laws against sending unsolicited commercial e-mail.
  • U.S. Senate approves antispam bill

    Posted October 23, 2003 - 8:51 am

    The U.S. Senate Wednesday passed a bill regulating unsolicited commercial e-mail and allowing fines as large as $3 million for some types of illegal spam.
  • Fujitsu hard disk lawsuit settlement proposed

    Posted October 22, 2003 - 2:47 pm

    A proposed settlement to a lawsuit against Fujitsu Computer Products of America Inc., Hewlett-Packard Co. (HP), and Gateway Inc. could cost Fujitsu $42.5 million dollars to satisfy claims that the company's hard drives were unreliable.
  • SCO license currently for biggest users only

    Posted October 22, 2003 - 9:50 am

    Linux users outside of the Fortune 1000 cannot buy the software license The SCO Group Inc. has been offering since August as a way to protect themselves against legal action, the company confirmed Tuesday.
  • New licensees point to progress, Microsoft says

    Posted October 20, 2003 - 9:37 am

    Microsoft Corp. says that it is continuing to comply with the final judgement in the U.S. government's antitrust case against it, holding up as proof four new licensees of its Microsoft Communications Protocols Program (MCPP), which allows third-party products to interoperate with Windows clients.
  • MS readies response to EC antitrust charges

    Posted October 17, 2003 - 2:36 pm

    Microsoft Corp. is on the point of submitting its written response to European Commission (EC) antitrust complaints, a company spokeswoman said, adding that the decision whether or not to request an oral hearing hasn't yet been taken.
  • Data retention plan in Europe unlawful?

    Posted October 17, 2003 - 12:45 pm

    Privacy International's review of the draft framework for the retention of communications data suggests that it is in violation of privacy requirements covered in the Convention on Human Rights.
  • SCO gives Linux users more time

    Posted October 16, 2003 - 5:01 pm

    The SCO Group Inc. has decided to give Linux users another two weeks before doubling the license fees it is demanding for its Intellectual Property License for Linux, and has backed off on earlier plans to begin sending invoices to commercial Linux users this month.
  • Acquisition rules changing

    Posted October 16, 2003 - 2:26 pm

    New rules from the Civilian Agency Acquisition and Defense Acquisition Regulations Council feature changes in contracting rules for purchase of items "relating to protection from chemical and biological weapons".
  • Storage management: The compliance effect

    Posted October 16, 2003 - 11:32 am

    New data retention regulations may help storage managers gain the resources necessary to achieve compliance, but the regulations also are forcing storage professionals to adopt new processes, management systems and technologies to address them. Storage management, automated data retention and data protection should be at the top of IT
  • Prosecutor admits error in computer case

    Posted October 15, 2003 - 2:39 pm

    A system administrator discovers a security flaw in his company's software; he tells his bosses, who refuse to fix it. The admin then quits and sends messages to his former employers' customers, informing them of the flaw - and goes to jail as a result. Now, in what free speech advocates are hailing as a victory, federal prosecutors are admitting that he was wrongly prosecuted, and that his actions fell within his 1st amendment rights.
  • Public firms may forced to disclose computer security steps

    Posted October 13, 2003 - 10:56 am

    Publicly traded companies have long been required to reveal much of their inner workings to the public so that stock buyers can make informed decisions. Now the U.S. Homeland Security Department has suggested that a public company's preparedness for a cyberattack should be public knowledge as well.
  • Suspected Trojan-horse con man arrested

    Posted October 10, 2003 - 2:27 pm

    According to authorities, a Pennsylvania teenager used a combination of social engineering and a Trojan horse application to steal money from the brokerage account of a man he met online. The arrest illustrates some dangers that online users need to be aware of.
  • Hacker suspect tells court his PC was hijacked

    Posted October 10, 2003 - 2:20 pm

    A U.K. teenager accused of malicious hacking claims that he himself was a victim of hackers who used his compromised machines to attack others. The case illustrates the difficulties of tracking down the true identity of online villains.
  • SEC busts hacker for securities fraud, ID theft

    Posted October 9, 2003 - 1:55 pm

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has filed civil charges against a Pennsylvania man for computer hacking and identity theft in a scheme last July to dump worthless options for Cisco Systems Inc. stock.
  • CA execs asked to resign over accounting flap

    Posted October 9, 2003 - 9:27 am

    Three senior executives at Computer Associates International Inc., including its chief financial officer, have been asked to leave the company in an ongoing investigation over past accounting practices, CA announced Wednesday.
  • Microsoft wins patent for IM feature

    Posted October 8, 2003 - 9:13 am

    Microsoft Corp. has been awarded a patent for a feature in IM (instant messaging) that alerts a user when the person they are communicating with is inputting a message. The feature is present in IM services from both Yahoo Inc. and America Online Inc. (AOL).
  • VeriSign rebuts IAB complaints about Site Finder

    Posted October 7, 2003 - 1:16 pm

    VeriSign Inc. went on the offensive against critics of its Site Finder service Tuesday, issuing a lengthy rebuttal to the Internet Architecture Board (IAB) complaints about the new service, designed to direct users who mistype an Internet domain name towards a legitimate Web site.
  • Court rejects FCC stance on cable Internet

    Posted October 7, 2003 - 9:45 am

    A federal appeals court has rejected the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) stance that cable-based Internet services are an information service rather than a telecommunication service.
  • Microsoft to make changes to IE after patent verdict

    Posted October 7, 2003 - 8:29 am

    Microsoft Corp. said Monday that it is making "minor changes" to its Internet Explorer (IE) Web browser that will affect how Web page authors embed and automatically start certain interactive programs. The move comes after a verdict came down against the software company in a patent suit filed by Eolas Technologies Inc.
  • Supreme Court won't hear Rambus-Infineon case

    Posted October 7, 2003 - 8:19 am

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday boosted Rambus Inc.'s almost four-year battle to collect royalties from makers of memory chips that the company says use patented Rambus high-speed memory interface technology in their products.
  • VeriSign defends Site Finder service

    Posted October 7, 2003 - 8:06 am

    Domain registrar VeriSign Inc. defended its now-suspended Site Finder search tool Monday, saying concerns about its effect on the stability of the Internet and on the amount of spam are overblown.
  • Revealing corporate spying via e-mail

    Posted October 7, 2003 - 5:30 am

    Do you know when you might be engaging in illegal corporate spying? This article offers a cautionary tale, making clear that you need to know the law when corresponding electronically with a competitor's employee.
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