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  • World intellectual-property treaty set to enter force

    Posted December 7, 2001 - 11:39 am

    An international treaty designed to protect copyright holders in the "digital age" is ready to become law, now that 30 countries, including Japan and the U.S., have ratified it.
  • VeriSign launches brand, domain protection services

    Posted December 6, 2001 - 2:07 pm

    VeriSign Inc. launched a new suite of brand management services Thursday to help companies protect their brands and trademarks online from cybersquatters and other digital foes.
  • European ministers agree on spam ban, cookie rules

    Posted December 6, 2001 - 1:49 pm

    European telecommunication ministers agreed Thursday that unsolicited e-mail and wireless text messages should be prohibited under a new data protection law. They also agreed to allow leeway for law enforcement to access logs of e-mail and telephone traffic.
  • Suing states want unbundled Windows

    Posted December 6, 2001 - 12:27 pm

    The nine states that did not join the U.S. Department of Justice in settling the antitrust case with Microsoft Corp. plan to propose a set of remedies to the federal judge overseeing the case, according to press reports.
  • Cybersquatters could be dragged to Virginia

    Posted December 5, 2001 - 9:36 pm

    If you own a domain name resembling the identity of a big, deep-pocketed company, beware, because you could be dragged to Virginia to defend it.
  • IT industry braces for trade authority vote

    Posted December 5, 2001 - 9:07 pm

    An ad hoc survey taken at the Business Software Alliance's Global Tech Summit in Washington showed 56 percent of conference attendees believe the U.S. House of Representatives will pass a measure giving President Bush trade promotion authority.
  • Microsoft pushed to disclose Windows code in EU case

    Posted December 4, 2001 - 11:02 am

    Microsoft Corp. is fighting off pressure to license its Windows operating system source code to other companies in the ongoing European antitrust lawsuit against the software maker.
  • Taiwan mulling easing curbs on China semicon investment

    Posted December 3, 2001 - 11:19 am

    Taiwan's government plans to decide within the next two weeks whether to lift curbs on investment in semiconductor wafer fabrication plants in mainland China, according to a government official.
  • WORLDBEAT - Data privacy: a chill Atlantic wind

    Posted December 3, 2001 - 10:45 am

    Germans have a conflicted relationship with information privacy and censorship. Having lived through the Nazi dictatorship and spy-ridden East German communism, this society is notoriously allergic to government surveillance of private citizens. Still, there is a deep-rooted tendency to seek order and to trust government, and censorship of the Internet is seen by many as a tool to combat extremism.
  • Microsoft settlement process progresses through court

    Posted November 29, 2001 - 3:27 pm

    While the proposed settlement between Microsoft Corp. and private plaintiffs who claimed they were overcharged for software grabbed headlines this week, the company's other settlement, reached with the U.S. Department of Justice and nine states, is quietly wending its way through the court system.
  • Courts side with copyright holders in DMCA battles

    Posted November 29, 2001 - 3:22 pm

    Despite vocal opposition from free-speech advocates, a controversial law that makes it illegal to provide information on how to bypass copyright protection controls was lent added weight by a U.S. federal appeals court decision this week, marking a decisive victory for copyright holders.
  • President Bush signs Internet tax ban extension

    Posted November 29, 2001 - 2:49 pm

    The ban on Internet taxes was officially reinstated Wednesday when U.S. President George W. Bush signed into law a bill from Congress proposing a two-year moratorium extension.
  • Senate to hold hearing about Microsoft settlement

    Posted November 28, 2001 - 2:59 pm

    A U.S. Senate committee plans to question Microsoft Corp., the Department of Justice, and state attorneys general about the recent proposed settlement to the government's antitrust case in a hearing tentatively set for Dec. 12.
  • UPDATE - Supreme Court hears arguments on Net porn law

    Posted November 28, 2001 - 10:59 am

    The U.S. Supreme Court listened to oral arguments today on whether to reinstate a hotly debated Internet pornography law, after three years of wrangling over whether the law violates First Amendment rights.
  • EC will conclude Microsoft antitrust inquiry next year

    Posted November 28, 2001 - 10:32 am

    The European Commission expects to conclude its antitrust investigation into Microsoft Corp. next year, a spokeswoman said, but she declined to comment on whether the company's rejection of an oral hearing might speed the process up.
  • UPDATE: Microsoft deal on private cases comes under scrutiny

    Posted November 27, 2001 - 12:10 pm

    The proposed settlement to over one hundred private suits lodged against Microsoft Corp. came under scrutiny Tuesday when a Baltimore federal judge held a public hearing in the case, and committed to making a preliminary decision on the agreement in mid-December.
  • EU Ministers debate ISP data retention rules

    Posted November 27, 2001 - 11:54 am

    Telecommunication ministers of the 15 countries that comprise the European Union are heading for a confrontation with the European Parliament over a new data-protection law under construction.
  • Judge sets appeal hearings in Sklyarov case

    Posted November 27, 2001 - 10:29 am

    The case of Russian programmer Dmitry Sklyarov, charged with violating copyright law by writing software that strips copy and use restrictions out of Adobe Systems Inc. e-books, crept forward as dates were set next year for a pair of hearings.
  • 30 countries sign cybercrime treaty

    Posted November 26, 2001 - 10:14 am

    Thirty countries signed a controversial international treaty to combat online crime Friday. Representatives of 26 Council of Europe (CoE) member states, plus the U.S., Canada, Japan, and South Africa, put their signatures on the document at an international meeting in Budapest.
  • Ministers gather to sign cybercrime treaty

    Posted November 23, 2001 - 10:38 am

    Representatives of Council of Europe (CoE) member states gathered in Budapest Friday to sign a controversial international treaty to combat online crime.
  • Head Microsoft legal counsel to retire

    Posted November 22, 2001 - 8:56 am

    As Microsoft Corp. nears a conclusion to its long-fought antitrust battle with the U.S. government, the company announced that its top legal advisor, Bill Neukom, who played a lead role in the case, will retire from his duties at the end of the fiscal year in mid-2002.
  • Hearing set in Microsoft's European antitrust case

    Posted November 21, 2001 - 12:53 pm

    In the wake of recent settlement deals in Microsoft's antitrust cases in the U.S., European Commissioner for Competition Issues Mario Monti confirmed today that the software company is due to defend itself against European antitrust charges at a hearing slated for December 20 and 21.
  • White House urges Senate to agree on economic stimulus

    Posted November 20, 2001 - 1:15 pm

    President George W. Bush yesterday reiterated his call to have an economic stimulus bill from the U.S. Congress on his desk and ready to be signed into law by the end of November.
  • U.K. bill seeks compulsory data retention by ISPs

    Posted November 19, 2001 - 11:08 am

    Shortly after the terrorist attacks in the U.S. on Sept. 11, the U.K. government sent a request to all U.K.-based ISPs and telecommunication companies asking them to retain all communications-traffic data for a month. On Monday the House of Commons and the House of Lords will debate a new law that seeks to make this retention of data compulsory.
  • DOJ files report on impact of Microsoft settlement

    Posted November 16, 2001 - 2:11 pm

    The U.S. Department of Justice filed a lengthy report outlining the impact of the proposed settlement it reached with software maker Microsoft Corp. to end its three-year antitrust battle.

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