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  • Penn State cuts off P2P file traders

    Posted August 18, 2003 - 11:10 pm

    Universities were among the first large organizations that needed to deal with the legal fallout of illegal file trading. Read on to find out how one university dealt with the situation - and if the lessons apply to your organization.
  • Tech firm nailed for internal MP3 sharing

    Posted August 18, 2003 - 11:03 pm

    With the RIAA putting legal muscle behind its anti-file-sharing crusade, companies need to watch their step. Last year, a tech company was forced to settle with the recording industry group over a server that shared MP3s internally.
  • Corporate P2P use is common, study says

    Posted August 18, 2003 - 10:59 pm

    Despite the recording industry's increasingly litigious crackdown, file-swapping software is still deeply entrenched in corporate networks: over 77 percent of surveyed companies had at least one instance of Kazaa or Morpheus on their systems, according to a recent report.
  • P2P file sharing: Ethics and the law

    Posted August 18, 2003 - 10:55 pm

    This page may fall under's Teen Music site, but the information it presents is relevant to any business with young-at-heart employees who use P2P networks to download, share, and swap music on company equipment. The links here will help you figure out what steps you need to take to keep your network users on the straight and narrow.
  • Despite IT efforts, corporate P2P use rampant

    Posted August 18, 2003 - 10:51 pm

    This article examines a sad fact in modern IT: despite policies and admonishments, people are still using their companies computers to illegally download and share copyrighted material. Read on to find out about some potential solutions, both administrative and technical.
  • SCO makes legal case to its resellers

    Posted August 18, 2003 - 4:28 pm

    Mixing James Bond video clips with dry analysis of legal contracts and source code, The SCO Group Inc. made its legal case over IBM Corp.'s alleged misappropriation of Linux source code to 650 developers and channel partners at its annual trade show in Las Vegas on Monday.
  • marks 1st anniversary with over 26,000 reports

    Posted August 15, 2003 - 10:15 am

    Launched just over a year ago, has received 26,000 alerts to potential illegal hardcore pornography on the Internet. The site's goal is to facilitate and encourage enforcement of the federal Internet obscenity laws (18 USC 1462 and 1465) throughout the U.S.
  • Proposed law for spam and cookies wins approval

    Posted August 15, 2003 - 10:06 am

    Proposed UK regulation to address unsolicited commercial e-mail, cookies and other privacy-related problems has received general support from the Direct Marketing Association (DMA), the Alliance for Electronic Business (AEB) and the Advertising Association (AA). See a draft of the proposed regulations.
  • Nations move closer to anti-spam legislation

    Posted August 15, 2003 - 9:55 am

    Aussie spam lobbyists hope Australia's proposed "opt-in" legislation banning the sending of unsolicited junk electronic mail will put pressure on other countries in the Asia-Pacific region to adopt similar measures.
  • Criminal sanctions needed in AU anti-spam laws

    Posted August 15, 2003 - 9:48 am

    Some say a new anti-spam legislation document for Australians does not go far enough in punishing people found guilty of spamming. It's a nominal fine, but it doesn't change the work practices. Also, a spam advisory member went so far as to say that companies, especially in the U.S., regarded fines for spamming as operating expenses.
  • Anti-spam legislation: Chocolate teapot or Holy Grail?

    Posted August 15, 2003 - 9:31 am

    Technology created spam, and some believe technology will solve the problem. The rationale - technology moves at the speed of light, compared to politics which frankly, doesn't.
  • Spam Summit: Laws flawed from outset - but still a step in the right direction?

    Posted August 15, 2003 - 9:07 am

    This summer, the UK government launched its first major offensive on the problem of unsolicited email with the All Party Internet Group's first Spam Summit. However, Steve Linford from Spamhaus raised concerns about the effectiveness of the legislation believing that many hard-core spammers will be unmoved by any changes in legislation. "These people are convicted criminals, with criminal records as long as your arm and they have no intention of stopping regardless of what changes are made in the law."
  • Overview of the "Can-Spam Act"

    Posted August 15, 2003 - 8:49 am

    The "Can-Spam Act" would let federal regulators and Internet service providers sue spammers who use forged e-mail headers, who do not let recipients unsubscribe, or who send bulk messages to e-mail addresses obtained through crawling the Web. See an overview of the proposed legislation.
  • Overview of the Criminal Spam Act

    Posted August 14, 2003 - 11:24 pm

    Recently introduced, the Criminal Spam Act (CSA) would punish repeat spammers with up to five years in federal prison and fines of up to $25,000 a day. See an overview of the legislation.
  • PeopleSoft expands Oracle lawsuit

    Posted August 13, 2003 - 9:07 am

    Continuing its efforts to block Oracle Corp.'s hostile takeover bid, PeopleSoft Inc. has added more allegations to its lawsuit against the database software maker, PeopleSoft announced Tuesday.
  • SCO signs up first IP Compliance licensee

    Posted August 12, 2003 - 8:06 am

    An unnamed U.S.-based Fortune 500 company has become the first major licensee of The SCO Group Inc.'s Intellectual Property Compliance License for SCO Unix, according to the Lindon, Utah, Unix vendor.
  • Microsoft ordered to pay $521M in patent dispute

    Posted August 12, 2003 - 7:54 am

    A jury in Chicago on Monday ordered Microsoft Corp. to pay $520.6 million in damages to a technology company and the University of California after finding that Microsoft's Web browser infringed on a patent.
  • Maryland orders e-voting review

    Posted August 11, 2003 - 6:33 pm

    In the wake of a recent study by Johns Hopkins University revealing serious flaws in electronic voting machines from Diebold Election Systems, Maryland Governor Robert Ehrlich has ordered an independent review of the machines, which were intended to be in place in most of the state's precincts by 2004. Will paper ballots prove to be more secure in the end?
  • SCO war of attrition descends to farce

    Posted August 11, 2003 - 4:49 pm

    Source Wars, Episode 7. The intellectual property battle over who really owns what lies inside the Linux source code is primed to develop into a full-scale legal orgy, as Linux vendor Red Hat Inc. filed suit in Delaware last week alleging The SCO Group Inc. is conducting an "unfair, untrue and deceptive campaign
  • Two universities win battle against RIAA subpoenas

    Posted August 11, 2003 - 9:15 am

    The U.S. recording industry received a setback in its nationwide campaign to quash music piracy on the Internet Friday when a federal judge ruled that two universities did not have to comply with subpoenas requesting that they hand over the identities of students who could be illegally sharing music online.
  • All aboard the new federal security rules' super train: Part 2

    Posted August 9, 2003 - 10:36 pm

    Outlines four sound practices for IT security.
  • Provident Bank mines check images for Gold

    Posted August 9, 2003 - 5:36 pm

    Provident is using MindReader, from Orbograph, for its check imaging project. The goal goes beyond cutting costs
  • Privacy gets a public airing

    Posted August 9, 2003 - 5:13 pm

    The legislation making its way through Congress known as the Check 21 Act has been slowed by worries about consumer privacy. Several legislators voiced concern that banks would use the information gathered during the check truncation process for data mining.
  • E-mail and IM compliance

    Posted August 9, 2003 - 4:38 pm

    LiveOffice Corp. has announced that its AdvisorMail has been integrated with its proprietary message monitoring and storage system. The new feature meets NASD guidelines for instant messaging control and record-keeping.
  • Security spotlight shines on SANs

    Posted August 8, 2003 - 7:22 pm

    Federal regulatory requirements and the proliferation of networked storage has forced new emphasis on the relative security of data on a peer-to-peer network. Keeping in mind traditional networking security and implementation you can achieve SAN security.
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