BPI wins landmark file sharing case
The UK record industry has won a landmark court case against two men it accused of sharing music files over the Internet.
In the first ruling of its kind in this country a Norfolk man must make an immediate payment of ?5,000, plus meet additional costs estimated at ?13,500 and damages. A Brighton man was ordered to pay ?1,500 now with costs and damages to be assessed later. ...more
Litigious porn publisher lashes out at Google
Porn publisher Perfect 10 is seeking an injunction against Google to stop it showing thumbnails of its copyright images in search results.
The company filed the request in an LA District Court on Wednesday, as part of an ongoing copyright infringement case first brought last November. Perfect 10 alleges the practice involves copying, displaying and distributing thousands of its images, with many of the results linking to third party sites that are also using the images without copyright permission. ...more
AOL releases AIM beta for OS X
AOL has released a beta version of its Instant Messenger software - AIM 4.5 - for OS X.
AOL are keen to retain their Mac user base, as AIM has recently been usurped by Microsoft's MSN Messenger as the leading messaging service. ...more
Bloggers claim 'confidentiality' defence against Apple
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) will defend the AppleInsider and PowerPage blogging sites from a legal assault by Apple.
Last month, Apple subpoenaed the publishers of the Apple blogs, seeking the name of an insider that led to articles about a product code-named 'Asteroid'.
The EFF will says it will defend the publishers in court to assert their rights not to reveal the identity of the source that leaked them the information. ...more
Dell releases Ubuntu-based PCs
Dell has confirmed today that it is launching three computer systems, including one laptop, that will come with the open-source Ubuntu Linux operating system already installed.
The three computers, which come with a price tag starting at around ?300, will have the Ubuntu 7.04 Linux system pre-installed for use out-of-the-box. ...more