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Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at: May 07, 2008 Studios win $100 million judgment against TorrentSpy
QUOTE: In a major win for Hollywood studios, a California federal judge has ordered TorrentSpy to pay nearly $111 million in damages for infringing the copyright of thousands of films and TV shows through its BitTorrent search engine. The Los Angeles judge, U.S. District Judge Florence-Marie Cooper, also issued a permanent injunction against TorrentSpy, which was once one of the most popular indexes of BitTorrent files before it shut down in March after a two-year copyright battle with the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA).
News.com Aug 03, 2007 Please Don't Steal This Web Content
QUOTE: Such Web sites are known among Web publishers as "scraper sites" because they effectively scrape the content off blogs, usually through RSS (Really Simple Syndication) and other feeds on which those blogs are sent.
News.com Jun 29, 2007 Dark side of 'reputation defending' service (Police Blotter)
QUOTE: Companies like DefendMyName.com have recently been treated to a flurry of positive news articles describing how they help paying clients remove embarrassing information from the Internet. .... A court ruling last week, however, revealed the dark side of how some of these companies work.
News.com Jun 13, 2007 Teenage murderers convicted through IM logs (Police Blotter)
QUOTE: A teenage girl, her boyfriend, and a mutual friend jointly murder[ed the] girl's mother, who was opposed to the relationship. ....detectives unearthed a series of e-mail and instant-message exchanges between the then-teenagers and used them as evidence in the trial.
News.com Jun 06, 2007 Court overturns man's Net ban for life (Police Blotter)
QUOTE: [A] pennsylvania man appeal[ed] a lifelong ban on using any computer network at "any location, including employment or education." ...[his] permanent ban on Internet use [was] thrown out.
News.com May 30, 2007 Cops need warrant to search cell phone? (Police Blotter)
QUOTE: [The] San Francisco Police Department arrest[ed] alleged medical-marijuana distributors and searche[d] a T-Mobile Sidekick without a search warrant. U.S. District Judge Susan Illston [ruled that the] warrantless search violate[d the] Fourth Amendment.
News.com May 16, 2007 Imprisoned sex offenders demand PCs (Police Blotter)
QUOTE: Sex offenders held in Minnesota facility say it was illegal for guards to confiscate personal computers used in their rooms...Court of Appeals of Minnesota [ruled that] sex offenders have no right to possess PCs.
News.com May 09, 2007 Fired federal worker sues over googling (Police blotter)
QUOTE: A government worker claims a department official violated his "right to fundamental fairness" by using Google to research his prior work history in a dispute over the use of government property .... The appeals court, however, disagreed. It ruled that the Google searches were not prejudicial and affirmed Mullins' dismissal as a civil servant.
News.com Apr 25, 2007 Secret recording inadmissible against bus driver (Police blotter)
QUOTE: [A] Milwaukee school bus driver's abuse of a child [was] discovered after parents place[d] a voice-activated recorder in son's backpack .... [A court ruled that the] recording [could not] be used...in court because it was not obtained by police.
News.com Apr 19, 2007 Cops OK to copy cell phone content (Police blotter)
QUOTE: A Kansas state trooper [arrested a man] for alleged drug possession, and download[ed] contents of his cell phones...[ a U.S. District judge said] copying of cell phones' contents was permissible .... This raises issues--especially when hard drives that can store intimate life details are growing in capacity and shrinking in size.
News.com Apr 18, 2007 Open Wi-Fi blamed in child porn case (Police Blotter)
QUOTE: In a worst-case scenario, it isn't hard to imagine someone using another person's unsecured wireless connection to send child porn to the FBI, and then watch the agents show up and seize the target's computers and perhaps arrest the person in the process.
News.com Apr 05, 2007 No privacy in home PC brought to work (Police blotter)
QUOTE: City treasurer in Oklahoma protests warrantless search of his personally owned computer after a police inspection allegedly discovered child pornography. Outcome: Appeals court rules in favor of police search of computer brought into the office, and the treasurer is sentenced to more than six years in federal prison.
News.com Mar 14, 2007 Computer logs as alibi in wife's death (Police blotter)
QUOTE: Douglas Plude, convicted of his wife's murder, says computer logs provide an alibi. Plude, who lived in Wisconsin, claims his expert had insufficient time before trial to review them.
News.com Mar 01, 2007 Wife e-surveilled in divorce case (Police blotter)
QUOTE: Once upon a time, tempestuous divorces might have included one spouse snooping through the other's private correspondence ... That kind of snooping was, for the most part, entirely legal. But when the same kind of snooping happens in electronic form, it can be a federal crime.
News.com Feb 09, 2007 Teens prosecuted for racy photos (Police blotter)
QUOTE: Combine unsupervised teenagers, digital cameras and e-mail, and, given sufficient time, you'll end up with risque photographs on a computer somewhere. There's a problem with that: Technically, those images constitute child pornography...under Florida law, [two 16-year-olds] would be legally permitted to engage in carnal relations, but they're criminals if they document it.
News.com Jan 24, 2007 Heirs sue over will-making software (Police blotter)
QUOTE: [An] Insurance agent [was] sued for "unauthorized practice of law" after he uses Quicken software to help a 91-year-old woman create a will. ... Unauthorized practice of law is a remarkably vague concept that has led even some lawyers to refer to state bar associations as "cartels" that act to restrict competition and boost their own incomes.
News.com Jan 20, 2007 Apple's 802.11n accounting conundrum: Apple's explanation of a planned Wi-Fi upgrade fee has its roots in obscure accounting rules that tell companies how to book sales of future product upgrades.
QUOTE: because the company has already recognized all the revenue from the sales of those computers, it has to now charge customers at least a nominal fee in order to establish the value of its software upgrade and satisfy an obscure accounting regulation known as SOP 97-2....Of course, back when the Macs first shipped, Apple could have told customers that the upgrade cost was coming and avoided customer backlash over the surprise fee, but that didn't happen either.
News.com Dec 08, 2006 Fired over 'Wicked Weasel' photo (Police blotter)
QUOTE: An employee at airline America West claimed that he was fired in violation of the Americans With Disabilities Act after the company nabbed him with pornographic e-mail...America West won motion for summary judgment in its favor.
News.com Nov 10, 2006 Prison inmate wants personal ad replies (Police blotter)
QUOTE: A Wisconsin prison inmate says he has the First Amendment right to receive printouts of e-mail replies to his online personal ad.
News.com Oct 27, 2006 Web cookies become defendant's alibi (Police blotter)
QUOTE: A Texas man says the timestamp of cookies on his Web browser proves he was actually online and not where prosecutors claim he was....The appeals court upheld the conviction...
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