Sony chipping suit stumped by Ozzie court
Sony has lost a legal ruling over the 'chipping' of PlayStation consoles. This is the practice whereby the games console is modded to enable it to play unauthorised versions of games.
An Australian court has confirmed that 'chipping' consoles did not breach the country's copyright laws, reports Reuters. ...more
Yahoo! condemned as 'Chinese police informant'
Internet portal Yahoo! has been accused of colluding with the Chinese authorities to track down and convict a pro-democracy campaigner. The campaigner Shi Tao was sentenced to 10 years in prison in April for 'providing state secrets to foreign entities'.
The press freedom pressure group Reporters without Borders (Reporters San Frontieres) says that the judgement of the court case clearly indicates that Yahoo! China supplied the local police with information linking to Tao's email address. ...more
UK music industry boasts big R&D spend merits strong copyright
The music industry is the second biggest investor in R&D in the UK, according to figures from its main trade organisation, the BPI.
Only the pharmaceuticals and biotechnology industry re-invests a greater proportion of its revenues (39.6 per cent) than the record industry's 17 per cent. ...more
PC Pro reveals false claims of child porn investigation
The UK's biggest ever crackdown on Internet paedophiles has been driven by misleading intelligence, causing dozens of innocent people to be falsely accused, according to PC Pro magazine.
Writing exclusively in the new August issue, Duncan Campbell (an expert witness in the defence of Operation Ore suspects) says prosecutions against many of the UK's 7,272 Operation Ore suspects were based on flawed evidence received from US officials.
The high-profile investigation began in 2002 when US investigators handed UK police the credit card details of people they claimed had subscribed to child porn. ...more
Quark licenses cross-platform installations
Quark has continued the liberalisation of its licensing terms for QuarkXPress by permitting a single licence to be used on both Mac OS X and Windows machines.
Until now, a licence could be used to install the application on two machines - nominally a desktop and portable - but they had to be running on the same platform.
Last month Quark introduced a License Transfer feature that lets users deactivate and activate the software themselves, so that licences can be moved from one machine to another without the need to call Quark Technical Support. ...more