Month: February 2001

Governments and babies

The internet adoption debacle has prompted the government to issue a missive “reminding” UK based ISPs to stay within the law and remove so-called illegal adoption websites once the ISP becomes aware of the same.  Both the government action and the reaction of some factions of the ISP industry may be misplaced. The government appears …   Read more

It’s only a matter of time for Napster

The fact that the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) won a significant victory in its battle against music file swapping service Napster in a US Appeals Court on Monday has been well publicised. The appeal was from an injunction granted against Napster by a District Court last year.  The Appeals Court decided that the …   Read more

William Hill website infringed database right in race information

The British Horseracing Board (“BHB”) has successfully sued William Hill for infringement of a new type of intellectual property called “database right” (the so-called “sui generis” right). The case is the first in the UK to be tried under the Copyright and Rights in Databases Regulations 1997 which implements a European Directive on the legal …   Read more

ITC sets the standards for interactive TV

The commission aims to adopt a “light touch” approach, to avoid creating obstacles for the commercial interests which will fund the development of the new services.  At the same time it needs to ensure that existing public expectations about the distinction between editorial and advertising content are preserved, along with viewers’ trust of the medium. …   Read more