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Iowa Man Convicted for Piracy, Faces 15 Years

Iowa Man Convicted for Piracy, Faces 15 Years

Dec 26, 2004 12:06 PM PST
An Iowa man accused of large-scale copyright infringement through what is known as a "warez" group is the first person convicted under piracy task force Operation Fastlink, federal authorities announced Friday.
FTC Examines Patent System Reform

FTC Examines Patent System Reform

Dec 26, 2004 6:00 AM PST
In a move sure to please adult webmasters who feel victimized by Acacia's DMT patent claims, the Federal Trade Commission, the National Academies' Board on Science, Technology, and Economic Policy, and the American Intellectual Property Law Association will consider patent reform.
Search Engines Ordered to Block Porn in China

Search Engines Ordered to Block Porn in China

Dec 24, 2004 12:01 PM PST
China’s official Internet regulatory group has imposed new rules forcing search engines to reject adult content. The new regulation bars search engines from collecting, disseminating or linking to any websites with “illegal or inappropriate” content, and that includes all pornography.
Former Aussie Diplomat Faces Thai Court’s Child Porn Ruling

Former Aussie Diplomat Faces Thai Court’s Child Porn Ruling

Dec 23, 2004 2:30 PM PST
A former Australian diplomat accused of distributing child pornography for trade will have his fate decided by a Thai court Friday. Robert Scoble, 56, was once described by colleagues as a “witty, urbane, and politically shrewd” diplomat.
Cyprus Prohibits Sale Of Adult Material

Cyprus Prohibits Sale Of Adult Material

Dec 23, 2004 12:15 PM PST
Cypriot police are cracking down on the sale of adult magazines and DVDs at kiosks and souvenir shops in the country and announced that anyone found displaying or selling sexually explicit items after Dec. 27 will be charged with a crime, according to press reports.
Porn Stars Cummings, Jeremy Cited in FCC Ruling

Porn Stars Cummings, Jeremy Cited in FCC Ruling

Dec 23, 2004 10:00 AM PST
Explicit interviews with porn stars Dave Cummings and Ron Jeremy will cost a Kansas radio operator $220,000 in indecency fines, the Federal Communications Commission said Wednesday.
Federal Judge Refuses Spam Guilty Plea

Federal Judge Refuses Spam Guilty Plea

Dec 23, 2004 6:00 AM PST
A federal judge rejected the guilty plea of a former America Online employee who allegedly stole nearly 100 million email addresses and sold them to spammers, saying that he wasn’t sure the employee had actually committed a crime.

India Obscenity Arrest Sparks Global Uproar

Dec 22, 2004 11:06 AM PST
With more American companies increasingly turning to India for e-commerce opportunities, the arrest of an eBay unit’s executive over a porn video for sale on his company’s website has caused an international stir and debate about the country's strict obscenity laws.
ContentGuard Fattens DRM Patent Portfolio

ContentGuard Fattens DRM Patent Portfolio

Dec 22, 2004 6:00 AM PST
ContentGuard added another five U.S. patents to its Digital Rights Management patent portfolio this week, bringing the company's total number of patents to 30.
FSC Secures Major Donor for Justice Legal Challenge

FSC Secures Major Donor for Justice Legal Challenge

Dec 21, 2004 12:04 PM PST
The Free Speech Coalition received a $75,000 donation from the Anti-Censorship Defense Committee in support of its lawsuit against the U.S. Justice Department and proposed amendments to federal Recordkeeping and Labeling Law, 18 U.S.C. 2257.

LEGAL PERSPECTIVES

Data Privacy Is Tightening Up in the E.U.

Have you begun preparing for GDPR? If you are like most, you haven’t even heard of GDPR, but also if you are like most, it is going to affect your business, starting May 25, 2018. The GDPR, or General... More »

Preventing Legal Problems Before They Start

Dentists typically recommend that a person’s teeth be cleaned every six months and that oral X-rays be taken at least once every year. Internists recommend that a person receive a physical examination... More »

Could Adult Content Be Banned?

Earlier this month, I met with the Free Speech Coalition’s board of directors for our annual review. Despite the headwinds our industry faces, politically and economically, we are, as an organization,... More »
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