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Copyright Doesn’t Cover All of Internet, Court Rules

Apr 9, 2004 12:12 PM PDT
A federal judge has decided that a company's Internet-searching software program did not infringe on copyrights held by another website. The case has been closely watched by U.S. webmasters – both adult and mainstream – because more companies are compiling their own private search engines.
Clear Channel Fires Howard Stern After FCC Sanction

Clear Channel Fires Howard Stern After FCC Sanction

Apr 8, 2004 3:43 PM PDT
Clear Channel Communications Inc. fired Howard Stern on Thursday after the Federal Communications Commission proposed $495,000 in indecency fines. Regulators are reserving the right to go after additional fines related to the same show and perhaps others as well.
Second Acacia Hearing On Friday

Second Acacia Hearing On Friday

Apr 8, 2004 12:56 PM PDT
The second Markman Hearing will be held tomorrow, April 9, in Santa Ana as the adult industry defense group goes up against Acacia Technology Group over a handful of Digital Media Technologies (DMT) patents that relate to streaming audio and video over the Internet.

Habeas Beats Spammer With Poetry

Apr 7, 2004 12:39 PM PDT
Anti-spam firm Habeas Inc. won a judgment over spammer William "Billy" Carson this week, marking the company's second legal pursuit of spammers.

Can Trademarks Be Used in Search Terms?

Apr 7, 2004 12:29 PM PDT
The latest case on trademarks used in sponsored-link advertising involves a pet store owner who claims Google, Kanoodle and Overture have illegally sold advertising tied to the “Pets Warehouse” name he says he owns because he succeeded in obtaining a trademark registration.
ICANN Moves to Dismiss Antitrust Charges

ICANN Moves to Dismiss Antitrust Charges

Apr 7, 2004 8:00 AM PDT
Life hasn't been easy for the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) this past year. A cluster of world governments are looking to take power from the Internet governing body, and antitrust squabbles with registrar VeriSign have landed ICANN in hot legal water.
Stern Reportedly Near a Huge FCC Sanction

Stern Reportedly Near a Huge FCC Sanction

Apr 6, 2004 4:26 PM PDT
It is reported that Paris Hilton is going to nail Howard Stern. The Federal Communication Commission is preparing a six-figure proposed fine for the “King of All Media” shock jock for his one-hour show last February discussing explicit activities between Hilton and one-time lover Rick Solomon.
RIAA Handed Another Setback to Bundle Cases

RIAA Handed Another Setback to Bundle Cases

Apr 2, 2004 3:09 PM PST
Another federal judge has ruled that suspected file sharers brought into court can’t be bundled into one suit. It’s the second such ruling that is making it more difficult for the Recording Industry Association of America to sue swappers.

Hustler Publisher, Brother Win Another Round in Ohio

Apr 2, 2004 11:53 AM PST
Prosecutors in Ohio can’t reinstate pandering obscenity charges against Hustler publisher Larry Flynt and brother Jimmy. The case goes back nearly five years when the Flynts were set to face trial, charged in a 15-count indictment with selling sexually obscene videos at Hustler News & Gifts.
Decision Gives ISPs Access to Cable Broadband Lines

Decision Gives ISPs Access to Cable Broadband Lines

Apr 2, 2004 10:12 AM PST
A federal appeals court decision to refuse to rehear a key ruling concerning cable broadband service is certain to invite more competition – and perhaps lower prices – among high-speed providers.

BUSINESS ANALYSIS

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Retailers Forecast Consumer Trends for 2017

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