QuickLinks 233 - 4 May 2002

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Legal and regulatory issues


  • EU / France - Commission authorises the purchase by TF1 of 25% of the capital of TP  Expand
  • EU / France - Commission clears purchase by Vivendi of Liberty's stake in Multithématiques  Expand
  • USA - Microsoft outmanoeuvres opposing states' lawyers  Expand

   Computer crime

  • Canada - Man Pleads Guilty to $60 Million Online Fraud  Expand
  • Factual and Legal Risks Regarding Wireless Computer Networks  Expand
  • UK - Tough penalties for mobile phone theft  Expand
  • UK - Charities urge leniency for teenage internet pornographers  Expand
  • USA - Another Go at Kid Porn Law  Expand
  • USA - Creator of 'Melissa' virus gets 20 months  Expand
  • USA - DrinkOrDie Software Pirate Goes To Prison  Expand

   Consumer protection

  • Australia - Govt Seeks Rules Against 'Internet Dumping'  Expand
  • USA - E-Mail Opens New Door For Familiar Scam Tactic  Expand
  • USA - FTC, Canadian Firms Settle Over Bogus Domain Threats  Expand

   Content regulation

   Convergence of telecommunications, media and information technology

  • UK - Culture, Media and Sport Committee warns on digital switchover  Expand
  • UK - Media law shake-up set to block Murdoch  Expand
  • USA - Cable Companies Commit to Speed Digital TV  Expand

   Copyright, trademarks and patents

  • Lawrence Lessig: The "Dinosaurs" Are Taking Over  Expand
  • Net pirates 'threaten software industry'  Expand
  • Top Ten New Copyright Crimes  Expand
  • USA - Porn-Password Net Ordered To Police Copyrights  Expand
  • USA - SonicBlue ordered to track ReplayTV users' viewing choices  Expand

   Digital divide

   Domain names


  • USA - N.Y. Court Commission to Study Effects of Case Info Online  Expand
  • Balanced E-Government  Expand
  • EU - eGovernment - Electronic Government  Expand
  • France - Force that unites protesters  Expand
  • France - Watchdog Calls for Poll Web Site Freeze  Expand
  • UK - City begins smart card e-government plan  Expand
  • USA - Federal Trade Commission Runs Web Dragnet  Expand

   Electronic commerce

  • Korea - Gambling is illegal also when online  Expand

   Employment and social issues

   Information society and Internet policy

   Liability, jurisdiction and applicable law

  • EU - Commission launches consultation on the law applicable to non-contractual obligations ("Rome II")  Expand
  • Denmark - Deep Links Return to Surface  Expand
  • France - Les hébergeurs face à leurs obligations  Expand Translate
  • Japan - ISPs compile guidelines for information removal  Expand
  • Spain - Web Law Sparks Debate  Expand
  • USA - Site Barks About Deep Link  Expand

   Mobile and wireless

   Protection of minors

   Racism and xenophobia

   Safer Internet awareness

   Security and encryption

   Self-regulation / codes of conduct

  • EU - eConfidence forum  Expand
  • EU - Green Paper on alternative dispute resolution in civil and commercial law  Expand
  • UK - Junk mail tops ad complaints league  Expand


Market & Technology

   Internet access and use

  • UK - BT faces internal war over Web fees  Expand
  • UK - Web surfing pioneers battle change in the tide  Expand


  • UK - Final curtain comes down on ITV Digital  Expand
  • E-Publishing-Revolte in der Wissenschaft  Expand Translate
  • France - Vivendi considers purge of internet activities  Expand
  • Korea - Govt Backs Net Gaming Industry  Expand
  • Nintendo to unveil GameCube online service  Expand
  • Porn 'dinosaurs' being killed off by the internet  Expand
  • UK - FT.com to charge users  Expand

   Mobile and wireless

  • Italy - Sky is the limit for mobile services  Expand

   Portals, browsers and search engines

  • Google to be AOL Time Warner search engine  Expand
  • Is Yahoo losing the plot?  Expand
  • UK - BBC Launches New Internet Search Engine  Expand

   Security and encryption

  • Cracking the nest egg - breaches in bank security  Expand


  • ‘Peer to peer’ users buy more music  Expand
  • Canada - Nearly Half Of Net Households Go Broadband  Expand
  • File-swapping sites multiply despite legal tangles  Expand
  • Japan - Youth Let Their Thumbs Do the Talking  Expand
  • Kazaa Shoots Past Morpheus In P2P Sweepstakes  Expand
  • UK - Broadband reaches more than 500,000  Expand
  • UK - Latest Internet Survey From Oftel  Expand
  • UK - Viewers turn away from digital TV  Expand
  • USA - a nation of ‘cyberchondriacs’  Expand


  • Future of secure digital music initiative grim  Expand


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