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Kim Dotcom claims he’s been under unlawful surveillance

MegaUpload founder and perpetual courtroom denizen, Kim Dotcom, still finds himself battling with unknown forces. This time he’s claiming that a camera placed in a hotel room opposite his apartment was pointed directly at him. Although official claims are that it was filming the nearby harbour, it has since been …

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Youtube is still going after ripping sites

Youtube has never been a fan of the sites and browser extensions that make it easy to download videos from its site, in their entirety or when converted to MP3s. It’s been going after them with legal action for years and it shows no sign of stopping. It’s latest target …

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Kim Dotcom is still battling to get his money back

Kim Dotcom, the founder of Mega, MegaUpload, Baboom and the Internet Party, has been in and out of court for over four years now, hoping to avoid being sent to the U.S. to stand trial for various charges relating to his long-shut-down file locker operation. While he looks set to …

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Accused movie pirates in U.S. can receive free legal counsel

Although its much less of a common tactic today than it once was, some movie distributors still like to target individual downloaders and attempt to have them pay through the nose for pirating a single movie. Considering defending yourself can be an expensive practice, one judge in the U.S. has …

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EU Court rules bosses can read employee private messages

If you access Facebook messenger, Twitter DMs, Skype or any other messaging service during work hours, be careful, as there is now legal precedent for your boss to look over your shoulder. In a landmark ruling that could have serious repercussions for in-work privacy, the European Court of Human Rights has …

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Apple wins class action suit against employee bag searches

The judge presiding over the case of Apple vs several thousand of its former retail employees for what were described as “demoralising,” bag searches throughout their time with the company, has thrown it out, stating that if employees wished to avoid the checks, they could have not brought bags to …

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MegaUpload defence claims U.S. trial tactics ‘unfair’

The extradition trial of the MegaUpload operators, including Kim Dotcom, versus the United States, has been ongoing for just over a week now, with most of that time spent giving the New Zealand Crown Court – representing the U.S. – its opportunity to paint an unflattering picture of the site …

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Sexual freedom and obscenity lawyer opens doors in UK

With the general election approaching in the UK, looking back on the term so far served by current PM, David Cameron, is something that a lot of people have been doing. One aspect of his time at no. 10 that’s been overlooked though has been his crack down on sex and …

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Zenimax wants Fortress Fallout dev to change name

Zenimax, parent company of Bethesda, has gone ahead and sent a cease and desist letter to the developer of mobile game, Fortress Fallout, demanding that the game stop using the word ‘Fallout’ in its name. Xreal, the studio behind the small mobile game will no longer be able to use …

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Kim Dotcom’s NZ lawyers jump ship, forget he exists

Kim Dotcom has been legally embattled since January of 2012, following his arrest after the raid on his home. This legal action takes place all over the world, with court cases and lawyer wrangling in the US, Hong Kong and New Zealand, as some try to extradite him, while others …

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Good guy Google collects from patent troll

Google is one of those companies that’s difficult to dislike, even if you don’t quite trust it. It owns so much of our data and accounts for so much of our daily interactions, be it through searches, Google+ or just on any Android smartphone, that it’s difficult to imagine it …

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Dallas Buyers Club producers target pirates with lawsuits

Ignoring the new trend among lobby groups and movie studios to go after ISPs and hosting companies to take down websites, the producers behind the Dallas Buyers Club are following in the footsteps of Hurt Locker producers and have begun sending out threatening letters to individuals they believe downloaded the …

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3D Realms contests Gearbox Duke Nukem ownership

Hoping there’s a bit more blood in that gum chewing stone, 3D Realms is contesting the idea that Gearbox, when swooping in and ‘saving’ development of Duke Nukem Forever, acquired the rights to the name and franchise. That means as well, that it plans to continue developing Duke Nukem Survivor …

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Dotcom raid ruled legal by appeal

A New Zealand appeals court has made a landmark statement in the Dotcom extradition build up, by overturning the ruling that invalidated the warrants used in his arrest and has now legitimised the raid that led to it, suggesting that the search warrants were reasonably and obvious in their wording. …

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UK legal advice claims GCHQ spying ‘illegal’

Legal advisers to the British government have told MPs that much of the surveillance that GCHQ has been taking part in over the past few years could be considered illegal and in breach of human rights, and was only possible due to vagaries in current legislation that have been obtusely interpreted …

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EU Court gives legal approval to console modders

For a long time we’ve seen companies do everything from express apathy towards those that come up with workarounds for their DRM and other console anti-piracy systems, to full blown taking them to court over it and attempting to track down their fans via IP address. However those same companies …

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Google vs Doogle

Doogle

Google has fired off a legal notice to online job search site, Doogle, suggesting that because of the similarities in name, it is harmful to the company’s brand. The owner of Doogle, 22 year old Andries Maree Van Der Merwe, believes he has every right to continue its operation and …

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