Consumers may now have to share the burden of policing the internet after TalkTalk and BT lost their recent bid to stop legislation designed to combat online piracy, The Independent reports. TalkTalk, BT and other UK internet service providers (ISPs) will now have to warn customers engaged in illegal file-sharing that they are infringing copyright, provide lists of alleged infringements, and shell out 25% of the costs of enforcing the new system. Many expect that the costs will ultimately be passed onto customers.
Although similar measures have seen a large decrease in illegal file-sharing in other countries, a legal expert has warned that music and movie sites could see a rise in hacktivist denial-of-service attacks. On the flip side, the creative industries say the legislation is necessary to help stop activity which causes them an estimated £400m a year.
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Champion clay pigeon shooter and leading member of the Great Britain shooting team Nicola Heron has recently settled in a High Court libel case she filed against the sport’s governing body. Heron claimed that Terry Bobbett, the director of the sport’s governing body, wrote two defamatory emails about Heron which said she was both a bully and not to be trusted to communicate with the association’s staff members.
Suffering what she described as significant embarrassment, distress and an injured reputation, Heron sued for £50k. Heron claimed that Bobbett knew his allegations were false, or was at least reckless as to whether they were true or false.
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If you’ve seen the commercials for the Siri function on Apple’s iPhone 4S which answers questions about current Paris weather and locates family members with just a few words, you might have thought it was the future of technology. It might very well be, but for some users, the feature isn’t quite up to snuff.
Frank M. Fazio has launched a complaint against Apple over what he perceives as false and misleading advertising for the feature. He has complained that the feature does not perform as advertised and that Siri is often slow, unable to understand requests, and a drain on data usage causing users to go over on their monthly plans. Although equipped with a disclaimer which says that sequences are shortened, the commercials show Siri responding promptly and accurately, which for Fazio has not been the case.
Apple does have a fine print disclaimer on its website about Siri which informs users that the feature is only available in Beta and that it may not be available in all languages or areas. Nonetheless, this may be considered lack of information.
Fazio needs to prove damages of over $5m and get 100 other “similarly situated” iPhone 4S users on board to turn his complaint into a class action. We’ll keep you posted.
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Already having to pay out for last year’s huge PlayStation Network breach, Sony is in the spotlight again after the entirety of Michael Jackson’s back catalogue was stolen from the company by hackers. The cyber attack saw the illegal download of around 50,000 music files belonging to the singer, including some unreleased material. The files were estimated at around £160m making this the biggest attack on a music company ever.
The Daily Mail reports that Sony paid £250m for the the seven-year rights to the musician’s catalogue, including studio session material from the making of some of Jackson’s biggest albums. The contract also allowed Sony to release 10 new albums featuring the material.
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