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Flipping through Facebook's privacy flap

Flipping through Facebook's privacy flap

The furore over Facebook's change (and reverting) of its user terms illustrates a few points about Internet companies.(a) In order to be nimble, they will reserve the right to change their terms as easily as possible.

published February 25, 2009 by

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Market competition and Chinese New Year

Market competition and Chinese New Year

I wanted to write this only after the Chinese New Year season had passed. As far back as I can remember, during the run-up to the Chinese New Year, many businesses in Singapore would raise their prices.

published February 22, 2009 by

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High tech undone by low tech failings

High tech undone by low tech failings

The recent Mumbai terrorist attacks have left the entire world stunned. Terrorists are now improving their skills so that they are able to beat the known skills of the law enforcement agencies all over the world.

published January 1, 2009 by

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The Microsoft 'black screen' of software legitimacy

The Microsoft 'black screen' of software legitimacy

Microsoft has come up with a new way of handling software piracy. Using its Windows Genuine Advantage tool, when a non-authorized version of its Windows XP Pro operating system is detected, every hour of use throws up a black screen that can be reset to anything else in the usual ways, but every 60 minutes it will change back to the plain black background.

published November 2, 2008 by

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A melamine look at sticking with strict liability

A melamine look at sticking with strict liability

Amid the tainted melamine milk product scandal in China, fingers are pointing in all directions and soon the knives will come out. While there exists finger-pointing in order to salvage reputation, the legal position on liability is quite clear.

published September 23, 2008 by

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A shield for Web site owners?

A shield for Web site owners?

Web site owners around the world run into one common legal problem-–liability for third-party content. Should a person be liable for content posted on a site by another, solely because he operates that Web site?

published August 13, 2008 by

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What should be in Singapore's localized Creative Commons?

What should be in Singapore's localized Creative Commons?

A while back, the government was all for nurturing creativity in Singapore--so the news of the Creative Commons must have sounded a good step in that direction.The last week of July saw the announcement that Singapore will launch its localized version of the Creative Commons.

published August 10, 2008 by

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The trouble with spam laws

The trouble with spam laws

I attended a recent briefing on Singapore's spam laws. While it was interesting and the speakers tried to get into the nuances of Singapore spam's legislation, the open floor round revealed some of the common problems plaguing spam laws.

published August 3, 2008 by

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Kidneys for sale: A case of self-defense?

Kidneys for sale: A case of self-defense?

The news over the past few weeks in Singapore is that a few people have been charged in relation to two transactions where kidneys were offered for sale. So far, two sellers, one would-be buyer and two middlemen have faced various charges under the Human Organ Transplant Act ("HOTA").

published July 13, 2008 by

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David takes on Goliath, in realm of copyright

David takes on Goliath, in realm of copyright

On Saturday, news broke that Internet start-up RecordTV has sued Singapore's national broadcaster MediaCorp for revenue losses arising from MediaCorp's allegations that RecordTV's service, which allows users to download free-to-air programs and store them in an online database, infringes copyright laws.RecordTV fired the first salvo last September by suing MediaCorp.

published July 7, 2008 by

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Sign o' the times

Sign o' the times

I have just returned from speaking at an international forum called eNotarisation, eApostilles and Digital Evidence.The notarization of documents is a function dating back a few centuries which facilities the production of a copy of a document without producing the original.

published June 6, 2008 by

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World of Internet patents lands on Singapore's shores

World of Internet patents lands on Singapore's shores

I have just written an alert for our clients pointing out that a Singapore company has asked for license fees for the use of what they claim is their technology--a method of locating Web pages by utilizing visual images.According to Vuestar Technology's Web site, a license from the company is required for the clicking, scrolling or streaming over a visual image to connect with a Web site or Web page.

published May 27, 2008 by

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Sex, lies and video(tape)s

Sex, lies and video(tape)s

After the Edison Chen episode, Singapore just had to get in on some action. Videos and censorship have recently made their way to the legal headlines again.

published May 25, 2008 by

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