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August 29, 2010 by

Aussie PS3 mod chips banned till 31 Aug

Australia's Federal Court has slapped a temporary ban on a handful of local retailers selling or importing hardware, commonly known as "mod chips", that allows unauthorised software to run on Sony's PlayStation 3.

September 25, 2007 by

Europe's new 'monopoly' tariff on Microsoft bypasses WTO

The European Commission has just levied a new $689,900,000 "fine" (read: tariff) on American software company Microsoft under the pretense of anti-trust which conveniently bypasses WTO agreements.  The Brussels based think tank Globalization Institute has published a paper (PDF) where it recommends a ban on OS (Operating System) bundling for all PCs sold in Europe.

January 4, 2007 by

Imagine a world without DRM

The anti-DRM movement wants to boycott or ban all restrictions on your rights to use digital content. It's a topic I expect to discuss with a lot of people at CES next week. How would a world without DRM work? What would happen to the cable and satellite TV industries, to movie and TV producers, to software manufacturers?

August 4, 2006 by

Selling used bits: German database ruling sets ugly music precedent

In scanning my RSS feed this morning (by the way, I now use the Web version of Newsgator to the exclusion of any thick-client solutions), I came across this little interesting tidbit from InfoWorld: A higher German court has ruled to uphold a decision by a lower court to ban the sale of used software licenses, in a case involving a subsidiary of Oracle....


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