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German company seeks 'MP3' trademark
The German company Hypermedia GmbH has filed an application to trademarkthe word "MP3" in Europe.The Munich-based company submitted the application to the Office for Harmonization in theInternal Market, the body responsible for establishing uniformprotection of trademarks and industrial designs throughout the EuropeanUnion.
'Jam Echelon Day' called a success
An international day of protest designed to jam the US-led communications spy system Echelon was a "rousing" success according to its organizers, who claim that the cyber-demonstration helped to raise public awareness about the surveillance system. Jam Echelon Day took place on October 21, and encouraged members of the Internet community to send out as many e-mail messages as possible, containing so-called trigger words that the Echelon system is believed to pick up on.
German finance minister proposes Net business tax
Hans Eichel, the German Federal Minister of Finance, demanded at a meetingof the European Union Ministers of Finance in Luxembourg, a uniform valueadded tax on all Internet businesses. The tax should be introduced for alldigital contents such as software, videos, and music, which customers candownload in the European Union.