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2008-01-14 09:00:24

LOS ANGLES, Jan 14 /PRNewswire/ -- In an effort to increase the awareness of its upcoming movie Untraceable, Sony Pictures Entertainment has partnered with SUPERAntiSpyware.com. As one of the film's promotional partners, SUPERAntiSpyware.com, a leader in anti-spyware software, will build awareness and generate excitement for the film with movie-themed home page integration and site-wide banners. They are also co-branding their software definition updates, which go out to over 5 million...

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2006-01-25 02:10:00

By Eric Auchard SAN FRANCISCO -- Internet researchers at Harvard and Oxford universities said on Tuesday they are seeking to enlist Web users in a program to name and shame suppliers of spyware and other malicious software programs. The Stop Badware Coalition will seek to spotlight companies that make millions of dollars by tricking Web users into putting spyware, adware or other deceptive software on their machines, organizers from the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard and...

2005-11-07 15:10:00

WASHINGTON -- File-sharing service Grokster will stop distributing software that allows users to copy songs without permission as part of a settlement with the recording industry, an industry group said on Monday. The settlement with the Recording Industry Association of America comes four months after the Supreme Court unanimously ruled that Grokster and other "peer to peer" networks could be held liable if they induce users into violating copyright laws. RIAA members include Vivendi...

2005-09-05 10:27:39

By Michael Perry SYDNEY (Reuters) - An Australian court ruled on Monday that users of the popular Internet file-sharing network Kazaa were breaching copyright, and ordered its owners to modify the software to prevent online music piracy. Federal Court Judge Murray Wilcox ruled that Kazaa's Australian owner and developer, Sharman Networks, had not itself breached copyright but had encouraged millions of Kazaa users worldwide to do so. "The respondents have long known that the Kazaa...

2005-09-05 07:42:06

By Michael Perry SYDNEY (Reuters) - An Australian court ruled on Monday that users of Kazaa, a popular internet music file-swapping system, breached music copyright and ordered its owners to modify the software to protect copyright. Federal Court Judge Murray Wilcox ruled that Kazaa's owners, Sharman Networks, had not breached copyright but had encouraged millions of Kazaa users worldwide to do so. "The respondents have long known that the Kazaa system is widely used for the sharing...

2005-09-05 05:26:50

By Michael Perry SYDNEY (Reuters) - An Australian court ruled on Monday that users of Kazaa, a popular internet music file-swapping system, breached music copyright and ordered its owners to modify the software to protect copyright. Federal Court Judge Murray Wilcox ruled that Kazaa's owners, Sharman Networks, had not breached copyright but had encouraged millions of Kazaa users worldwide to do so. "The respondents have long known that the Kazaa system is widely used for the sharing...

2005-09-05 01:35:37

SYDNEY (Reuters) - An Australian court ruled on Monday that users of Kazaa, a popular internet music file-swapping system, breached music copyright and ordered its owners to modify the software. "The respondents authorised users to infringe the applicants' copyright in their sound recordings," Federal Court Judge Murray Wilcox said in his ruling. Australia's major record companies sued Kazaa's Australian owners and developers, Sharman Networks, claiming Kazaa had cost them millions...

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2005-07-12 06:35:00

NEW YORK -- Anti-spyware vendors and consumer groups took a stab at issuing uniform definitions for "spyware" and "adware" on Tuesday in hopes of giving computer users more control over their machines. The definitions seek clarity that could help improve anti-spyware products, educate consumers and fend off lawsuits from developers of software that sneaks onto computers. It's not clear what, if anything, the taxonomy itself might accomplish in ending the deception involved in placing...

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2004-11-29 08:00:00

SYDNEY, Australia -- Lawyers for Australia's recording industry branded the popular Kazaa file-swapping network "an engine of copyright piracy to a degree of magnitude never before seen" as they launched a court battle to shut down Kazaa's illegal activities. Citing claims by the owners of Kazaa, lawyer Tony Bannon, representing Australia's six major record labels, said the network has 100 million users worldwide who download three billion files each month. Record company lawyers will use...

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2004-11-26 15:00:00

SYDNEY, Australia -- The next chapter in the global legal battle between the recording industry and file-sharing services is due to unfold here Monday when the owners of the hugely popular Kazaa software go on trial on civil copyright infringement charges. "We don't want to shut down Kazaa, just its illegal activities," said Michael Speck, general manager of Music Industry Piracy Investigations, a body set up by major Australian record labels to target copyright infringers. Kazaa's owners,...