microsoft
E-Waste Innovator Will Go to Jail for Making Windows Restore Disks That Only Worked With Valid Licenses

California man Eric Lundgren, an electronic waste entrepreneur who produced tens of thousands of Windows restore disks intended to extend the lifespan of ageing computers, lost a federal appeals court case in Miami, Florida after it ruled “he had infringed Microsoft’s products to the tune of $700,000 [£502,400],” the Washington Post reported on Tuesday. Read More >>

apple
Apple Ordered to Pay Patent Troll VirnetX Over £350 Million in iMessage, FaceTime, and VPN Lawsuit

A federal jury in Texas has ordered Apple to pay out $502.6 million (£354.1 million) to VirtnetX Holding Corp., the kind of company often referred to as a patent troll, in the eighth year of contentious legal battles between the two companies, Bloomberg reported on Tuesday. Read More >>

uber
Uber’s Not Leaving London Until Next April or June or Never

The court battle between London and Uber for the right to run app-controlled taxis about the city has kicked off today, with the expensive lawyers beginning their opening arguments. Read More >>

uber
Waymo Wants to Delay Its October 11th Court Date With Uber

Waymo, the self-driving car company spun off of Google’s parent company Alphabet in 2016, scored a major win earlier this month when a federal appeals court ordered Uber to hand over secret documentation related to the two company’s ongoing legal battle. Read More >>

crime
English and Welsh Courts Move Online in £1bn Digital Justice Scheme

A shakeup of the court system in England and Wales is going ahead following successful trials, with more pre-recorded testimonies to be used and an option introduced for those happy to admit to being guilty able to log their confessions and be punished through the internet. Read More >>

legal
Intel Lawyers Tell John McAfee He Can’t Call His Company ‘John McAfee’

Sometimes, all a man has in this world is his name, but according to Intel, antivirus pioneer and living cautionary tale John McAfee doesn’t even have that. Read More >>

crime
Slow-motion Court Replays Make Crime Look Worse

Researchers looking into the use of slow-motion replays of violent crimes caught on CCTV say the practise may be making the crimes appear worse than they really were, thanks to the way slow-motion clips appear to drag out the attack and let viewers see more intent than may have been there in the first place. Read More >>

crime
Supreme Court Adds Catchup to Live Hearings

All of the scintillating dissections of UK case law that go on at the Supreme Court will soon be yours to enjoy time and time again, with legal classics like Haile v London Borough of Waltham Forest and Pendragon's battle with HMRC over the application of the European law principle of abuse of rights in the context of VAT set to benefit from a catchup video buffer. Read More >>

piracy
Popcorn Time is Over Thanks to UK ISP Block Rule

Popcorn Time, the easy-access streaming tool that turns the mass resources of Bittorrent into a visual media library, is the latest site to have its URLs added to the UK ban list, with ISPs now required to limit access to some of its addresses. Read More >>

security
Tech Companies Have Joined Microsoft in Resisting the US Government’s Attempts to Access Overseas Data

You may recall that the US government has been using court orders to try and force Microsoft to hand over data that is stored on servers outside the USA. Microsoft has (so far unsuccessfully) fought back against this practice, and has picked up some important supporters along the way, including: the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Verizon, AT&T, Apple, and Cisco. Read More >>

wtfriday
Strippers Got Too Naked and Kidnapped Their Boss for Money

A court has heard that three strippers kidnapped the organiser of a grim hostess event, after he failed to pay them their share of the takings. The manager claims the girls took off too many clothes, breaking the terms of their agreement. So he kept the £42,000 for himself. Read More >>

privacy
US Federal Judge Says NSA Phone Surveillance Is Legal

Despite a recent ruling that it might be unconstitutional, a US judge ruled on Friday that the NSA's telephone surveillance program is in fact legal and does not violate the 4th Amendment. Legality is "ultimately a question of reasonableness," said U.S. District Judge William Pauley. Read More >>

privacy
Federal Judge Says NSA Phone Spying is Probably Unconstitutional

A federal judge just ruled the NSA's widespread collection of phone records is most likely unconstitutional and gave the go ahead for plaintiffs to file a lawsuit. And pending appeal, the judge said that the data collection should be halted. Of course, until that appeal goes through, the NSA will continue spying. Read More >>

twitter
UK’s Top Lawyer Wants to Help Keep Our Tweets Legal

If you'd like to keep your tweets on the right side of the law the next time a TV personality in his 70s is rumoured to have been called in for questioning by police, you might want to start following the Attorney General. He'll tweet special advisory notices warning users when subjects are in danger of veering into contempt of court territory. Read More >>

spotify
Ministry of Sound Sues Spotify Over Compilation Album-Cloning Playlists

Mainstream dance music behemoth the Ministry of Sound is taking legal action against streaming service Spotify, claiming the creation of playlists by users that clone its compilation albums amounts to copyright infringement. Read More >>