Grumpy Cat Wins £500,000 for Copyright Infringement as Memes Continue to Dominate American Society

There is no greater force in America than The Brand—and those who disrespect it suffer the consequences. This law was recently demonstrated by the owners of Grumpy Cat (née Tardar Sauce), the viral internet superstar with a permanent Clint Eastwood-like scowl, who scored a massive $710,001 payout (£500,000) from a copyright infringement lawsuit. Read More >>

TVAddons Reports That Kodi 18 ‘Leia’ Is Adding Built-in Video Game ROM Emulation

Uh-oh - it looks like modified Kodi boxes may not just be a menace to the film and TV industries - but the platform could soon be upsetting the games industry too. Read More >>

EU Courts Are Set to Decide Whether Uber is a Taxi Service or Not

Uber is not a taxi service. Or at least, that's what Uber would have you believe. Instead the company insists that it's a technology platform that links drivers with passengers, and nothing more. That would mean it's not subject to the same rules and regulations as, say, a local minicab firm. Read More >>

BitTorrent Inc Just Won a Long-Standing EU Trademark Dispute

When you hear the name BitTorrent, you tend to think of piracy, torrenting, and possibly arguments that the communications protocol isn't just used for downloading illegal files. But there was another company called Bittorrent out there, and the two have been locked in a legal battle over the EU trademark for quite some time. A battle that BitTorrent Inc (the well known one) just won. Read More >>

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 >>

Convicted Drunk Drivers Say Smartphone Breathalysers Helped Prevent Impaired Driving

Back in August, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) in the US gave 475 people with drunk driving convictions (DUIs) a smartphone breathalyser, a mobile device that can estimate one’s blood alcohol level instantly. Now CDOT has surveyed the participants, and the results are hugely positive: 90 percent said the breathalyser helped them avoid driving while impaired and 94 percent said they would recommend the product to anyone who drinks regularly. Read More >>

Former Oxford Student Sues Because They Didn’t Teach Him Right

A 39-year-old former student of Oxford University is taking the educational establishment to court, claiming that a less than stellar degree result earned back in the year 2000 cost him a lucrative career in law -- so he'd like £1m in compensation, please. Read More >>

FBI: Man ‘Thought It Would Be Funny’ to Shine Laser in Pilot’s Eyes, Crashed Car in Chase

Authorities say a California man who was arrested after crashing during a high-speed chase allegedly “thought it would be funny” to flash a laser at a police helicopter, Ars Technica reports. Such laser strikes are dangerous because they can disorient pilots and endanger their passengers and people on the ground. The FAA reports roughly 5,000 laser strikes per year around the country, though this might be the most dramatic and idiotic case yet. Read More >>

US Lawmakers Introduce ‘Honest Ads Act’ to Govern Online Political Advertising

US Senate lawmakers on Thursday unveiled their first major legislative effort to increase transparency in online political advertising, called the Honest Ads Act. Sponsored by Senators Mark Warner, Amy Klobuchar, and John McCain, the bill attempts to align rules for online advertising with those broadcast on television and radio airwaves. Read More >>

The Guy Who Claims He Invented Email Just Lost His Bogus Lawsuit

A libel claim on the part of Shiva Ayyadurai, the self-identified “inventor of email,” was tossed out by a Massachusetts judge today, concluding a baseless suit filed against Techdirt back in January. According to the site, the judge also “rejected Ayyadurai’s request to file an amended complaint.” Read More >>

Mandatory Piracy Filters Could be a Breach of Human Rights, Warn EU Members

Last year the EU published its proposal to modernise copyright laws, with one particular section calling for mandatory blocks designed to help combat piracy. Now, though, a number of the Union's member states have warned that the proposals might not be compatible with current EU law - particularly in that it might violate case law and human rights. Read More >>

Men Attempt to Trademark the N-Word and Swastika to Limit Their Profitability and Use

Two US men have come up with an idea that could stop hate groups profiting from their offensive merchandise — trademarking the N-word and the form of the Swastika. Your dad's going to have to have those tattoos removed. Read More >>

Monkey Selfie Photographer Close To ‘Packing It All In’ After Expensive Legal Battles

It's been a rough few years for photographer David Slater, the disputed owner of those monkey selfies from 2011. Slater found himself in an interesting legal quandary after his ownership of the famous photos was disputed by the likes of PETA and even Wikipedia. Now, Slater is apparently struggling financially, the costs of the ongoing court battles all but draining his coffers. Read More >>

Kodi Under Fire Again As TVAddons Goes Offline

TVAddons, a site popular with Kodi users has apparently gone offline. This has caused a lot of problems for people using various plugins to watch video on their Kodi boxes. TVAddons has been under fire recently from companies like Dish Network in the US which was suing the site for copyright infringement. Read More >>

Breakfast Declares War on Tennis

Special K, the type of breakfast flakes, is angry with tennis player Thanasi Kokkinakis and is taking him to court. The problem lies with Kokkinakis' use of the term "Special K" in his merchandising, a phrase that's been long associated with the allegedly healthier variety of processed early morning grain. Read More >>