Computer Law

Copyright law change may affect privacy

The government is being urged to fill loopholes in its proposed copyright laws to prevent privacy infringement.

Friday, 26 August, 2011, 12:00am

Net providers 'have duty to reveal piracy'

Copyright owners say internet service providers (ISPs) should bear the legal responsibility for disclosing details of online infringements.

The government has suggested drawing up a voluntary code of practice for ISPs soon at a forum involving representatives of ISPs, copyright owners and internet users to combat internet piracy.

17 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Appeal court wants clear defamation test

The Court of Appeal has sought to clarify the test by which accusations of defamation should be measured by the city's courts.

14 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Hollywood studios file lawsuit alleging website's film piracy

Five big Hollywood studios have jointly filed a lawsuit in Shanghai in another offensive against the rampant distribution of pirated blockbusters on the mainland.

23 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Web pirates hope to hoist the flag over ocean kingdom

For sale: one tiny island nation off the east coast of Britain. It comes with all mod cons, including kitchen, bathroom, jail and chapel. There are stunning ocean views and plenty of privacy. Asking price: 750 million euros (HK$7.6 billion).

25 Jan 2007 - 12:00am

Film industry hits back at Web pirates

42 BitTorrent users asked to cough up compensation or be dragged to court

The local film industry yesterday demanded that local BitTorrent users pay compensation for pirating Hong Kong movies and threatened to take them to court if they refuse.

16 Aug 2006 - 12:00am

Buy and yell

WHEN TOM LE Goff put a DVD his mother sent from France in his computer, the only thing he saw was an error message. 'My PC is a real IBM, the DVD is real, so why shouldn't it work?' says Goff, who works in financial risk management in Hong Kong.

24 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

Programmer has code break

A German Linux programmer has obtained a preliminary injunction against United States security firm Fortinet for violating the General Public Licence (GPL) that governs the legal distribution of open-source software such as Linux.

25 Apr 2005 - 12:00am

Youngsters taught cyber ethics to curb online gaming crimes

Youngsters were taught cyber ethics at an internet security education day last week.

Aimed at promoting awareness of internet ethics among primary and secondary students, the event was jointly organised by the Hong Kong Police, the IT Education Centre, Tung Wah Group of Hospitals and software firm Symantec.

26 Aug 2004 - 12:00am

Regulations sell e-business short

World-class information technology infrastructure and a sound legal process are often cited as reasons why companies should come to Hong Kong. But, where the two meet in the area of laws governing electronic business transactions, the territory appears to have fallen behind its supposedly less sophisticated neighbour Guangdong.

31 May 2004 - 12:00am

Enormous fine is merely small change to software giant

The ?497 million (about HK$4.75 billion) fine the European Commission plans to slap on Microsoft is not a small chunk of change. In fact, it is the biggest antitrust levy ever applied to a single company in Europe.

29 Mar 2004 - 12:00am

Internet's patron saints of freedom back little guys

The original Internet pioneers envisioned the Web as a kind of eternal Woodstock festival where you could do more or less what you wanted.

27 May 2003 - 12:00am

Doubtful SCO lawsuit is likely to backfire

SCO has decided to turn the tables on IBM and the Linux community by asserting, on the one hand, that IBM has set out to destroy it and, on the other, that Linux contains significant portions of code that belongs to SCO.

20 May 2003 - 12:00am

US ruling enriches entertainment industry at high price to public

Swipe a CD from a record store and you will get arrested, but when United States Congress authorises the entertainment industry to steal from you - well, that is the American way.

21 Jan 2003 - 12:00am

Mainland investment to test Microsoft

To great fanfare, Microsoft last week announced it would invest US$750 million in China. At first glance, this appears to be a staggering sum, even for cash-rich Microsoft, the world's largest software company.

2 Jul 2002 - 12:00am

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