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The Courts

+ - ACS Law found guilty of misconduct->

Submitted by jonbryce
jonbryce (703250) writes "ACS:Law the law firm involved in a campaign of "speculative invoicing" against alleged copyright infringers has been found guilty of breaching the solicitors' code of conduct in the Patent County Court in London.

The firm closed its doors earlier this year following a disastrous court hearing. The latest ruling means that the 27 defendants in the copyright cases can claim wasted costs of around £90,000 each (approx $150,000).

The head of ACS:Law, Andrew Crossley, faces an hearing at the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal later this year, and could potentially be banned from acting as a lawyer."

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Censorship

+ - Pirate Bay prosecutors suffer legal setback->

Submitted by jonbryce
jonbryce (703250) writes "Swedish prosecutors today dropped the most serious charges against The Pirate Bay after failing to prove that the illegally distributed files had been distributed from The Pirate Bay's website.

This means they have been found not guilty of the more serious charge of assisting copyright infringement, but they are still being tried for the lesser offence of "assisting making available copyrighted content".

Clearly the prosecutor doesn't understand bittorrent technology, and this hasn't helped him in this case.

This case is getting pretty good coverage in the European mainstream media. In addition to the Manchester Guardian report above, it has also been reported in the Times (London), and the Independent. VNU Net describes it as a farce."

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Patents

+ - English courts allow software patents 1

Submitted by jonbryce
jonbryce (703250) writes "The court of appeal in England has ruled that companies should be granted patents for "complex" software products. In this particular case, Symbian had written something that makes mobile phones run faster.

The court case has received very little attention because of the bank crisis, but it can be appealed to the House of Lords and then the European Court of Justice."

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