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Submission + - Antigua Government Set to Launch "Pirate" Website To Punish United States (

An anonymous reader writes: The Government of Antigua is planning to launch a website selling movies, music and software, without paying U.S. copyright holders. The Caribbean island is taking the unprecedented step because the United States refuses to lift a trade “blockade” preventing the island from offering Internet gambling services, despite several WTO decisions in Antigua’s favor. The country now hopes to recoup some of the lost income through a WTO approved “warez” site.

Submission + - Internet connection crucial to everyday life, German federal court rules (

Qedward writes: Internet access is as crucial to everyday life as having a phone connection and the loss of connectivity is deserving of financial compensation, the German Federal Court of Justice has ruled.

Because having an internet connection is so significant for a large part of the German population, a customer whose service provider failed to provide connectivity between December 2008 and February 2009 is entitled to compensation, the court ruled today.

"It is the first time the court ruled that an internet connection is as important a commodity as having a phone," said court spokeswoman Dietlind Weinland.

The court, however, denied the plaintiff's request of €50 a day for his fax machine not working.


Submission + - USPTO Director Launches Blog

Byzantine writes: "The US Office of Science and Technology Policy has announced that, following the lead of a number of governmental agencies, the director of the Patent and Trademark Office has started a blog. The many Slashdotters with strong opinions on patents might find the comments section a forum for communication with the PTO."

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