from the just-the-bits-please dept.
An anonymous reader writes "FCC Chairman Kevin Martin said Tuesday that the commission will investigate complaints that Comcast actively interferes with Internet traffic as its subscribers try to share files online. A coalition of consumer groups and legal scholars asked the agency in November to stop Comcast from discriminating against certain types of data and to fine Comcast $195,000 for every affected subscriber. While known for months in tech circles, the issue wasn't given broad attention until an Associated Press report last year, in which reporters tested and verified the data blocking."
Xedo66 writes: Anime distributor Odex has roped in a Silicon Valley-based former hacker to appeal against a court's decision. Last Thursday, Odex failed in its bid to force Pacific Internet (PacNet) to hand over the data of suspected illegal downloaders, whom Odex had tracked down with the help of Internet investigation firm BayTSP.
BayTSP's chief executive officer Mark Ishikawa, a former hacker, will arrive in Singapore later this week to help Odex prepare its appeal, according to his publicist Jim Graham.
On 23 August 2007, Odex lost its suit against Internet Service Provider Pacific Internet to reveal 1,000 of its subscribers' information. District Judge Ernest Lau ruled that Odex has failed to meet a number of requirements for the release of such information, as the company was exclusive licensee for only one anime title and its provided evidence found to be unsatisfactory. It was also revealed that another ISP, SingNet has put up virtually no resistance and gave consent in revealing subscribers' information to Odex. Several downloaders subsequently received letters of legal threat from Odex and had to pay out-of-court settlements for at least S$3,000 (US$2,000) per person, the youngest person being only 9 years old.
An anonymous reader writes: When was the last time a big US company was caught stealing Chinese company's IP? Here's another chance to amuse yourself. According to this report, the full directory "founder fonts" can be found in the Chinese version of the World of Warcraft client installation disc. Is this called caught red handedly?
The Chinese company Founder claims it has suffered a loss of 1 billion yuan, or about 125 million US dollars. But because Chinese law does not honor punitive damages, the company temporarily set the claim to 100 Million Yuan.