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British Government Considers Tenfold Increase To Copyright Penalty 154

Out-Law is reporting that the British government is planning to increase the maximum fine that can be awarded for online copyright infringement tenfold. "The Government and the Intellectual Property Office (UK-IPO) are consulting on the plans, which would allow Magistrates' Courts in England and Wales to issue summary fines of £50,000 for online copyright infringement. The larger fine is proposed for commercial scale infringements, where the person involved profits from the infringement. The plan would implement another of the recommendations of the Gowers Review of Intellectual Property, the 2006 report by former Financial Times editor Andrew Gowers which has been the foundation of intellectual property policy since its publication."
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Submission + - Dell is satisfied with sales of Linux machines (

christian.einfeldt writes: "According to ComputerWorld magazine on-line, Dell is pleased with its sales of notebook and desktop computers preloaded with Ubuntu Linux. As a result, the number two computer manufacturer is continuing to expand the pre-loaded Linux program to new computer models and markets. 'A [sales] number is not going to validate it as much as our actions to date,' which include adding new models and configurations, said Dell spokeswoman Anne Camden. Dell's decision to offer pre-loaded Linux was the result of suggestions by more than 100,000 people who posted to Dell's IdeaStorm website in February, 2007. Ten weeks later, in May last year, Dell announced that it would begin selling Linux-loaded machines to consumers and businesses."

Submission + - Microsoft standing firm on OOXML ISO vote (

christian.einfeldt writes: "Microsoft has responded via the industry trade goup ECMA to some of the thousands of criticisms of its submission of Office Open XML (OOXML) as an ISO standard. Open standards advocate Russell Ossendryver takes a look at those responses to see if Microsoft has made significant changes in either the substance of OOXML or the manner in which the OOXML specification will be maintained going forward. Ossendryver concludes that Microsoft's position has not siginficantly changed, but only hardened in place in advance of the Ballot Resolution Meeting which is to occur from February 25 through 29 in Geneva, Switzerland. While no one can say for certain whether Microsoft will succeed in having its OOXML specification win the nod from the international community, Ossendryer thinks that Microsoft's firm stance will actually backfire."

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