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Strippers Got Too Naked and Kidnapped Their Boss for Money

A court has heard that three strippers kidnapped the organiser of a grim hostess event, after he failed to pay them their share of the takings. The manager claims the girls took off too many clothes, breaking the terms of their agreement. So he kept the £42,000 for himself. Read More >>

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Federal Judge Says NSA Phone Spying is Probably Unconstitutional

A federal judge just ruled the NSA's widespread collection of phone records is most likely unconstitutional and gave the go ahead for plaintiffs to file a lawsuit. And pending appeal, the judge said that the data collection should be halted. Of course, until that appeal goes through, the NSA will continue spying. Read More >>

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UK's Top Lawyer Wants to Help Keep Our Tweets Legal

If you'd like to keep your tweets on the right side of the law the next time a TV personality in his 70s is rumoured to have been called in for questioning by police, you might want to start following the Attorney General. He'll tweet special advisory notices warning users when subjects are in danger of veering into contempt of court territory. Read More >>

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Ministry of Sound Sues Spotify Over Compilation Album-Cloning Playlists

Mainstream dance music behemoth the Ministry of Sound is taking legal action against streaming service Spotify, claiming the creation of playlists by users that clone its compilation albums amounts to copyright infringement. Read More >>

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Apple Guilty of Price Fixing

U.S. District Judge Denise Cote has found that Apple is guilty of colluding with five book publishers to fix ebook prices artificially high on Amazon and other online booksellers. There's no word yet on how much cash money Apple will have to fork over in injunctive relief, but beyond the punishment, hopefully it will serve as a warning to stave off other online retail conspiracies. Read More >>

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Sky Beats Microsoft in Battle For SkyDrive Name

Microsoft's just lost a little legal skirmish with BSkyB in the UK, which may result in its SkyDrive cloud storage thing being given a new name. Because Sky's sort of bagsied the whole "Sky" trademark thing already. Read More >>

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Courtrooms Going Wireless in £160m Attempt to Eradicate Paperwork

The next time you're hauled up in front of local magistrates for not paying your council tax or setting fire to your peanuts, the judges may be looking a little more distracted than usual thanks to plans to digitise the UK's courtrooms. Read More >>

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Google's Motorola Patent Cash Cow Fails to Deliver

A judge has finished stroking his chin and thinking about a patent case regarding Motorola's claim for royalties from Microsoft, ruling that MS should pay Motorola just £1.8m a year -- a massive discount to the $4bn Motorola originally demanded. Read More >>

piracy
Crazy Courts Sentences Web Designer for Piracy Crimes

A man who agreed to design a web site for a Swedish torrent site has been found guilty of copyright offences, despite there being no evidence he had anything to do with the running of the site. He just did the design. That was enough. Read More >>

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HTC Beats Apple in UK Swipe-to-Unlock Patent Dispute

Despite winning numerous patent battles and injunctions against Android makers around the world, Apple has now lost its big case against HTC in the UK, with a high court judge ruling the swipe-to-unlock patent is too "obvious" a solution to be considered enforceable. Read More >>

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Courts Set to Swap Paper For Tablets in England and Wales

Our courts of law are looking to join the Post-PC revolution and save money, trialling the use of tablets instead of paper in court. The HP-supplied tablets will save in the region of £50m if rolled out. Let's just hope they're a little more powerful than the TouchPad -- you wouldn't want to get banged up just because the Defence's tablet locked-up. Read More >>

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