You may've noticed Wikipedia has gone black today, to protest against something called SOPA. Hell, you might’ve even noticed Reddit joining in on the fun, too. But before you start thinking the world's thrown in the hygiene towel and is protesting against soap -- learn these valuable facts about the US law, which could end up affecting us all. Yes, even us Brits.
Ireland could be the first country to be brought to its knees by the music industry. The Irish arm of EMI has launched a High Court action, suing the Irish State over its perceived dragging-of-feet on the issue of ISP blockade of piracy sites.
Apple just found itself on the receiving-end of some legal hurt. Motorola has successfully sued Apple in Germany, paving the way for a Europe-wise sales ban on basically all iOS devices. Better get those Apple stocking stuffers, like, nowish.
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.
The European Court of Justice has rulled that ISPs can't be forced into filtering traffic for the purpose of copyright protection, which may impact on the recent court orders forcing BT to filter out Newzbin and The Pirate Bay.
TV streaming site TVCatchup has had its case with UK broadcasters referred to the European Court of Justice, for a ruling on whether its relaying of TV broadcasts count as an illegal "communication to the public."
Looks like the porn industry isn't all that happy with its new .XXX domains. Two of the largest companies behind such delights as YouPorn and Playboy.com, have clubbed together to sue for an injunction against ICANN over the .XXX domain.
Quixotic patent commando Samsung continues its doomed crusade against Apple, pushing for more national bans against the sale of the iPhone 4S. This time? Japan and Australia, where Sammy's lawyers say Apple's stealing mobile tech. This is getting sad.
Apple says Samsung's blatantly ripped off its device designs. Not true, Samsung replies! Too bad its lawyer blew that argument harder than a hydrogen bomb blowjob: they couldn't tell the difference between a Galaxy Tab and iPad. In court.
Californians can finally breathe easy for having regained their privacy rights. A new law passed by the state Assembly bans the warrantless search of not just cell phones, but all portables that could conceivably send a message. Count your iPads safe, too.