New Jersey Allows Casinos To Offer Internet Gambling
Casinos in New Jersey were allowed to take their first legal online bets on November 21, just shy of nine months since Governor Chris Christie signed Internet gambling into law.
U.S. Supreme Court Rejects 'Amazon Tax' Appeal
Earlier this week, the U.S. Supreme Court cast aside an appeal by online retailers Amazon.com LLC and Overstock.com Inc. relating to the "Amazon tax". The Amazon tax is a New York state law that requires online retailers to collect sales tax on items sold on their sites to consumers living in New York.
Computer Code Functionality not Protectable under UK Copyright
The UK Court of Appeal has ruled that businesses can copy the functionality of a rival's computer program without infringing copyright. In a recent case, World Programming (WPL) developed programs that copied the functionality of SAS Institute's software by studying the software and reading user manuals. WPL did not have access to the source code of the software.
Rumoured that WikiLeaks and Assange No Longer Pursued by DoJ
A recent report made by sources close to the U.S. Department of Justice indicates that the DoJ may no longer pursue charges against WikiLeaks, or founder Julian Assange, for publishing leaked classified documents online. This suggests that the DoJ has finally accepted that WikiLeaks qualifies as a journalistic entity and the publishing of leaks as deserving protection under the First Amendment.
UK Copyright Reform Act Poses Problems for Orphan Works
Amid much objection, the UK Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act provides a system for permitting the use of orphan works that may go beyond what is normally envisaged by such a provision, though the precise mechanics still have yet to be set out.
Apple and Samsung Resume Patent War
Apple and Samsung are preparing for another round of what has been dubbed the "smartphone patent wars".
NYPD Detective Pleads Guilty to Hacking Department Emails
A New York City Police (NYPD) detective was charged with "conspiracy to commit hacking" and "unauthorized access" for allegedly hiring an email hacking service to hack into numerous email accounts used by NYPD officers and administrative staff. The detective also accessed the National Crime Information Center database without authorization to obtain details on NYPD officers.