The Court Docket 11.10.10


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Some interesting legal tidbits:

»  Leave it to the Australians to create a drinking-oriented search engine. But the site, which is intended to help users find the best prices on alcohol, was named name that serach giant Google (NSDQ: GOOG) didn’t find funny. After a six-month trademark battle, the Aussies have agreed to launch their site under the name instead. [WSJ]

»  File under “futility” — just days after Limewire is taken out by a court injunction, a “Secret Dev Team” announced they had created “Limewire Pirate Edition.” Sort of like Limewire except “in many ways, it is better than the version killed by the RIAA.” [TorrentFreak via Techdirt]

»  The Canadian province of British Columbia has issued new guidelines allowing public servants to use Facebook, Twitter, and other social networking tools-as long as they’re mindful of privacy concerns. The lawyer who heads up BC’s public services said the seven pages of guidelines “would be a two-paragraph statement if not for the mountain of privacy concerns.” [Vancouver Sun]

»  The New York Times (NYSE: NYT) goes inside Microsoft’s anti-piracy “war room,” and asks whether the software giant’s $200 million pirate-fighting campaign is really accomplishing anything. [NYT]

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