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National Restrictions on Online Gaming Upheld

The ECJ has supported Portugal’s legislative restrictions on online gaming based in other EU jurisdictions, apparently endorsing a lottery monopoly there. The judgment is likely to have substantial implications for online gaming across the EU.

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ECJ Ruling on Withdrawal from Distance Contracts

The European Court of Justice has confirmed that, subject to limited exceptions, a consumer who exercises his right of withdrawal from a distance contract must not be obliged to compensate the seller for the use of the goods

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EU Commissioner Targets Web Site ‘Cheats’

More than half of all web sites selling electronic goods could be subject to enforcement action, including closure and fines, for trying to ‘cheat’ consumers, according to EU Consumer Commissioner Meglena Kuneva.

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Peer to Peer: Litigation Begins

ACS Law, who have been handling a series of claims relating to illegal downloads, state that they have now issued proceedings in a number of cases.

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Solicitors on YouTube

Are Scottish solicitors Inksters the first firm to have a dedicated YouTube channel?

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Privacy Protection: Discussion Document on the Business Case

Watson Hall Ltd and John Leach Information Security Ltd, working on a project for the ICO, have published a discussion document which is intended to help them create the business case for privacy by design. They seek input on that document.

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New Proposals on Illegal File-sharing Published

New proposals ‘to allow for swifter and more flexible measures to tackle unlawful peer-to-peer (P2P) file-sharing’ were published by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills on 25 August.

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OFT Consultation: Internet and Consumers

The OFT is consulting on the scope of a projected market study that it proposes should include a particular focus on pricing and advertising practices on the Internet. A look at the detail shows that it may have a massive importance for e-commerce.

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Microsoft and I4i

An injunction has been granted by a Texas court against Microsoft. The permanent injunction prohibits Microsoft from selling or importing to the United States any Microsoft Word products that have the capability of opening .XML, .DOCX or DOCM files (XML files) containing custom XML.

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