Law and Order
Limp Bizkit singer Fred Durst is suing 10 Web site operators who posted the rocker's homemade sex tape after it was stolen from his computer -- possibly by the same hackers who got into reality-television star Paris Hilton's cell phone.
The lawsuit, filed in federal court last week, seeks more than $70 million in damages and any profits the site operators reaped in recent weeks, when the 3-minute clip of Durst and a former girlfriend began appearing on the Internet.
The squeaky while might get the grease, but it looks a profitable wheel gets a lawsuit. A Hong Kong firm is threatening to sue Apple for 12% of all profits from iTunes and iPod sales. It's much bigger than that, though.
Hong Kong's Pat-right claims the patent it holds on Internet User Identify Verification, US Patent number 6,665,797 granted December 16, 2003 covers any online financial transaction that requires a password for protection.
Three men prosecutors dubbed the "Robin Hoods of cyberspace" pleaded guilty Tuesday to putting millions of dollars worth of copyrighted computer games, movies and software on the Internet so that people around the world could make copies for free.
All three said they made no money on the scheme, and did it just for the sport of it.
Swedish authorities formally charged a 26-year-old Hungarian man with industrial espionage on Tuesday, charging him with hacking into the Sony Ericsson AB and Ericsson AB intranets. Csaba Richter told officials he hacked into the intranets hoping that Sony Ericsson or Ericsson would hire him when they saw his skills, Chief District Prosecutor Tomas Lindstrand said.
On Friday, Judge James Kleinberg delayed a final ruling on whether three Web sites can be classified as legitimate journalistic outlets and can claim protection under reporter shield laws, thereby avoiding subpoenas from Cupertino, Calif.-based Apple Computer Inc. The company recently filed a complaint against the sites—PowerPage.org, AppleInsider and Think Secret—in the Superior Court of Santa Clara County, California.