Protection for Journalists







With many cases coming to the court related to documentary evidences and submissions from the accumulated proofs from freelancers and journalists, Lord Justice Leveson gave the law which is more of a protective shield for journalists and open media that even if some information or news has been obtained illegally, it could be only discussed with the discretion of the journalist so holding that information. This certain law has been termed as a “Death to freedom of police”. While the fundamental right is still been exercised rigorously. Journalists who want to keep the name of a source that had provided information or a tip-off confidential will be strictly on contract basis now. This law has just made another feather in the freedom of press.

Protection for Journalists

Shalini Singh,
Gujarat National Law University,
Gandhinagar,Gujarat

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Mother strangled her Son to death







Zou, a young mother of age 19 had strangled her son to death at Fuji, Japan. Reports state that, the mother had broadcasted her actions of strangling her son to death online. On investigating her mother-in-law about this incident she stated that, her son and Zou were too young to marry and had already lived today and had a son last year. She also said that the young couple shared a good relation and were quiet happy with their life and this incident comes around like shocking news. It was stated that when the young couple used to go for work, they used to leave the baby with his grandmother. However post 2 weeks of this incident taking place a strange behavioral pattern had been noticed from side of the baby boy’s mother, Zou. She would never let anyone touch her son. On the day of this incident, when Zou tried strangling her son and realized that he could not be saved, she called the ambulance and later informed the police about the same. The police on further investigation found out that, a family conflict had however resulted to coming of this incident. Zou, confessed before the police officer that, she had committed this offence in order to get revenge over her husband and mother-in-law as she was unhappy living with them. Zou, further stated that, her husband did not care about their son and had arguments on a daily basis regarding this matter. She also confessed that her act of strangling her son was broadcasted over theWWW.QQ.COM site live. Further investigations into this matter are however carried on.

APARNA D. SHENOY
School of Law Christ University,
Bangalore

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Myspace settles with FTC over privacy charges







Myspace SettlementThe social networking site, MySpace has entered into a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) regarding a private investigator initiated against it. The allegation is that MySpace misrepresented its privacy policy to users with respect to sharing of personal data of users.

As per its privacy policy, Myspace had undertaken to obtain user consent before divulging personal information to a third party, including a certain “Friend ID” that was assigned to each profile. Such an ID can be used to decipher the user’s Myspace profile and the information available on it. Myspace provided the same to advertisers in clear violation of its privacy policy, United States privacy laws and provisions of U.S.-EU Safe Harbor Framework.

Myspace settles with Federal Trade Commission over privacy charges

As per the settlement agreement, the networking site has undertaken to formulate and enforce a comprehensive privacy policy. In addition, MySpace has agreed to refrain from any such future misrepresentation and has agreed to undergo a regular and independent review of its privacy policies for the next twenty years.

Once a popular website, Myspace, lost popularity after the advent of Facebook and was acquired by New Corp. and then California based online and network operator, Specific Media.

Myspace is the latest amongst the internet stalwarts who have recently been under the FTC scanner. Facebook had entered into a pact with FTC regarding the display of user profile and changing of its privacy controls without consent. Google also had to enter into a a similar settlement with respect to its social networking service Buzz and is now again under scanner for having hacked Apple’s Safari browser and tracing browsing activities on iPhones and iPads. Both Google and Facebook, like Myspace, had to agree for FTC privacy audits for the next twenty years.

The internet has revolutionized the way we live today. It has changed the telecommunications sector and the commercial sector in a way that is unimaginable and has become quintessential in almost all aspects of living. However, law enforcement agencies around the world have taken notice of the dangers that the internet poses and is monitoring the activities therein closely. Issues related to data privacy have cropped up and holds center stage today in debates regarding internet communication. Both internationally and nationally governmental agencies have laid down strict regulations to ensure privacy and data protection. The FTC crackdown is a mere testimony of such Government commitment.

Myspace settles with FTC over privacy charges

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Britney Spears conservatorship case – Court approved Jason Trawick







Britney SpearsLos Angeles judge approved Jason Trawick, Britney Spears fiancé as the co-conservator for the American recording artist and entertainer.

Geraldine Wyle, the attorney of Jamie Spears said that Jamie Spears is all thrilled with the judges’ approval. He also said that the request to appoint Jason Trawick as the co-conservator came at Britney’s request and not as Jamie’s request.

Britney Spears conservatorship case

According to a spokesman close to the 30 year old singer, singer is enjoying enough freedom and that the conservatorship is just for the names sake.

Further Trawick will not be having any control over the assets of the singer which is already under the legal control of Jamie Spears since February 2008 after the singer suffered a psychological breakdown.

The conservatorship will be removed by the court only as and when the judge gets convinced on the advice of doctors that the singer is perfectly healthy enough and that she can manage her own affairs

Britney Spears conservatorship case – Court approved fiance Jason Trawick

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Shenzhen Proview ipad legal battle with Apple







Shenzhen Proview likely to win its legal battle against the apple

IpadThe legal battle in China in between the Proview technology and Apple over the iPad trademark is entering a new turn as a top copyright official is supporting the Chinese firm.

The Shenzhen based Chinese firm has been caught up in a legal wrangle with Apple for the ownership of the Chinese rights to the trademark of iPad. Apple is claiming that they have bought the worldwide rights from the Proview technologies in 2009 and further is claiming that their action is purely legal.

Legal battle of Shenzhen Proview with Apple

The deputy head of the State Administration for Industry and Commerce, Fu Shuangjian is of the view that Proview is still the registered owner of the iPad trademark. He further said that under the Chinese law, the transfer of trademark must be approved by the trademark office, but in the instant case no such approval has been imparted by the law office.

If Proview wins the lawsuit, it will adversely affect the Apple as all its supplies are manufactured in China and further it will reduce the supply of iPad all around the world.

This shows how china is defeating its rival international firms in its intellectual property rights battle

Shenzhen Proview ipad vs Apple ipad

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Google faces FTC investigation in Safari Privacy







The Federal Trade Commission is conducting an investigation on the Google’s actions in bypassing the default privacy settings of Apples Safari browser for Google customers. It is clear that negotiations are going on in between the company and the government.

According to various sources it is clear that within the next 30 days, the search engine giant will be asked to pay huge sum of money as compensation, ie larger than what have been put up by the Federal Communications Commission in the Safari case. The FCC funded the search engine giant $25,000 after finding that the search giant in a 2010 privacy breach involving Street view cars.

The FTC will see whether Google violated the terms in an existing settlement involving privacy problems. Claudia Bourne Farrell, FTC spokeswoman was not ready to comment upon the Safari case. Google entered into an agreement with the FCC last year, accordingly Google agreed to undergo 20 years review of its privacy policy and Google also promised not to misrepresent its privacy policies to its customers. Google did not pay fine nor acknowledge breaking the law.

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Matthew Newton will be banned from US if convicted







Matthew Newton arrestedActor Matthew Newton who was arrested for assaulting and was charged on trespassing and for resisting officer without violence at a Miami Bar on Saturday, will be banned from the United States if convicted.

According to Richard Sharpstein, who represented Wayne Carey for the 2007 Miami police assault case, only with the help of a skilled lawyer Mathew Newton’s matter will be dealt quickly. Further according to Newton, being an Australian and a foreigner it still is a big problem as it will affect the immigration status and ability to travel.

Matthew Newton’s Australian lawyer Chris Murphy d defended him by claiming that Newton did not drink beer and that.

The bar manager of Miami Bar, Jason said that Newton’s friends had asked him to leave but had started resisting arrest and that he started hanging on outdoor tables. Further in the first instance Police had asked him politely to leave and by the end they were forced to tackle him. Newton further shouted at the cops and he further said that they prejudicial to Australians. According to Nixon Newton had consumed only one beer.

Actor Matthew Newton will be banned from US if convicted.

Later Matthew Newton was charged and released after $US2000 ($1940) bond was posted.

MATTHEW NEWTON WILL BE BANNED FROM US

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