E-Signatures Bill signed by Bill Clinton
Another Deep Linking Dispute reported by South China Morning Post.
Is Hyper Linking a Patent Infringement?
An issue of far reaching consequence has been raised by a claim on "Hyperlinking" as a Patent protected process. It is reported that a British Telecom employee discovered that the organisation actually holds a patent on hyperlinking which has expired everywhere except in USA. The company is reported to have sent a notice to 17 American companies such as AOL, claiming compensation for some undisclosed sums.
Another Interesting Domain name dispute on cards
Yahoo.com which recently won an award against yahooindia.com has now taken up a case against a Thai company using the domain name yoohhoo.com
The IT Bill has received the assent of the President of India on
Philippines wakes up to introduce Cyber Laws
It happens Everywhere..Politicians fumbling with the Technology Bill
American House Of Representtives pass Digital Signature Bill
Juno files a Patent case against netzero.
Cyber Squatting most prevalent in US
Mr N N Ghatate, member, Law Commission. highlights the need for enactment of more cyber laws and setting up of electronic courts.
ISP account Hackers ..Beware
In a case of misuse of Password for an VSNL access account, Delhi Police has tracked and arrested a person in Delhi. He is alleged to have used the password of a customer and obtained access to the Internet services of VSNL.
This sort of crime is specifically covered under the just passed IT
Bill under Sec 43 (h) which states as follows:
This clause applies both to the misuse of access passwords as well as Credit cards.
The effective date of the Act however is not clear as to whether it
would apply only to crimes committed subsequent to the date of the Act
coming into force.
Newzealand Company wins Domain Name Dispute
A New Zealand company, Moana Pacific Fisheries Ltd, has grappled a domain name back from the clutches of a US-based competitor through a domain name dispute resolution process set up by the Internet Corporation of Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)..repots Newsbytes, Hongkong.
Satyam Infoway jumps into Digital Certification
Satyam Infoway the leading Internet company in India today announced an affiliate arrangement with Verisign to enter into Digital Certification business in India
This is an interesting article on the Domain Name Disputes from NY Times
Trademark Holders Dominate ICANN Dispute Process
Digital Signature Bill under discussion in US
A bill setting national standards for "digital signatures," is under discussion in US.
Cybermate announces entry to Digital Certification
Cybermate Infotek Ltd, a company in Hyderabad has entered into an arrangement with Baltimore technologies, USA to bring digital certification services in India.
IT Bill was today passed by the Rajyasabha after a voice vote.
The much awaited IT Bill-99 was passed by the Loksabha today by voice vote.
IT Bill discussion to continue today
Controversial Clauses Dropped
The IT Bill-99 has now been tabled in the Parliament. As expected the
two controversial aspects, one requiring registration of websites with
the Controller and the other requiring the Cyber Cafe owners to keep a
register of websites visited by their customers is reported to have been
As reported at 14.00 hrs in the news bulletin of Star News.
Nasscom records its objections on the IT BILL
Nasscom has indicated its objections to several aspects of the IT Bill
as being placed now before the Parliament.
IT Bill Ready for Passage
According to a news report that appeared in The Hindu of May 13, 2000,
the IT bill is being submitted to the Cabinet for its approval during this
week end along with some modifications suggested by the industry. The changes
proposed from the earlier draft are likely to be in the following areas.
1. The punishments for hacking and pornography may be stiffer.
Case Filed Against IndiaTimes.com
In an interesting development of Cyber Patrolling, the Economic Offenses
Wing of the Delhi Police, acting on a complaint, discovered that in some
of the free web pages hosted by IndiaTimes, pornographic contents had been
placed by the web page owners. After keeping a record of such sites in
the presence of some witnesses, the crime branch has filed a case under
sections 292/34 of the IPC against the web site www.indiatimes.com for
display and circulation of pornographic material. A similar case has alos
been filed on www.india-models.com.
24/7 Media Inc sues Double Click
24/7 Media Inc has sued Double click for infringement of patent rights for its "On-Line Interactive System and Method for Providing Content and Advertising Information to a Targeted Set of Viewers.''
Cyber Law enters Corporate World
In a far reaching development, SEBI has made publication of unaudited financial results mandatory on the web site of a company or to make it available in htm format to enable the stock exchanges to publish it on the web. This has been made mandatory under clause 49 of the stock exchange listing agreement. Similarly presentations made to analysts shall also be published on the web site and provided to the stock exchange.
Corporates listed either under group A of the BSE or at S&P CNX Nifty Index will have to comply with this direction before March 31 2001. Other companies with paid up capital of Rs 10 crores or Net worth of Rs 25 crores will have to comply by March 31, 2002 and those with a paid up capital of Rs 3 crores by March 2003.
Thus, the web has been given a suo-moto recognition under Company law
in India even before the passage of the IT Bill.
In a landmark case at Dubai, the court is set to rule on a divorce by
e-mail. The Gulf News filed the following report in this regard.
Court to rule on first e-mail divorceUnquote
It would also be interesting to discuss the legal effect in the
above case if the e-mail had been sent as a Voice file. Perhaps it would
then satisfy the Islamic law also.
Is the IT Bill technology dependent?
Here is a View about the authentication system suggested by the IT Bill. (New Indian Express)
Electronic Authentication Systems
Electronic authentication systems are expected to take off sooner than expected.
Online Privacy Act in America becomes operational
Online marketers who collect information from children below 13 years have to watch out. Cyber regulators will start patrolling the web space to check such sites. They now need to take the permission of the parents to get the information.