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Do Search Engines violate Copyright?
Given an opportunity, some would like to kill the web in the name of
Privacy and Copyright protection. Close on the heels of the case against
Double click on privacy invasion, a case has been filed in USA against
a search engine ditto.com accusing them of stealing pictures. Read
the detailed article here.
Bank of Baroda to use Digital Certificates:
An article published in Business Line today highlights how Bank of Baroda
is using Digital Certificates for authorising internal communications through
a system designed by Ramco Systems of Chennai. An
extract of the article is available here.
News papers in India reported today that Chequemail.com has has
filed for a copyright on the concept of revenue sharing on the Internet.
It is strange that fancy ideas about establishing copyright on all and
sundry aspects are being entertained even in India. While the grounds on
which the copyright is sought is still not clear, it is difficult to believe
that the "Concept of Revenue Sharing" is a copyrightable material. First
of all Chequemail.com is not the pioneer of the concept. All Advantage.com
as well as Utopoiad and Gotoworld have already been using the concept.
ruppes4surfing has also announced the service. Pay for Chat is also available
on the Net. Basically the model is used even in the real world scenario.
If such concepts are copyrightable then no business can be run.
Trade Mark Rights and the Domain Name:
Domain Name disputes are one of the hot Cyber Law related issues in the global arena. A new dimension has been added to the dispute with the growing popularity of domain names in non english languages including indian languages such as Tamil and Kannada. The dispute revolves around whether " A subset of a set of ascii characters which, when entered in a specific place on a browser is capable of locating a specific IP address and making a http request for a default page in a specified directory on the Internet and cause it to be displayed in the browser" can be construed as a violation of the trade mark rights of some business entity which holds a trade mark registration for writing the same subset of ascii characters in English on print in a specific style, font, colour etc with or without a logo.
Simply said, the issue is whether a trade mark right of a product "My
Product" can be used by a person who doesn't own the trade mark, as a part
of a URL http://www.myproduct.com as long as the site itself does not attempt
to either take advantage of the trademark owners brand value to further
its own interest or to damage the trademark owner's interest. Now the language
dimension to the URL adds a new dimension to the dispute.
Export of Encryption Products from USA permitted:
The Commerce Department of USA announced on 12 th January that
encryption products of any key length can be exported under a license except
to the seven countries providing state support to terrorism. This
would make the strongest security software available to non government
end users in countries such as India.