Mr Modchips – criminal circumvention charges reversed in the UK

copyright, anti-circumvention, tpm, modchips In late June a decision came down (which I appear to have missed) in the England and Wales Court of Appeal quashing the conviction of Mr Modchips (aka Neil Higgs) for providing modchips in contravention of the UK anti-circumvention provisions in s.296ZB of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 (UK).[…]

IceTV: the idea / expression dichotomy in the Full Federal Court

copyright, idea, expression, dichotomy, IceTV, Desktop Marketing, Panel, federal court of australia Copyright applies to expression. The ideas which underlie the expression are not protected by copyright.In a literary work, the idea of the protagonist being awoken by a knock is not protectible, but the expression of that idea is: “While I nodded, nearly napping,[…]

Layered Tech review – terrible customer service

dedicated hosting I previously hosted my websites on a dedicated server at Layered Technologies. After they recently almost doubled prices on me, charging premium prices for outdated hardware, I decided to cancel. I've been with them for three years. Support was generally OK, but communication from the accounts team has been consistently awful. Minor things[…]