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  • ICO fines Sony £250,000 for gaming network leak

    Sony Computer Entertainment Europe has been fined £250,000 by the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) after its online PlayStation network was compromised by hackers, causing the dissemination of user account details in contravention of data protection law.


    The entertainment giant's network which is used by gamers to play PlayStation games online against each other was hacked into in April 2011.  The attack resulted in the release of user account details including names, addresses, e-mail addresses, dates of birth and account passwords.  It is believed that user payment details were also put at risk as a result of the attack.


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  • Battle of the Budweiser trade marks


    The American company Anheuser-Busch Inc (AB), owner of the trade mark 'BUDWIESER', has failed in its application for the cancellation of Czech manufacturer Budejovicky Budvar Narodni Podnik's (BB)'s identical trade mark.  AB claimed BB's trade mark was invalid on the grounds that it infringed AB's mark.  The Court of Appeal rejected AB's application and held that BB's trade mark remained valid as both brands have been used side by side in the market for many years.  


    The background to this dispute can be traced back to the 1970s when AB started selling beer in the UK in ...

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