Weekend Roundup : 4 Tech News That You Might Have Missed


Google vs. Germany

On Friday it was stated by a German court that YouTube is the one responsible for Content which is uploaded by users. Tensions once again come into existence between the German Courts and Google, owner of YouTube. The main problem is regarding people posting music clips whose rights are held by Gema, the Royalties Collection Group. For this the courts wanted the site to install filters and manage a way in which this is stopped. If YouTube does in any case end up having to pay royalties, it may easily accumulate to a very large amount.


Apple not so fruitful in Australia

Half way around the world and on a different continent Apple is also fighting for its survival in the Australian market. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has filed a claim against Apple, stating that the new iPad should not be tagged as a “4G” device stated an article in The Australian. This is due to the fact that in Australia the iPad does not in fact sense and connect with 4G networks.

Apple has defended itself by saying that even though the iPad does not pick up 4G networks and signals in Australia the device is capable of operating at 4G data transfer speeds.


The cause for this matter is that the new iPad which has been only recently launched in Australia does not support the type of Long Term Evolution (LTE) currently deployed in Australia. The iPad is designed to comply with LTE networks operating in the 2100 MHz to 700MHz region where as in Australia LTE functions at 1800 MHz; this is because the 700 MHz spectrum is still occupied for analog TV.

Apple has taken a step on its own to clarify this matter and decided to put up signs in stores and its website in order to eliminate the 3G/4G confusion. Not only signs but it Apple also went ahead to offer refunds on affected iPad’s.


ISP Liability lifted in Australia

The Australian High Court has ruled out the liability of ISP’s to copyright infringement. This was a follow up to an initial ruling in which a case was brought up against iiNet, Australia’s second largest ISP. This ruling is also in accordance with a verdict passed two years ago in 2010 regarding downloads, again as iiNet did not authorize the download they are not at fault in this situation. Data transferred and content shared through sites and clients such as Bit Torrent where the main cause for the copyright infringement problem.


Swedish ISP’s in trouble

Another matter involving ePhone a Swedish ISP has broken out in the European Court of Justice regarding the disclosure of user information. ePhone Subscribers were accused of pirating content that belonged to book Publishers as ePhone did not share user information the ECJ had to get involved. The European court of Justice pointed out the Swedish law does not restrict courts from forcing ISPs to put forward information regarding any party. Now the matter moves back to the Swedish Supreme Court.

Author Bio: Stella Rabecca has been in the business of providing quality information on Android Monitoring. Her main expertise lies within the spectrum of iPhone Tracking software which are making waves in the technology world today..

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