The Norwegian government Friday proposed a new copyright law that will make it illegal to copy music from legally purchased CDs onto MP3 players. The proposal, meant to bring Norwegian law in line with EU rules , will also allow fines and a maximum sentence of three years in jail for violating copyrights and engaging [...]

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Britain's Law Society has written a letter to Russian President Vladimir Putin, calling for an independent probe into the treatment of Svetlana Bakhmina, deputy general counsel of Russian oil company Yukos . Bakhmina was arrested in December and was allegedly subjected to harsh interrogation in breach of international law. Bakhmina, who remains in custody, has [...]

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French President Jacques Chirac is set to join Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero in Barcelona Friday at a rally for the "Yes" side in Spain's upcoming referendum on the European Constitution, slated for February 20. The 25-nation constitution signed on October 29, establishes a permanent president and foreign-policy chief, creates an EU diplomatic [...]

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Peter Friedman, Case Law School: "I'm disappointed in Diane Feinstein's and Barak Obama's support of the Class Action Fairness Act of 2005, which the Senate approved yesterday (with House approval and presidential signature anticipated) and which provides that large multistate class action lawsuits like the ones that have been brought against tobacco companies could no [...]

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The US Marine Corps said Thursday that 2nd Lt. Ilario G. Pantano has been charged with premeditated murder in the shooting deaths of two Iraqi men during a vehicle search in Iraq on April 15, 2004. Details of the charges have not been released, but Pantano's attorney says the 33-year-old unit commander is innocent and [...]

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An American Bar Association report has concluded that representation of indigent defendants in the United States is in a "state of crisis." The report illustrates examples of innocent defendants pleading guilty to serious crimes, most often because of incompetent lawyers and pressure to accept guilty pleas. The ABA has more information , including the full [...]

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Citing informants in China, a South Korean group has reported that North Korea has executed 70 refugees who were captured in China and subsequently returned to North Korea. The executions are believed to be an attempt to discourage further attempts by North Koreans to leave the country. The Commission to Help North Korean Refugees is [...]

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