Regulators relax Sarbanes-Oxley compliance for a year in UK-- and other news briefs

Short takes on this week's news

Short takes on this week's news

UK gains a year reprieve for Sarbanes deadline

UK companies have been given an extra year to comply with Sarbanes-Oxley corporate governance regulations. US regulator the Securities and Exchange Commission has given foreign companies listed on the main US stock exchanges more time to comply with section 404 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. The section, which was due to come into force after 15 July this year, requires companies to document internal controls against fraud and other business risks.

Microsoft patent case judgement overturned

A US appeals court has overturned a district court judgement against Microsoft that it used patented browser technology from Eolas in its Internet Explorer browser. In 2003, Microsoft was ordered to pay internet software company Eolas more than £260m in damages for infringing an Eolas patent which covers technology enabling a browser to display streaming audio and video from within a single web page.

Security patches fix flaw in CA Licence software

Computer Associates has issued security patches to address buffer overflow vulnerabilities in its CA Licence software - a component included in several of its enterprise products operating on proprietary and open source platforms. The problem affects all versions of CA Licence software from version 1.53 to version 1.61.8 on a variety of platforms. CA said its customers should upgrade to CA Licence version 1.61.9 or higher.

Loophole opens up in EU intellectual property law

Commercially sensitive data may not be covered by European intellectual property law, unless the database administrator can prove they have spent time and money managing the resource. Law firm Tarlo Lyons has warned that a European Court of Justice ruling in a case brought by the British Horseracing Board against bookmaker William Hill has led to uncertainty over database copyright law.

Hanson to build voice and data network

Building materials supplier Hanson is installing an £11m, 450-site international wide area network based on leased IP circuits from BT, Cisco routers and a Mitel voice gateway. The voice and data network is designed to increase productivity across the group.

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