Spotify has faced a number of accusations regarding violations of copyright in recent years and this week saw one of those looming lawsuits put to bed. On Tuesday, a federal judge approved a $US112 million settlement in a class action suit that accused Spotify of failing to adequately pay artists for the use of their music.
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We've become accustomed to seeing high-profile class action lawsuits result in paltry payouts for plaintiffs, but this is ridiculous. Today, the US Supreme Court agreed to hear arguments over a privacy case that Google settled in 2013. The search giant agreed to pay out millions, but that money largely went to the plaintiffs' attorneys and those attorneys' alma maters.
Users who purchased a Lenovo PC between September 2014 and January 2015 got an extra special surprise in the form of adware that left them wide open to malicious attacks. After two and a half years of legal wrangling, the US Federal Trade Commission settled its lawsuit against the company, and it's hard to imagine that executives learned their lesson.
Smart sex toys have a single core idea: Take one of the most personal and private parts of a someone's life and hook it up to a network designed for blasting information out for all the world to see. Back in August, it came to light that one wired-up Canadian dildo maker had violated its user's privacy, and now it has to pay up, big time.