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Germany: no liability for copyright infringements by hotel guests through WLAN conncetion

A hotel owner who provides his guests with internet access through a customarily secure and encrypted WLAN connection has no liabilty if the guests or third persons use the internet connection for copyright infringements, a German court recently decided: there is no obligation to examination on behalf of the hotel owner. (LG Frankfurt/Main 18.08.2010, 2-6 S 19/09).

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Norwegian first to offer broadband on intra-European flights

Scandinavian budget carrier Norwegian has quietly started offering Row 44's in-flight high-speed Internet service to passengers on a single Boeing 737-800, becoming the first carrier to provide airborne broadband on European routes.

"We went live with our first Wi-Fi-enabled aircraft, LN-DYC, yesterday evening," Norwegian communications manager Lasse Sandaker-Nielsen confirms to ATI and Flightglobal.

"This aircraft is a test aircraft as we are officially launching the service on 8 February on another aircraft, LN-DYG with [the Boeing] SKY Interior."

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USA: DOT sets deadline for proper online disclosure of codeshared flights

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Aviation Enforcement Office provided guidance to airlines and ticket agents about the requirement for notifying passengers if a flight they are selling is being operated under a code-sharing arrangement.

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USA: court ruling entitles American Airlines to pull its fares from Orbitz

In Travelport, LP v. American Airlines, Inc., the Circuit Court of Cook County,Chicago ruled in American Airlines’ favor, denying Travelport’s request for a preliminary injunction against AA and its efforts to pull its fares from Orbitz, an online travel agency of which Travelport is a part owner.

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USA: some websites fail to identify operating carrier

Some U.S. travel Web sites were found to have violated federal law by not identifying which airline is operating a flight for which they're selling tickets. The new law says that information must be displayed "in a format that is easily visible to a viewer". But seven of the 10 travel websites that Buffalo News surveyed did not make it immediately clear to consumers that a regional airline was handling flights for the major carriers.

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New York: hotel occupancy tax suit dismissed

A New York State Supreme Court judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by a group of online travel agencies, ASTA and the U.S. Tour Operators Association challenging the legality and constitutionality of New York’s amended hotel occupancy tax.

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UK: Office of Fair Trading to investigate hotel prices

After months of lobbying from a discount website, the UK Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has started an investigation on whether some hotels have put pressure on third parties to raise their rates. Hotel rooms are often sold through websites at rates far lower than those offered by travel agents or the hotels themselves, because these websites operate on lower profit margins.

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European Union: OnlineTicket Sales Sweep

On 16 September 2010, EU Consumer Commissioner John Dalli announced the initial results of the 2010 Sweep, targeting websites selling tickets to cultural and sporting events.