Published: Thursday 15 January 2004

A rap album which deals with corruption has topped the music sharts in Sierra Leone, Africa. Is this an indication of how people feel about the subject? The album, Corruption, E do so (corruption, enough is enough) by a young artist called Daddy Saj has apparently upset government officials; the Sierra Leone Broadcasting Service, which controls state radio and television, has banned it.

The Dutch supreme court has ruled that the operators of Kazaa, the world's most popular file-sharing website, cannot be held liable for copyright infringement by people using the service. The ruling was the first of its kind by a national court attempting to wrestle with the legality of peer-to-peer technology. IFPI, the international record industry body, has described the Dutch decision as "a flawed judgment".

The government of Botswana, Africa, has axed the phone-in section of a popular radio show Masa-a-sele (Morning has broken). While the government says it did so because the section used "abusive language", critics of the action say it was taken off the air because it allowed callers to voice criticism of authorities.

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