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Congresswoman asks Reddit for help drafting 'Aaron's Law' bill to change the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act

MIT president issues statement on Aaron Swartz's death, appoints investigator

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MIT released a statement today on the death of Aaron Swartz, a computer programmer and information activist who committed suicide two days ago. Swartz’s death came several months before he was due to stand trial on 13 felony counts related to his alleged misuse of MIT’s network to download nearly...
MIT president issues statement on Aaron Swartz's death, appoints investigator

Arizona Politician Parodied By Fake Twitter Accounts Pushes Bill To Make Online Impersonation A Felony

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It's become quite common these days to see people set up "fake" social network profiles for certain people as a way to parody them. There have been a few lawsuits here and there over such fake profiles, but should they be a crime? As noted by the Citizen Media Law...
Arizona Politician Parodied By Fake Twitter Accounts Pushes Bill To Make Online Impersonation A Felony

"Dihydrogen monoxide" joke gets DJs suspended

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There's an old joke that plays on the public's scientific illiteracy. It goes like this: there's a dangerous substance that can kill you if you ingest too much of it, and it will interfere with your breathing if you end up immersed in it. Its name? Dihydrogen monoxide. Sounds...
"Dihydrogen monoxide" joke gets DJs suspended

Your Word Against Ours: How The FBI's 'No Electronic Recording' Policy Rigs The Game... And Destroys Its Credibility

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Considering the FBI's unseemly interest in recording phone calls and inserting itself into all sorts of electronic conversations (all without asking permission first), it's incredibly strange that it refuses to use one of the most basic electronic devices available: a voice recorder. In fact, as Harvey Silvergate's op-ed for...
Your Word Against Ours: How The FBI's 'No Electronic Recording' Policy Rigs The Game... And Destroys Its Credibility

Georgia State Court Issues Censorship Order Blocking Free Speech On Anti-Copyright Troll Message Board

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The EFF has a blog post about a very troubling ruling in a Georgia state court that effectively orders the censoring of an anti-copyright trolling blog including user comments. The blog in question, ExtortionLetterInfo.com, is run by a guy named Matt Chan. He recently took up the cause of people...
Georgia State Court Issues Censorship Order Blocking Free Speech On Anti-Copyright Troll Message Board

America's top copyright cop wants to make it a felony to stream songs without permission

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America's top copyright cop wants to make it a felony to stream songs without permission

Under proposed bill, 'conspiring' to violate US computer laws could be punished as if act was committed

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A draft bill from the United States House of Representatives concerning the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) is unsettling. A new provision included could greatly expand its ability to punish, potentially bringing those within the law inside its orbit as worthy of stiff punishment. As TechDirt noticed, Section 103 of the...
Under proposed bill, 'conspiring' to violate US computer laws could be punished as if act was committed

Shameful: Tech Companies Fighting Against Necessary CFAA Reform And CISPA Fixes

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We've been talking a lot about the importance of CFAA reform lately, even highlighting how, under the CFAA, the founders of some of the most successful tech and software companies of our time could have been thrown in jail under the CFAA. For that reason, it's ridiculous and shameful that...
Shameful: Tech Companies Fighting Against Necessary CFAA Reform And CISPA Fixes

Eric Holder Claims Terrorists Are Involved In 'IP Theft'

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You may have heard about a fair bit about Attorney General Eric Holder testifying before the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday morning. He was -- quite reasonably -- raked over the coals by members of both parties for the incredible decision to obtain phone records from AP reporters, under very...
Eric Holder Claims Terrorists Are Involved In 'IP Theft'

Charges dropped against teen in science experiment 'bomb'

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Kiera Wilmot, the 16-year-old who put toilet cleaner and aluminum foil together at school and it went bang will not be charged with a felony. [Read more]...
Charges dropped against teen in science experiment 'bomb'

PSA To Parents: Step 1 After Your Child Is Shot Is Not Checking WebMD

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There's been some hand-wringing in the past about online services like Wikipedia and WebMD and how patients and families use them to do self-diagnosis. Much of this seemed to be drummed up media attention, since you have to imagine the vast majority of medical patients are intelligent enough to listen...
PSA To Parents: Step 1 After Your Child Is Shot Is Not Checking WebMD

Fresh Calls to Congress to Make Movie and Music Streaming a Felony

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For close on ten years the mainstream movie and TV studios have struggled with BitTorrent piracy. Despite years of high-profile crackdowns on sites and their users, very few inroads have been made into reducing the amount of content being shared via the famous protocol. In fact, one might argue that...
Fresh Calls to Congress to Make Movie and Music Streaming a Felony

Guy Loses Probation Because Court Decides That Facebook & MySpace Are 'Electronic Bulletin Boards'

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No link on this one because the decision isn't "published" and isn't online, but a court in Arizona has revoked the probation on a guy and sent him to jail for ten years, based on a debate over the classification of social networking sites Facebook and MySpace. Now, we should...
Guy Loses Probation Because Court Decides That Facebook & MySpace Are 'Electronic Bulletin Boards'

Schoolgirl tries science experiment, arrested for felony

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A teenage girl puts two household chemicals in a water bottle at school to see what might happen. There is a small explosion. No one is hurt. She is expelled and charged with weapons possession. [Read more]...
Schoolgirl tries science experiment, arrested for felony

Senator Coons Admits That SOPA/PIPA 'Really Did Pose Some Risk To The Internet'

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A few folks have been sending over a recent article from Hillicon Valley, in which Senator Chris Coons, a co-sponsor of PIPA admits that the bill "really did pose some risk to the internet." Coons said it was "truly memorable" when one of his sons shook him awake and asked...
Senator Coons Admits That SOPA/PIPA 'Really Did Pose Some Risk To The Internet'

Arizona set to make online impersonation a felony

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Arizona could soon become the latest state in the union to pass state legislation that would make online impersonation, or e-personation, a crime. According to the Arizona Republic, State Rep. Michelle Ugenti, (R-Scottsdale) will introduce a bill that would make it a felony to use another person’s name with intention...
Arizona set to make online impersonation a felony

Copyright Office Boss Admits Copyright Law Is Broken And Needs A Rethink... But Still Focused On Bad Ideas

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We posted one short post about a key comment from Register of Copyright, Maria Pallante, suggesting that the focus of copyright law should be on large scale piracy, rather than the teenager downloading at home. Many in our comments rightfully cheered on this line, but as the hearing is concluding...
Copyright Office Boss Admits Copyright Law Is Broken And Needs A Rethink... But Still Focused On Bad Ideas
"Aaron's law," Congressional investigation in wake of Swartz suicide
Beware: snapping a photo of your ballot with your smartphone could be a felony

Eric Holder Claims Terrorists Are Involved In 'IP Theft'

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You may have heard about a fair bit about Attorney General Eric Holder testifying before the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday morning. He was -- quite reasonably -- raked over the coals by members of both parties for the incredible decision to obtain phone records from AP reporters, under very...
Eric Holder Claims Terrorists Are Involved In 'IP Theft'

Many felony pot cases getting tossed out of court

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Many felony pot cases getting tossed out of court

Yes, The DOJ Thinks It's A Crime When A 12 Year Old Reads The NY Times

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We've been talking a lot lately about the need for serious reform of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA), which was initially supposed to be a law about malicious hacking, but has been used repeatedly by the DOJ and others to attack something so simple as a minor terms...
Yes, The DOJ Thinks It's A Crime When A 12 Year Old Reads The NY Times

Just to be clear, I changed my profile Location even before today's dreadful felony: http://twitter.com/gaberivera

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Just to be clear, I changed my profile Location even before today's dreadful felony: http://twitter.com/gaberivera

States Continue To Make Photographing Or Taping Farms A Crime

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Over two years ago, we wrote about an absolutely insane proposal in Florida that sought to make it a felony to photograph farms without permission. The bill tried to position it as "protecting farm intellectual property," but everyone knew the real reason: farmers were upset about animal rights activists photographing...
States Continue To Make Photographing Or Taping Farms A Crime

Rep. Zoe Lofgren Plans To Introduce 'Aaron's Law' To Stop Bogus Prosecutions Under The CFAA

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There's been talk for years about fixing the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA), which has been widely abused by law enforcement/prosecutors to claim that basically any use of a computer that did not fall under the explicitly allowed uses was a form of "computer hacking" -- and potentially a...
Rep. Zoe Lofgren Plans To Introduce 'Aaron's Law' To Stop Bogus Prosecutions Under The CFAA

TV Network Exec Argues That Anything That Causes Cable Subscribers To Cut The Cord Is Illegal

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Okay, let's start this out right by noting that the headline is only slight hyperbole. We've already talked about the TV networks suing Aereo for letting people connect, via the internet, to a TV antenna that picks up over-the-air (i.e., free) TV programming in NYC. I still can't quite figure...
TV Network Exec Argues That Anything That Causes Cable Subscribers To Cut The Cord Is Illegal

Staples to offer 'Easy 3D' printing service, put an end to hackneyed hockey masks

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Just one more robbery and then we can happily retire. But there's this nagging feeling that our criminal swan song should be more than just another Class B felony -- it should be art. That's why we're heading over to Staples to collect a 3D printed mask that, for...
Staples to offer 'Easy 3D' printing service, put an end to hackneyed hockey masks

California sends a cease and desist order to the Bitcoin Foundation

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California's Department of Financial Institutions has issued a cease and desist letter to the Bitcoin Foundation for "allegedly engaging in the business of money transmission without a license or proper authorization," according to Forbes. The news comes after Bitcoin held its "Future of Payments" conference in San Jose last...
California sends a cease and desist order to the Bitcoin Foundation

Aaron's Law Finally Introduced: Reform The CFAA

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Today, Zoe Lofgren and Jim Sensenbrenner in the House and Ron Wyden in the Senate introduced "Aaron's Law," an attempt to reform the widely abused CFAA, so that it no longer sweeps up innocent activity. Vagueness is the core flaw of the CFAA. As written, the CFAA makes it a...
Aaron's Law Finally Introduced: Reform The CFAA
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