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Court Rules Yellow Pages Are Protected Speech

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A couple of years ago, the publishers of a number of phone books in the Seattle area sued the city for passing a new ordinance that required the publishers to pay a fee and subscribe to an opt-out program. The ordinance was implemented to allow Seattle residents to opt-out of...
Court Rules Yellow Pages Are Protected Speech

isoHunt to Appeal in MPAA Lawsuit, Sees The Lite

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Early 2006, the MPAA issued a complaint against isoHunt and its sister site Torrentbox, claiming that owner Gary Fung operated file-sharing services and profited from copyright infringement. The lengthy legal procedure that followed came to a temporary end December last year, when a US Federal Court in California ruled that...
isoHunt to Appeal in MPAA Lawsuit, Sees The Lite

They can’t all be SOPA: Are webizens ready to fight with nuance?

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It’s hard to be a web user these days, especially since the government has gotten so interested in what we’re doing online. Bills and proposed regulations that target web activity and user data are popping up all the time, and it’s hard to keep track of what any of this...
They can’t all be SOPA: Are webizens ready to fight with nuance?

Supreme Court refuses to hear NSA, AT&T wiretapping case

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The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to overturn legal immunity for telecom carriers that allegedly participated with a U.S. National Security Agency surveillance program during the last decade. The Supreme Court, without comment, declined Tuesday to review a December 2011 appeals court decision upholding legal immunity for AT&T in...
Supreme Court refuses to hear NSA, AT&T wiretapping case

Copyright-trolls: mind your own extra-judicial business, court says

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A Northern California District Court handed down an order on March 30, denying permission to a company called Hard Drive Productions to subpoena ISPs for user names and addresses associated with certain IP addresses. The order shows a growing impatience on the part of many judges for "copyright troll"...
Copyright-trolls: mind your own extra-judicial business, court says

US Federal judge finds National Security Letters' gag provision unconstitutional

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Woo, boy. You know those National Security Letters that the FBI has been issuing at its own discretion -- the ones Google has been doing its best to track? Judge Susan Illston of Federal District Court in San Francisco just found 'em unconstitutional. As the story goes, NSLs arrive...
US Federal judge finds National Security Letters' gag provision unconstitutional

'Under American Law, Anyone Interesting Is A Felon' - Tim Wu On The Prosecution Of Aaron Swartz

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The reactions to Aaron Swartz's suicide continue to pour in and the recurring theme is one of disbelief at the government's hard nosed prosecutorial stance towards Swartz's actions. The Secret Service, for unknown reasons, took over the case and the prosecutor insisted on a guilty plea across the board as...
'Under American Law, Anyone Interesting Is A Felon' - Tim Wu On The Prosecution Of Aaron Swartz
Reading someone's Gmail doesn't violate federal statute, court finds
Terms of service violations not a crime, appeals court rules

No, Violating Your Employer's Computer Use Policy Is Not Criminal Hacking

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You may remember a story from last year about David Nosal, a man who was essentially convicted of computer hacking because the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals determined that he "exceeded authorized access" on his employer's computer system when he broke the written rules regarding how data on that system...
No, Violating Your Employer's Computer Use Policy Is Not Criminal Hacking
CEA sides with Dish, says 1984 Betamax ruling covers Hopper DVR

Iconic Piracy Suit Against Google Dismissed, Despite $25,000 Bounty

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In 2004 Google was sued by Perfect 10. The adult publisher demanded a permanent injunction against Google to prevent it from copying and distributing thumbnails of its images, and to stop the search engine from linking to websites where Perfect 10 content was hosted illegally. Initially Perfect 10 scored a...
Iconic Piracy Suit Against Google Dismissed, Despite $25,000 Bounty
Federal appeals court says 'reasonable suspicion' required for some electronic border searches

Oracle Wants $1 Billion More from SAP in TomorrowNow Copyright Case

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Software giant Oracle is taking rival SAP back to court for one more go-round in the ugly and long-running TomorrowNow copyright infringement case. Oracle said last month it plans to appeal a federal judge’s ruling setting aside a $1.3 billion in damages awarded by a federal jury in November of...
Oracle Wants $1 Billion More from SAP in TomorrowNow Copyright Case

Google to Record Label: Linking Is Not a Crime!

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In what seems like a role reversal, Google has filed a lawsuit against Blue Destiny Records in an attempt to assert that it has not infringed the record label's copyrights. Blue Destiny Records had previously sued Google but then withdrew the suit, saying that it would refile at a later...
Google to Record Label: Linking Is Not a Crime!

Controversial Law Means Checking Facebook At Work Could Be A Federal Crime

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Updating your status or adding to your shopping cart on Amazon at work isn't just a violation of company policy. It might also be against federal law, according to a new paper by two Boston College professors. "For the past decade or so, courts have disagreed over the scope of...
Controversial Law Means Checking Facebook At Work Could Be A Federal Crime
US appeals court rejects government attempt to prosecute improper computer use as 'hacking'

New NSA Warrantless Tactics Reveal Little Room For Presumption Of Innocence

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The Guardian released new details about the National Security Agency’s spying practices, which reveals how analysts can store vast sums of data without a warrant. Specifically, if the NSA “inadvertently” stumbles upon anything related to a potential crime, it can store the data for later investigations. Quite reasonably, the Supreme...
New NSA Warrantless Tactics Reveal Little Room For Presumption Of Innocence

An Obscure Court Ruling Might Totally Destroy A New 'Revenge Porn' Site

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The man behind the Internet's most notorious "revenge porn" site is convinced he can't be prosecuted for letting users post naked pictures of people without their consent. But he might have some trouble defending himself. Hunter Moore, the creator of the now defunct IsAnyoneUp.com, is back with HunterMoore.TV, which lets...
An Obscure Court Ruling Might Totally Destroy A New 'Revenge Porn' Site

Supreme Court allows wiretapping immunity law to stand

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The Supreme Court declined to review a lower court ruling that challenged a Bush-era law (the FISA Amendments Act), retroactively giving telecommunications firms—including Verizon, Sprint, and AT&T—legal immunity after performing warrantless wiretapping at the government’s request. The case, Hepting v. AT&T, was a class-action suit filed in 2006 by the American...
Supreme Court allows wiretapping immunity law to stand
US Department of Justice will not ask Supreme Court to take hacking case
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