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Response To Facebook Video Of Murder Is The Call For An Actual 'Godwin's Law'

24 minutes agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Anyone familiar with internet culture will be familiar with Godwin's law. It goes roughly something like this: the longer a discussion goes on on the internet, the higher the probability that a comparison to Hitler or the Nazis will be made. Show More Summary

NSA Makes Pitch For Section 702 Approval While Its 702 Requests Aren't Being Approved By The Court

1 hour agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Section 702 -- the statute that allows the NSA to collect internet communications and data in bulk -- is up for renewal at the end of this year. The NSA, thanks to Ed Snowden, faced more of an uphill battle than usual when renewing Section 215 (bulk metadata collections). Show More Summary

Daily Deal: Degoo Premium 2TB Backup Plan

1 hour agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Everyday computer users are juggling huge amounts of data, so it makes sense that you're taking care of that data responsibly. With the $60 Degoo Premium 2TB Backup Plan, you get unlimited lifetime access to secured data storage. You...Show More Summary

Australia's Copyright Agency Keeps $11 Million Meant For Authors, Uses It To Fight Introduction Of Fair Use

2 hours agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Even though stories of copyright collecting societies failing to distribute the monies that they collect to artists abound -- we wrote about one just a few weeks ago -- this doesn't seem to discourage others from continuing to bend the rules somewhat. Show More Summary

AT&T Unveils A Fake 5G Network In The Hopes You'll Ignore T-Mobile Is Kicking Its Ass

5 hours agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

To be clear: fifth generation (5G) wireless should be really impressive when it actually arrives, providing significantly faster mobile broadband speeds at lower latencies. The catch: the 5G standard hasn't even been created yet, and any real deployment of the ultra-fast technology isn't expected to even seriously begin until 2020. Show More Summary

European Court Asked To Overturn Ruling Saying Linking To Defamatory Content Is Defamatory

8 hours agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

It seems like common sense. The person legally responsible for defamatory statements is the person making the defamatory statements. But since pursuing that person often seems too difficult, legislators, courts, and disingenuous plaintiffs...Show More Summary

House Votes Overwhelmingly To Make The Copyright Office More Political & To Delay Modernization

17 hours agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

This isn't a huge surprise, but unfortunately, today -- after a mostly ridiculous "debate" on the House floor full of claptrap and bullshit about how important copyright is to "protecting jobs" (despite this bill having nothing to do...Show More Summary

For World 'Intellectual Property' Day, A Reading From Thomas Macaulay

19 hours agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

As we mentioned recently, today is "World Intellectual Property Day," an event put together by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) to promote ever greater protectionism and mercantilism in favor of copyright holders and patent holders, while ignoring any impact on the public of those things. Show More Summary

Search Warrant Gag Order Successfully Challenged In Court

20 hours agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Update: Adobe has clarified that this was not a National Security Letter (NSL), but rather a search warrant along with a "Delayed Notice Order" (DNO) that had no expiration. The principles are the same, but the vehicle was different....Show More Summary

FCC Boss Unveils Ingenious Plan To Replace Net Neutrality Rules With Fluff & Nonsense

21 hours agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

FCC boss Ajit Pai has made no secret of his disdain for net neutrality. Or, for that matter, his general disregard for the consumer-protection authority granted the agency he's supposed to be in charge of. Pai had already stated hisShow More Summary

Bose Lawsuit For Collecting Headphone Data Is Flimsy, But Highlights Continued Lack Of Real Transparency

22 hours agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Being transparent about what private consumer data is being collected and sold appears to be a hard lesson for hardware vendors to learn. Earlier this month, Bose was hit with a new lawsuit (pdf) accusing it of collecting and selling personal subscriber usage data of the company's $350 QC 35 noise-canceling headphones. Show More Summary

Another NSL Gag Order Successfully Challenged In Court

yesterdayIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Another National Security Letter is on its way to being published. There's no way of telling when it will arrive, but it will be sooner than the government's clear preference: never. Adobe is the unlikely recipient of the NSL and accompanying gag order. Show More Summary

Guy Fined $500 For Criticizing Government Without A Permit Sues Oregon Licensing Board

yesterdayIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Government entities tend to dislike people who criticize red light cameras. There's little evidence supporting the theory they make driving safer, but there's plenty of data out there showing just how profitable they can be, especially...Show More Summary

Here Comes The Attempt To Reframe Silicon Valley As Modern Robber Barons

yesterdayIndustries / Law : Techdirt

It's difficult for me to read Jonathan Taplin's cri de coeur about Google and other technology companies that have come to dominate the top tier of successful American corporations without wincing in sympathy on his behalf. But the pain...Show More Summary

Cord Cutting Is Very Real, And 25% Of Americans Won't Subscribe To Traditional Cable By Next Year

yesterdayIndustries / Law : Techdirt

For years the traditional cable and broadcast industry has gone to great lengths to deny that cord cutting (getting rid of traditional cable TV) is real. First, we were told repeatedly that the phenomenon wasn't happening at all. Next,...Show More Summary

Prosecutors Overturn More Than 21,000 Drug Convictions In Wake Of Massive Drug Lab Misconduct

yesterdayIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Back in 2012, it was discovered that a Massachusetts state drug lab technician had falsified thousands of tests submitted as evidence in criminal cases. Technician Annie Dookhan was able to "produce" three times as many test resultsShow More Summary

More IP Attorneys Predict More Craft Beer Trademark Disputes As The Industry Continues To Grow

yesterdayIndustries / Law : Techdirt

If you want to take the temperature on where the craft beer brewing industry is on the convergence of an exploding industry and the greater use of trademark law, you need only look at what intellectual property lawyers are saying. We...Show More Summary

Dutch Court Rules That Freely Given Fan-Subtitles Are Copyright Infringement

yesterdayIndustries / Law : Techdirt

For some reason, there has been a sub-war raging for more than a decade between anti-piracy groups and fans who create free subtitles for content so other regions can enjoy that same content. While much of this war has been fought for years on the anime front of all places, the conflict has spread to mainstream movies and television as well. Show More Summary

Why Is Congress In Such A Rush To Strip The Library Of Congress Of Oversight Powers On The Copyright Office?

yesterdayIndustries / Law : Techdirt

In the past few weeks, we've written a few times about this weird urgency among some in Congress to rush through a pretty major change to Copyright Office oversight. I wrote a deep dive piece over at The Verge discussing the issues at...Show More Summary

Paul Hansmeier Argues Convicting Him Of Fraud Would Seriously Damage The Judicial System

2 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

It looks like Prenda's Paul Hansmeier isn't nearly as interested John Steele in striking a deal with the feds. Of course, Steele folded immediately, offering up Hansmeier as bus undercoating, which likely means Hansmeier isn't beingShow More Summary

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