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Senator Wyden Wants To Know How Many Times Americans Have Been Targeted By Executive Order 12333

8 minutes agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

That buzzing noise that never seems to leave the Intelligence Community's ears is Sen. Ron Wyden. Wyden's questions -- often unanswered -- are dog whistles for privacy advocates but ear-bleeding tinnitus for agency officials. Persistence...Show More Summary

United Says TSA Wants All Comic Con Comic Books Searched; TSA Says 'Not Us'

23 minutes agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

I thought writing about San Diego Comic Con being censorial assholes would be the strangest story we'd write about Comic Con this year, but leave it to airline security to come up with an even more bizarre story. Apparently United Airlines...Show More Summary

Daily Deal: Final Draft 10

1 hour agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Final Draft 10 is the standard software for professional screenwriters and studios the world over. It automatically paginates your script to entertainment industry standards and gives you over 100 templates and formatting tools to turn your ideas into real scripts. Show More Summary

DOJ Forfeiture Directive Gives Local Law Enforcement A Chance To Dodge State Reform Efforts

2 hours agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

As threatened during comments to an association of district attorneys, Attorney General Jeff Sessions is bringing back asset forfeiture. Specifically, Sessions is loosening the restrictions placed on federal adoption of local seizures by Eric Holder during the last years of the Obama presidency. Show More Summary

Verizon Throttles Netflix Subscribers In 'Test' It Doesn't Inform Customers About

5 hours agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

So for years Verizon Wireless refused to compete on price, insisting that the company's network was just so incredible, it didn't have to. Then came increased competition from T-Mobile, which forced the company to not only start competing...Show More Summary

FBI Informant Helped Out In Terrorism Stings While Running A 'Stranded Traveler' Scam

8 hours agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

It's well known many confidential informants are criminals. Acting as informants is supposed to keep their criminal acts to a minimum while providing access to bigger criminal fish. The same goes for undercover officers and agents. Some...Show More Summary

Funniest/Most Insightful Comments Of The Week At Techdirt

yesterdayIndustries / Law : Techdirt

This week, our first place winner on the insightful side is a simple anonymous comment, saying something that shouldn't need to be repeated so often but for the weird anti-regulation absolutists who need to be reminded over and over: Regulation isn't bad. Show More Summary

This Week In Techdirt History: July 16th - 22nd

2 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Five Years Ago This week in 2012, we saw some copyright insanity when BMG issued a YouTube takedown on a Mitt Romney campaign ad for including a clip of Obama singing an Al Green song, and then the next day went on to take down the original clip, because even the President was a pirate in the eyes of the entertainment industry. Show More Summary

San Diego Comic Con Gets Gag Order On Salt Lake Comic Con

2 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

As you may know, San Diego Comic Con is going on right now. And, like many techie/geeky people, while I've never attended the show, I always look forward to what comes out of the event. However, SDCC is increasingly looking like a massive censorial bully. Show More Summary

MLB Mulls Over Opposing Trademark For New Overwatch League Logo

2 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

It's no secret that Major League Baseball has proven themselves to be happy bullies regarding its trademarks. Between thinking it owns the letter 'W', forgetting that fair use exists, and its decision to bully amateur baseball leagues,...Show More Summary

Court Rejects Cell Site RF Signal Map In Murder Trial Because It's Evidence Of Nothing

2 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

The Maryland Court of Special Appeals has handed down a ruling [PDF] on quasi-cell site location info. The evidence offered by the state isn't being so much suppressed as it is being rejected. The information wasn't obtained illegally and no rights were violated. Show More Summary

Politician Uses Bad Cyberharassment Law To Shut Down Critic; Critic Hoping To Have Law Struck Down

2 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Lots of anti-harassment laws have been written over the years. The creation of these laws has sped up as legislators look to find some way of handling cyberbullying and online harassment. These laws have been uniformly bad. Those that...Show More Summary

Olive Garden Asks Olive Garden Reviewer Not To Refer To Olive Garden Due To Trademarks

3 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

At some point, even the dimmest of lawyers will understand that parody and fair use are not infringement. There may be all sorts of reasons why big companies send dubious cease-and-desist letters over protected speech. Sometimes it's because lawyers are misinformed. Show More Summary

Daily Deal: Beginner Web Development Bundle

3 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Learn how to use the fundamental building blocks of the Web with the $29 Beginner Web Development Bundle. The four courses cover HTML, CSS, JavaScript and PHP. You'll learn how to work with these tools through a series of lectures and...Show More Summary

Judge Dumps Stupid Libel Suit Featuring A Man Suing A Third Party For Things A Journalist Said

3 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

It only took a month for a court to dump a bogus defamation suit brought by someone who sued one person for things someone else said. Jim Myers wrote an article for The Tennessean discussing changes made to a culinary arts program. The former director of the program -- Thomas Loftis -- didn't like characterizations made in the article. Show More Summary

FCC Won't Release Data To Support Its Claim A DDOS Attack, Not John Oliver, Brought Down The Agency's Website

3 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

You might recall that when HBO comedian John Oliver originally addressed net neutrality on his show in 2014, the FCC website crashed under the load of concerned consumers eager to support the creation of real net neutrality rules. When...Show More Summary

Top European Court To Consider If EU Countries Can Censor The Global Internet

3 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Last month we wrote about the tragic and hugely problematic ruling in Canada that said a Canadian court could order global censorship of content it deems to be illegal. As lots of people pointed out, that is going to have dangerous consequences for speech around the world. Show More Summary

Freedom Of Information Lawsuit Results In NYPD Agreeing To Follow FOI Law

3 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

If you need any more proof the NYPD hates transparency, you need look no further than Keegan Stephan's victory in a Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) lawsuit: Big win! To settle my lawsuit, NYPD has agreed to comply with critical component...Show More Summary

Massachusetts Lawmaker Wants To Make It A Felony To Have Secret Compartments In Your Car

3 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

A Massachusetts lawmaker is looking to give law enforcement another way to bust people and seize vehicles. Modify a vehicle you own in a certain way and you can expect to never see that vehicle again. Blame it on the war on drugs and pressure from law enforcement lobbying. Show More Summary

Giganews Sues Perfect 10 For $20 Million For Trying To Play 'Hide The Assets' After Jury Award

3 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

If you're not familiar with Perfect 10 by now, it is a company that billed itself as a smutty porn magazine that was actually mostly in the far more immoral business of copyright trolling. Rather than peddling skin, Perfect 10 mostly...Show More Summary

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