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Game Studio Threatens Employees' Jobs If They Don't Write Positive Reviews Of Own Game, Then Steam Pulls Game Entirely

3 hours agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

It's no secret that Valve's Steam platform is the dominant marketplace for PC video games. Much comes along with that status, including the strategies and metrics studios must employ to get their games noticed on Steam. One of the important metrics for recognition is Steam reviews. Show More Summary

Federal Court Shuts Down IMDb-Targeting 'Anti-Ageism' Law Permanently

4 hours agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

In the annals of stupid legislation, California's attempt to fight ageism at Hollywood studios by targeting third-party websites and using the First Amendment as a doormat will secure a prominent place in infamy. Rising from the ashes...Show More Summary

US Border Officials Have Never Verified Chipped Passports, Despite Demanding Their Usage

6 hours agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Ron Wyden is at it again. Sending pesky letters to government officials who appear to be completely falling down on the job. The latest is asking Customs and Border Patrol why it's still not verifying the e-passport chips that have been in all US passports -- and in all countries on the visa waiver list -- since 2007 (hat tip to Zach Whittaker). Show More Summary

It You Can't Beat Purveyors Of Unauthorized Copies, Join Them -- With Style

7 hours agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

One of the perennial questions around here is what companies should do about unauthorized copies of physical products. As readers will know, on Techdirt we don't think automatically filing lawsuits is the way to go. This little vignette...Show More Summary

Daily Deal: Aeon Timeline 2 for Mac And Windows

7 hours agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Aeon Timeline 2 for Mac And Windows is ideal for a wide variety of projects — big or small — and will help you manage your workload more efficiently, and get more done. You can manage events, entities, dependencies and more in an intuitive...Show More Summary

Loss In 9th Circuit Appeals Court Isn't Slowing 1-800-LAWFIRM's Lawsuit Crusade Against Social Media Companies

8 hours agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

1-800-LAWFIRM's oblique assault on Section 230 continues. This firm, along with Excolo Law, have been behind several Plantiff v. Social Media lawsuits seeking to hold Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, etc. responsible for acts of terrorism. Show More Summary

The FCC's 'New' Broadband Availability Map Hallucinates Broadband Competition

12 hours agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

A few years back the FCC (under Obama's first FCC boss Julius Genachowski) spent around $300 million on a broadband availability map that did a crap job actually measuring broadband availability. As we noted at the time, the map tended...Show More Summary

Game Studio Found To Install Malware DRM On Customers' Machines, Defends Itself, Then Apologizes

15 hours agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

The thin line that exists between entertainment industry DRM software and plain malware has been pointed out both recently and in the past. There are many layers to this onion, ranging from Sony's rootkit fiasco, to performance hitsShow More Summary

Everyone In the Cook County Criminal Court System Too Busy Pointing Fingers To Fix Its Antiquated Records System

22 hours agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

When you write regularly about lawsuits, you learn very quickly that not all court systems are equal when it comes to allowing modern access to public filings and records. The country is a veritable panoply of an access spectrum, with...Show More Summary

Report On Device Encryption Suggests A Few Ways Forward For Law Enforcement

yesterdayIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Another paper has been released, adding to the current encryption discussion. The FBI and DOJ want access to the contents of locked devices. They call encryption that can be bypassed by law enforcement "responsible encryption." It isn't. Show More Summary

Court Destroys Future Public Art Installations By Holding Building Owner Liable For Destroying This One

yesterdayIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Last week was a big week for dramatically bad copyright rulings from the New York federal courts: the one finding people liable for infringement if they embed others' content in their own webpages, and this one about 5Pointz, where a court has found a building owner liable for substantial monetary damages for having painted his own building. Show More Summary

Trump Blames School Shootings On Violent Video Games, Movies; Suggests We Need Some Sort Of Rating System For Them

yesterdayIndustries / Law : Techdirt

When a mass shooting occurs, politicians leap into the void with plenty of ideas of how to fix it. They can't -- or won't -- fix it, but they're more than willing to sacrifice other Constitutional amendments to keep the Second Amendment intact. Show More Summary

Disney's Stupid Lawsuit Against Redbox Results In Judge Saying Disney Is Engaged In Copyright Misuse

yesterdayIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Well, well. For the past few months I've been meaning to write about Disney's silly lawsuit against Redbox, but other stuff kept coming up, and now a judge has ruled against Disney and said that Disney appears to be engaged in copyright misuse. Show More Summary

Daily Deal: CISSP Certification Training Course

yesterdayIndustries / Law : Techdirt

In the CISSP Certification Training Course, overseen by the Information Systems Security Certification Consortium (ISSCC), you'll master the fundamentals of information systems security, and learn the skills you need to pass the CISSP exam. Show More Summary

House Prepared To Rush Vote On Terrible Frankenstein SESTA, Which Will Harm Trafficking Victims & The Internet

yesterdayIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Things had been mostly quiet on the SESTA/FOSTA front for the past few weeks, but apparently that's about to change, as the House leadership has agreed to a plan to rush the bill to a full floor vote next week, by creating a terrible Frankenstein of a bill that solves none of the existing concerns people had -- but creates new ones. Show More Summary

Right On Time: Kentucky Governor Lays The Blame For Florida School Shooting At The Feet Of Video Games

yesterdayIndustries / Law : Techdirt

In the wake of the school shooting tragedy in Florida that saw 17 people slain and more injured, the following days have played out in a depressingly familiar fashion. It's somewhat stunning to see such bloodshed result in the predictable retreat by most people to the defensive or offensive ground of their cause du jour. Show More Summary

The Death Of Net Neutrality Will Be Official In April (Cue The Lawsuits)

yesterdayIndustries / Law : Techdirt

While the FCC formally voted to kill net neutrality late last year, the actual repeal of the rules doesn't occur until the repeal itself is published in the Federal Register. Sources tell Reuters that with Ajit Pai's agency having completed the finishing touches on its repeal, the publication should finally happen this week. Show More Summary

Research Paper Links Police Unions To Increased Officer Misconduct

yesterdayIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Some research [PDF] has emerged indicating handing officers extra rights results in more citizen complaints. This may seem to be of the "water is wet" research variety, but there's no reason to shrug this off. While most of us can infer...Show More Summary

Court Realizes It Totally Screwed Up An Injunction Against Zazzle For Copyright Infringement

2 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Last year we wrote about a bizarre and troubling DMCA case involving the print-on-demand company Zazzle, in which the judge in the district court bizarrely and wrongly claimed that Zazzle lost its DMCA safe harbors because the allegedly...Show More Summary

Inspector General For Intelligence Community Buried Report Showing Whistleblower Retaliation

2 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

A report by Kevin Poulsen for The Daily Beast shows, once again, that those suggesting Ed Snowden should have used the proper channels to voice his concerns about domestic surveillance are either ignorant or deliberately obtuse. Just...Show More Summary

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