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The Courts’ Baffling New Math

The Supreme Court of the John Roberts era gets one thing very right: It’s one of the most free-speech-protective courts in modern history. There is no purveyor of semi-pornographic crush videos, no maker of rape-aspiring violent video...Show More Summary

Skadden Arps Plans Move to New Tower on Manhattan’s West Side

A soaring new skyscraper is poised to rise on Manhattan’s West Side, as legal giant Skadden Arps Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP has signed a letter of intent with Brookfield Property Partners to move to the planned 1 Manhattan West tower, according to a Skadden spokeswoman.

Adobe Discovers Encryption, Cuts Back On Its eBook Snooping A Bit

54 minutes agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

The whole DRM for ebooks effort is still pretty braindead all around. It's amazing to me that everyone hasn't realized what the music industry figured out years ago (after many earlier years of kicking and screaming): DRM doesn't help the creators or the copyright holders in the slightest. Show More Summary

Keith Alexander Now Being Vetted By Everybody For Everything After Leaving The Protective Shelter Of The NSA

1 hour agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Former NSA head Keith Alexander continues to draw the sort of attention he probably hoped he had left behind by resigning his post. His questionable business venture -- a private banking security firm seemingly dependent on patents and...Show More Summary

Non-Sequiturs: 10.24.14

NFL blackout rules will be a thing of the past on November 24. So just in time for all you rabid Rams fans to watch them play the Raiders. [CommLawBlog] Electing judges is so very stupid. [What About Clients?] OK, Alex Rich: it’s time to ditch document review and become a psychic. Show More Summary

Field of AG Candidates Narrows as Ruemmler Withdraws Name

Former White House counsel Kathryn Ruemmler has withdrawn her name from consideration as President Barack Obama ’s nominee for attorney general, a White House official said Friday.

Latest In Cable Astroturfing: If You Squint, Twist, Spin And Mislead With Apples To Oranges Comparisons, US Broadband Is Great!

3 hours agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

For the past few months, I'd been pitched a few times from people (often somehow, if in murky ways, connected to the broadband industry) arguing that all those stories about how the US is far behind in broadband is untrue if you just looked at certain states. Show More Summary

US Government Volunteers to Pay for Infringement by Japan Airlines

by Dennis Crouch The US Federal Government does not get a free-pass on patent infringement.  Rather, the Government’s unlicensed use of a privately held patent constitutes infringement and is actionable. However, Congress created a special court to hear the cases (the Court of Federal Claims), and implemented a number of restrictions on both the adjudication […]

Former NSA Official: Anyone Who 'Justified' Snowden's Leaks Shouldn't Be Allowed A Gov't Job

4 hours agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

A few days ago, the FTC announced that it had appointed Ashkan Soltani as its chief technology officer. Soltani is a well-known (and often outspoken) security researcher who has worked at the FTC in the past. Nothing about this appointment should be all that surprising or even remotely controversial. Show More Summary

Cease & Desist Letter Met With Hardcore Trolling

Don't use the word "cronut." Unless you're prepared to publicly mock the trademark holder.

Driver Destroys Disputed Oklahoma Ten Commandments Statue

Federal authorities have detained a man suspected of smashing his car into the Ten Commandments monument on the grounds of the Oklahoma Capitol, reducing the disputed statute to rubble.

SCOTUS Dogs Don’t Understand Aereo Either

These folks used the footage as part of an otherwise straight-up report on the Court's shortcomings in addressing technological innovation.

Discovering the Internet of Things: Measuring Impact On Tomorrow’s Litigation & Compliance Strategies

The beginning of a new business, technology and legal inflection point is staring at us, chuckling at point blank.   The Internet of Things (IoT) has quickly ascended to be the “new frontier” for technology vendors to explore, customers to consider and the legal community to fear. But what is the “Internet of Things” really?  Depending…

Regal Entertainment Beats Antitrust Lawsuit Over Exclusivity Pacts With Big Studios (Exclusive)

A judge doesn't see conspiracy in preferential treatment gained by one movie exhibition giant read more

This Post Is Not About GamerGate

5 hours agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Okay, let's get this out of the way first: as you'll quickly see, there is no way to write this post without someone accusing us of being hypocritical -- so we're going to just get it out of the way upfront and note that that's absolutely true, as the article we'll be linking to also admits that such hypocrisy is occasionally necessary in reporting. Show More Summary

Proselytizers With Pig, Pummeled by Hecklers, to Get En Banc Hearing

This is a tough question: What do police officers do when a group called Bible Believers, carrying a severed pig's head and yelling about a "pedophile prophet," are confronted at the Arab International Festival in Dearborn, Michigan, by Muslim children with rocks and bottles? The "peaceful" proselytizers are kind of......

Lawyers: 5 Reasons Why You Should Resurrect Your Blog

How many times have you stumbled upon a blog that was once active, but hasn't been updated since 2009? Or you go to someone's website and see the infamous WordPress placeholder: "Hello world! Welcome to WordPress. This is your first post. Edit or delete it, then start blogging!" Gross. It's......

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