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“Netflix for vinyl” meets a legal stumbling block

There was much excitement about a “Netflix for vinyl” that would send music-minded subscribers a curated surprise selection of records they could listen to, then send back at their leisure for a new set of unexpected picks. No one seems...Show More Summary

Judge Ignores Defense Lawyer Because He Is an Owl

The caption in this KGMH report oversells the story a bit, but then so does my headline. The Aspen Times reported on May 19 that a man who was accused of violating a protective order brought a stuffed owl along...          Related Stories...Show More Summary

Yelp Gets In On The Law School Rankings Game

Would you trust Yelp's star-based rating system when choosing a law school?

Secretary Of State: We Must Have A Secure Internet; Homeland Security Secretary: A Secure Internet Makes Us All Less Safe

2 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Secretary of State John Kerry gave a speech in South Korea this week about the importance of an "open and secure internet." Of course, that sounds a little hypocritical coming from the very same government that is actively working to...Show More Summary

Paper Says Public Doesn't Know How To Keep Score In Privacy Discussion While Glossing Over Government Surveillance

9 hours agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Lawfare -- a blog primarily devoted defending the practices of spy agencies -- has released a paper authored by Benjamin Wittes and Jodie Liu that theorizes that the public's concern over privacy encroachments are -- if not overblown -- then failing to properly factor in the privacy "gains" they've obtained over the past several years. Show More Summary

TPP Moves Forward In Senate With Fast Track; On To The House

10 hours agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

As was widely expected after last week's vote, the Senate has now voted in favor of fast track for trade agreements (officially "Trade Promotion Authority") after Republican Senators convinced enough of their Democratic counterpartsShow More Summary

International Labor Law Conferences

There are two international labor and employment law conferences coming up in the next month or so. First up is the second Labor Law Research Network conference in Amsterdam, from June 25-27, 2015. You can see the program here. The....

DailyDirt: Trendy Drinks

11 hours agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Some folks like to drink coconut water because it tastes good -- not because it's a fashionable, semi-exotic-sounding liquid that has some specious health claims. Some fads, like drinking raw milk are actually not that healthy. But if you just like trying out new stuff to drink (and carry around in a bottle or cup), check out a few of these links. Show More Summary

Monsanto And Syngenta About To Receive Dozens Of Patents On Unpatentable Plants

13 hours agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Last month we wrote about the strange case of unpatentable plants becoming patentable in Europe thanks to a decision from the European Patent Office's Enlarged Board of Appeal. That cleared the way for companies to obtain such patents,...Show More Summary

Circumcision Armageddon

Heather Hironimus and Dennis Nebus are fixated on their son’s foreskin. It is an obsession that has bound them together long beyond the end of their relationship. Nebus believes their 4 1/2-year-old son, Chase Ryan Nebus-Hironimus, should be circumcised for medical reasons. Show More Summary

Florida Governor Signs One Bill Protecting Free Speech... And Another That Undermines It

14 hours agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

On Thursday, Governor Rick Scott of Florida signed 44 bills into law, but two of them are particularly interesting to us. The first we wrote about back in March, SB 604, is a very problematic bill that undermines some basic free speech rights. Show More Summary

FCC Signals It's No Longer Going To Nap On Broadband Privacy Issues

15 hours agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

The FCC this week informed broadband ISPs that the agency is no longer going to be napping at the wheel when it comes to broadband-related privacy enforcement. In a new enforcement advisory posted to the FCC website (pdf), the FCC said...Show More Summary

5 Ways to Get Professional Development On Your Own

Keeping abreast of legal developments, picking up some management skills, learning about new legal tech or marketing strategies -- these are just some of the benefits of making sure you have continuous professional development. After all, in an industry that evolves every time a new case is decided, lawyers......

The Cost of Being Good at Your Job?

While I do not suffer personally from this problem, many of us out there are over-achievers that excel at their particular job. A recent study from Duke's Fuqua School of Business looked at these individuals, and concluded that there are...

Another Day, Another Data Breach: More Lessons for Lawyers

Up to 1.1 million customers may have had their data stolen when CareFirst, a Blue Cross Blue Shield health plan, was hacked on Wednesday. According to the company, the hackers gained access to information such as names, birthdays and emails, but not private medical or financial information. The incident......

Did RGB Just Let Us Know How the Court Will Decide Gay Marriage?

Voters in Ireland go to the polls today to vote on whether the Emerald Isle will legalize gay marriage. If the vote is successful, Ireland will be the first country to adopt marriage equality by popular referendum. Meanwhile, gay marriage fans and foes alike in the United States are......

No More Personal, Religious Exemptions to State Vaccine Law?

California may soon be getting rid of the religious and personal exemptions that let parents opt out of vaccinating their children before enrolling them in school, daycares or nurseries. A new bill imposing more robust child vaccination requirements has been approved by the state Senate and is well on......

Enough With In-House: Tips for Moving Back to Firm Life

Maybe you miss the pay of a high performing firm, or you long to return to litigation. Perhaps you've just realized that the General Counsel isn't going to die and leave you the top spot anytime soon. Whatever the reason, you want to go back to firm life. The......

Just How Badly Are Authorities Screwing Up The Arrest Of 170 Bikers In Texas?

16 hours agoIndustries / Law : Above the Law

Why should civil libertarians care what happens to 170 or so bikers in Waco? Columnist Tamara Tabo explains.

Other Things to Read!

Here are some reading recommendations for the holiday weekend (this assumes, of course, that you have already read carefully and in full each of the 3,396 posts and one book that I have spewed forth to date): Former federal prosecutor... Show More Summary

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