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The Senate Judiciary Committee’s Marshawn Lynch Hearing

What if we took the ridiculous questions asked of Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch and paired them with ridiculous answers from Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch?

You Don't Own What You Bought: Drone Maker Updates Firmware On All Drones To Stop Any Flights In DC

2 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

You may have heard the news recently about how a drunk employee of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (can't make this crap up) accidentally flew a DJI Phantom II drone onto White House property, leading to a general collective freakout over the security implications of these personal helicopters. Show More Summary

A Dodd-Frank reform menu, ready to go?

13 hours agoIndustries / Law : Overlawyered

Jim Hamilton’s World of Securities Regulation has a list of seven bills “amending the Dodd-Frank Act [that] passed the House in the 113th Congress by a bi-partisan vote, sometimes an overwhelming bi-partisan vote, but were never taken...Show More Summary

This Week In Techdirt History: January 25th - 31st

13 hours agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Five Years Ago This week in 2010, Mike was at the Midem conference in France discussing the future of music business models and good "reasons to buy" to be leveraged by creators. Not everyone got the message: EMI was still freaking out over a Harvey Danger lipdub video, and Blur's manager thought he could stop piracy. Show More Summary

Awesome Stuff: Virtual & Augmented Reality Headsets

16 hours agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

For this week's awesome stuff, we're going to take a step into virtual and augmented reality headsets. Obviously, the Oculus Rift is the device that everyone talks about, but tons of alternatives -- often making use of your own mobile phone -- keep springing up, including things like Google Cardboard. Show More Summary

Pennsylvania’s law-firm-contract mess

18 hours agoIndustries / Law : Overlawyered

“Four law firms received three no-bid contracts for the secret investigations [of litigation prospects by the state of Pennsylvania against nursing homes and other defendants]. The firms and their lawyers donated a combined $191,400 to [attorney general Kathleen] Kane’s campaign from 2011 to 2013, records show. Show More Summary

Trademark overreach of the day: ICE says "Yankees Suck" infringes

19 hours agoIndustries / Law : 43(B)log

Your tax dollars at work, protecting America from infringing merchandise: I don't have much brief for protecting counterfeits, but I find it hard to believe this is the best use of public resources: "Gross misspellings of superstars’ names are one of the things that give away the dubious duds. Show More Summary

Patent Law Jobs

Patent firms are hiring and posting jobs on  Here is a list of jobs posted over the past four days.  Employers say the best patent-focused candidates come from Patently-O.  Good luck with the job hunt! TurnerBoyd in Silicon Valley MBHB in Chicago Buchanan Ingersoll in DC Area NSIP Law in DC Area Hickman Palermo in Silicon Valley […]

Australian Prime Minister: Social Media Is Like Electronic Graffiti

yesterdayIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Here on Techdirt we've been reporting on a depressing stream of really bad legislative proposals coming out of Australia concerning copyright and surveillance. Much of this seems born of ignorance: some senior ministers clearly do not understand how the Internet works. Show More Summary

Wichita Police Respond To Request For Shooting Incident Details With A Handful Of Fully-Redacted Pages

yesterdayIndustries / Law : Techdirt

So much for the power of open records requests. Sure, you get some scratch paper out of the deal, but otherwise, there's nothing "open" about this shooting report delivered in response to the Wichita Eagle's request. (h/t to Techdirt reader Brig C. Show More Summary

DailyDirt: Common Sense Ain't So Common

yesterdayIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Mammals drink milk when they're young. Maybe there are some exceptions to that, but the examples of milk-drinking mammals are pretty easy to find. People are mammals, and so the cow milk industry is sizable: the US alone produced over 200,000,000,000 pounds of cow milk in 2013. Show More Summary

How to Get New Business With Click-Worthy Web Assets

Jump ahead to see: Engaging with helpful resources Creating a click-worthy system Composing Infographics Success in getting more clicks, conversions and clients on a law firm website turns on website usability -- which today means engaging...Show More Summary

New Insurance Protects Brands When Celebs Go Bad

The unusual offering may be just the ticket for products with celebrity endorsement. read more

Pharrell Williams Camp Ridicules "Desperate" Appeal Bid in 'Blurred Lines' Lawsuit

Is the future of the copyright at stake? One side plays up the stakes; the other scoffs. read more

Google Finally Stops Playing Mute On Net Neutrality, Says New Rules Won't Hurt Google Fiber In The Slightest

yesterdayIndustries / Law : Techdirt

While Google was a major player in the net neutrality fight early on, the company performed a stark about-face on the issue sometime around 2010. Google was responsible for co-writing the FCC's original, wimpy net neutrality rules alongside...Show More Summary

Michael Jackson's Family Can't Revive $1.5 Billion AEG Case

A jury ruled in 2013 that concert promoter AEG Live isn't responsible for the King of Pop's death. read more

Non-Sequiturs: 01.30.15

Did two little kids get slapped with a lifetime gag order barring them from talking about fracking. But how will they explain their third eye? [The Guardian] Private equity firm TPG is suing its former PR man -- former Bush spokesperson Adam Levine -- for allegedly stealing confidential documents and threatening to leak them to the press. Show More Summary

To Enforce Emissions Standards, State Governments Are Looking To Ride Shotgun In Constituents' Vehicles

yesterdayIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Californians may find their cars being converted to government informants at some point in the future, thanks to the state's push to curb emissions. As always, a trip to the land of Unintended Consequences begins at the Port of Good Intentions. Show More Summary

Breaking News – Phoenix, We Have A Problem

We’ve just learned that an Arizona appellate court has held, in effect, that the learned intermediary rule can’t apply in direct to consumer cases because it – get this – it supposedly violates the Uniform Contribution Among Joint Tortfeasors Act (UCATA). Show More Summary

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