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Marshawn Lynch, Anti-Authority Hero, Loves To Trademark His Phrases

yesterdayIndustries / Law : Techdirt

At some point, this whole fad of trademarking phrases that leap into the public consciousness through public events is going to have to stop. Between trying to lock the language of the recently slain, the foreign policy story du jour, and all the rest, eventually the public and the courts are going to have to realize that this can't go on unchecked. Show More Summary

532,900,000 Reasons Why We Need Patent Reform Now

yesterdayIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Over the last year, there's been plenty of good news in the fight against the abuse of patents to stifle innovation. A bunch of court rulings have gone the right way, with the biggest being the Supreme Court's ruling in the Alice v.Show More Summary

Evidence Copy Of 'CitizenFour' Needs To Be 'Locked Up' Claims Plaintiff Suing Snowden, Filmmakers For Billions

yesterdayIndustries / Law : Techdirt

The billion-dollar lawsuit against the producers of the Edward Snowden documentary CitizenFour rolls on, gradually unraveling as it does. Since we last covered the story (where the United States of America was added as an involuntary plaintiff -- a plaintiff since forcibly removed by the court), a lot has happened. Show More Summary

DailyDirt: Hatching Some Intelligent Creatures

yesterdayIndustries / Law : Techdirt

There's no guarantee that life will evolve any kind of intelligence. However, given the numerous examples of smart animals in nature, while we're worried about hyper-intelligent robots rising up, we'll miss the genius bird/lizard/ape revolution. Show More Summary

Net Neutrality Begs A Big Legal Question: What Changed About The Internet?

The FCC claims it can impose net neutrality rules on broadband carriers without much legal fuss, but it still has to justify changing its mind.

The FCC's Historic Day: Voting Yes For Net Neutrality, Voting No On Protectionist State Telecom Law

yesterdayIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Today was, no hyperbole intended, probably one of the more historic -- albeit at times one of the dullest -- days in FCC history. The agency, led by a former lobbyist for the cable and wireless industries few expected anything from,Show More Summary

Red Bull Disputes Old Ox Brewery Trademarked Logo/Name Because, Seriously, An Ox Is Just A Castrated Bull

yesterdayIndustries / Law : Techdirt

You talk enough about the intersection of trademark and alcohol, and you end up discussing a whole lot of stupid. Between breweries going after breweries, Star Wars going after breweries, and even the whole damned MPAA going after breweries,...Show More Summary

Despite Lack Of Evidence It Will Help, Australia Still Planning To Bring In Data Retention, Still Not Clear If It Could Be Used Against Copyright Infringement

yesterdayIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Last year, we noted that one danger of bringing in data retention in Australia is that stored metadata might end up being used for all kinds of purposes that have nothing to do with fighting "terrorism," its principal justification. One particular concern is that it could be used to hunt for people downloading files illegally. Show More Summary

Study After Study Shows The DHS Has An Intense Morale Problem That Can Apparently Only Be Solved By Study After Study

yesterdayIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Guess which national agency's feelings hurt the most? The 2014 Best Places To Work in the Federal Government Survey, published by Stier’s group, ranked DHS dead last among large agencies. [...] Many DHS employees have said in the annual...Show More Summary

Despite Losing Money Year After Year, States Still Wondering How They Can Hand Out BIGGER Subsidies To Hollywood

yesterdayIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Fool me once, shame on me. Fool me annually and let me get my checkbook! Losses continue to mount, but some very resilient states are still willing to throw more taxpayer money at the film industry. Michigan -- a state that seems to be able to generate at least one fiscal horror story per year -- is one of the nation's most consistent losers. Show More Summary

Gemalto: Ok, Yes, We Were Hacked, And Yes Some SIM Cards May Be Compromised, But Not Because Of Us

yesterdayIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Last week, The Intercept revealed how the NSA and GCHQ had hacked into the major supplier of SIM cards to swipe encryption keys for tons of mobile phones. Earlier this week, we noted that Gemalto appeared to be taking the Lenovo approach to insisting that no one was put at risk. Show More Summary

DailyDirt: Keeping Information For A Really, Really, Really Long Time

yesterdayIndustries / Law : Techdirt

The problem of storing digital data usually involves transferring data from an older format to a newer one -- with the hopes that the newer one won't be replaced as quickly as the older format it just replaced. Maybe some archivistsShow More Summary

Here's 140 Fully-Redacted Pages Explaining How Much Snowden's Leaks Have Harmed The Nation's Security

yesterdayIndustries / Law : Techdirt

If the US intelligence committee is concerned about the status of "hearts and minds" in its ongoing NSA v. Snowden battle, it won't be winning anyone over with its latest response to a FOIA request. Various representatives of the intelligence...Show More Summary

As Blurred Lines Trial Starts, Take A Listen To The Special 'Copyright Only' Remix That Jurors Will Hear

yesterdayIndustries / Law : Techdirt

A few weeks ago, we noted how the copyright case over whether or not Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke violated the copyright of Marvin Gaye with their song "Blurred Lines" was getting interesting, as it started to explore the somewhat blurry lines between what's actually covered by a copyright and what's not. Show More Summary

Verizon At Least Shows It Has A Sense Of Humor About Net Neutrality, Even If It's Incapable Of Respecting It

yesterdayIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Sure, Verizon may be endlessly misleading when it comes to everything from the spectrum crunch to network investment. And when it comes to anti-competitive telecom behavior it wrote the book. Hell, Verizon's even in many ways directly...Show More Summary

FedEx Refuses To Ship Perfectly Legal Milling Machine (Which Can Also Craft Gun Parts), Can't Provide A Coherent Reason Why

yesterdayIndustries / Law : Techdirt

I recently toured a maker space in Burlington, and while I lack the inclination to build amazing contraptions out of Raspberry Pis, soldered metal and imagination myself, there's a Lego-loving corner of my brain that has an endless appreciation for the fusion of technology and creativity aided by modern marvels like 3D printers. Show More Summary

Mandatory Sentencing Guidelines Have Nothing To Do With 'Justice'

yesterdayIndustries / Law : Techdirt

One of the many problems with America's criminal justice system is the use of federally-mandated sentencing guidelines. These policies take a one-size-fits-all approach to sentencing, stripping away the chance of any leniency being applied by the presiding judge. Show More Summary

Should Open Source Intelligence Be Used For Policy Making?

yesterdayIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Last summer, we wrote about the rise of open journalism, whereby people take publicly-available information, typically on social networks, to extract important details that other, more official sources either overlook or try to hide....Show More Summary

Calm Down Reddit: No, Mignon Clyburn Is NOT Trying To Undermine Net Neutrality Rules

yesterdayIndustries / Law : Techdirt

A reminder: you can't always believe what you read on these here interwebs. Yesterday, an article appeared on The Hill which was originally titled "Democratic FCC commissioner balks at net neutrality rules" and claimed that one of the other FCC commissioners was looking to "water down" Tom Wheeler's net neutrality plans. Show More Summary

Current U.S. Patent Practitioner Trends

Guest Post by Zachary Kinnaird, Patent Attorney with International IP Law Group We are currently in the midst of a noticeable downward trend in the number of new patent practitioners each year.  As recently at 2009, nearly 2,000 new patent attorney and agents earned registration numbers, however this has fallen more than 40% in just five years.  […]

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