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Train Simulator 2016 And How We've Reached The Crest Of The Dumb DLC Wave

yesterdayIndustries / Law : Techdirt

We only occasionally talk about video game DLC, or downloadable content, here at Techdirt. When digital distribution became a thing some years back, game makers came up with DLC as a way to achieve several goals: extend the shelf-life of games, make games more saleable through the promise of extra content, and, of course, make more money. Show More Summary

Patent Market Tracker

John Martin and his team at Innography have released their bi-annual update on the patent market. LINK. Their primary finding: Alice v. CLS Bank “hasn’t affected the volume of US patent sales, which continues its roughly 10% per year increase over the last several years.”  The short report hits a number of highlights, including recent deals […]

DailyDirt: Storing Digital Bits In More Ways

yesterdayIndustries / Law : Techdirt

"Lots of copies keeps stuff safe" is an archivist mantra for preserving data for a long, long time. It certainly looks like there's no end to the development of data storage. We have magnetic tape (multiple varieties), CDs, DVDs, Blu-ray, HD-DVDs, hard drives, solid state drives and the list goes on and on. Show More Summary

Motherboard's Version Of 'Valuing Discussion' Involves No Longer Letting You Comment

yesterdayIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Add Motherboard to the quickly growing list of news websites killing their comment section because they're so breathlessly in love with reader interaction and visitor conversation. Like The Verge, Recode, Popular Science, The Daily Beast...Show More Summary

Maryland Law Student Says Something Insensitive On Facebook, Starts Firestorm

I'm not even sure what she said, but people are taking Facebook very seriously.

Court Hands Loss To Doctor Who Sued Over Blog Posts Criticizing His Questionable Alzheimer's Treatments

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Another bullshit lawsuit seeking to suppress critical speech has resulted in a loss for the plaintiff. Last year, Dr. Edward Tobinick sued Yale physician Steven Novella over a blog post Novella had written that questioned and criticized Tobinick's off-label use of immune-suppressing drugs to treat… Alzheimer's patients. Show More Summary

Conn. High Court: Private and Public Workers Have Broad Speech Rights

Ruling in favor of a former UBS AG employee, Connecticut’s highest court said Monday that public and private employees in the state are shielded by speech rights more expansive than the First Amendment.

Non-Sequiturs: 10.05.15

The method for securing drunk driving convictions is coming under fire. I'm not as think as you drunk I am officer. [Times Union] Hillary Clinton is bringing back the issue of liability for gun manufacturers. [Overlawyered] The bar exam-pocalypse continues. Show More Summary

Another Decision Applying Bartlett Preemption to All Drugs

Just last month we collected all the favorable precedent applying impossibility preemption under Mutual Pharmaceutical Co. v. Bartlett, 133 S. Ct. 2466 (2013), to innovator drugs – although the precise subject of that post was preemption of design defect claims involving §510(k) medical devices. Show More Summary

Sexytime For Testimony? Seems Like A Good Deal

Would you testify if it meant getting a much needed romantic liaison with your beloved?

Patent Owner Insists 'Integers' Do Not Include The Number One

yesterdayIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Patent trolls are a tax on innovation. The classic troll model doesn't include transferring technology to create new products. Rather, trolls identify operating companies and demand payment for what companies are already doing. DataShow More Summary

This Is Your Brain On Drug War Rhetoric

Today's anti-cannabis ad campaigns feel like the last vestige of a rapidly shrinking subset of society that wants to keep cannabis criminalized.

Cyber Privacy: Who Owns Your Information?

What are some easy steps that you can take to protect your privacy online?

Revenge Of The Roberts Court

If you are a liberal, this SCOTUS term is not going to be good.

The Stagnation Of eBooks Due To Closed Platforms And DRM

yesterdayIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Craig Mod has a fascinating article for Aeon, talking about the unfortunate stagnation in digital books. He spent years reading books almost exclusively in ebook form, but has gradually moved back to physical books, and the article is...Show More Summary

Hillary Clinton and gunmaker liability

Remarks by presidential candidate Hillary Clinton have brought an old topic of mine — gunmaker liability, and the 2005 Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act — back into the news [Brian Doherty, Reason] I last wrote about it in this...Show More Summary

Berkeley Law Segregates Its Black Students ... Really?

It seems inconceivable that Berkeley Law administrators did't see this coming: the school's current arrangement of students looks like a form of segregation. Law schools routinely break the incoming students into smaller sections, which Boalt calls "mods." It's standard practice that mods take 1L classes together. But Berkeley's current......

8 Tips for Cross-Border Discovery and International Privacy Laws

Many of us are perfectly happy to practice in a limited geographic area. But, given the increasingly interconnected nature of today's world (the Internet, cheap airfare, free trade), it's not uncommon for attorneys to be faced with cross-border issues. We're not talking state lines here. This is international. Cross-border......

'Good Cause' Standard Not Needed to Amend Complaints

It's always nice when a panel of judges rule unanimously on a particular issue -- thereby creating the much sought after "bright-line" rule. The three-judge panel of the First Circuit ruled that Massachusetts Judge Richard Stearns erred in applying the "good cause" standard when purported whistleblower, Jeffrey D'Agostino, sought......

Mandatory Retirement for Lawyers: How Old Is Too Old to Practice?

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the oldest Justice on the Supreme Court, will turn 83 next March. Antonin Scalia, her BFF, will hit 80 just four days before. (They're both Pisces!) If they were practicing in many Big Law firms, both would have faced mandatory retirement policies years before. Sorry, Ruth......

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