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
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 […]
"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
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
I'm not even sure what she said, but people are taking Facebook very seriously.
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
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.
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
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
Would you testify if it meant getting a much needed romantic liaison with your beloved?
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
Today's anti-cannabis ad campaigns feel like the last vestige of a rapidly shrinking subset of society that wants to keep cannabis criminalized.
What are some easy steps that you can take to protect your privacy online?
If you are a liberal, this SCOTUS term is not going to be good.
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
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
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......
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......
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......
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......