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US Promoting Mesh Networks; Reporters Misleadingly Think They Somehow Stop Digital Spying

yesterdayIndustries / Law : Techdirt

A recent article in the NY Times talked about how the US State Department is behind a project to build up mesh networks that can be used in countries with authoritarian governments, helping citizens of those places access an internet that is often greatly limited. Show More Summary

Fox Demands Judge Reject 'New Girl' Theft Lawsuit

In response to a lawsuit that asks for an injunction over an allegedly stolen pilot proposal, the defendants say that the two works aren't substantially similar. read more

Supreme Court Discussion In Aereo: At Least The Justices Recognize The Harm They Might Do

yesterdayIndustries / Law : Techdirt

The oral arguments in the Aereo case happened this morning before the Supreme Court and you can read the transcript here (it's still a travesty that there is no live broadcasting (or any video recording at all) of the proceedings, but that's a different argument for a different day). Show More Summary

Non-Sequiturs: 04.22.14

Ready for the ATL Top 50 Law School Rankings? They will be revealed next week on the next episode of Kaplan’s The 180 — Live. [The 180 -- Live / Kaplan] Georgia is now the 31st state with an active marriage equality lawsuit. Justice Scalia now really wants a revolt. Show More Summary

Never Mind Copyright, Justices Can’t Even Figure Out What Aereo Is

Supreme Court justices struggle with how to define a service that uses tiny antennas to stream broadcast TV over the internet.

Paramount Fights Investors' Fraud Lawsuit Over Big Film Slate

The studio says they weren't the source of any misrepresentations over films including "Mean Girls," "The Manchurian Candidate" and "The Stepford Wives." read more

Big Post-Koken Question Of How to Handle "Insurance" At Trial Will Remain Unanswered For Now

yesterdayIndustries / Law : Tort Talk

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has denied the Petition for Appeal in the Post-Koken case of Stepanovich v. McGraw and State Farm. Click HERE to review the Court's Order.Too bad....another opportunity for much-desired appellate guidance...Show More Summary

A Shocking Shooting, Inside A Courthouse

Could what happened yesterday in Salt Lake City happen anywhere?

Aereo at the Supreme Court: Justices Confused by Technology, Wary of Implications

At oral arguments on Tuesday, broadcasters appear to have an edge, but the justices want to know how their ruling would impact others in the tech sector. read more

Affirmative-Action Rulings at the Supreme Court: A Timeline

The Supreme Court ruling Tuesday upholding Michigan's ban on affirmative action represents the latest in a line of decisions addressing policies that take race into account. Here is a timeline of the high court's affirmative-action rulings, beginning with today's.

Is This Political Ad Against A Lawyer The Most Negative Ever?

Some say this ad "sets a new standard for immoral cynicism," for painting a basic constitutional principle as a moral failing.

Revolving Door: MPAA Hires Chief USTR Negotiator Behind ACTA And TPP's IP Chapter

yesterdayIndustries / Law : Techdirt

For the past five years or so, the USTR's chief intellectual property negotiator has been Stan McCoy. McCoy has long positioned himself as an intellectual property maximalist, repeating talking points from lobbyists regularly, while condescending to anyone who questions the legitimacy of those claims. Show More Summary

Pom Wonderful Is Now Submitted, and Courts Continue to Follow It

Yesterday the Supreme Court heard oral argument on the Pom Wonderful case. One thing we’ve learned is that Justice Kennedy doesn’t seem to like Coke’s label for its juice: JUSTICE KENNEDY: Is it part of Coke's narrow position that national uniformity consists of labels that cheat the consumers like this one did? MS. Show More Summary

Qui Tam: Business Travel

Do you work while traveling, or do you luxuriate in the "free" travel billables?

Supreme Court’s Affirmative Action Ruling: An Explainer

Tuesday’s ruling by the Supreme Court on the use of race as a criteria in colleges’ and universities’ admissions policies is the latest blow to affirmative action programs. Here's a look at what happened.

Judges Consider What Defines Insider Trading

A panel of federal appeals-court judges signaled that prosecutors may have taken too broad a view of insider trading, saying there needs to be more a "bright line" for Wall Street about what constitutes a crime. The comments came Tuesday...Show More Summary

Supreme Court Justices Conflicted on Legality of Aereo

Supreme Court justices on Tuesday expressed unease with online-video startup Aereo Inc., but they also voiced concerns about the consequences of ruling for the broadcasters that are challenging the legality of the service.

Copyright Maximalists' Incredible Sense Of Entitlement: If It Challenges The Biz Model We Chose, It Must Be Illegal

yesterdayIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Having followed the copyright industry for so long, I'm often shocked at the incredible sense of entitlement of those who argue strictly for greater and greater copyright powers. One thing we've discussed in the past is that the gatekeepers...Show More Summary

Turkey's Prime Minister Sues His Own Country Over Twitter

yesterdayIndustries / Law : Techdirt

As we've been reporting for nearly a year now, the Turkish prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdo?an, really hates Twitter. Indeed, it is arguably becoming something of an obsession for him, to the point where he has now taken the unprecedented...Show More Summary

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