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December 18 roundup

Michael Greve reviews new James Buckley book offering critique of fake (“cooperative”) federalism under aid-to-state programs [Liberty and Law; Chris Edwards/Cato on Buckley book, more] Cuban expatriates will now have access to US banking services. Show More Summary

Film Academy Sues Family Of Oscar Winner For Selling Trophy On Ebay

yesterdayIndustries / Law : Techdirt

The Motion Picture Academy is notorious for being quite litigious, particularly when it comes to anything to do with the Oscars. Hell, even websites essentially promoting the Oscars get sued by the Academy, because why the hell not? And don't you dare try to sell your tickets to the Oscars on the secondary market. Show More Summary

Iowa Innovation, Business & Law Center

By Jason Rantanen As most of you know, I am an associate professor of law at the University of Iowa College of Law, in Iowa City, Iowa.  One of my initiatives this past semester was a relaunch of the Iowa Innovation, Business & Law Center’s website. The IBLC is a joint faculty venture that focuses […]

DailyDirt: Fooling Your Senses

2 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Visual illusions can be fun to observe, and there are countless examples that trick human perception into seeing things that aren't real. However, other senses can also be fooled. As computer interfaces try to engage more senses (eg....Show More Summary

Google Moves End-To-End Email Encryption Project To GitHub

2 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Back in June we wrote about Google's "End-to-End" project to enable full (real) end-to-end encryption in email via a Chrome extension. For years now, we've been among those arguing that Google should actually offer end-to-end encryption by default (which would make the company unable to read your emails). Show More Summary

Bizarre Fight Commences Over Who 'Won' Latest Net Neutrality Comment Round

2 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Back in October, we pointed out the pointlessness of focusing on who sent more comments to the FCC over net neutrality, as there appeared to be a whole lot of astroturfing and misleading tactics being used to ratchet up the counts. That...Show More Summary

Associate Bonus Watch: A Potpourri Of Payment Scales

Bonus reports from several different law firms -- mostly good news.

New York’s Fracking Ban May Spawn Litigation — Or Maybe Just Despair

New York's fracking ban might give landowners and leaseholders an opportunity to sue over the property they've lost.

Non-Sequiturs: 12.17.14

Rudolph sues for discrimination. This is why you should always let guys play in your reindeer games. [Bolek Besser Glesius LLC] Congressional gridlock may call off... the Super Bowl? At least the Bears have other things to worry about than planning for the post-season. Show More Summary

Jury Says Apple DRM Not An Antitrust Violation

2 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

We've written a few times about the long-standing class action lawsuit against Apple over whether its DRM efforts, designed to block out RealNetworks' attempt to reverse engineer a way into the iPod, violated antitrust law. As we noted...Show More Summary Know Thyself, Corporate Counsel, and Know Thy Spend

A lawyer who has really done it all and has some important advice for in-house lawyers.

IBM’s Outgoing General Counsel Looks Back at the Future

Robert C. Weber, whose nine-year tenure at IBM as general counsel comes to a close this year, said in an exit interview with Law Blog that the major "disrupters" in the legal profession will be technological.

The 12 Awesome Law Blogs Of 2014

As 2014 wraps up, we thought we'd share some of our favorite legal blogs of the year.

DOJ Secretly Helped Kill FOIA Transparency Bill That Was Based On Its Own Public Policy

2 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

We've long known the Justice Department's stance on transparency has been hypocritical and disingenuous. But they've really outdone themselves this time. Last week, the agency secretly helped kill a bipartisan Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) reform bill that was based word-for-word on its own policy. Show More Summary

Justices Scalia and Kagan Duck Washington for Hunting Getaway

They may be ideological foes on the bench, but this week, in the chilly late-autumn wilderness of north Mississippi, Justices Elena Kagan and Antonin Scalia were simply hunting buddies.

Rainbows, Lollipops, And Unicorns: The Life Of A Personal Injury Plaintiff

In reality, virtually nothing about being a personal-injury plaintiff is easy.

An Outsider’s Perspective: A Review Of David Lat’s Supreme Ambitions

Why should someone who will have a hard time relating to the duties of a federal law clerk read Supreme Ambitions?

Have The Courts Done Enough To Stop Patent Trolling?

2 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

As we've noted recently, a series of Supreme Court decisions over the past decade, culminating in the big Alice v. CLS Bank ruling in July, has clearly put a serious crimp on the patent trolling business. Vague, broad, dangerous patents...Show More Summary

Mom Calls C-SPAN Show to Tell Her Sons to Get Along

Connection to the law: tenuous. But too good not to mention. The set-up: two brothers, one Republican, one Democrat, were on C-SPAN's "Washington Journal" show yesterday, talking (and of course arguing) about bipartisanship. This show...Show More Summary

Hollywood Docket: Iggy Azalea's Ex; Twitter's Celebrities; Kanye West's 'Gold Digger'

Former boyfriends, dead celebrities and widows: A roundup of entertainment law developments read more

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