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This Week In Techdirt History: February 11th - 17th

3 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Five Years Ago This week in 2013, Register of Copyrights Maria Pallante was praising the pervasiveness of copyright restrictions, while two former holders of the office were complaining about fair use in universities; music publishers...Show More Summary

A Preview of a Union-Busting Case, and RBG’s Greatest Hits Tour

To listen to this episode of Amicus, use the player below: In this week’s episode, Professor Leah Litman joins Dahlia Lithwick to tune into Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s comments on #MeToo and due process. And for a full background check on the sexy-sounding Janus v. Show More Summary

Colleges and anonymous chat

The Yik Yak app is gone, but it leaves behind an important pending Fourth Circuit case on the First Amendment limits of Title IX [Ilya Shapiro on Cato amicus brief in Feminist Majority Foundation v. University of Mary Washington] Tags: First Amendment, Title IX Colleges and anonymous chat is a post from Overlawyered - Chronicling the high cost of our legal system

When speaking of rights

When speaking of rights, note that the word “right” “means many things, and has long meant many things.” A statement such as “Governments do not have rights, only individuals have rights” might cohere and be worth discussion as an claim...Show More Summary

It’s Going to Be Much, Much Harder for Trump to Fire Rod Rosenstein Now

On Friday, the Department of Justice detonated a legal bombshell, announcing the indictment of 13 Russian nationals and three Russian companies accused of interfering in the 2016 presidential election. It was just as fascinating to watch who was doing the detonating. Show More Summary

A New Idea About How to Stop School Shootings

On Wednesday, as the nation grieved one of the worst school shootings in American history, journalists republished old articles that had been written about previous mass shootings in American history. Elected officials, too, recycled...Show More Summary

Appeals Court: Handcuffing A Compliant Ten-Year-Old Is Unreasonable But Deputy Had No Way Of Knowing That

4 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Time and time again, courts remind officers of the law don't actually have to know the law to enforce the law. Yes, that's how it all works out for citizens, who are just as frequently reminded ignorance of the law is no excuse. This...Show More Summary

One Down: Instagram Caves To Russian Censorship As All Eyes Turn To YouTube

4 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

We had just been talking about Instagram and YouTube facing site blocks in Russia all because a billionaire didn't like his dirty laundry exposed online. For brief background, a noted Russian dissident, Alexy Navalny, had published photos...Show More Summary

Trump's CNN Beef Isn't a 'Get Out of Jail Free Card' for AT&T, DOJ Tells Judge

"Look, the president is unhappy with CNN. We don't dispute that. But AT&T wants to turn that into a get out of jail free card," a U.S. Justice Department told a Washington judge Friday in court.       

This Labor Board Case Could Carry Broad Implications for Gig Economy

A federal labor case involving worker classification at an Indiana medical supply delivery company could have broader implications for the on-demand economy, as the National Labor Relations Board looks for input from the business community and labor advocates.       

All The Things Happened Today — See Also

Ed. note : Above the Law will be off on Monday... which is great, because this world is freaking gross and I'm looking forward to ignoring it for the next three days. JOHN QUINN HITS REPLY ALL AND MAKES THE MISTAKE OF TELLING THE TRUTH:...Show More Summary

A Woman’s Place Is At The Supreme Court

Women couldn't always appear before the Supreme Court.

DOJ Russia Indictment Again Highlights Why Internet Companies Can't Just Wave A Magic Wand To Make Bad Stuff Go Away

4 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

As you've certainly heard by now, earlier today the Justice Department announced that it had indicted thirteen Russian individuals and three Russian organizations for various crimes related to trying to influence the US election. You should read the full indictment if you haven't already. Show More Summary

Announcing An Award For Lawyers

An opportunity to receive well-deserved recognition.

WIPIP concurrent 3 (most of it)

4 days agoIndustries / Law : 43(B)log

Annemarie Bridy, Fearless Girl Meets Charging Bull: Copyright and the Regulation of Intertextuality DiModica (who made Charging Bull) complained that Fearless Girl’s placement created an unauthorized derivative work and violated VARA...Show More Summary

The U.S. Intel Community's Demonization of Huawei Remains Highly Hypocritical

4 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

We've noted for some time how Chinese hardware vendor Huawei has been consistently accused of spying on American citizens without any substantive, public evidence. You might recall that these accusations flared up several years ago, resulting in numerous investigations that culminated in no hard evidence whatsoever to support the allegations. Show More Summary

From The Career Files: How To Be A Legal Buddha (Or Finding Calm In Uncertain Times)

Most lawyers would probably admit that not only are the times 'a-changin,' but chaos is trying to take the upper hand.

3 Things You Can Learn From Bad Clients

'I just need some quick advice' -- famous first words from that time-wasting, non-paying client. Not to be harsh, but if someone starts with that line, your "no-pay-radar" should beep or something. Sure, you should give "quick advice" when appropriate, but if you make it a habit you will......

Settlement Offers Are Misleading in Time-Barred Debt Collection

One wrong word can make a big difference when a debt collector comes calling. No, it's not a four-letter word. (Debt collectors can be aggressive.) The word is "settlement." A company broke the law when it offered a settlement on a time-barred debt, a federal appeals court said. In Tatis......

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