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Digital Democracy: The Future of Voting

In the wake of the most intensely anticipated?—?and certainly the most Tweeted and meme-ified?—?presidential debate in history, I spoke on a panel last week on election and voting tech at the New York County Lawyers...more

Ninth Circuit Retcons Its “Dancing Baby” Fair-Use Decision and Creates More Confusion

Apparently, George Lucas is not the only party in California who can edit his own work after release in order to change aspects he does not like. While perhaps not as culturally significant as changing “Star Wars: A New Hope”...more

Making the Creative Commons Smarter

Two weeks ago at the terrific inaugural RightsTech Summit, a wide range of very knowledgeable people came together to discuss the current state of digital rights management, and more importantly, the direction that new...more

[Event] Blockchain Beyond: How Distributed Ledgers Will Transform Media, Entertainment, Advertising, e-Commerce, the loT and More...

Over the past two years, lightning has struck the financial industry in the form of a new technology: the blockchain. The industry has both been disrupted as well as energized by this technology, which has been called the...more

The Wild, Distributed World: Get Ready for Radical Infrastructure Changes, From Blockchains to the Interplanetary File System to...

Every so often—and more frequently now than ever before—we are treated to a deluge of media stories telling us why some new technology will change our lives. Recently, the thundering drumbeat of technology topics has included...more

Copyright’s “Double Spend” Problem: Digital First Sales

For those interested in the evolution of digital currencies, I highly recommend Steven Levy’s “E-Money (It’s What I Want)” article from Wired way back in December 1994. It’s a great read, and presages many current...more

Ninth Circuit Retcons Its “Dancing Baby” Fair Use Decision and Creates More Confusion

Apparently, George Lucas is not the only party in California who can edit his own work after release in order to change aspects he does not like. While perhaps not as culturally significant as changing Star Wars: A New Hope...more

Could a Blockchain-Based Registry Ever Replace the Copyright Office?

Blockchain technology opens up the possibility for a provider to offer an immutable registry of transactions, held on a decentralized network of computers. While financial applications continue to dominate the blockchain...more

Another Page in the Google Books Saga: Appeals Court Blesses Mass Digitization Project as Fair Use

Those of us of a certain age (read: old) still recall standing in line at the bank of copy machines in the school library, quarters in hand, waiting to copy a few pages of a key piece of research found in the stacks. Those...more

The Dancing Baby Grooves to Mixed Victory in the 9th Circuit: Court Holds that DMCA Takedown Notices Require Consideration of Fair...

Behind the scenes of the Internet’s current swirl of memes, mashups and other viral content is a massive system of takedown notices and counternotices passing back and forth between content owners, web hosts and users,...more

Another Page in the Google Books Saga: Appeals Court Blesses Mass Digitization Project as Fair Use

Those of us of a certain age (read: old) still recall standing in line at the bank of copy machines in the school library, quarters in hand, waiting to copy a few pages of a key piece of research found in the stacks. Those...more

The Dancing Baby Grooves to Mixed Victory in the Ninth Circuit: Court Holds That DMCA Takedown Notices Require Consideration of...

Behind the scenes of the Internet’s current swirl of memes, mash-ups, and other viral content is a massive system of takedown notices and counter-notices passing back and forth between content owners, web hosts, and users,...more

Wake-Up Call: Second Circuit Declares NSA’s Mass Telephone Surveillance Program Illegal; Defers Injunction While Congress Ponders...

Whatever your opinion of Edward Snowden, the shockwaves from his leaks of classified material continue to roil all three branches of the federal government. The latest wave broke last week when the United States Court of...more

The Big Picture: Aereo Held to Violate Public Performance Right

In a 6-3 decision written by Justice Breyer, the Supreme Court today ruled that Aereo’s internet television service infringes broadcasters’ exclusive rights to publicly perform their works. Despite the potentially broad...more

How Much Of The Virtual World Does Google Already Own?

For many of us, the term virtual reality conjures images from popular culture, such as the gleaming techno-world in the Tron films or the hyper-realistic environment in The Matrix and its sequels. Or it may make us think of...more

5/28/2014  /  Google , Internet , Virtual Goods

What’s in a Structure? Google Loses Bid to Have Java Interfaces Deemed Unprotectable, as Federal Circuit Reaffirms Copyright...

The intersection of copyright and patent law is of great interest to anyone who seeks to develop or use creative works that are also functional, in particular developers of software, which by its very nature is functional. In...more

Should Have Stayed on The Farm(ville): Class Action Plaintiffs' ECPA Claims Put Out to Pasture

Ah, to be a class action plaintiff these days. One day you’re up, plowing through the Northern District of California on expansive theories of injury, the next you’re down, upended like a top-heavy apple cart by a failure to...more

Part III: Has Congress Spoken and Does It Really Matter? The Wyndham Worldwide Case and the Expanding Power of the FTC to Police...

In the first and second parts of this series, we provided a summary of the District Court of New Jersey’s recent decision in FTC v. Wyndham Worldwide Corp. and then focused on whether the FTC has given “fair notice” to...more

4/18/2014  /  Data Protection , FTC , Jurisdiction , Wyndham

Part II: Fair Notice or No Notice? The Wyndham Worldwide Case and the Expanding Power of the FTC to Police Data Security

In our first blog in this series, we provided a summary of the District Court of New Jersey’s recent decision in FTC v. Wyndham Worldwide Corp., in which Judge Salas confirmed the FTC’s authority to bring enforcement actions...more

4/14/2014  /  Data Protection , FDA , FTC , Jurisdiction , Wyndham

Part I: The Elephant Emerges From the Mousehole: The Wyndham Worldwide Case and the Expanding Power of the FTC to Police Data...

In support of its motion to dismiss the FTC’s complaint alleging data security deficiencies in violation of Section 5 of the FTC Act, Wyndham Worldwide Corporation cited the Supreme Court’s opinion in Whitman v. American...more

Social Networking for Jerks: FTC Goes After Site for Scraping Facebook Content

In the 1979 Carl Reiner film The Jerk, a new phonebook is delivered and Steve Martin, playing the title character, rejoices that “I'm somebody now! Millions of people look at this book every day! This is the kind of...more

SCOTUS Clears District Court Jam Over Test for Standing in False Advertising Cases

Printing has not been this interesting since Dwight Schrute and Jim Halpert bickered over paper sales and Michael Scott told off-color jokes in “The Office.” Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court stepped into the laser...more

The Curious Case of Sherlock Holmes’ Copyright

When last we saw Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes, in the second season of the BBC series “Sherlock” in 2012, Holmes had apparently died in a fall from a hospital roof in an episode entitled “The Reichenbach Fall.” The...more

The Twelve Days of Surveillance

It seems like a new revelation about mass surveillance by the U.S. government and our allies occurs on an almost daily basis, each one more astounding than the last. Don’t be surprised if those jingling bells you hear on your...more

It's Not Just the NSA: Your Keyboard Knows Who You Are, Too

In 1891, Arthur Conan-Doyle wrote a Sherlock Holmes short story entitled “A Case of Identity”. In it, he solves a mystery in part by determining that several different letters were all typed on the same typewriter: "It...more

11/25/2013  /  Metadata , NSA , Surveillance
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