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Bitcoin: Regulators and States Out Ahead—Will Congress Follow?

Bitcoin, a decentralized digital currency that facilitates quick exchanges of value, has received steady attention from the media and industry stakeholders. Akin to gold, bitcoins are mined using computers to solve...more

U.S.: Draft legislation aimed at prohibiting internet gambling

Over the weekend, a draft of the “Internet Gambling Control Act” surfaced on the internet. This proposed legislation, attributed by industry websites to the Coalition to Stop Internet Gambling, seeks to expand the scope of...more

On The Radar: Government Unmanned Aerial Vehicles And Their Effect On Public Privacy Interests From Fourth Amendment Jurisprudence...

The utility of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) in military operations and border security is well documented. As the technology becomes more affordable and available, domestic law enforcement agencies, other state and federal...more

SOPA Didn’t Die. It Just Became Soft SOPA.

January 2012 saw an explosion of controversy over two Internet-related bills that had been progressing through Congress: the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the House, and the Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic...more

Senate Committee Expands Review Of Virtual Currency Policies

On August 12, Senators Tom Carper (D-DE) and Tom Coburn (R-OK), the leaders of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs, sent a letter to Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano regarding...more

Is Edward Snowden a Whistleblower?  [Video]

June 14 (Bloomberg Law) -- Trevor Timm, writer and activist at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, talks with Bloomberg Law's Lee Pacchia about recent intelligence leaks surrounding the NSA's surveillance of American...more

Global Connection - May 2013: iGaming Update

More than 25 years ago, gaming in the United States faced a conundrum as Indian Tribes and States debated the legality of gambling on tribal lands. The issue culminated in a landmark decision in the United State Supreme...more

Congress Drafts Compounding Legislation -- Defines Compounded Drugs as "New Drugs" Under the FFDCA and Creates Bright Line Between...

In the wake of the New England Compounding Center meningitis outbreak, the federal government has actively pushed for greater legislative oversight over compounding pharmacies. On April 26, 2013, the U.S. Senate Committee on...more

Bills on Use of Mobile-Device-Location Data Reintroduced

Updating our entry on this issue posted during the last Congress, on March 21, 2013, lawmakers in the House and Senate reintroduced companion bills intended to curb government use of mobile users’ geolocation data. The...more

U.S. Responding To Cyber-Espionage: White House Acknowledges Increasing Threat

No longer cut from the cloth of 007’s expensive suits, fast cars or well-mixed drinks, present-day espionage is carried out, to a great extent, through computer screens, proxy servers and spoofed e-mail addresses. Dubbed...more

How to Protect Your Company From Hackers [Video]

March 8 (Bloomberg Law) -- With reports of corporate espionage and hacking on the rise, the US government and private companies need to take steps to prevent the loss of trade secrets and threats to national security says...more

Weekly Brief: Hurricane Sandy, GC Donations, Tweeting Fake News [Video]

Nov. 1 (Bloomberg Law) -- Bloomberg Law's Lee Pacchia runs through the week's most important legal news. Hurricane Sandy ravaged the East Coast of the United States and legal issues are beginning to emerge. Also, General...more

Swing and a Miss: Senator Klobachur’s Foray into Cloud Computing

On September 19, 2012, Senator Klobachur introduced a bill titled “Cloud Computing Act of 2012” (the “Act”) that would amend the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (“CFAA”). Essentially, the intent of the Act is to make it a...more

Week in review - September 2, 2011 -- Our top "4" subjects you should know

In This Issue: 1. Third Frontier Advisory Board discusses focus group findings; 2. Prison, turnpike and economic development privatization updates; 3. House study committees meet; and 4. New House member chosen to...more

Let us tell you how we see this going down: White House publishes cybersecurity legislative proposal

On May 12, 2011, the Obama Administration released its legislative proposal concerning cybersecurity. The proposal comes almost two years after the President identified cyber threats and protecting our digital infrastructure...more

EPIC releases 2010 E-Deceptive Campaign Practices Report

The Electronic Privacy Information Center released the 2010 update to its "E-Deceptive Campaign Practices: Technology and Democracy 2.0" report, first published in 2008. The report reviews the potential for abuse of...more

Sarah Palin Hacker's Conviction Stands for Accessing Her Yahoo Email Account

The college student David C. Kernell who was convicted by a Chattanooga, Tennessee jury of various federal crimes including a violation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (“CFAA”) for accessing Alaska Governor...more

Should a Victim’s Public Figure Status Count in Sentencing?

On April 30, 2010, David Kernell, son of a Democratic Tennessee lawmaker, was found guilty by a federal jury of obstruction of justice and unauthorized access to a computer for hacking into then-Vice Presidential candidate...more

House Financial Services Committee Considers Internet Gambling

Internet gambling has captured the attention of the House Financial Services Committee and its chairman, Congressman Barney Frank of Massachusetts. Currently on the books, but not yet implemented, is the Unlawful Internet...more

Advertising Law Newsletter - August 4, 2009

IN THIS ISSUE: *SPECIAL FOCUS: Tweetstakes Law *Proposed Agency Would Take On Some FTC Functions *FTC Announces Sweeping Anti-Scam Campaign *Cosmetic Surgery Outfit Fined for Fake Reviews *Initial Revenue Bill Lacks...more

Newsletter of the Advertising, Marketing & Media Practice Group of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP

IN THIS ISSUE: *Reminder ? We?ll See You in Chicago on November 20 at the 30th Annual PMA Law Conference *Obama, Democrat Win Could Mean More Ad Rules *After Warning, Starbucks Alters Election Day Promo *Brand Owners...more

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