A federal judge denied a motion to dismiss a defamation case against television court commentator Nancy Grace for her comment about Michael Skakel, whose murder conviction was overturned and who is awaiting retrial, during a…more
An actress’s brief appearance in an anti-Islamic film may be copyrightable, entitling the actress to an injunction requiring Google to remove the film from YouTube, the Ninth Circuit found.
Cindy Garcia was cast in a minor…more
Michael Jordan has scored again—this time at the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals—but it’s no slam dunk.
The appellate court found that a full-page spread by Jewel Food Stores, Inc., in a Sports Illustrated commemorative…more
Beware of a malware computer program that encrypts all of your computer data and holds it for ransom, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and FBI warn.
Called Cryptolocker, the program locks all of a computer’s data. In order…more
Need to talk to your kids about internet use? The Federal Trade Commission has issued an updated guide to help with the conversation.
“Net Cetera: Chatting with Kids About Being Online” provides advice to parents on how to…more
The posting by a news service of a recording and transcript of a call with financial analysts is a “fair use” and not copyright infringement, the Second Circuit found.
Bloomberg L.P., a financial news and data reporting…more
A blogger has the same First Amendment rights as a traditional journalist and to prove defamation for a post, a plaintiff must show some degree of negligence by the blogger, the Ninth Circuit found.
The case involved one of…more
Today’s cars are computers on wheels and are subject to hacking and infection by malware. The legal implications of this technical vulnerability have yet to be adequately addressed, according to the attorneys at Balough Law…more
Some franchisees of Aaron’s, Inc., the rent-to-own retailer, leased computers with programs that spied on their customers with the franchisor’s knowledge and assistance.
Aaron’s, Inc. agreed to a consent decree with the…more
The use at a seminar on internet safety of a picture of a 17-year-old bikini-clad student taken from her Facebook page by a school district technology director did not violate the student’s right to privacy under federal law, a…more
Those insurance company apps that track an individual’s driving habits in exchange for lower rates also can determine the car’s physical location even without global positioning capabilities, a new study finds.
In a win for privacy rights and a setback for Google, the Ninth Circuit agreed that unencrypted Wi-Fi is protected from outside snooping under the federal Wiretap Act.
When Google sent vehicles out to take pictures for its…more
A publicly accessible website may selectively block users from using the website, and attempts by a blocked user to access the site may be a violation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA).
A federal district court ruled…more
Banning two middle-school students from wearing bracelets with the slogan “I [love] boobies! (KEEP A BREAST)” in school violates the students’ right to free speech, a divided en banc panel of the Third Circuit found.
The U.S. government can get historical cell phone records, including geolocational information, from cell phone providers without a warrant, the Fifth District Court of Appeals ruled.
The appellate court reversed the trial…more
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