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24 Nov 2018, 9:00 pm by Tom Smith
It's football season again, which means some significant portion of America is routinely spending some significant chunk of its weekends watching some significant portion of male college students give some significant portion of each other irreparable brain damage. [read post]
22 Nov 2018, 8:54 am by Walter Olson
Ciaramella, Reason; Tim Cushing, Techdirt, and earlier from our long-running coverage of Philadelphia’s remarkable and outrageous forfeiture practices. [read post]
21 Nov 2018, 2:55 am by Walter Olson
“A Decade After Realizing It Can’t Threaten A Critic Online, UCLA Returns To Threaten A Critic Online” [Mike Masnick, TechDirt; Adam Steinbaugh, FIRE] “D.C. [read post]
16 Nov 2018, 2:37 pm by Allan Blutstein
If You Want The Government To Hand Over Documents, You Might Want To Retain A Lawyerfrom the get-busy-suing-or-get-busy-waiting deptBy Tim Cushing, Techdirt, Nov. 16, 2018Fifty years after the passage of the Freedom of Information Act, the letter of the law lives on but its spirit has been crushed. [read post]
14 Nov 2018, 3:01 am by Walter Olson
Circuit] “Please conduct yourself accordingly”: Matthew Whitaker letter to man who complained about World Patent Marketing, on whose advisory board Whitaker sat [Mike Masnick, TechDirt] Upholding FCPA prison term, Third Circuit rejects businessman’s argument that bribery deal helped pull population out of poverty in remote part of Siberia [Matt Miller, PennLive] Sidetracking a decision on the cy pres merits? [read post]
7 Nov 2018, 2:56 am by Walter Olson
Main reasons: 1) Small states get rounded up or down; 2) demographics change in existing districts over 10-year Census cycle especially where new housing is being built [Hristina Byrnes, 24/7 Wall Street, I’m quoted] “‘Outrageously excessive’ requests for attorney fees can be altogether denied, 3rd Circuit says” [ABA Journal] Prenda copyright troll Paul Hansmeier, who also did mass ADA filings, pleads guilty to fraud and money laundering charges [Dan Browning,… [read post]
24 Oct 2018, 4:54 pm by Howard Bashman
In other coverage of that ruling, at the “Techdirt” blog, Mike Masnick has a post titled “Appeals Court Says Of Course Georgia’s Laws (Including Annotations) Are Not Protected By Copyright And Free To Share. [read post]
24 Oct 2018, 4:01 am by SHG
But as Karl Bode notes at Techdirt, there is another school of thought reflected by Columbia J-prof Jay Rosen. [read post]
23 Oct 2018, 3:17 am by SHG
But then Cathy Gellis at Techdirt took aim at Elliot for suing Donegan, as well as the anonymous people whose accusations appeared on her list, using a rather provocative title:  Shitty Man Shows How Shitty Men Can Shit On Free Speech By Suing Over The Shitty Media Men List from the shitty-lawsuits dept Aside from the question of whether Elliot deserves as many “shitties” as he received, there was the technical problem of his trying to ascertain who wrote the… [read post]
21 Oct 2018, 3:38 pm by Sabrina I. Pacifici
techdirt: “The 11th Circuit appeals court has just overturned a lower court ruling and said that Georgia’s laws, including annotations, are not covered by copyright, and it is not infringing to post them online. [read post]
10 Oct 2018, 2:58 am by Walter Olson
“Heisman Trophy People Sue HeismanWatch For Using Images Of The Trophy And Stating Its Name” [Timothy Geigner, TechDirt] At elite law schools, the days when a centrist liberal like Elena Kagan could offer a welcome to Federalist Society types are fast drawing to a close, writes Reihan Salam [The Atlantic] Being able to link to federal court cases and legal materials would be huge: legislation from Rep. [read post]
1 Oct 2018, 2:58 am by Walter Olson
” Federalist Society Policy Brief video with Josh Blackman, earlier here and here; Roy Moore sues comedian Sacha Baron Cohen for defamation, Ken from Popehat not expecting suit to prevail [thread] “Billionaire Steve Wynn, Who Once Tried To Kill Nevada’s Anti-SLAPP Law, Loses Defamation Case Under That Law” [Mike Masnick, TechDirt] Tags: Facebook, libel slander and defamation, Louisiana, Netherlands, police, Twitter [read post]
28 Sep 2018, 3:08 am by Walter Olson
Mike Masnick, TechDirt: [J]ust after Twitter and Facebook appeared before Congress, the DOJ released a statement saying that it was investigating whether or not actions by the big internet companies was “intentionally stifling the free exchange of ideas. [read post]
25 Sep 2018, 3:02 am by Walter Olson
Time for reform [Jonathan Blanks, Cato] “NYC has shelled out $384M in 5 years to settle NYPD suits” [Yoav Gonen, Julia Marsh and Bruce Golding, New York Post] “Federal Judge Breaks Up Albuquerque’s Car Theft Ring” [Jacob Sullum, Reason on forfeiture ruling; Tim Cushing, TechDirt; Ilya Somin on legal implications] Class-action suit challenges civil forfeitures [George Hunter, Detroit News; C.J. [read post]
23 Sep 2018, 3:58 am by SHG
Tim Cushing performs yeoman’s service at Techdirt, making sense of the ridiculously convoluted sequence of events leading to this train wreck of a scenario. [read post]
19 Sep 2018, 3:02 am by Walter Olson
Adams County Recorder] Trademark-go-round: “Monster Energy Loses Trademark Opposition With Monsta Pizza In The UK” [Timothy Geigner, TechDirt] “Disney Gets Early Loss In Trademark, Copyright Suit Against Unlicensed Birthday Party Characters” [same] “Two Georgia Sausage Companies Battle Over Trademarked Logos That Aren’t Particularly Similar” [same] Tags: fair housing, free trade, NYC, surveillance, trademarks [read post]
14 Sep 2018, 10:29 am by David Ruiz
” Months later, Techdirt founder Mike Masnick was hit with a $15 million libel lawsuit. [read post]
11 Sep 2018, 2:29 pm by Mateusz Rachubka
TorrentFreak reports that “the USTR initially told reporters that it was indeed the plan to extend the copyright term to life plus 75 years, but according to Techdirt, this was later changed to a 75-year floor”. [read post]