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26 Dec 2016, 9:15 pm by Walter Olson
If not closely, then at least distantly related: “Ridiculous German Court Ruling Means Linking Online Is Now A Liability” [Mike Masnick, TechDirt] Tags: Facebook, free speech, Germany, online speech, social media, Twitter Germany mulls crackdown on social media speech is a post from Overlawyered - Chronicling the high cost of our legal system [read post]
26 Dec 2016, 5:30 am by SHG
It wasn’t that Mike Masnick’s observation at Techdirt was prescient, as much as he followed the dominoes. [read post]
26 Dec 2016, 4:30 am by Ben
2016 - it's been another frantic copyright year - and buzz words and themes for the twelve months included 'the value gap' between the content industries and the technology giants, linking, that 'new public', fair use, 'transformative' art, and the ongoing reform of copyright laws - in Europe, and in particular reforms to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act in the USA. [read post]
23 Dec 2016, 8:29 am by Ron Coleman
 | LIKELIHOOD OF CONFUSION® #INTADC RT @techdirt: Perfect 10 Case Against Google Dismissed (With Prejudice) After Court Asks Perfect 10 To Open Its Books Getting your brand into the dictionary is good? [read post]
22 Dec 2016, 3:05 am by Walter Olson
Nadine Strossen, David Forte, Michael McConnell, and David Rabban, moderated by Judge Carlos Bea; Sad day for liberal Netherlands tradition of free political opinion [CNN on conviction of Geert Wilders, leader of prominent political party] More Euro speech-throttling: France mulls ban on anti-abortion websites (only) that “mislead” or “manipulate” [Guardian] Judge grants motions to dismiss, and to strike as SLAPP, the suit in California demanding “R” ratings… [read post]
17 Dec 2016, 1:40 pm
" Mike Masnick of Techdirt has a post titled "Team Prenda Finally Goes To Jail: Hansmeier & Steele Indicted & Arrested. [read post]
14 Dec 2016, 6:27 am by Eugene Volokh
Companies and people seem to be trying to hide online materials that criticize them — and that includes material in professional publications, such as the New York Daily News, TV station websites, Gizmodo and the like. [read post]
12 Dec 2016, 12:27 pm by Elliot Harmon
As Mike Masnick points out in Techdirt, NMA’s memo is particularly ironic in light of President-elect Trump’s troubled relationship with the news media. [read post]
8 Dec 2016, 11:57 am by Dennis Crouch
  [Copyright-Reform.pdf] Mike Masnik (Techdirt) writes: Congress Proposes First Stages Of Copyright Reform, And It’s Not Good. [read post]
7 Dec 2016, 4:09 am by Edith Roberts
Commentary comes from Mike Masnick at Techdirt, who remarks that “in unfortunately typical fashion, the Supreme Court punts on some of the bigger questions — including what is the proper “article of manufacture” here in this case,” and Noah Feldman at Bloomberg, who maintains that the court’s “approach garnered unanimity at the expense of logical clarity. [read post]
3 Dec 2016, 5:19 am by SHG
Tim Cushing at Techdirt writes that the ACLU of Massachusetts, with the help of the Samuelson Law, Technology & Public Policy Clinic at Berkeley Law School (known to us old guys as Boalt Hall), produced a report with the earth-shattering novel idea that there should be a jury instruction to address it. [read post]
23 Nov 2016, 4:06 am by Walter Olson
Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales speaks at Cato about standing up to Chinese censors, Friedrich Hayek’s influence on the encyclopedia’s design, and legislative ignorance [video via David Boaz post, related] Unlikelihood of confusion: NJ’s Garden State Parkway sends cease and desist over winery logo [Timothy Geigner, TechDirt] Occupational licensing rules make it hard to move from state to state [Eric Boehm, related Ilya Somin/USA Today and podcast] Lawyers who sued… [read post]
18 Nov 2016, 1:40 pm by Kevin
As Tim Cushing of Techdirt put it, “the police—faced with a possible suicide intervention—did what [some] police do best: turned a neighborhood into a war zone and an ‘intervention’ into a standoff where the police were the only willing participants,” and violated the Fourth Amendment in the course of hassling a guy who made the mistake of calling someone for help. [read post]
15 Nov 2016, 2:57 am by Walter Olson
In latest of string of courtroom losses for media, Raleigh News & Observer hit with nearly $6 million libel verdict [Corey Hutchins, CJR] Profile of Charles Harder, newly prominent attorney in suits against media [Hollywood Reporter] Following coverage of taco trademark dispute, lawyer demands takedown of image on news story [TechDirt] “California Supreme Court will decide: Can court order Yelp to take down defendant’s post, though Yelp wasn’t even a party to the… [read post]
7 Nov 2016, 3:04 am by Walter Olson
USDA orders school districts to forbid marketing of so-called competitive foods, which might raise a First Amendment question or two [Washington Legal Foundation] Watch those median spurs: “Texas Rangers Oppose Bacardi’s Logo For Green Tea Spirit Because Of The ‘T'” [Timothy Geigner, TechDirt] Surely a clever parody, no? [read post]
31 Oct 2016, 4:58 am by SHG
 At Volokh Conspiracy, Orin Kerr takes on the Fourth Amendment search issues, which Tim Cushing at Techdirt calls “thorough. [read post]
26 Oct 2016, 3:05 am by Walter Olson
[TechDirt] Tags: Kamala Harris, Mexico, online speech, Pennsylvania, politics, regulation and its reform October 26 roundup is a post from Overlawyered - Chronicling the high cost of our legal system [read post]
12 Oct 2016, 3:13 am by Walter Olson
., sometimes known in this space as America’s Most Irresponsible Public Figure, has taken job with personal injury firm Morgan & Morgan, known for billboards and TV ads [Daily Mail] “The Coming Copyright Fight Over Viral News Videos, Such As Police Shootings” [Mike Masnick, TechDirt] Tags: autos, NYC, Robert F. [read post]
5 Oct 2016, 2:45 am by Kevin
As Mike Masnick explains at Techdirt, there is a lot we still don’t know about this (it’s classified, and you’re only a citizen), but “[a]t the very least this seems like yet another example of totally secretive rulemaking by the US government on what surveillance capabilities are legal, without any public review or adversarial process designed to make sure that civil liberties are protected. [read post]
30 Sep 2016, 3:00 am by Walter Olson
-based Daily Mail is filed in Maryland, also names obscure blogger from that state [Mike Masnick, TechDirt] Tale of ginned-up out-of-state defamation lawsuit meant to aid in “reputation management” takedowns gets even weirder [Paul Alan Levy, earlier] University of Tennessee, a public institution, cites First Amendment in dropping probe of Prof. [read post]