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2 Oct 2019, 2:59 am by Walter Olson
” Take for example the Ninth Circuit [Cathy Gellis, TechDirt] New book (not seen by me) by Bruce Cannon Gibney, The Nonsense Factory: The Making and Breaking of the American Legal System, draws a favorable review from Tyler Cowen and a less favorable one from Mark Pulliam; The loophole that lets 3.1 million persons — even millionaires — collect SNAP benefits even though they wouldn’t otherwise meet eligibility standards, and why some state agencies are fine with… [read post]
30 Sep 2019, 2:58 am by Walter Olson
Though ruled unconstitutional a half century ago, Louisiana’s criminal defamation law has remained on the books and could still cause you grief, especially if a sheriff’s office thinks you’ve defamed it [Sara Pagones and Katie Moore, NOLA.com] Certiorari petition filed asking Supreme Court to stop climatologist Michael Mann’s lawsuit against National Review [NR, earlier] Latest sassy response to a cease-and-desist demand (language) [Mike Masnick, TechDirt;… [read post]
25 Sep 2019, 3:01 am by Walter Olson
“Small claims court for copyright” idea, now moving rapidly through Congress, could create a new business model for troll claimants [Mike Masnick, TechDirt; EFF on CASE Act] “If Boston is weirdly NOT full of good restaurant/bar/cafes for its size, and if people don’t want to stay after they hit 26 or so, these throttled [liquor] licenses are one of the real structural reasons why. [read post]
22 Aug 2019, 3:01 am by Walter Olson
[Timothy Geigner, TechDirt] Tags: beer and brewers, colleges and universities, trademarks [read post]
12 Aug 2019, 2:00 am by Ben
Techdirt have been doing some digging and have found some very amusing notices that certainly do not fit in with the prescribed formats: How about ""No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, cookie jar or spare room... [read post]
31 Jul 2019, 2:58 am by Walter Olson
Hawley’s ‘[Ending] Support for Internet Censorship Act'” [Eric Goldman] And the Missouri senator’s latest: “Josh Hawley Wants To Appoint Himself Product Manager For The Internet” [Mike Masnick, TechDirt] Jury convicts south Texas judge charged with bribery, conspiracy and other crimes [Lorenzo Zazueta-Castro, McAllen Monitor; Fred W. [read post]
29 Jul 2019, 2:58 am by Walter Olson
It comes with a body count [Mike Masnick, Techdirt; related, Violet Blue, Engadget] If they’re farming, don’t you be filming: John Stossel on ag-gag laws [Reason video and story, earlier] Tags: agriculture and farming, campaign regulation, Facebook, First Amendment, free speech, social media, Twitter [read post]
26 Jul 2019, 2:54 am by Walter Olson
“Authorities noted in the complaint he lived ‘9 houses’ away from the site of a residence where drug transactions were occurring…” [Tim Cushing, TechDirt on $626,000 Missouri civil asset forfeiture seizure] As Loyola lawprof Dane Ciolino points out, Louisiana “victims’ rights” bill seems meant to hobble public defenders’ witness investigations without holding law enforcement and D.A.s to same standards [Kira Lerner, The Appeal, earlier… [read post]
17 Jul 2019, 7:27 am by Eric Goldman
Censorship * Fortune: The Splinternet Is Growing * NY Times: India Proposes Chinese-Style Internet Censorship * South China Morning Post: No smoking, no tattoos, no bikinis: inside China’s war to ‘clean up’ the internet * NY Times: In China, an App About Xi Is Literally Becoming Impossible to Ignore * Techdirt: Russia To Ban VPN Providers That Refuse To Aid Censorship * Business Insider: A Russian ‘troll slayer’ went undercover at a troll factory and found… [read post]
16 Jul 2019, 8:49 pm by Chris Castle
Sprigman Throws a Definition at Blake Morgan The Spitting Image of the Modern Major General MTP readers may remember the name Christopher Sprigman. [read post]
10 Jul 2019, 3:01 am by Walter Olson
[Michelle Lou, CNN] “Caterpillar Now Going After All The Cats For Trademark Cancellations” [Timothy Geigner, TechDirt, earlier] Before trying to open a storefront business in San Francisco you might look to this advice from commercial real estate brokers about the city’s zoning and permit hurdles, and please quit using words like “bonkers” or “flabbergasting” [Robert Fruchtman Twitter thread] “Lawyer engaged in ‘sustained campaign… [read post]
24 Jun 2019, 2:55 am by Walter Olson
Brannon, Congressional Research Service] “A social media campaign from the French government has been blocked by Twitter – because of the government’s own anti-fake-news law” [BBC via Elizabeth Nolan Brown] European authorities misidentify many pages on Internet Archive as “terrorist,” demand takedown [Mike Masnick, Techdirt] Armslist case is one in which Section 230 protected Second Amendment rights (that’s not a misprint for First) [John… [read post]
19 Jun 2019, 3:02 am by Walter Olson
[Timothy Geigner, TechDirt] Tags: antitrust, double jeopardy, lawyers, music and musicians, Neil Gorsuch, trademarks [read post]
12 Jun 2019, 5:20 am by Eugene Volokh
Then someone tried to get Google to deindex my post about the forgery and a Techdirt post about the same forgery, arguing: In 1979, the U.S. [read post]
12 Jun 2019, 2:59 am by Walter Olson
Moving against emerging litigation analytics and prediction sector, France bans publication of statistical information about individual judges’ decisions on criminal penalty [Artificial Lawyer, ABA Journal, David Post] Eugene Volokh analyzes Washington high court’s unanimous ruling against Arlene’s Flowers and Barronelle Stutzman in same-sex marriage refusal case [Volokh Conspiracy, earlier on case here and here] “Small claims court for copyright” idea would likely… [read post]
11 Jun 2019, 2:58 am by Walter Olson
Riviera Beach, and more on the Nieves outcome from Tim Cushing at TechDirt. [read post]
5 Jun 2019, 8:07 am by Grant Harrison
Recent Articles: Glyn Moody: US Court Upholds Enforceability Of GNU GPL As Both A License And A Contract (Source: techdirt ) Markus Deck and Philippe Heinzke: China’s courts pass controversial rulings on open-source licensing (Source: Lexology) MIT Licensing: MIT licensing for software is perhaps the most common permissive license due to the fact that it has very few restrictions on reuse as long as developers include the MIT license terms and copyright notice. [read post]
3 Jun 2019, 8:48 am by Eric Goldman
Outsourcing to the Community or Vendors (panelists from Nextdoor, Pinterest, Reddit, Wikimedia, and Yelp) Session D: Transparency and Appeals (panelists from Automattic, Medium, and Patreon) Speaker Slides Eric Goldman, US law overview Daphne Keller, foreign law overview Adelin Cai, Pinterest Aaron Schur, Yelp Techdirt Essays Eric Goldman, It’s Time to Talk About Internet Companies’ Content Moderation Operations Kate… [read post]