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Weekly Links: May 15-21, 2011

Last week more stories hit the wire on another proposed legislation on digital privacy and security — which seems like the “hot button” issue of the year for legislators, so far.  Also some interesting news last week from the company who has been accused of being a patent troll for warning iOS developers that they need licenses for “in-app purchasing.”  Here are links to the stories that have been on our radar over the last seven days.  Feel free to add more that we might have missed in the comments.

Lodsys says Apple (and others) have already obtained licenses for in-app purchasing, suggests developers should also.  [via the Lodsys blog]

Proposed California bill might give parents access to their children’s Facebook pages. [via TechCrunch]

Proposed federal bill (S.978) seeks to penalize illicit television streaming as a felony offense. [via Ars Technica]

Chris Soghoian explains mismatch between DropBox’s crypto marketing and deduplication practices.  Also files a consumer compliant with the FTC. [via Slight Paranoia (Soghoian's blog)] [FTC complaint (via Scrib'd)]

Winklevosses appealing decision regarding their settlement award to the Supreme Court. [via CNET]

Verizon sues the FCC, for changing “roaming data fees” rules. [via Ars Technica]

The EFF *actually* likes a proposed e-privacy bill for once(!). [via EFF Deeplinks]

Remember Terry Childs? The “rogue” sysadmin in San Fran? A judge has ordered Childs to pay $15M in restitution. [via Slashdot]

17-year-old Creator of OMGfacts twitter stream files lawsuit over trademark and contract issues. [via Technology and Marketing Law Blog]

Comments Off Posted in: Weekly Links on May 23, 2011

Weekly Links: May 8-14th, 2011

Yikes!  This was a busy week!  These are the stories that have been on our radar.


iOS indie developer getting sued by patent trolls? [via Cult Of Mac]

TwitPic making power grab a exclusive distribution right? [via Technology and Marketing Law Blog]

Boston asks FCC for right to regulate cable distribution rights. [via Ars Technica]

Facebook supposedly hires PR firm to trash Google for not respecting user privacy. [via Engadget]

Google launches digital music locker, and says it doesn’t need licenses. Amazon redux?. [via CNET]

Related: EFF post on “digital lockering services.” [via EFF]

Related: BMI says digital locker services might violate copyright. [via TechDirt]

Could Sony be liable to game developers for PSN outage resulting from data breach? [via Ars Technica]

New “IP protectionist” bill floating around legislators. Doesn’t look good. [via CNET]

Google to pay large fines to allowing advertising from non-pharma companies.  [via CNET]

Microsoft agrees to buy Skype for $8B.  [via Wall Street Journal]

Senate grills Apple and Google over location-based tracking. [via Ars Technica]

Revolving Door?  FCC commissioner leaves FCC for Comcast lobbyist position, after voting in favo of Comcast/NBC merger.  [via CNET]

ANOTHER IP-related bill, with “blacklisting.”  Is this the new norm? [via Ars Technica]

Did Comcast really help The Pirate Bay this week? [via Slashdot]

“iFixit” website dismantles FBI tracking device. [via iFixit]

U.K. lawyer fined for not protecting client data. [via Ars Technica]

Da, da-da-da, daat, da, what? “Charge” rally music, used at sports arenas, being challenged in court. [via Palm Beach Post]

Belgian Court says Google infringes when it links out to newspaper websites. [via]

Computer Fraud and Abuse Act fails on claims against former employee who visited personal websites while at work.  [via Technology and Marketing law blog]

Teen gets arrested for “disorderly conduct” for actions on Facebook.  [via TechDirt]

ITC decision issued in favor of Kodak, in Apple patent dispute. [via CNET]

Comments Off Posted in: Weekly Links on May 16, 2011

Weekly Links: May 1-7th, 2011

This was a pretty busy week for technology, law, and policy news!  Looking back at our e-mail thread, I’m counting at least 20 stories that circulated over the last several days.

The ITC ruled that Apple does not infringe patent claiming multitouch technology. [via Engadget]

Righthaven may not be able to satisfy standing requirements based on copyright interest assignments with its clients. [via Technically Legal]

Sony: Hacked again! Loses another 24 million user accounts. [via Ars Technica]

Apple’s “Airdrop” dispute, thinking about trademark in context.  [via CNN]

Politician suggests that White House employees can circumvent federal record keeping laws by using iPads and web-based services.  [via Washington Examiner]

DOJ asks for more information for proposed AT&T and T-Mobile deal. [via CNET]

Lawsuit over “Flash Cookies,” La Court v. Specific Media 8:10-cv-01256-GW-JCG (CD Cal.), dismissed by court for lack of harm / standing.  [via Technology & Marketing Law Blog] [opinion]

CBS/CNET sued for distributing LimeWire. [via Ars Technica] [complaint]

Violating an employer’s internet use policy can be a felony, according to the 9th Circuit in U.S. v. Nosal. [via Technology Law and Marketing] [opinion]

U.S. Dept. of Commerce releases report on Trademark Litigation tactics, draws significant criticism from legal commentators.  [via Tech Dirt] [the Report]  see commentary from [Eric Goldman] and [David Pardue]

New class action lawsuit, Hariharan v. Abobe, Apple, et al., Case no. 11574066 (Alameda County Superior Court, filed against Adobe, Intui, Google, Apple, and several others accuses companies of employment practice collusion.  [via CNET] [the complaint]

FCC Chairman tells Congress to leave net neutrality alone.  [via CNET]

Computer rental service sued for “spying on customers” with webcam software installed on rented machines. [via TechDirt]

RIAA/LimeWire trial begins (only concerning damages) in New York — Judge estimates about as long as 4 weeks.  [via CNET]

Dept. of Homeland Security sends demand to Mozilla to remove Firefox extension (a/k/a MafiaaFire) that routes users around URLs seized by DHSMozilla responds and questions the authority of DHS’ request.  [via Wired and hja's blog] [Mozilla's questions]

Motion to Dismiss filed by defendant in Righthaven copyright litigation case.  [via EFF]

WordPerfect’s antitrust claims against Microsoft after are back, after Novell (previous owner of WordPerfect ’90s) successfully argued in the 4th Circuit. [via Ars Technica]

CNET source says hackers are planning a third attack against Sony over the (last) weekend.  [via CNET]

San Francisco is (apparently) backing away from proposed law that would require cell phone retails to label mobile handsets with information related to radiation emissions. Mmm, science!* [via San Francisco Chronicle]

Google and Facebook respond to proposed California legislation that would require companies to offer an “opt-out” privacy mechanism for consumers.  [via Ars Technica] [Senate Bill 761]

The FCC has been asked to investigate the “data caps” which have been implemented recently at some ISPs and enforced for longer at others. [via Ars Technica]


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Comments Off Posted in: Weekly Links on May 9, 2011

Weekly Links: April 24th – May 1st, 2011

Last week was a bit of a slow week, as far as technology and the law goes.  However, there were a couple large stories that popped up — *cough* *cough* <I’m looking at you, Sony>.  Here are the stories that have been on our radar.

Windows 7 sends location data to MS. [via CNET]

FBI raids alleged King’s Speech uploader. [via Ars Technica]

Amazon files a counterclaim in AppStore, challenging Apple’s ability to protect the remark (i.e., genericide). [via ipodnn]

Official response on Apple iPhone location issues.  [via Ars Technica]

SCOTUS favors arbitration clauses over class actions.  [via]

Google sued for Android location tracking.  [via The Register (U.K.)]

Sony data breach — 77 million user accounts compromised.  [via Ars Technica]

danah boyd’s trademark dispute on Tumblr.  [via]

Comments Off Posted in: Weekly Links on May 2, 2011

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