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Episode 115: Podcast Revived

It’s great to be back!  In this episode, we return with a new co-host, Andy Sellars, who will be joining us on future episodes.  The three of us discuss (1) the Stop Online Privacy Act (SOPA), civil forfeiture law, similar legislative developments, and (2) the systematic international dismantling of Megaupload and it’s top executives.

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The Stop Online Privacy Act

Megaupload Takedown

Comments Off Posted in: Podcast on February 6, 2012

Things to come…

You’ve probably noticed that earlier this fall we took an abrupt hiatus that coincided with some changes on our website.  Unfortunately, one of our co-bloggers accepted a new position at a firm which, as a condition to his acceptance, politely asked him to remove public commentary on legal issues.  This isn’t an uncommon request for law firms or employers to make, as it’s important for lawyers to observe the rules of professional conduct and for law firms to maintain strong relationships with their clients.  Together we decided it best to comply with the request, rethink the basic structure of our site, and bid our co-founder good luck on his next adventure.  For the last two and a half years this site has been (and continues to be) a hobby that stands apart from our professional careers — it was an easy, but sad, decision to make.

This event also coincided with a sudden uptick of work in my own professional life, including the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) launch in October and a myriad of other interesting research projects (some of which I hope to share in the coming months).  The workload made it difficult to think about, let alone attempt, a format transition on the blog or podcast; and so, the site has been fairly dormant for the last several months.

There is, however,  some good news to share.  Since going on hiatus I’ve received a number of emails from friends and colleagues, including a handful of fellows from the Berkman Center, who want to see and participate on some new episodes of the podcast.  While there are still a number of details to hammer out, like scope and frequency among other things, I’m hopeful that we’ll bring back the show in some form in early 2012, shortly after the holidays.

Thanks for tuning in!

Comments Off Posted in: Podcast on December 3, 2011

Episode 109: It’s not exactly generic

ISPs sign agreement with content owners, Apple loses first round of App Store fight

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ISPs agree to police their subscribers use of copyrighted content (sort of)

Ars Technica Coverage

The Official Agreement (PDF)

Apple loses motion for preliminary injunction over “App Store” mark

The Opinion (via Scrib’d)

Eric Goldman’s thoughts

 

Comments Off Posted in: Podcast on July 12, 2011

Episode 96: A new streaming model?

Zediva gets sued by several movie studios and France wants Google to save your personal information for a year (if you live in France).

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Zediva Gets Sued by the Movie Studios

Zediva’s new movie rental model

Zediva gets sued by the studios

The complaint

Google Challenges New French Requirement to Store Personal Information For a Year, Including Passwords(?!)

Article

Comments Off Posted in: Podcast on April 11, 2011

Episode 90: Smurfberry recession? Pffft.

Sorry for the late post — I’ve been out of the country and Ben has been busy sharing the flu with Boston.  This week we cover the Wisconsin Statehouse, some Smurfs apps and kids (dangerous combination), and the International Music Score Library Project.

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Wisconsin Statehouse Accused of Blocking Access to Website

Does this smell right? Wisconsin Governor’s “new website” blacklisting

The FTC is Worried About Kids Buying Smurfberries Using their Parents’ iPhones

FTC is reviewing Apple’s in-app-purchase system

The International Music Score Library Project — pretty cool.

Free trove of music scores on web hits sensitive copyright note

http://imslp.org

Comments Off Posted in: Podcast on March 2, 2011

Episode 64: Big, Scary Design Patents!

Apple gets a couple of scary design patents, AT&T thinks wireless is different, and Oracle sues the Java out of Google.

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Apple Design Patents

Article (via TUAW)

Patent #s: D621848, D621849

AT&T on Net Neutrality

AT&T’s Statement

Oracle (d/b/a Sun) Sues Google Over Java (N.D.CA, No. 1418106)

Article (via Tech Crunch)

Complaint

Ben and David Lu!! are MIA this week.

2^6

Comments Off Posted in: Podcast on August 23, 2010

Episode 61: My Dongle Was Circumvented

Library of Congress releases new DMCA anti-circumvention exemptions, 5th Circuit rules in favor of Fair Use under the DMCA’s anti-circumvention provisions, and a few major companies sued for using features in flash cookies.

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New DMCA Anti-circumvention Exemptions

Read about it on our blog.

U.S. Copyright Office Release

Provisions in DMCA: 17 U.S.C. § 1201

5th Circuit, Section 1201, and MGE v. GE, No. 08-10521 (5th Cir. 2010)

Read about it on Ars Technica

5th Circuit’s Opinion

Flash cookies: Valdez, et al. v. Quntcast, MySpace, Hulu, NBC, ESPN, et. al

Read about it on Ars Technica

Complaint (courtesy of Wired)

In other news, Ben and David Lu!! are traveling around the country and had to miss this week’s recording.  Also, audio quality might be a little poor (some nasty background noise and a few bad audio splices while editing); apologies in advance.

1 Comment Posted in: Podcast on August 2, 2010

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