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Underwood Tweet Rage: Feud Boils Over Law
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Carrie Underwood took to Twitter recently to vent her frustration over a new law called the “ag-gag” bill–which involves admission of secret videotaping of factory farms into animal abuse claims–and her posts quickly drew the attention of Tennessee lawmakers. Underwood, …

Juror Can’t Stop Texting During Trial, Promptly Jailed Juror Can’t Stop Texting During Trial, Promptly Jailed
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A 26-year-old juror in a Salem, Oregon, armed robbery case has been sentenced to serve two days in jail after he was caught texting in court. Benjamin Kohler was charged with contempt after authorities say he was using his mobile …

Juror Faces Contempt After Posting He Wanted to ‘F*ck Up a Pedophile’ on Facebook Juror Faces Contempt After Posting He Wanted to ‘F*ck Up a Pedophile’ on Facebook
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With the proliferation of social media use, courts are having a harder time keeping jurors from making public postings about trials in which they’re currently involved. The latest example of this comes from the U.K., where a suspended juror now …

Rep. Mike Rogers Blocks Pro-Privacy Amendments From Being Added To CISPA Rep. Mike Rogers Blocks Pro-Privacy Amendments From Being Added To CISPA
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The House will vote on CISPA this week. This vote will decide whether or not the House majority thinks companies should be able to share your private online information with the government while enjoying total legal immunity. The second debate …

Civil Liberty Groups Still Don’t Like CISPA, Issue Open Letter To Congress Civil Liberty Groups Still Don’t Like CISPA, Issue Open Letter To Congress

After a closed door markup, CISPA emerged from the House Intelligence Committee with some new amendments. Rep. Mike Rogers, the author of the bill, said the amendments would address concerns from civil liberty groups. Those same groups could not be …

Child Pornographer’s Sentence Overturned After Judge Goes On Strange, Irrelevant Rant About Facebook, Zuckerberg Child Pornographer’s Sentence Overturned After Judge Goes On Strange, Irrelevant Rant About Facebook, Zuckerberg

An 8-year prison sentence for a convicted child pornographer has been vacated and remanded for resentencing following a procedural error that involved the judge in the case going off on a completely unnecessary rant about Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg. The …

Baggy Pants Illegal In Louisiana Town, Opponents Say Law Is Slippery Slope
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Baggy pants are tacky, but making the questionable fashion statement illegal seems to be taking it a bit too far. One town in Louisiana apparently doesn’t see the problem as it has made baggy pants illegal. The town of Terrebonne …

Obama Administration Says CISPA Still Has Some Issues Obama Administration Says CISPA Still Has Some Issues
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On Wednesday, CISPA came closer to reality as it passed the markup phase in the House Intelligence Committee. Now the bill has to make it through the House, then the Senate, and finally the President’s desk. That last one may …

Mapping While Driving Ruled Illegal in California Mapping While Driving Ruled Illegal in California

Thanks to a recent court ruling by a California appellate court, it doesn’t matter that you were only checking your smartphone to update Google Maps. That’s because the law, as it currently reads, bans any sort of hands-on use of …

Rep. Louie Gohmert Thinks We’re Being Scroogled Rep. Louie Gohmert Thinks We’re Being Scroogled

Microsoft’s latest, and now retired, Scroogled campaign focused on accusations that Google violates your privacy by screening your emails and serving ads. It’s true that Google does serve ads on emails through a computerized algorithm, but one congressman has bought …

Sen. Patrick Leahy Introduces ECPA Reform Bill In The Senate Sen. Patrick Leahy Introduces ECPA Reform Bill In The Senate

The House has been unusually proactive early this year in attempting to pass email privacy protections through an updated Electronic Communications Privacy Act. In fact, the House Judiciary Committee held a hearing this morning to gather testimonies from Google, law …

Supreme Court Upholds First-Sale Doctrine On Items Bought Overseas Supreme Court Upholds First-Sale Doctrine On Items Bought Overseas

Does the first-sale doctrine apply to items bought overseas? That was the question before the Supreme Court in Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons, Inc. It was an extremely important case that bode poorly for the consumer if the Court …

Google’s Richard Salgado Says ECPA Reform Is Needed To Preserve Innovation Google’s Richard Salgado Says ECPA Reform Is Needed To Preserve Innovation

We brought you word yesterday that the House Judiciary Committee would be holding a hearing on the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, or ECPA. One of the people called in to testify is Google’s Legal Director of Law Enforcement and Information …

Email Privacy Hearing Set To Go Before The House On Tuesday Email Privacy Hearing Set To Go Before The House On Tuesday
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Late last month, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte said that reforming the decades old Electronic Communications Privacy Act was a priority for him in 2013. He’s making good on his word by holding a hearing on the hotly debated …

Sen. Patrick Leahy’s Cellphone Unlocking Bill Is A Temporary Fix For A Broken DMCA Sen. Patrick Leahy’s Cellphone Unlocking Bill Is A Temporary Fix For A Broken DMCA
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Cellphone unlocking has become a top priority in Washington since the White House threw its support behind the movement. Now it’s up to senators to pass the legislation required to permanently add an exemption to the DMCA. The latest bill …

Can States Do A Better Job Of Protecting Online Privacy? Can States Do A Better Job Of Protecting Online Privacy?
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In cyberlaw, 2012 was defined by the federal government attempting to pass laws that either broke the Internet, or helped protect it. Neither side was successful, however, and the year was marked by a number of defeated laws on both …

Smartphone Unlocking Bill To Be Introduced In The Senate Smartphone Unlocking Bill To Be Introduced In The Senate

In a statement released yesterday, The White House said that it sides with the 100,000 plus people who signed a petition asking that they able to unlock their smartphones. Having the support of The White House is great, but not …

Square Hit with Cease and Desist Order in Illinois Square Hit with Cease and Desist Order in Illinois
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Mobile payments startup Square has apparently run afoul of the Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulation. In a cease and desist order sent to Square, the Illinois department says that Square is “engaged in the business of transmitting money …

German Law Says Google Can Use Snippets Of Certain Size, Fails To Define Size German Law Says Google Can Use Snippets Of Certain Size, Fails To Define Size

Google will not have to pay to use snippets of news content in Germany, according to a copyright law (pdf) that was passed in the country. We discussed the proposed law last year, which Google had spoken out about. At …

Do Not Track Legislation Introduced In The Senate Do Not Track Legislation Introduced In The Senate
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Do Not Track was one of the biggest jokes of 2012. Sure, it was a honorable endeavor, but nobody could come to a consensus as to what Do Not Track means even after pledging to do something about it only …

Kim Dotcom Loses Appeal In Extradition Battle Kim Dotcom Loses Appeal In Extradition Battle

With all the excitement over the launch of Mega, it’s easy to forget that Kim Dotcom is still facing extradition to the U.S. To fight this, Dotcom and his legal team argues that they need access to the evidence the …