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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 …

Arrestees Have the Right to Google Lawyers, Says Canadian Court Arrestees Have the Right to Google Lawyers, Says Canadian Court

An Alberta, Canada court has handed down an interesting ruling regarding detainees’ rights and how they run up against the modern world. According to the ruling, police must provide the accused access to the internet so that they can initiate …

Facebook Wins Battle in Germany Over Real Names Policy Facebook Wins Battle in Germany Over Real Names Policy
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Facebook has won a court challenge in Germany that will see its real names policy upheld in the country. Back in December, Germany’s data protection office Unabhaengiges Landeszentrum fuer Datenschutz (ULD) issued a ruling against Facebook’s real names policy, claiming …

Canada’s Internet Surveillance Bill Is Officially Dead Canada’s Internet Surveillance Bill Is Officially Dead
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Almost a year ago, Canada’s Public Safety Minister Vic Toews introduced an Internet surveillance bill called C-30 that would require ISPs to collect all information on their customers. The bill was met with a massive retaliation at the hands of …

Let’s Not Forget The Fall Of SOPA And The Might Of A Unified Internet Let’s Not Forget The Fall Of SOPA And The Might Of A Unified Internet

The fall of SOPA was, by far, one of the most interesting events of 2012. It showed that the Internet can and will be an unstoppable force when faced with a threat that targets its very core. Now let’s relive …

Rep. Greg Walden To Introduce Internet Freedom Bill Rep. Greg Walden To Introduce Internet Freedom Bill
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The Internet came under attack far too many times in 2012, but the biggest threat came from the United Nations and its ITU branch. If the group had its way, the Internet would have come under control of the U.N. …

Rep. Zoe Lofgren Publishes Revised Aaron’s Law After Receiving Input From Reddit Rep. Zoe Lofgren Publishes Revised Aaron’s Law After Receiving Input From Reddit

After the suicide of Aaron Swartz in early January, Rep. Zoe Lofgren got to work on an amendment to the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act to prevent another tragedy like Swartz’ from happening again. That original amendment was submitted to …

House Committee Demands Answers From Justice Department Over The Prosecution Of Aaron Swartz House Committee Demands Answers From Justice Department Over The Prosecution Of Aaron Swartz

It’s been a few weeks now since noted activist Aaron Swartz committed suicide. Since then, there has been a lot of discussion in regards to our justice system and how it handles prosecution. The House promised to look into it, …

The Internet Is Essential to Life and a Civil Right, According to German Court The Internet Is Essential to Life and a Civil Right, According to German Court
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In Germany, people can request compensation when they’ve been deprived of things deemed essential to life. And now, thanks to a court ruling, the internet is part of that class. A Federal court in Karlsruhe has made a pretty important …

Rep. Jim Matheson Wants To Ban Games That Don’t Have An ESRB Rating Rep. Jim Matheson Wants To Ban Games That Don’t Have An ESRB Rating
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Video games are the perfect scapegoat. Old people are scared of them, and young people will defend them with a fervor that’s borderline violent. When the media and politicians need something to blame for national tragedies, video games are often …

FTC Strengthens Online Privacy Rules For Children FTC Strengthens Online Privacy Rules For Children
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As has been documented many times before, us adults on the Internet really have no privacy. Advertisers want to know what we’re doing to sell us products, and the government wants to know what we’re doing in case we’re terrorists. …

Rep. Zoe Lofgren Plans Amendment To CFAA Called Aaron’s Law Rep. Zoe Lofgren Plans Amendment To CFAA Called Aaron’s Law

In the wake of Aaron Swartz’ passing over the weekend, many people questioned why such a brilliant young man would take his own life. His family and many others said his death was “the product of a criminal justice system …