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Square Hit with Cease and Desist Order in Illinois

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 in Illinois, as defined by the Act, without the required license.” The “act” that they refer to is the state’s …

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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 the time, it looked like, if passed, it would have required search engines and aggregators to pay to license content …

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Do Not Track Legislation Introduced In The Senate

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 a few months earlier. After the private sector failed to reach an agreement, some politicians are now bringing out the …

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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 U.S. will bring against them. Lower courts agreed with Dotcom, but the Court of Appeals didn’t buy the argument. TorrentFreak …

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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 a Google (or Bing, I guess) search for legal counsel. The case in question involved a 19-year-old man who was …

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Facebook Wins Battle in Germany Over Real Names Policy

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 that it infringed upon citizen’s rights to free speech and anonymity online. Facebook said that they would fight the ruling, …

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Canada’s Internet Surveillance Bill Is Officially Dead

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 clvil liberties groups and Anonymous. Now, after a year of bitter struggle, the Canadian government has killed the bill. The …

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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 those events so that we may know why we fight for the Internet and the freedom it brings. Vimeo user …

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Rep. Greg Walden To Introduce Internet Freedom Bill

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. instead of the current multi-stakeholder approach. A number of nations, including the U.S., rejected the treaty on the grounds of …

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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 Reddit and the Internet at large to help her fine tune it before submitting it to the House Judiciary Committee. …

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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, and now the Oversight and Government Reform Committee will be doing just that. Darrell Issa, House Oversight and Government Reform …

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The Internet Is Essential to Life and a Civil Right, According to German Court

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 decision with implications for the future of internet law: the internet is an “essential” part of life. German press is …

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