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Oklahoma Man Arrested For Sexually Violating A Pig Oklahoma Man Arrested For Sexually Violating A Pig
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I know that it’s hard to contain yourself around a prized show pig, but there are lines you just don’t cross. A man in Murray County, Oklahoma crossed that line. KFOR in Oklahoma City is reporting that 77-year-old Jimmy “Hawkeye” …

Pinterest Uses Metatag To Help Copyright Fight Pinterest Uses Metatag To Help Copyright Fight
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Pinterest has been under fire lately with accusations that their site is nothing more than a place for people to indiscriminately use copyrighted material for their own ends. The powers that be at Pinterest have said that they will address …

Anonymous Hits Law Firm From Haditha Killings Defense Anonymous Hits Law Firm From Haditha Killings Defense
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On Friday, Anonymous released documents (including 3GB worth of emails) from the law firm that defended marine Sgt. Frank Wuterich. Wuterich is allegedly responsible for leading the charge in the killings of unarmed civilians (including women and children) in Haditha, …

Fake Facebook Stock Sold By Oshkosh Woman, Amidst IPO Filing Fake Facebook Stock Sold By Oshkosh Woman, Amidst IPO Filing

An Oshkosh Wisconsin woman is in some scalding hot water recently for taking advantage of Facebook’s recent public stock offering. Marianne Oleson has been charged with 33 felony charges in the Winnebago County Court. The prosecutors say the woman claimed …

Officer’s Facebook Photo Shows Obama Shirt With Bullet Holes Officer’s Facebook Photo Shows Obama Shirt With Bullet Holes

It has been reported recently that the Presidential secret service is investigating an Arizona police sergeant who recently posted a rather disturbing photo to his facebook page. The photo depicts a number of young boys standing in a row, a …

Illinois Legislation Asks Dating Websites To Post Background Check Information Illinois Legislation Asks Dating Websites To Post Background Check Information
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Online dating has always been a risky business; you never know if you could be talking to Mr./Ms. Right or the Zodiac Killer. According to an article in the Chicago Tribune, Legislation in Springfield, Illinois, if passed, could require any …

Private Company Amassing Database of License Plate Data Private Company Amassing Database of License Plate Data

Back in November, Josh Wolford opened quite a discussion about the rising prevalence of license plate readers in law enforcement. These scanning devices read license plates quickly and compile data to help track movements, reveal stolen vehicles, etc. Some have …

Paul Ceglia Ordered To Pay $5,000 For Contempt Paul Ceglia Ordered To Pay $5,000 For Contempt

Everybody’s favorite Facebook troll is back and this time, he’s the one paying. The Buffalo News is reporting that Paul Ceglia has been ordered by a judge to pay a $5,000 as he has been found in contempt. U.S. Magistrate …

Bangladesh Seeks Punishment for Facebook Comment Bangladesh Seeks Punishment for Facebook Comment

An Australian professor, who is a native of Bangladesh, posted this message on Facebook: “Many die, why should not Sheikh Hasina Die?”. (image) Sheikh Hasina pictured above with Wen Jiabao This move by Khandaker may cost him his life. The …

Apple Retailers Siding With eBizcuss In Legal Dispute Apple Retailers Siding With eBizcuss In Legal Dispute

Late last week we brought you news of a lawsuit brought against Apple by French retailer eBizcuss, the largest Apple Premium Retailer (APR) in France. The suit accuses Apple of anti-competitive behavior. Specifically, eBizcuss says that Apple unfairly gives preferential …

Tweeting Juror Is One Man’s Ticket Off Death Row Tweeting Juror Is One Man’s Ticket Off Death Row

An Arkansas man’s death row conviction has been overturned essentially because one juror couldn’t keep away from Twitter. The Arkansas state Supreme Court has reversed a lower court’s decision that the juror’s tweets in question do not constitute grounds for …

Police Tracking Your Every Move With License Plate Readers Police Tracking Your Every Move With License Plate Readers
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Privacy. It’s on everyone’s minds these days. A couple of months ago it was Apple and Google that were drawing the ire of consumers with the storing of location data. And of course, Facebook is always mentioned when people discuss …

In California, Police Can Still Search Your iPhone Without a Warrant In California, Police Can Still Search Your iPhone Without a Warrant

California Senate Bill 914, introduced by state Senator Mark Leno (D-San Francisco), would make it illegal for the police to search a person’s mobile device during an arrest without a warrant. It received nearly unanimous support in passing the state …

Could Lying on Facebook, Checking Out NSFW Stuff Land You in Jail? Could Lying on Facebook, Checking Out NSFW Stuff Land You in Jail?
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The internet community was rocked this week as one of the most important, coveted items in my lifetime finally hit the web. I’m talking, of course, about the Scarlett Johansson nudie pics. How many people, do you think, while dutifully …

California’s Amazon Tax Law Forces Affiliate Marketer to Move to Nevada California’s Amazon Tax Law Forces Affiliate Marketer to Move to Nevada
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After years of operating a successful comparison shopping site in California, Nick Loper recently had to shut down his business and move to another state to start over. Why? Loper was one of the affiliate marketing victims of the online sales tax law that California passed earlier this summer.

Facebook Troublemakers Beware: Hacking Someone’s Account Is Identity Theft Facebook Troublemakers Beware: Hacking Someone’s Account Is Identity Theft
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The decision against a California juvenile charged with identity theft has been affirmed by an appellate court. The identity that he was convicted of stealing just happened to be her Facebook identity. Rolando S. used the female victim’s email password …

Anti-Piracy Lawyer Rips Off Content from Competitor Anti-Piracy Lawyer Rips Off Content from Competitor
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John Steele, an anti-piracy “pay-up-or-else” lawyer, has filed close to 100 mass-lawsuits for his clients, targeting thousands of BitTorrent users, a.k.a. Pirates. Now it seems the moniker could even fit Mr. Steele himself. The folks over at TorrentFreak have pointed …

Twitter Still Reacting to Casey Anthony Twitter Still Reacting to Casey Anthony
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The Casey Anthony case has, no doubt, captivated the world both online and offline. It has even been said that the Casey Anthony case is to social media what the O.J. Simpson trial was to cable television. The big difference, however, is that social media gives people an opportunity to participate in a way that was never before thought possible.

Court Rules Government Must Get Warrant to Access Cell Phone Location Data
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According to the EFF, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia ruled that federal law allows judges the discretion to require that the government obtain a probable cause search warrant before accessing cell phone location data. 

What is Fair Use? You Tell Us.
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What is fair use? It’s a question that doesn’t seem to go away. Traditional media publications often throw blogs under the bus for borrowing quotes and spreading news to their own audiences. While there are certainly plenty of cases in which blogs do trample on the concept of fair use, to say that blogs in general follow this practice is simply absurd.

Are You Blogging Within Your Fair Use Rights?
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With all of the struggles and controversies surrounding the news industry these days, there is a lot of confusion out there about what falls under fair use and what doesn’t. The more savvy bloggers who have been in the game for a while usually have a better grasp on the concept, but there are still plenty of others who aren’t so well versed. After all, anyone can start a blog, and not everyone comes from a news or legal background.