Spotify Sued Over User-Curated Playlists That Mimic Compilation Albums

Does creating a playlist that mirrors an established company’s own playlists amount to infringement? Or more specifically, does allowing your users to create similar playlists and hosting them on your service make you liable? Streaming music service Spotify is being…

Texting Someone While They’re Driving Could Leave You Liable in New Jersey

A New Jersey appeals court has just handed down one of the most baffling rulings concerning technology and civil liability that you’re likely to see. Ever. In plain words, the court has ruled that future texters who knowingly text someone…

Tweets Lead to Speeder’s Manslaughter Charge Being Upped to Murder

An 18-year-old Pleasanton, California man who has been charged with vehicular homicide will see that change upped to murder based on a series of tweets. Cody Hall was charged earlier this week in the death of 58-year-old Diana Hersevoort. According…

Juror B37: Book Deal Killed with an Online Petition and Some Help from Twitter

On Monday morning, news broke that one of the jurors responsible for George Zimmerman’s acquittal was gearing up to write a book and that she already had the backing of a literary agent. Less than 24 hours later, the book…

Zimmerman Jury Selected: All-Female Jury To Decide Zimmerman’s Fate

George Zimmerman’s jury has finally been seated after a lengthy selection process, according to Zimmerman’s attorney. The six jurors seated are all women, and nearly all (five of the six) are white. Of the four alternates, two are women and…

Police Performing Warrantless Cellphone Searches After Car Crashes? Yep, There’s a Bill for That

Hey guys, meet my new favorite terrible state bill. Narrowly beating out the Internet Posting Removal Act, an Illinois bill that’ll make your head spin, comes a bill to modify New Jersey state law to permit police officers to confiscate…

Bold Move: Lawyer Demands Phone Records from NSA to Prove Client’s Innocence

This is either the most brilliantly executed defensive move I’ve heard about in quite some time, or possibly the most ill-conceived air-grab since my buddy asked to read his wife’s texts “to prove she’s getting them ok.” Only time will…

New York City Wants To Regulate 3D Printed Guns

New York City has some of the toughest gun laws in the entire nation. It’s not surprising then to see lawmakers pushing for new laws regulating the creation of 3D printed firearms. The New York Daily News reports that New…

Illinois: Concealed Carry Bill Confuses State Gun Laws

Late last year, the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals struck down an Illinois state ban on carrying concealed weapons. The Illinois state government was given 180 days to end the ban, sending the state legislature into a legislative session…

Gay Pride Fines Law Passes Russian Parliament

Gay pride is a dangerous thing to publicize in many parts of the world. Now those who want to do so in Russia will face heavy fines. Fox News reports that the lower house of Russian parliament has approved a…