Legal Geekery Roundup for 12.2.2011

by Joshua Auriemma December 2, 2011 News
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The Copyright Office recently sought submissions for new exceptions to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. The EFF yesterday filed a comment with the Office seeking an extension of last year’s exceptions for phones and remix videos, and urged that the Office expand its protection to the jailbreaking of smartphones, electronic tablets, and game consoles. Hypothetically, [...]

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Episode 30: FBI Blows Cases So You Can’t See the Specs on its Little Black Box

by Joshua Auriemma November 14, 2011 Podcasts

Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 31:20 — 43.0MB) | Embed Introduction Josh grills Laura on what it’s like to be a real lawyer, and we find out what she’s been doing with herself. Josh went to Mexico and worked on a law review article pertaining to the First Sale Doctrine. Legal Geekery [...]

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Icelandic Minister of Parliament Ordered to Turn Over Twitter Account

by Joshua Auriemma November 12, 2011 Minor Geeks

It’s a popular week for judges ordering people to turn over their social media accounts to third parties. On Thursday, a US district court judge ordered Icelandic Minister of Parliament and former Wikileaks volunteer, Birgitta Jondottir, to release her login credentials to the Justice Department. Additionally, the court opined that users have a lessened expectation [...]

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Legal Geekery Roundup for 11.11.2011

by Joshua Auriemma November 11, 2011 News
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Justice Stevens defends his Kelo opinion while simultaneously criticizing Justice O’Connor for alleged inconsistencies in her dissenting opinion. If you play video games on your computer, it’s likely that your personal information, and maybe your credit card, were compromised in the recent Steam hacking. Lifehacker has some tips on what you should do if you [...]

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FCC Net Neutrality Rules Withstand Legislative Vote

by Joshua Auriemma November 10, 2011 Minor Geeks

Today the Senate voted down a bill that would have overturned the FCC’s new Net Neutrality Rules. The current Rules are set to enter into force on November 20, although we can certainly anticipate a last ditch attempt at a preliminary injunction by the wireless providers.

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Legal Geekery Roundup for 11.09.2011

by Joshua Auriemma November 9, 2011 News

Wired begins licensing photographs taken by its staff with Creative Commons licenses. Adobe announces that it will be officially killing off Flash Player for mobile devices. Forces iOS competitors to lose the snarky site redirects. Stanford CIS reviews the Digital Advertising Alliance’s recently announced supplementary set of self-regularory principles for third parties on the web. [...]

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How Best to Get Caffeine Into Your Body

by Joshua Auriemma November 8, 2011 Minor Geeks

Gavel bang to Ed Walters’ Google+ page for bringing this chart to my attention. Obviously as “persons interested in the law” it’s important for us to know how to get caffeine into our bodies without all those pesky calories. Infographic from the good people at Information is Beautiful.  

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Why You Shouldn’t Think of Virtual Property As Real Property

by Joshua Auriemma November 7, 2011 Legal
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I was inspired to write this post following Josh Fenton‘s recent appearance on TWiL. Denise Howell asked Mr. Fenton whether he believed that existing laws should be interpreted to encompass the internet and applied accordingly, or whether new laws should be drafted and previous laws updated in lieu of the omnipresence of the internet. The [...]

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Did California Just Unintentionally Impose Strict Duties on Bloggers?

by Joshua Auriemma November 6, 2011 Minor Geeks

Eric Goldman thinks it may have as a result of a broad statutory definition of “book.” For another analysis, read Eugene Volokh’s analysis of whether the statute would prevent bookstores from reporting patron-on-patron crime.

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