“The FCC Won’t Let Me Be”: Indecency in Media

Wednesday, October 31, 2012, by Teresa Cook It can happen to anyone. Sometimes our mouths say things before our brains can warn us that it might not be appropriate. The latest victim was Academy Award winner Tom Hanks who let the “F-word” slip on Good Morning America.  At the 2011 Academy Awards, winner Melissa Leo

Wiley v. Kirtsaeng: Will the Supreme Court Illegalize Your Library?

Tuesday, October 30, 2012, by Lauren Powers On October 29, 2012 the United States Supreme Court began hearing arguments in a case that pits the corporate publication industry against an independent student textbook seller.  A ruling in favor of the publisher could produce radical changes in United States Copyright Law, potentially halting business created by

Bringing IP to the Runway: The Push for Fashion Copyrights

Sunday, October 28, 2012, by Holly Bannerman On September 20, 2012, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved the Innovative Design Protection Act of 2012 (S. 3523) (“IDPA”).  IDPA would protect apparel such as undergarments, outerwear, gloves, footwear, headgear; handbags, purses, wallets, tote bags, and belts; and eyeglass frames. The protections afforded to fashion designs in the

Ineffective Updates: Efforts at Updating Children’s Online Privacy Rule Leads to More Circumvention

Wednesday, October 24, 2012, by Laura Arredondo-Santisteban As people’s reliance on technology and Internet services for their daily tasks increases, pushes for greater Legislative involvement to take steps at protecting users personal information online have also increased. The Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), is just one of the various widely publicized online privacy measures,

CVG-SAB, LLC v. FACEBOOK INC: Controversy Over the New “WANT” Button

Wednesday, October 24, 2012, by Kelly Anderson As recently expressed by David Bell and Nick Nelson, “ou can’t always get what you want, and sometimes just wanting can be problematic.” Earlier this month, Facebook launched a new “want” feature to a select group of users, allowing them to create “wishlists” of items they would like

A Look at Twitter’s First Use of Local Censorship

Tuesday, October 23, 2012, by Neil Barnes For the first time ever, Twitter has enforced its local censorship policy which came into effect in January of this year.  The U.S. is among many countries that have laws which could affect the usage of Twitter accounts.  Regarding Twitter’s censorship policy, Twitter’s chief lawyer Alex Macgillivray emphasized

Unlimited Playback: The Cloud Takeover of DVR

Friday, October 19, 2012, by Virginia Wooten Over the past few years, missing a favorite show or event on television has become a minor ordeal thanks to the invention of DVR.  Viewers can set the DVR to record their favorite show, movie or television event.  Although DVR often saves the day for avid television viewers,

Zynga Accuses Former Manager of Cityville of Stealing Secret Files

Wednesday, October 17, 2012, by Jonathan Ambrose The online gaming company Zynga has filed a suit against a former employee for trade secret misappropriation.   In a complaint filed October 12, the company accuses Patmore, who was the general manager of the game Cityville, of stealing secret files before leaving to work for rival game company

U.K. Ends 10 Year Extradition Battle of Hacker Gary McKinnon

Wednesday, October 17, 2012, by Agnieszka Zmuda U.K. Home Secretary Theresa May announced on Tuesday that British hacker Gary McKinnon will not be extradited to the U.S. on human rights grounds.   Four years ago, McKinnon was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome and depression after losing an appeal.  Two years later, a High Court judge, along with

Using Technology to Bridge the Gap Between the Public and Private Sector

Monday, October 15, 2012, by Samantha Surles In early October, the Digital States Survey for 2012, conducted by the Center for Digital Government, gave North Carolina a B- in government technology practices. The Digital States survey is released every two years and stands as the longest-running measure of state use of technology. The criteria used