Will the United Nations Soon Govern the Internet?

Wednesday, November 28, 2012, by Virginia Wooten  On December 2, 2012, the International Telecommunications Union (“ITU”) will hold the World Conference on International Telecommunications (“WCIT”) in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.  The ITU currently serves as the United Nations’s specialized agency on information and telecommunications, and the ITU regulates networks and technologies to ensure they connect

Locating Unauthorized Internet Users Without a Warrant

Wednesday, November 28, 2012, by Cara Richards A federal court in Pittsburgh has ruled that the government can track internet users to their location without a search warrant. The court reasoned, in United States v. Stanley, that internet users have no reasonable expectation of privacy in their IP address nor can they expect privacy protection for the information they

Has Time Come for Congress to Create Federal Resale Royalty Right?

Wednesday, November 21, 2012, by Seiko Okada The Copyright Office, upon request of Congress, is currently asking public comments on creating a federal resale royal right in the United States for visual artists.  See Federal Register for the original notice and notice of extension of deadline (until December 5, 2012). An artist resale royalty right

A New Legislative “Forum” on Domain Seizures: Politician Takes to Reddit

Wednesday, November 21, 2012, by Ashley McAlarney House Representative Zoe Lofgren (D.-California) is using a novel approach to drafting legislation. Concerned over federal seizure of domain names for potential infringement issues, she has posted a request on the social news site Reddit for contributions toward a legislative proposal “to build due process” into these situations.

Autonomous Weapons And The Threat to Humanity

Wednesday, November 21, 2012, by Dylan Novak There has been plenty of hype in the recent months over U.S. drone strikes on terrorists in Yemen, Pakistan, and Somalia. While many questions have been raised about the legality of these unmanned combat aerial vehicle (UCAV) strikes, especially on U.S. citizens, there is no doubt that the

Email Privacy at the Center of Petraeus Scandal

Sunday, November 18, 2012, by Anu Madan On November 9, 2012, the world watched in shock as decorated four-star Army general, David Petraeus, resigned from his post as the Director of the CIA, after confessing his extra-marital affair with his biographer, Paula Broadwell. What led to these astounding events? As if right out of a

Citizen Journalism and the Media Shield

Wednesday, November 14, 2012, by Kenneth Jennings In a world where the definition of journalism is changing, the traditional legal protections enjoyed by journalists have come into question.   Media shield laws, which have been adopted in a majority of jurisdictions for decades, facilitate journalistic truth-seeking by protecting the identities of confidential sources.  Such laws pair

Poor Judgment Ends in Ohio Attorney Owing $300,000

Tuesday, November 13, 2012, by Amanda Jones A lawyer in Ohio must pay $300,000 to the families of two girls whose picture he used to create images that looked like child pornography.  Dean Boland, an attorney and self-proclaimed computer expert, used the images of two children to create sexually explicit photos that he subsequently presented