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The FDA Facebook Feeding Frenzy

Although the average Facebook user may succeed in ignoring the multitude of advertisements scattered throughout the page, the Food and Drug Administration wants drug marketers to know they are paying attention.  In a recent letter, an FDA regulatory review officer informed a pharmaceutical company, Akrimax that their Facebook webpage was in violation of the Federal

The Aereo Lawsuit and the Future of Television

We’re still more than a month away from oral argument in American Broadcasting Companies v. Aereo, but the war of words over the case and the future of broadcast television is already heating up. Last week, CBS joined a growing chorus of broadcast networks threatening to cease broadcasting entirely unless the Supreme Court rules that

Will the Real Satoshi Nakamoto Please Stand Up?

Two weeks ago, Newsweek published an article claiming to have identified and located the man behind Bitcoin, a digital currency introduced to the world in 2009. Bitcoin uses peer-to-peer technology to operate with no central authority, and enables instant payments to anyone, anywhere, across the network. The cryptocurrency has become increasingly popular in recent years,

Not-all-that-Critical Information Needs?

Last month, FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai took to the editorial pages in the Wall Street Journal to voice his objections to a controversial proposed FCC study, titled “Multi-Market Study of Critical Information Needs,” or “CIN” for short. The study’s stated purpose was to collect information about the “critical information needs” of Americans, access and barriers

Freedom of Expression on the Web is Called into Question When the U.S. Government Authorizes Censorship of Mexican Protest Website

On December 3, 2013, the website 1dmx.org (Mirror Here) was pulled by its host godaddy.com. The site was originally founded in 2012 as a means to protest the inauguration of controversial president, Enrique Peña Nieto. The election was under fire for multiple allegations of election fraud including allegations of buying votes. However, the official results

NAFTA’s Ghost Haunts The White House and Internet Freedom Advocates Scream: The Trans-Pacific Partnership as of March 2014

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (“TPP”) is an international trade agreement being negotiated among 12 countries including the United States, Canada, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei, Vietnam, Chile, Mexico, and Peru.  Critics have described the TPP as “NAFTA on steroids,” in part, because (1) the inclusion of Canada and Mexico will result in the TPP

Checking a Map App Is Not “Using” a Cell Phone, California Court Decides

“A person shall not drive a motor vehicle while using a wireless telephone unless that telephone is specifically designed and configured to allow hands-free listening and talking, and is used in that manner while driving.” – California Vehicle Code Section 23123(a) A California police officer issued a $165 ticket to Steven Spriggs for violating the

Stricter Efficiency Standards for Commercial Refrigerators

On February 28, 2014, the U.S. Department of Energy (“DOE”) issued a pre-publication final rule setting stricter energy conservation standards for commercial refrigerators. The DOE’s various efficiency standards—covering over 50 categories of industrial, commercial, and residential appliances and equipment—are a cheap and effective way of protecting the environment, saving manufacturers and consumers money, and encouraging

California Court: Looking at Map App While Driving is Legal

Two years ago a California man was pulled over for using a map application on his iPhone 4 while driving on a Fresno highway.  Steven Spriggs was ticketed and convicted of violating Vehicle Code Section 23123(a), which prohibits drivers from using a cell phone while driving unless it is designed to allow hands-free listening and

Twitch Plays Pokemon Still Going Strong: “Let’s Play” Losing Major Opposition to Fair Use?

We are about one year removed from Nintendo’s scorched earth campaign against “Let’s Play” videos on Youtube.  In Spring 2013, the Electronic Gaming giant contacted YouTube,  seeking t the totality of ad-revenue generated from videos featuring Nintendo IP, like those of the popular “Let’s Play” genre: a category of videos where users record and narrate