#vindicated: Courtney Love Wins America’s First “Twibel” Lawsuit

A California jury recently found in favor of Courtney Love in the nation’s first libel-via-Twitter, or “Twibel,” lawsuit.  After eight days of testimony and three hours of deliberations, the jury determined that Love was not liable for publicly posting a disparaging tweet about her former attorney, Rhonda Holmes, concluding that Love did not realize the

Government Reaches Agreement with Tech Companies on Surveillance Demands

After months of public outcry in response to the ongoing revelations about sweeping government electronic surveillance programs, the Obama administration announced an agreement this week with leading tech companies, including Apple, Google, Facebook, and Microsoft, that would allow the companies to disclose to customers more information about their compliance with government demands for information.  It

U.S. Court of Appeals Strikes FCC Open Internet Order: What Does This Mean for the Consumer?

On Tuesday, Feb, 10 2014, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia struck down an F.C.C. regulation that mandated net neutrality. The “Open Internet” order prevents Internet service providers (ISPs) from regulating the content of the internet. Rather, ISPs charge an access fee in which the consumer pays for the right to

Remixing the Copyright System: A Look at the Problems Faced by the Creators of Remixes and the Recent Attempts to Solve the Problem

In July 2013, the Department of Commerce’s (“DOC”) Internet Policy Task Force released a green paper called Copyright Right Policy, Creativity, and Innovation in the Digital Economy. This paper sought public comment on a number of specific challenges in copyright law brought about by the digital revolution, with copyrightable works now being easy to access,

A Death Sentence? EPA Proposes to Mandate Carbon Capture Technology for all new Coal Plants

On January 8, 2014, the Environmental Protection Agaency (EPA) submitted to the Federal Register its proposed rule on New Source Performance Standards (NSPS), which would require all new coal-fired power plants to employ Carbon Capture technology to reduce their emissions. The move has met extreme opposition from industry groups. EPA’s NSPS program applies specific technology

Cellphone Search Scrutiny Soon

The Fourth Amendment of the Constitution protects “persons, houses, papers, and effects” from unreasonable search or seizure. While the amendment’s protections may seem straightforward, Americans will not know until this summer whether information stored on their cell phones counts as a paper or effect for the purposes of the amendment’s protection against searches. The Supreme

Ninth Circuit: Bloggers Protected by First Amendment

On January 17, 2014, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled that bloggers have the same first amendment protections as journalists when sued for defamation.  The case, Obsidian Finance v. Fox, was brought by Kevin Padrick, a bankruptcy trustee at Obsidian Finance Group, and Obsidian against blogger Crystal Cox after Cox wrote

Tech-Savvy Kids Costs Apple Millions, Forces change in iTunes Billing Practices

  When you start having to key in your length iTunes password for every, individual purchase, you now know who to blame.  Following the conclusion of a three year investigation into Apple’s billing practices, the Federal Trade Commission announced yesterday that Apple will be paying at least $32.5 million to settle complaints over children racking

Personal Genetics Firms must Show Their Work to Avoid Breeding Trouble

  The more we learn about human genomics and the effects of an individual’s DNA on their future health, the more possibilities “personalized medicine” seems to have as the future in modern diagnostic and treatment procedures. However, it sometimes also appears that for every advance in medical technology that could increase the efficacy of personalized