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

NC Business Court Judge Rejects the First Attempt to Litigate Under N.C. Gen Stat. § 62-350

Wednesday, October 10, 2012, by Katherine Street NC Business Court Judge Rejects the First Attempt to Litigate Under N.C. Gen Stat. § 62-350 Communications companies, such as those providing telephone, cable television, and internet services, have used electric utility infrastructure for decades to access their customers. When the communications services are provided via transmission through

The Case for Regulating Bitcoin

Wednesday, October 10, 2012, by Eli Timberg Bitcoin is the most unique, and arguably the most important, of new online currencies that are growing in popularity.  The fast ascension of Bitcoin, a currency unregulated by either a government or corporation, brings with it a new frontier for online consumers; a world free from credit card

No Copyrighting Yoga Poses, Football Games, or Acupuncture Procedures?

Friday, October 5, 2012, by Seiko Okada An exercise or a posture is not copyrightable under the Copyright Act.  Whether specific sequences of movements are copyrightable has not, however, been entirely clear. The Copyright Office now has taken an official stance in an effort to resolve that question. Bikram Choudhury, the founder of Bikram Yoga,