ACLU Gets Nothing On Government Surveillance From FBI And Justice Department

Thursday, January 17, 2013, by Anne Marie Tosco In January of 2012, the Supreme Court unanimously held that law enforcement could not put a warrantless GPS tracker on a suspect’s car in United States v. Jones. Following the ruling, the American Civil Liberties Union filed a request under the Freedom of Information Act compelling the

California Sex Offenders Will Not Have to Reveal Private Internet Information for Now

Wednesday, January 16, 2013, by Amanda Jones In November the voters in California voted in favor of a proposition which would require registered sex offenders to disclose information concerning their internet usage.  The proposition, termed the Californians Against Sexual Exploitation Act (“CASE Act”) applies to all those currently on the sex offender registry along with

Can Smart Guns Prevent Massacres Like Newtown?

Friday, January 11, 2013, by Collier Johnson II On December 14, 2012, a gunman entered Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut and opened fire on students and teachers killing twenty students and six adults.  Unfortunately, school shootings have become all too familiar in America.  In 1999, fifteen people were killed in a school shooting

Model Fair Use Video Removed from YouTube for Copyright Infringement

Friday, January 11, 2013, by Jonathan Ambrose In a blog posted on Wednesday, January 9th, Jonathan McIntosh recounts his recent struggle to get his mash-up video “Buffy vs Edward: Twilight Remixed” back on YouTube after an invalid DCMA takedown was filed. The video, which depicts what might have happened if Edward Cullen had directed his

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