From the monthly archives: July 2011

…assuming it’s a mobile medical app.  In a draft guidance released last week, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced and clarified its intent to regulate certain “mobile medical apps” in accordance with already extant federal regulations.  Now before you sound the alarms, the Angry Birds and Black’s Law Dictionary [...]

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Just over a year ago today, script writer Martin Alexander filed a lawsuit against ABC’s Emmy award-winning television show Modern Family, claiming that the defendants illegally copied the concept for the show from his copyrighted pilot for the sitcom Loony Ben. While Alexander’s Loony Ben bears several similarities to the hit show, a New [...]

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Is Big Brother Watching You?

On July 26, 2011 By Thomas Booms

At what point do law enforcement agencies cross the line from protecting citizens to infringing on civil liberties and privacy rights? This question is being addressed with increasing frequency, and is raised again with the planned implementation of BI2 Technologies’ new scanner, a hand-held facial recognition device called MORIS (Mobile Offender [...]

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Monday Morning JETLawg

On July 25, 2011 By JETLaw

In the news…

An “Apple Store” in China was recently revealed to be a fake, taking the idea of counterfeiting to a new level.

Hacker groups Anonymous and LulzSec taunt FBI over recent arrests of hackers suspected to be involved in the 2010 PayPal data breach.

Recently-discovered security [...]

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Over the past decade, internet users have taken part in a continuously changing online experience.  Privacy, one of the most dynamic features of this experience, always seems to be the cause of significant shifts in online behavior.  In the beginning, there were chat rooms resembling the wild west, where users could complain, comment, [...]

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Baidu, China’s largest search engine, on Tuesday announced a major licensing deal with with One-Stop China–a joint venture between the Universal Music Group, the Warner Music Group, and Sony BMG. The deal will allow China-based web users to legally download and stream hundreds of thousands of songs for free. Under [...]

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A challenge to the Transportation Security Administration’s controversial full-body scans took a crash landing Friday when a federal court of appeals upheld the screenings against a slew of constitutional and statutory challenges.

Advanced Imaging Technology (AIT) scans use low-intensity X-rays or radio frequencies to map an undressed image of air travelers as they [...]

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The National Law Journal recently reported that 78 percent of the top 100 U.S. law firms have twitter accounts. However, a small minority of firms are actually using their accounts frequently. According to Adrian Dayton, who has authored a book on the subject, [...]

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It’s Tricky: Appropriation Art and Fair Use

On July 18, 2011 By JETLaw

In May, a federal district court found Thierry Guetta, the artist featured in the Academy Award nominated Banksy film “Exit Through the Gift Shop,” liable for copyright infringement. In 1985, Glen Friedman took a photograph of the rap group Run D.M.C., which he published in his 1994 book “Fuck You Heroes.” Guetta later obtained the photograph [...]

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Monday Morning JETLawg

On July 18, 2011 By JETLaw

In the news…

Connecticut begins investigating Groupon for possible violations of consumer protection laws that prohibit coupons from expiring.

Some believe the value of social media website Facebook may have reached the $100 billion mark.

Apple wins preliminary ruling that HTC infringed two of its patents.

Spotify officially [...]

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