From the monthly archives: February 2013

Monday Morning JETLawg

On February 18, 2013 By Brandon Trout

Facebook wins German case to force users to use their real names online. FAA moves ahead with plans to allow drone test flights in US airspace. Even Obama knows patent trolls are “extorting” money. Google files first patent suit against British Telecom. HP [...]

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Remember Tim Donaghy?  The now-disgraced NBA referee officiated from 1994 until 2007, when he abruptly resigned.  The reason behind his resignation became obvious a mere five weeks later when he plead guilty to federal charges related to altering the outcome of NBA games for gambling purposes.

The controversy lit the powder [...]

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There’s something about sharing a beloved book, CD, or movie with a friend.  Not only you do you get to share something you enjoyed, but it increases the social nature of media, sparking discussions and expanding horizons.

Unfortunately, the days of sharing media are disappearing.  As digital distribution models proliferate, options for sharing books, software, [...]

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Hate Crimes, Beards, and a Mullet

On February 13, 2013 By J.P. Urban

Although the Amish attacks were brazen, victims were initially reluctant to come forward, in part because the Amish community is insulated from mainstream society

The JETlaw Blog typically focuses on the cutting edge of technological innovation and the laws that govern it.  Today, however, we are going to take a moment to remind ourselves that technology cannot solve all [...]

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“Curbing Copyblight” Recognized

On February 12, 2013 By Brandon Trout

Professor John Tehranian’s article “Curbing Copyblight” has been selected by the Intellectual Property Law Review to be republished in its forthcoming 2013 edition. The article can be found here.

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Cheating the Game or Cheating the Company

On February 12, 2013 By Hunter Branstetter

For the generation that grew up with console games, cheats are part of the videogame experience.  Whether through codes intentionally written into the game (such as the famous Konami code in the image above), third-party devices like a GameGenie or GameShark, or  exploiting glitches and bugs, players have found ways to change the [...]

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Social Media and a Fair Trial… Again

On February 11, 2013 By Erin Reimer


In recent years, the judicial system has struggled to strike the proper balance between free speech and a fair trial in a world where social media is ever-pervasive.  In just the last year, John Craven noted that juror tweets have caused numerous mistrials, Marina Visan reported [...]

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Monday Morning JETLawg

On February 11, 2013 By Brandon Trout

Patent Trolls says it owns podcasting. Activision makes DMCA takedown request to YouTube after North Korea uses Call of Duty footage in a recent propaganda video.

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U.N. to Regulate the Internet?

On February 8, 2013 By Dahni Barav

We are likely all used to companies collecting information about our private online activity.  Most top internet sites install tracking software that monitors activity across domains.  With such pervasive internet surveillance already in place, one might ask what expectations of online privacy remain.

Despite open acknowledgement of private internet monitoring, most of the international community has [...]

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Google recently released its latest biannual Transparency Report, detailing government and court requests it received for user data and its compliance rates with those requests. Unsurprisingly, the United States was far ahead of the pack with 8,438 requests, more than tripling India, which came in second with 2,431 requests. As a new feature [...]

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