From the monthly archives: March 2013

The Cloud and Your Privacy

On March 19, 2013 By Nick Barry

Privacy concerns for cloud computing range from hackers obtaining personal information to searches by the government.  What is rarely considered are the autoscan searches routinely conducted by some cloud providers.  These autoscans usually search material when it is uploaded or downloaded.  The cloud providers accomplish this by comparing “ Continue Reading

Google Settles Street View Privacy Case

On March 18, 2013 By Mike Ritter

Internet search giant Google has agreed to a settlement, including a $7 million payout, with a group of states in a case involving privacy complaints. The complaints stem from Google’s street view cars, which travel the roads taking 360-degree pictures as well as the location of wireless hotspots and cell phone towers. They [...]

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Monday Morning JETLawg

On March 18, 2013 By Bradlee Edmondson

The Economist highlights business’ calls for a federal cause of action for intellectual property theft The FTC issues preliminary recommendations for mobile payment apps, focusing on privacy and security National Security Advisor Tom Donilon publicly expresses concern over the “cyber intrusions emanating from China [...]

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A few weeks ago, a 75-year-old farmer from Indiana who was sued for using the progeny of patented soy beans found himself before the Supreme Court.  Vernon Bowman originally represented himself against seed giant Monsanto when he was sued by the company four years ago.  By the time he reached the Supreme Court late [...]

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Patent and antitrust laws have the potential to work harmoniously in achieving the goal of encouraging innovation and while promoting commerce.  However, there is also a natural tension between patent and antitrust laws, particularly when a patent holder attempts to exceed his exclusionary rights, thereby negatively affecting competition.  This tension is underscored [...]

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JETLaw Jumps the Rankings

On March 13, 2013 By Brandon Trout

In the annual law journal rankings compiled by Washington and Lee University School of Law, JETLaw has risen an astonishing eighty-five spots to our highest rank ever! See http://lawlib.wlu.edu/LJ/index.aspx for more details. Currently the highest rated Arts and Entertainment Law Journal outside of New York City, JETLaw is accepting submissions now.

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As of late last year Google’s driverless test cars have driven 300,000 miles with only two accidents.  That itself would be impressive, but one of those two accidents occurred when the car was being driven by a human driver and the other was when it was rear-ended by, of course, a human-driven car. [...]

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Robots: Jurors of the Future?

On March 12, 2013 By Mary Fletcher King

Will we one day no longer be judged by a jury of peers but by a jury of robots? Scientists are currently teaching robots to identify false testimony. The authors of the study, Tommaso Fornaciari and Massimo Poesio, explain that “effective methods for evaluating the reliability of statements issued by witnesses [...]

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You’ve probably been the victim of a misleading text from one of your favorite companies promising gift cards or other fabulous prizes.  By clicking the link, you’d likely have been directed to a web site asking for your personal information, such as social security or credit card number, and rarely leading to an actual reward. [...]

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Monday Morning JETLawg

On March 11, 2013 By Brandon Trout

FTC report on mobile payments raises concerns about ‘cramming‘ on carrier billing. Bipartisan bill to re-legalize cellphone unlocking introduced in Senate.

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