From the monthly archives: April 2013

‘Tis the Season… for Final Exams

On April 16, 2013 By Bradlee Edmondson

JETLaw blog readers, please excuse the brief hiatus as our authors focus on final exams over the next few weeks. We will be back in full force soon!

–Brad Edmondson

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Breaking the Barrier

On April 15, 2013 By Caitlin Buckstaff

The National Hockey League (NHL) and the National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) are back in the spotlight. This time, however, the newspaper headlines are not begging for them to compromise, end a lockout, and save the second half of the hockey season. Instead, the NHL and NHLPA captured the attention of media, fans, and [...]

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Monday Morning JETLawg

On April 15, 2013 By Bradlee Edmondson

California contemplates a tough new data protection law that would require businesses holding consumers’ personal information to disclose to the consumer all of the third parties to which it has sent the information. U.S. government runs into so-called “going dark” problems intercepting Apple iMessage communications. Technology [...]

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Chalk up another win for the innovators of media distribution. In a 2-1 decision, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the lower court’s denial of a preliminary injunction against startup Aereo. While trial seems likely given broadcasters’ desire to stop the new business model entirely, Aereo is using the momentum to move forward. Rumors [...]

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Turning the Tables on Trolls

On April 11, 2013 By Will Pickens

Lawsuits filed by non-practicing entities (NPEs), or patent trolls, have become increasingly problematic for businesses that actually invent things or use patented technology (operating companies). In fact, the number of operating companies named in lawsuits involving NPEs in US courts has more than tripled between 2008 and 2012, even after adjusting for a recent one-time [...]

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No Country for Old Mp3s

On April 10, 2013 By Veronica Gordon

You can resell your old CDs, tapes, and records. That’s a no-brainer for music lovers who have sifted through piles of records to find old-school gems. But, according to a federal court in New York’s Southern District, the same right does not apply to the resale of digital files. So much for keeping that tradition [...]

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Your Phone Just Called. It’s Tracking You.

On April 9, 2013 By Tim Van Hal

Just last week, a new report published in Nature’s Scientific Reports confirmed what many already knew and some feared: mobile devices can be used to identify people regardless of whether the information was “anonymized.” That is right: your phone and its data, even if it is touted as “anonymous,” can be used to [...]

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As has been repeatedly reported in the media over the past few years, online postings are becoming common sources of evidence in divorce and other family law litigation. This article will discuss recent studies and surveys that have examined the increased use of online postings as evidence in divorce cases, as well as how courts [...]

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Ok, we agree, that was dumb[.]” This was the statement coming from the General Manager of Maxis Entertainment following the massive bungling of its most recent software launch.  Anyone remotely familiar with the music or film industry undoubtedly knows about both industries’ attempts to use digital rights management software (DRM) to keep their creations from [...]

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Monday Morning JETLawg

On April 8, 2013 By Bradlee Edmondson

Bank not liable to cyber-heist victim company that had expressly declined to use the additional security controls it offered A federal district court hears arguments about whether the FBI’s use of a “stingray” device, which pretends to be a cell phone tower so that it can collect information from phones and [...]

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