Welcome to the fall 2013 season of JETLaw blogging! We will resume regular entertainment, technology, and intellectual property law blogging this week.

  • The Snowden leaks continued with the Washington Post, this time revealing (alleged) NSA documents that show an internal audit revealing thousands of unauthorized policy violations in the course of its surveillance. [H/T Orin Kerr]
  • Robin Thicke sued Marvin Gaye’s family and the band Funkadelic to clear up allegations that his hit single “Blurred Lines” impermissibly borrowed from Gaye’s “Got to Give It Up” and Funkadelic’s “Sexy Ways.”
  • Apple must defend a suit brought by an iPhone owner alleging that it improperly allowed app developers to access personal information. [H/T Eric Goldman]
  • Forbes runs a piece on the supposedly booming business of narcotics e-commerce. It estimates that the “dark web” site Silk Road takes in millions of dollars annually. [H/T Cybercrime Review, where--full disclosure--I am occasionally a contributor]
  • Time Warner Cable (TWC) is sued by customers in a class action over the unavailability of CBS programming due to the ongoing TWC-CBS dispute.
  • The United States re-filed its in rem action seeking to recover, among other things, Michael Jackson’s famous crystal-encrusted “Bad Tour” glove. The glove was bought by Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue, the (alleged) corrupt dictator of Equatorial Guinea.
  • The Washington Post claims it was successfully attacked by Syrian cyberforces allegedly allied to embattled dictator Bashar al-Assad.

–Brad Edmondson

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