• Was that bribery? There’s an app for that! Latham & Watkins releases an app detailing anti-corruption and bribery statutes across many countries. [H/T Law Technology News]
  • False advertising claims (some of them, anyway) against Frito-Lay, based on an “All-Natural” label applied to GMO products, survive. [H/T @rtushnet]
  • After many antics and requests for sanctions in a suit in Georgia brought by the likely-defunct porn copyright troll Prenda, both Prenda and the counter-moving defendant are ENJOINED (emphasis in original) from filing additional motions in the case. We previously wrote about Prenda’s antics here. [H/T @Techdirt]
  • The Oneida Indian Nation will spend the NFL season protesting the name of the football team from Washington, D.C. as racist, and therefore disparaging and subject to trademark cancellation. Some writers and publishers have decided they will not use the term “Redskins,” including Slate, Sports Illustrated blog Monday Morning Quarterback, the alt-weekly Washington City Paper, and the Kansas City Star (which instituted its policy in 2012). Dave Zirin on Grantland.com called for a change as well, though he did not promise not to use the term. We previously wrote about the issue here.
  • A new (old) painting is authenticated as a Van Gogh, the first full-canvas work by the artist discovered since 1928. Like the rest of his works, this one is now in the public domain, but if it had been discovered sooner, the copyright would be enforceable (e.g., by the artist’s estate or assignee).
  • An Ohio man confessed on YouTube to accidentally killing someone while driving drunk, then “procedurally” enter a not guilty plea (though his attorney says he may still be willing to ultimately plead guilty).
  • The EU funds a project to develop a robotic exoskeleton for industrial worker, seeking productivity gains as well as enormous safety benefits. [H/T The Verge]
  • The Ninth Circuit allows the Google Streetview wiretapping case over unprotected WiFi hotspots to go forward. It held that the Wiretap Act, 18 U.S.C. §§ 2510-2522, contemplates Streetview-style collection of unencrypted WiFi traffic from publicly accessible locations. Google Scholar has the case; we previously wrote about the issue here and here. [H/T Glenn Manishin; Orin Kerr]
  • We somehow missed Recap the Law, a crowdsourced effort to ‘free’ information stored in online docket management and court filing system PACER, when we discussed the aftermath of the the Aaron Swartz-JSTOR CFAA suit earlier this year.
  • The Software Freedom Conservancy, which defends license requirements for open-source software projects, recently worked with Samsung to resolve GPL licensing noncompliance issue at the South Korean technology giant.
  • Several HTC product design executives were arrested in Taiwan for selling trade secrets to Chinese entrepreneurs. [H/T JDsupra]
  • More in the smartphone patent wars: Corel-owned software firm Micrografx sues Google, Samsung, and Motorola over its vector graphics patents 5,959,633, 6,057,854, and 6,552,732. Whatever you think of software patents (New Zealand recently banned them altogether), at least Micrografx is not a patent troll: it really did create and sell software. [H/T Techmeme, Florian Mueller]
  • A federal judge rules in Tuteur v. Crosley-Corcoran, No. 13-10159-RGS, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 128924,  (D. Mass. Sept. 10, 2013),  that copyright holders do not have to consider fair use before issuing a DMCA take-down notice. [H/T Devlin Hartline]

–Brad Edmondson

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