Copyright

  • Viacom settles its seven-year-old lawsuit against Google over video clips uploaded on YouTube.
  • A jury finds MP3Tunes founder Michael Robertson liable for infringing the copyrights of several record labels and music publishers.
  • Teller prevails in a copyright lawsuit against another magician over his Shadows magic performance.
  • James Cameron prevails in another Avatar lawsuit.
  • Kanye West and Kim Kardashian file a lawsuit against YouTube founder Chad Hurley for allegedly violating the confidentiality provisions of a “celebrity appearance release” by posting footage of Kanye West’s marriage proposal to Kim Kardashian.
  • Artist Richard Prince settles the lawsuit brought by photographer Patrick Cariou after admitting to using, altering, and incorporating Carious’s photos into a series of paintings and collages.
  • GoldieBlox settles a fair-use lawsuit brought by the Beastie Boys over the viral ‘Girls’ video.

Cybercrime & Cybersecurity

  • Malware spreads through false Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 videos on Facebook.
  • International law firm, McKenna Long & Aldridge notifies a state attorney general’s office of a data breach.
  • Windigo, malware redirects users to malicious websites, infects 10,000 Linux servers.
  • Japan hosts a hacking simulation to prepare for the 2020 Olympics.
  • Mt. Gox finds 200,000 missing Bitcoins worth over $115M in an old wallet.

Information Security & Surveillance

  • A new French consumer law increases the investigative powers of the French Data Protection Authority (“CNIL”) by allowing it to conduct online inspections to identify violations of the French Data Protection Act.
  • Brazilian lawmakers remove a provision in pending legislation that would have required internet companies to store the data of Brazilians within the country.
  • The Northern District of California denies class certification to plaintiffs suing Google over its practice of scanning emails for advertising purposes.
  • In a ruling on a warrant application, a federal judge chastises the Justice Department for its practice of repeatedly requesting overly broad searches of people’s email accounts.
  • A report reveals that the NSA MYSTIC voice interception system can record all of the phone calls in a foreign country for playback for up to 30 days.
  • The Washington Nationals may face a penalty from the Federal Aviation Administration for using a drone to take photos.
  • The Los Angeles Police Department and Sheriff’s Department argue that all cars in Los Angeles are under investigation.

Patent

  • The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit reversed the patent non-infringement decision of the District Court for the Central District of California in Vederi v. Google, signaling more troubles for Google’s Street View project.

Social Media

  • Twitter considers hiding the @ and # scaffolding language in tweets.

Technology

  • A Virginia federal court approves service by Facebook, LinkedIn, and email in a trademark infringement suit.

Entertainment

  • A judge in the Superior Court of California issues a ruling tentatively denying Rebecca Reyes, the former LAPD police officer who took the photo of singer Rihanna’s bruised face in 2009, a writ of mandate to set aside a final order upholding the termination of her employment.
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