Antitrust

  • A federal district court judge dismisses an antitrust lawsuit brought by Starlight Cinemas against Regal Entertainment regarding Regal’s exclusivity agreements with major movie studios.

Copyright

  • Getty Images announces that its copyright “enforcement policies are being ramped down.”

Cryptocurrency

  • The Electronic Frontier Foundation, reddit, and the Internet Archive file comments with the New York State Department of Financial Services expressing concerns with the state’s proposed BitLicense regulatory scheme for digital currencies.

Litigation

  • A California judge denies actress Anne Greene’s motion to strike producers’ counterclaims alleging that her refusal to film nude sex scenes breached the “Nudity Rider” of her contract.
  • Frank Sivero of the Godfather Part II and Goodfellas files a $250 million lawsuit against Fox Television Studios over a Simpsons mob character allegedly modeled after himself.
  • Warner Bros. subsidiary New Line Cinema gets slapped with a RICO claim which alleges that the studio participated in “money laundering to acquire and conceal their victim’s assets and to cheat victims of their income.
  • A original creators of a popular Ferrari fan page on Facebook file a lawsuit against Ferrari alleging the manufacturer took control of the page from them with Facebook’s help.
  • Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg files a lawsuit against the lawyers that represented Paul Ceglia, the man who claimed he was entitled to half of Facebook.

Privacy & Cybersecurity

  • BBC objects to the EU’s “right to be forgotten,” stating that 46 of it’s articles have been removed from Google’s search results without a formal appeals process.
  • GreatFire.org reports that China is using its national firewall to engage in a man-in-the-middle attack against Apple iCloud users within the country.
  • The Department of Homeland Security Privacy Office releases its annual report to Congress revealing that its backlog of FOIA requests has nearly doubled this year.
  • The Supreme Court grants cert in a Fourth Amendment privacy case addressing whether police may access hotel guest registries without a warrant.
  • Office supply retailer Staples announces that a credit card breach may have occurred.
  • The Center of Investigative publishes a 2012 memorandum of understanding revealing that several Virginia police departments have been sharing and compiling large amounts of telephone metadata for a database for years.
  • The Department of Homeland Security announces that its Industrial Control Systems-Cyber Emergency Response Team is working with the Food and Drug Administration and medical device manufacturers to address potential cybersecurity flaws.

Technology

  • IBM offloads its chip manufacturing business to GlobalFoundries, paying it 1.5 billion to complete the transfer.

Telecommunications

  • U.S. District Judge Alison Nathan issues an injunction enjoining Aereo from streaming copyrighted programs over the Internet while the programs are being broadcast.
  • Verizon expresses its concern to the Federal Communications Commission regarding the applicability of the legacy cable regulatory regime to Internet TV packages.
  • The Federal Communications Commission suspends its review of the proposed Comcast and Time Warner Cable merger, and the proposed AT&T and DirectTV merger.

Trademark

  • A Texas judge rules that trademark protection does not extend to the taste of pizza.
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