Antitrust

  • The Department of Justice files a lawsuit to block the proposed $375 million merger of in-theater advertising companies National CineMedia and Screenvision.

Copyright

  • The Electronic Frontier Foundation files an official exemption request with the Library of Congress seeking an exemption from the Digital Millennium Copyright Act that would allow users to modify and essentially revive video games that are were abandoned and rendered unplayable because its developers have shut down game servers.
  • Marvel moves to subpoena Google for identifying information on the user that allegedly leaked an early trailer and scene from the upcoming movie Avengers: Age of Ultron.
  • A judge enters a default judgment against rapper Ghostface Killah after failing to show up for a lawsuit which alleges the rapper sampled the ”Iron Man Theme.”
  • German newspaper FAZ reports that false DMCA claims, which forced a YouTube user to disclose their identity to get their anti-Islamic channel, Al Hayat TV, back online, resulted in death threats being sent to the channel staff.

Litigation

  • HLN host Nancy Grace settles a lawsuit after allegedly slandering Michael Skakel, a nephew of Robert F. Kennedy.
  • The Federal Trade Commission fines JDI Dating, operator of several dating websites such as Flirtcrowd.com and Findmelove.com, $616,165 for using fake profiles and messages to get members to upgrade to paid subscriptions.
  • Federal prosecutors charge a Texas man in the first bitcoin-related securities fraud case in the United States.

Patents

  • The Federal Trade Commission announces a settlement with patent troll MPHJ Technology Investments that would prevent the company from making misleading claims and and threatening patent infringement lawsuits it has no intention of pursuing.

Privacy & Cybersecurity

  • Police seize hundreds of darknet websites operating on the Tor anonymity network in a coordinated international crackdown on the illicit drugs and services markets.
  • The Electronic Frontier Foundation reports that Verizon Wireless secretly injects trackers into its  users’ web traffic, effectively allowing websites to create permanent profiles of a user’s web browsing habits.
  • The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) proposes a rule change that would allow any judge in the country to issue a search warrant allowing authorities ”to use remote access to search electronic storage media and to seize or copy electronically stored information” if the location of that information is concealed.
  • A white-hat hacker discovers an unpatched privilege-escalation bug, named “Rootpipe,” in Apple’s Yosemite OS X that could allow an attacker to take control of Apple computers running the OS.
  • The FBI announces its arrest of the alleged owner and operator of Silk Road 2.0.
  • Home Depot announces hackers obtained 53 million email addresses during its previously announced data breach.

Sports

  • Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson pleads no contest to one count of misdemeanor reckless assault for using a wooden switch to discipline one of his children.

Telecommunications

  • Activists file a petition opposing the renewal of a Los Angeles television station’s broadcast license based on the station’s use of the word “Redskins.”
  • The Federal Communications Commission faces pressures to ban broadcasters from using the name “Redskins” on the air.

Trademark

  • The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals overturns a decision giving the WWE a win in its fight against sellers of counterfeit merchandise near its events.
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