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Open Sesame

On September 19, 2012 By Veronica Gordon

The American landscape can seem sharply divided during a presidential election year. Yet, in the midst of political ads and spin, if there is one thing both parties can openly agree on, it’s the need for more transparency. That’s where the open data movement comes in. The open data movement seeks to provide more [...]

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Few moments in a playwright’s life can compare to the anticipation, thrill, and excitement of opening night.  Many are so fraught with nerves they can’t even watch.  But on the opening night of his new play, “3C,” playwright David Adjmi found himself battling not only nervous jitters, but a squadron of lawyers attempting [...]

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Freedom to File Share

On July 27, 2012 By Amelia McKeithen

Freedom of religion is not a new concept.  However, in Sweden, the concept is being put to a very new test.  The website for a new religion called kopimism, recently recognized by the Swedish government, references the Swedish Constitution in stating that “every citizen is against the government guaranteed freedom of religion: [...]

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Copyright law and Wikipedia

On July 26, 2012 By Samara Pals

One of the traditional justifications for copyright law is that it incentivizes inventors to create. Recently one MIT economist, Abhishek Nagaraj, studied how the copyright law regime affects Wikipedia and how resources like Wikipedia affect our collective body of knowledge. The issues go back to Google starting to digitize magazines [...]

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Monday Morning JETLawg

On July 23, 2012 By JETLaw

‘Three’s Company’ lawyers object to the play 3C. A federal appeals court suggested Friday that it may affirm its previous ruling that human genes can be patented. Twitter will appeal a subpoena that it must turn over messages from an Occupy supporter. Romance novelists sue [...]

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SHIELD Act or Horse and Buggy?

On July 20, 2012 By Nick Barry

The Secure High-voltage Infrastructure for Electricity from Lethal Damage Act (SHIELD Act, HR 668), aims to protect America’s electric grid against an Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) event.  There are essentially only two static events that could cause significant EMP damage: 1) a coronal mass ejection (CME) (or solar storm) or 2) Continue Reading

(Not very)

On June 14, 2012 By Joel Slater

In 2011, Matthew Inman, an internet cartoonist and author of the popular cartoon and website The Oatmeal, posted a public complaint on his blog. Basically, Inman was frustrated that the website had taken several of his copyrighted comics and hosted them on its website without attribution and often with his website URL photoshopped [...]

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UK court is Third Billy Goat Gruff

On June 11, 2012 By Samara Pals

Internet trolls use the anonymity of the Internet to inflame emotions, tarnish reputations and possibly damage careers. In Internet slang, troll refers to someone who participates in a range of actions from attacking total strangers and celebrities to bullying.  Recently trolls received worldwide attention for their attacks on Nicola Brookes and [...]

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Early this past fall, a user of Reddit, an online message board of user-submitted content, posed the question “Could I destroy the Roman Empire during the reign of Augustus if I traveled back in time with a modern U.S. Marine infantry battalion or MEU?” A few hours later, a user going by the name [...]

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For the social networking crowd, Pinterest is an explosive (and admittedly addictive) new fad. The wildly popular website panders to the millennial generation’s fascination with online soul-baring by replacing traditional social networking profiles with more aesthetically pleasing user pinboards. These boards allow Pinterest members to flaunt their favorite recipes, vacation destinations, home decor, and anything [...]

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