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The recent events surrounding Edward Snowden and the NSA surveillance program are bringing domestic law enforcement surveillance into the public consciousness. In particular, the implications of Automated License Plate Readers (ALPRs), used by law enforcement agencies all over the country, are being reevaluated.

The recently implemented technology consists of a camera linked to a processing [...]

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Google vs. China

On March 30, 2010 By Rachel Perkins

After much speculation that it would pull out of China entirely, Google elected last week to lob the ball into China’s court. On Monday, March 22 Google announced on its official blog that it would stop censoring its search results in that country. David [...]

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Another iPhone App Banned from the App Store

On May 26, 2009 By JETLaw

Apple recently banned an e-book reading application called Eucalyptus from the iPhone app store. Eucalyptus doesn’t actually contain any books, but it allows users to retrieve classic books in the public domain from Project Gutenberg. Apple banned the seemingly harmless app because one of the books archived at Project Gutenberg and therefore retrievable [...]

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FTC Beginning to Notice Problems with DRM

On March 30, 2009 By JETLaw

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently hosted a workshop in Seattle that dealt with how digital rights management (DRM) has affected consumers of products ranging from music, to movies, to video games. While the workshop did not produce new regulations, individuals and organizations representing the various [...]

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More on the Pro-IP Act and its New Czar

On October 20, 2008 By JETLaw

As previously mentioned in last week’s post, the days of George W. Bush’s presidency may be dwindling, but that hasn’t stopped him from using his last months in office to strengthen federal protection for entertainment industries with the creation of a “Copyright Czar“. Despite strong objections from the Department of Justice, [...]

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Digital rights advocacy groups Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and Public Knowledge have filed a lawsuit against the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR). According to the groups, the office has neglected to respond to their Freedom of Information Act request that seeks disclosure of the USTR’s contents of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade [...]

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DMCA: Like Taking Music From a Baby

On July 20, 2008 By JETLaw

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Most of you have probably already seen the above video by now. After all, if there’s one thing that Ally McBeal taught us, it’s that there’s nothing better than a dancing baby–at least if that baby is dancing to legally licensed music. Hear that song in the background? It’s Prince’s “Let’s Go Crazy,” and [...]

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