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Monday Morning JETLawg

On September 2, 2013 By Bradlee Edmondson

A bill passed in New Zealand effectively bans software patents by labeling them ‘not inventions.’ A newly invented process, implemented in software, would still be patentable, but the software that implements it would not itself be patentable. Will this square New Zealand’s goal with the TRIPS Agreement’s requirement that patents be available [...]

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Kathryn Brown’s Student Note, The Risks of Taking Facebook at Face Value: Why the Psychology of Social Networking Should Influence the Evidentiary Relevance of Facebook Photographs, was cited by U.S. Magistrate Judge A. Kathleen Tomlinson in Giacchetto v. Patchogue-Medford Union Free Sch. Dist., No. 2:11-cv-06323 (ADS) (AKT), 2013 WL 2897054, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 83341 (E.D.N.Y. [...]

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If you’re unfamiliar, Airbnb is like a mix of eBay and Couchsurfing: people list their property on the site, and vacationers rent that property. Property owners can make money when they’re not at home, and vacationers have more choice when visiting a city—a win-win, or most would think. Of course, being a stranger-to-stranger [...]

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Your Phone Just Called. It’s Tracking You.

On April 9, 2013 By Tim Van Hal

Just last week, a new report published in Nature’s Scientific Reports confirmed what many already knew and some feared: mobile devices can be used to identify people regardless of whether the information was “anonymized.” That is right: your phone and its data, even if it is touted as “anonymous,” can be used to [...]

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As has been repeatedly reported in the media over the past few years, online postings are becoming common sources of evidence in divorce and other family law litigation. This article will discuss recent studies and surveys that have examined the increased use of online postings as evidence in divorce cases, as well as how courts [...]

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Blurry Future for Google Glass

On April 3, 2013 By Michael Silliman

Google’s new augmented reality device “Google Glass” is promising, to say the least. The head-mounted computer boasts the ability to take pictures, record videos, start Google Hangouts, and get turn-by-turn directions, all through a visual overlay controlled by voice commands. (For more on the technology itself [...]

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So far, 2013 has been anticlimactic for litigators waiting for an authoritative appellate decision addressing the rules of social media discovery. Although state and federal trial courts have established some basic parameters regarding the accessibility of private social content in litigation, there remains a conspicuous lack of appellate court guidance on the [...]

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For most Americans, the Newtown tragedy served as a gut-wrenching reminder that life is precious.  The massacre instantly brought communities together, prompting thousands of citizens to publicize condolences and donate to Newtown-related charities.  However, according to three Congress members from Connecticut, many Facebook tribute pages have [...]

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Social Media and a Fair Trial… Again

On February 11, 2013 By Erin Reimer


In recent years, the judicial system has struggled to strike the proper balance between free speech and a fair trial in a world where social media is ever-pervasive.  In just the last year, John Craven noted that juror tweets have caused numerous mistrials, Marina Visan reported [...]

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NLRB Protects Social Net Speech by Employees

On January 29, 2013 By Brooke McLeod

As an increasing number of employees use social media like Facebook and Twitter to communicate with their coworkers, the NLRB has recently issued a series of rulings and advisories that seek to protect employee rights in a social media context. Employers often seek to discourage employees from posting comments that reflect [...]

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