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An Italian magazine claims the NSA eavesdropped on Vatican communications just before Pope Benedict resigned earlier this year. The NSA denies ‘targeting’ the Vatican, despite the magazine’s claim that it placed Vatican communications into various categories: “leadership intentions, threats to the financial system, foreign policy objectives[,] and human rights.” [...]Continue Reading →
Once again we had many news items this week, so we are posting a second round-up. We found a number of legal technology projects attempting to change the way laws are made, interpreted, and complied with far into the future.
How will lawmaking, legal education, and legal practice look in fifty [...]Continue Reading →
Privacy & Social Media:
California creates a minor’s right to be forgotten online. (In contrast, the EU Court of Justice found in June that EU law contains no general right to be forgotten.) [H/T Privacy, E-Commerce & Data Security's Summer 2013 Newsletter (PDF)] Google may be getting ready to use your [...]Continue Reading →
On October 2, 2013 By Patrick Tricker January 26, 2014
If prosecutors are going to effectively prosecute identity theft and stolen computer code, New York needs to upgrade its laws for the 21st Century, according to a report [PDF] released last week by a New York State task force led by Manhattan district attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr.
New York’s criminal code has not [...]Continue Reading →
On September 9, 2013 By Mark Foley January 14, 2015
In historic fashion, New Zealand’s Parliament passed a bill stating that computer programs are “not inventions” and thus not patentable. Although the bill carves out an exception for embedded software, it significantly restricts the scope of patentable computer software. The bill’s proponents contend that patent protection is inconsistent with [...]Continue Reading →
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 “without [...]Continue Reading →
On January 14, 2011 By Lacey Logsdon January 14, 2011
The Ninth Circuit recently issued the last of three decisions concerning the “first sale doctrine” – a limitation on copyright established by the Supreme Court over one hundred years ago.
The first sale doctrine allows the purchaser of a lawfully-made copy of copyrighted material to transfer his/her copy without seeking permission from the copyright [...]Continue Reading →
On August 17, 2010 By Jeremy Francis August 17, 2010
Is it really 2054 already? That’s the year in which the Tom Cruise vehicle “Minority Report” takes place. In the movie, Cruise heads a futuristic crime-fighting unit that bases arrests and convictions on visions by three psychic beings who can see murders before they happen.
What was once the realm of science fiction has [...]Continue Reading →
Every three years, the U.S. Copyright Office reviews the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), and issues opinions on how it should be interpreted. The most talked about exception the Office recently released is its ruling on the legality of “jailbreaking” an iPhone. Much to Apple’s dismay, jailbreaking an iPhone is fair use, which [...]Continue Reading →
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