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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 [...]

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RSA Blames NSA

On September 30, 2013 By Jonathan Hoffmann

Last week, RSA, the security division of EMC, recommended that its customers stop using a community-developed encryption algorithm standard known as Dual EC DRBG because the NSA had inserted a backdoor into that cryptographic key creation product. This move by RSA came after the NIST issued a [...]

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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 [...]

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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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Ninth Circuit Speaks Up on the First Sale Doctrine

On January 14, 2011 By Lacey Logsdon

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 [...]

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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 [...]

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iPhone “Jailbreaking” is Fair Use

On August 2, 2010 By Theresa Weisenberger

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 [...]

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The most popular social-networking website just hit a major milestone: 500 million users. It celebrated this milestone by launching a new application, Facebook Stories. Few people would disagree that Facebook has come a long way since its humble beginnings. I remember joining back when membership was limited to people with valid [...]

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New App Blocks Texting While Driving

On January 20, 2010 By Rachel Purcell

Darcy Ahl, a Massachusetts mom, has developed a new software application for cell phones that will not allow for texting or phone calls while driving. The app starts working when a cell phone is in a car that is moving at more than 5 miles per hour, and doesn’t disable at red lights [...]

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Digital Forensic Service Offered by Dell

On July 9, 2009 By JETLaw

Dell has created and launched a package of software designed to help police catch and convict criminals by preserving, organizing, and analyzing digital evidence. The software enables users to create and manage their own datacenters–repositories of evidence and information on criminal suspects.

One advantage this type of data management provides to law enforcement [...]

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