I’m thinking, meh … don’t really have a lot to say this time round. Much of the big ugly same, and the NSA. So here’s some of this week’s feeds maybe clustered by subject, but that’s about it:
- Want To Encourage Gossipy Content Online? Go For It–Jones v. TheDirty (Forbes Cross-Post)
- Microsoft drops case that severed DNS hosting for millions of No-IP nodes
- Four Unanswered Questions From Aereo’s Supreme Court Loss (Forbes Cross-Post)
- Taylor Swift is right about music, and the industry should act on her ideas
- Security company says your data can easily be recovered from ‘wiped’ Android phones
- Seth Rogen and James Franco are ‘shocking the world community’ (and don’t fear ‘any punishment from Heaven’)
- Billionaire Elon Musk giving $1M to Nikola Tesla museum – San Jose Mercury News
- “Loopholes for Circumventing the Constitution”, the NSA Statement, and Our Response
- True or false: NSA snooping disclosures hurt cloud adoption
- FBI Directly Spying On Prominent Muslim-American Politicians, Lawyers And Civil Rights Activists
- What Were They Thinking? Microsoft Seizes, Returns Majority of No-IP.com’s Business
… More Disruptive Innovation v. Entrenched Interests …
- Lyft will launch in NYC Jul 11, cars can be hailed initially from Brooklyn and Queens but not from Manhattan – Mike Isaac / New York Times
- Lyft defies New York City taxi agency’s ban, to launch Friday
- Lyft hit with restraining orders from NY attorney general, Taxi Commission
- Lyft reverses under legal pressure, cancels Friday night New York launch
- Lyft blocked at city gates by New York Attorney General, Taxi Commission
And this is just hilarious…
Missed the week before this last holiday week, and lots of stuff happened, so I’m bunching two weeks into one. Big week the week before last, with the Supreme Court bringing down a couple of tech-related rulings. One good, one terrible. Let’s start there.
Aereo: Nutshell … Supremes say it looks like cable, therefore it’s infringing copyright, without looking at what is technically happening, which is not directly infringing at the least. Opens up a whole can of lawsuits based on the “feels like cable” non-test. How fun to not know whether your startup is legal…
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Riley / Cell-Phone Searches: And here’s the good news. Turns out the Supremes have realized your smartphone holds just a bit more information than your wallet … and potentially your own home. So, no, it’s not okay for cops to search it for their “safety” and stuff.
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And since that’s all kind of heady stuff, here’s some randoms, like open source is suspect?
Better yet, even looking at the Tor website, let alone using Tor, apparently gets you on the spy-on-me list. That would include me.
And finally, Facebook has been manipulating your moods? Creepy, but not surprising, which should be unsettling in itself.
This is all so serious. Except perhaps for this …
Stuff happened this week on the legal front. First, there’s the Supremes:
… and we have some heartening news re the NSA – at least the House cares a tiny bit about its constituency:
… but good news doesn’t last long:
… this is just nutty; no “right to be forgotten” in the US, and Techdirt is not the right place to send a request:
… some fun on the copyright trolling front (not fun for the trolls):
… just because these are important:
… no, it’s not that YouTube is going to block indy artists:
… and finally, the geek in my is amused (spoiler ~ Twitter’s new GIFs are really MP4s):
Next week, more stuff. etc.tcj
A little late this (last) week, so we’ll keep it short:
This is just fun. Troll shakes down small players, and doesn’t like it when they defend themselves, or when people … you know, talk about it.
Opening up Tesla’s patents makes for more infrastructure, standardization, and is actually (gasp!) consumer friendly
Oh, but we have to collect everything on everyone … except we don’t know what to do with it (except invade privacy, I suppose).
If you haven’t been following this issue, short version: Google’s scanning of books is fair use, and preserves history. Duh.
After volumes of case law on the subject, you’d think that litigants would figure out you generally can’t sue the platform for the defamatory (or offensive) content of its users (or its editorial decisions) …
Posted only because I want to find it in the future. I’m so very guilty of thinking like a lawyer (specificity, please!) when I should just it go. Not good for relationships. But then … sometimes you can’t help yourself.
And that’s that. Perhaps more timely next week.
This week I tagged about 150 stories of interest – which is a bit much to cull. It’s likely due to interest in totally off-topic bits, like this: This Map Shows You The Fastest Way to Get Anywhere In Your City and this: CIA tweets for the first time, and it’s doublespeak
When there really is important stuff going on out there, like
… and in the same context, but more fun …
And remember, it’s not illegal to film law enforcement doing their jobs in public …
Woman charged with wiretapping for filming cops wins $57,000 payout
That’s all for this time… too much to process.
Another busy week in techlaw … which is a silly thing to say.
This was a good day for many folks. Not so much for the Prenda-related folks.
In the same vein.
Just more ineptitude w/ DMCA Takedowns.
‘Cause the Times, they are a’ changin’ (and the Herald …)
AND THE EXPECTED RESULT FROM THE ECJ INVENTING THE “RIGHT TO BE FORGOTTEN” –
Could that happen in the US? Er … no.
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I have over 100 stories of note from last week to chose from. Think I’ll decimate that and just give you …
Because this domestic surveillance story is still getting scarier rather than better. For example…
… although it has no legal obligation to do so. Pressure by legacy entertainment no doubt. Standby, Collateral Damage.
… you might get SLAPPed.
Seriously, Goog? It was actually funny parody too.
… continuing the Collateral Damage theme. Damage to US business is the intelligence community’s end-goal?
Difficult to believe? This or the part where they didn’t record interrogations …
In case you wondered whether a lawyer being obnoxious prick was sanctionable…
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And this is just because I have a thing about sinkholes: