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Published: Mon, 24 Oct 2016 06:53:57 +0000

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Touched by the TSA

Tue, 16 Nov 2010 23:37:48 +0000

Time was when having "the talk" with your kids meant the birds and the bees. Nowadays parents also have to be ready to explain shoe- and underwear-bombers, molotov toothpaste, and the touchy-feely TSA.

Video Kinect: The telepresent under the tree

Tue, 09 Nov 2010 11:37:40 +0000

Easter eggs in December? When Santa brings the XBox Kinect, cheap, sophisticated video conferencing comes along for the ride.

Four legal predictions for Foursquare

Mon, 08 Nov 2010 05:03:47 +0000

Checking in? Check out how law and businesses will respond to the rise of location services.

Bill would let U.S. kill allegedly infringing sites without trial, immunize ISPs

Tue, 21 Sep 2010 06:54:56 +0000

Proposed new legislation would strip domain access from sites 'dedicated to infringing activities,' cutting through the red tape of due process, sovereignty, and property rights.

Sites harvesting kids' data fly under the radar, even for the FTC

Mon, 20 Sep 2010 06:57:26 +0000

Parents routinely fear creepy online individuals, but creepy online data collection and sales practices are commonplace and rarely exposed, discussed, and considered.

Facebook ads might work, but not how they think

Sun, 19 Sep 2010 14:37:18 +0000

Facebook ads are notoriously and comically off-base. But even when they pique our interest, in today's multi-option environment they are likely to sell something for a competitor.

Another reason for ACTA caution: U.S. rightsholders as government pawns

Tue, 14 Sep 2010 10:58:11 +0000

ACTA negotiations are coming to a close, but even without it, nothing prevents repressive governments from seizing dissident computers on the pretext of infringement on U.S. copyrights. Do we really need to amplify opportunities for abuse?

In Autodesk case, 9th Circuit missed better reason to bar resales

Mon, 13 Sep 2010 11:52:33 +0000

The software Timothy Vernor tried to sell was supposed to have been destroyed due to subsequent upgrades. This would have been a sounder basis for the 9th Circuit's decision than the fact the EULA restricted sales, transfers, and copying.

Muddling through privacy and the social Web

Wed, 02 Dec 2009 12:45:03 +0000

Chief privacy officers from Yahoo!, IBM, and Comcast, as well as CDT's public policy guru, weigh in on where things stand with privacy as social network usage becomes ubiquitous.

Six things to know if your Facebook username has been squatted

Sat, 13 Jun 2009 08:34:01 +0000

Mike Arrington couldn't get his name as a Facebook username when registration opened on 6/12/09. Here are six things you should know if you're in the same boat.

Napster and the "The more things change" rule

Thu, 11 Jun 2009 09:05:24 +0000

Drew Wilson at Zero Paid points out that Napster celebrates its 10th birthday this month. The Globe and Mail takes a deeper look in its Download Decade series.

Microsoft's Bing playing fast and loose with fair use?

Tue, 02 Jun 2009 08:53:57 +0000

Microsoft's new Bing Search engine displays full length thumbnail videos -- with sound, stripped of ads. This appears to be the broadest "universal video search" yet, and may exceed the recognized bounds of fair use.

Video helps to quantify "fair"

Sat, 30 May 2009 08:46:29 +0000

American University's Center for Social Media is working to lend some certainty to the amorphous doctrine of "fair use."

Barack Obama is male, taken, and CC licensed

Sat, 08 Nov 2008 10:13:12 +0000

While John McCain recently complained about Google's application of the DMCA, Barack Obama has been quietly employing a Creative Commons license for his Flickr photostream.

Mail Goggles: an idea that goes well beyond drunk emails

Wed, 08 Oct 2008 10:43:38 +0000

There's a new GMail Labs app: Mail Goggles, by GMail engineer Jon Perlow:When you enable Mail Goggles, it will check that you're really sure you want to send that late night Friday email. And what better way to check than by making you solve a few simple math problems after you click send to verify you're in the right state of mind?

Jennifer Leggio unpacks demand letter over "branded community"

Fri, 25 Jul 2008 08:39:33 +0000

Over at ZDNet's Feeds, Jennifer Leggio walks us through a cease and desist email she recently received. The email suggested her blog's use of the term "branded community" might constitute trademark infringement.

Care to spend your holiday weekend policing directory listings?

Wed, 02 Jul 2008 11:57:43 +0000

I'm not a fan in general of sites that create a listing or profile for you, hoping you'll eventually claim and/or correct it. This tactic, neither user-centric nor user-driven, is insidious for at least three reasons:inaccuracies proliferate,privacy is frequently jeopardized, andusers are required to invest considerable time and supply yet more personal data in an effort to remedy 1 and 2.

Overly restrictive A.P. quoting guidelines risk winning battles at the war's expense

Mon, 16 Jun 2008 09:44:20 +0000

Saul Hansell reports today that the Associated Press "will, for the first time, attempt to define clear standards as to how much of its articles and broadcasts bloggers and Web sites can excerpt without infringing on The A.P.

Section 230 to Twitter and others: Delete away

Sat, 24 May 2008 00:15:39 +0000

Community and content management don't void a site's immunity under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. Participation in an unlawful act does.

Stanford Information Law Symposium

Wed, 21 May 2008 10:14:31 +0000

Though it could scarcely be more cumbersomely named — the Transatlantic Information Law Symposium — this upcoming (and free) program at Stanford Law School looks excellent, featuring such big thinkers as Mark Lemley and Stefan Bechtold, and such big topics as privacy, free speech, the future of Internet regulation, and one that looks particularly intriguing from the standpoint of social media and attention: property vs. contract to govern online behavior.