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by mike masnick

About six months before Ed Snowden leaked his documents, we had written a post about why Google should encrypt our email, based on a bit of back-and-forth between Julian Sanchez, arguing why Google should encrypt all email, and Ed Felten, who noted it's...
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Thursday, April 24, 2014
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We mentioned this briefly in our writeup of the oral arguments at the Supreme Court in the Aereo case, but I wanted to focus in on one particularly annoying issue that has come up repeatedly throughout this company's history: the idea that its compliance...
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Wednesday, April 23, 2014
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Late last fall, we highlighted some very questionable practices by Intellectual Ventures in suing a bunch of big banks for patent infringement. Our focus was on a particular patent, 6,182,894, which was initially assigned to American Express, and which...
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Tuesday, April 22, 2014
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In the continuing global legal fight over Megaupload, the company apparently is asking the Hong Kong high court to set aside the restraining order on the company's assets that was put in place over two years ago, following a request from the US Justice...
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Thursday, April 24, 2014
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The ACLU has jumped into a troubling legal fight, in which it appears that the DOJ has issued gag orders against Twitter and Yahoo concerning grand jury subpoenas that have been sent to both companies. This case is one we mentioned last week where magistrate...
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Wednesday, April 23, 2014
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We didn't write about this case when it came out because it just seemed so ridiculous, but filmmaker Quentin Tarantino sued Gawker Media earlier this year for linking to a script he had apparently been working on. There had been a bunch of media coverage...
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Wednesday, April 23, 2014
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We've covered the ridiculousness of the UK's "voluntary" web filters. UK officials have been pushing such things for years and finally pushed them through by focusing on stopping "pornography" (for the children, of course). While it quickly came out...
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Wednesday, April 23, 2014
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Back in December, it was revealed that the NSA had given RSA $10 million to push weakened crypto. Specifically, RSA took $10 million to make Dual Elliptic Curve Deterministic Random Bit Generator, better known as Dual_EC_DRBG, as the default random number...
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Wednesday, April 23, 2014
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A recent article in the NY Times talked about how the US State Department is behind a project to build up mesh networks that can be used in countries with authoritarian governments, helping citizens of those places access an internet that is often greatly...
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Tuesday, April 22, 2014
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The oral arguments in the Aereo case happened this morning before the Supreme Court and you can read the transcript here (it's still a travesty that there is no live broadcasting (or any video recording at all) of the proceedings, but that's a different...
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Tuesday, April 22, 2014
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Having followed the saga of Prenda Law over the past few years, one thing has become clear: John Steele really loves the "I know you are, but what am I" form of legal argument, in which whatever he's accused of, he aggressively accuses his accuser of...
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Tuesday, April 22, 2014
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For the past five years or so, the USTR's chief intellectual property negotiator has been Stan McCoy. McCoy has long positioned himself as an intellectual property maximalist, repeating talking points from lobbyists regularly, while condescending to...
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Tuesday, April 22, 2014
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Having followed the copyright industry for so long, I'm often shocked at the incredible sense of entitlement of those who argue strictly for greater and greater copyright powers. One thing we've discussed in the past is that the gatekeepers (and it always...
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Tuesday, April 22, 2014
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Back in 2012, we wrote about how Senator Dianne Feinstein appeared to be a lot more focused on who leaked information about the US involvement in Stuxnet, rather than the question of whether or not the US should have been involved in Stuxnet in the first...
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Tuesday, April 22, 2014
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As we've discussed, the administration has gone to incredible lengths to try to avoid any sort of public discussion concerning what legal authority it has to target American citizens with extrajudicial drone strikes. However, in a fairly big turn of...
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Tuesday, April 22, 2014
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Last fall, many folks who follow these issues were somewhat dismayed by a weird NY Times editorial that appeared to endorse the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement, while basically ignoring the many complaints about it. It wasn't exactly a ringing...
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Tuesday, April 22, 2014
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A few weeks back, I read a Washington Post story "Inside the admissions process at George Washington University" and noted this interesting tidbit towards the end: GW also asks students to list a role model and two words to describe themselves. As for...
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Monday, April 21, 2014
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This is hardly a surprise, given that we'd already covered the brief submitted by the US Solicitor General's office in support of the broadcasters and against Aereo, but the Supreme Court has agreed to allow the office to argue in court tomorrow in the...
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Monday, April 21, 2014
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So, we already wrote about the RIAA's big new legal attack on Pandora over royalties on pre-1972 sound recordings. The legal issues there are complex and convoluted, involving a mix of state common law along with federal copyright law. However, the RIAA...
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Monday, April 21, 2014
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The battle for countries wishing to take control over internet governance (either to increase control and censorship or to "reward" local state-owned telcos) didn't end with the whole WCIT debacle a year and a half ago. It's an ongoing process. This...
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Monday, April 21, 2014
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Following reports from last week about how cereal company General Mills had changed its privacy policy to preclude people from going to court if they so much as "liked" Cheerios on Twitter, the company has backtracked, changed its policy and admitted...
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Monday, April 21, 2014
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