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by mike masnick

Three years ago when the Supreme Court ruled in AT&T Mobility v. Concepcion, basically allowing binding arbitration clauses in contracts to exclude class action suits, we noted that it was an unfortunate pitting of a broken class action system against...
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Friday, April 18, 2014
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Yesterday we, like many, were perplexed by Ed Snowden's decision to go on a Russian television program, and to ask Vladimir Putin a question about whether or not the Russians do mass surveillance like the NSA does (which was, of course, exposed by Ed...
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Friday, April 18, 2014
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As some folks know, I'm a pretty big believer in standing while you work rather than sitting. It takes a little while to get used to, but these days I greatly prefer standing. While the first few weeks are a bit difficult on your legs and (especially)...
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Saturday, April 19, 2014
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We've written a few times in the past about research done by Paul Heald on copyright and its impact on the availability of certain content. He's recently published an interesting new study on how the DMCA's notice-and-takedown regime facilitates making...
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Saturday, April 19, 2014
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So, we already highlighted the key information revealed and the newly unredacted version of the court's ruling in the Rehinah Ibrahim "no fly list" case (namely: that the US has a "secret exception" by which it can put people into the terrorist screening...
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Friday, April 18, 2014
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We already mentioned the amicus brief we submitted about the risks concerning intermediary liability (authored by lawyer Cathy Gellis) in the Garcia v. Google case. In it, we noted that the 9th Circuit had set up a page where all such filings are listed...
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Friday, April 18, 2014
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Just a few days ago, we wrote about how the record labels were trying to have it both ways. That is, on the one hand, they are arguing in a variety of cases that the DMCA shouldn't apply to pre-1972 sound recordings, while also arguing against any attempt...
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Friday, April 18, 2014
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Over the past few months, we covered the bizarre trial concerning Rahinah Ibrahim and her attempt to get off the no fly list. In January, there was an indication that the court had ordered her removed from the list, but without details. In February,...
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Friday, April 18, 2014
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One of the most high profile victims of the Heartbleed vulnerability was the Canadian tax service, Canada Revenue Agency, which shut down its online tax filing offering. A few days later, the agency admitted that about 900 Canadians had information copied...
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Friday, April 18, 2014
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Eli Lilly bet its entire business model on patents years back, rather than on creating useful products that people want to buy. Lately it's been having trouble getting new patents, and is reacting extremely poorly to the fact that its last-gasp efforts...
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Thursday, April 17, 2014
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In the ongoing attempts to deal with the (very real and serious) issue of "revenge porn" websites, various parties have been trying desperately to blame third parties, rather than figuring out ways to go after those actually responsible. In one such...
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Thursday, April 17, 2014
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While we're still puzzled by Ed Snowden's question to Vladimir Putin concerning Russian surveillance, it's pretty well accepted that the Russians have significant surveillance powers, and they're not afraid to use them. Now the outspoken ousted founder...
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Thursday, April 17, 2014
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Just a few weeks ago we wrote about scientific publishing giant Nature's somewhat abhorrent open access policy, where it's telling researchers at universities that require open access publishing that they need to get a waiver from that policy. So it...
From: Techdirt | By: Mike Masnick | Thursday, April 17, 2014
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