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Houses of Ill Repute in

In light of the recent court decision finding, yet again, that the 1998 Child Online Protection Act is unconstitutional, I took a gander through another failed effort to create an internet “safe” for children: the domain. The idea here was to create a walled children’s garden with a strict content policy, superintended by the […]

30 Years Later, Copyright Cloud Lifted from Classic Film

So far, 2007 has been a year filled with an unusual amount of good copyright news for consumers and creators. First came the news (well covered by Bill, here and here) that, after years of resistance, E&O insurers were finally willing to cover documentary films that had not cleared rights to clips from earlier works […]

Welcome to the Blogosphere

The CFO Executive Board, a Washington, D.C.-based business research outfit, has launched the CFO Executive Board Blog which, in its first week of existence, has already notched up 17 posts (as I write this). The subject matter of the CFO Executive Board Blog might overlap with Info/Law only at the margins, but the project is […]

Korea Follows China’s Lead on Filtering

China, with its eye on the 2008 Olympics and the associated press coverage, has moved to tighten (further) its already strict on-line content controls (note this article ups the standard “30,000 Internet police figure” – inflation?). China is perhaps the world’s most adept on-line censor; now, they’re filtering LiveJournal (again) and shutting off the flow […]

Orwell Rightsholder Considers Suit Over “Hillary 1984”

I wrote before about why Apple might not prevail if it sued the maker of the “Hillary 1984” video, which remashed a classic Apple commercial to attack Senator Clinton’s presidential candidacy. But I acknowledged that it was a close call. This, however, is not a close call: Gina Rosenblum, who claims to own TV and […]

Wal-Mart and Workplace Privacy

When you teach in a subject as fast-moving (and as prone to media attention) as data privacy law, this sort of thing happens all the time: my seminar is considering workplace privacy later this very afternoon, and here in this morning’s New York Times is a story [as always with the Times, registration req’d] about […]

Hackers, Badware, and Google

Ethan Zuckerman has a fantastic post up about Google’s response to scams by hackers who hijack other peoples’ blogs and wikis: it lists the link with the warning message, “This site may harm your computer.” They do so based on analysis by the Berkman Center’s rapidly growing “Stop Badware” project, which analyzes malicious code on […]

Joyce Fair Use Settlement: Good and Bad News

The Stanford Center for Internet and Society (CIS) has announced a settlement in its fair use lawsuit on behalf of James Joyce scholar Carol Shloss against the Joyce estate (press release here). The author’s heirs were threatening a copyright infringement lawsuit as a means of forcing Shloss to delete large portions of the evidence in […]

“John Doe” Speaks Out Against NSL Gag Orders

The Washington Post has published a powerful op-ed piece by the anonymous recipient of one of the FBI’s national security letters, who is prohibited by law from disclosing even the fact that he received one. National security letters (or “NSLs”) are the demands for information, issued without any requirement of judicial approval, that were the […]