Tech Companies Called on The Carpet in DC. Again.

Google, Yahoo!, and Cisco faced questions from the subcommittee on human rights (part of the Senate Judiciary Committee) about their role in China’s Internet censorship system. Cisco was in particularly hot water after an internal document surfaced – it discusses how Cisco technology can “Combat ‘Falun Gong’ evil religion and other hostiles.” Senator Dick Durbin […]

Commencement Speakers and Signals

What does it mean if you invite John McCain to speak at your school’s commencement? For one thing, it means your dean is smart enough to want news coverage with lots of shots of your school’s logo. But does it mean your institution agrees with any / all of McCain’s positions? I was pondering this […]

Harvard Law Faculty Commits to Open Access to Scholarship

I’ve been sitting on this post for what seems like an eternity, but the news embargo has been lifted, and we’re all free to share the fantastic news from Harvard Law School, where the faculty voted unanimously to provide open access to faculty scholarship in an online repository. This makes Harvard the nation’s first law […]

Payless and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

The Oregonian reports that Adidas won an astronomical $305 million trademark infringement verdict against discount retailer Payless Shoes this morning. Trademark blogger Marty Schwimmer can’t think of another infringement verdict even close to this size, and neither can I. Most trademark litigators would consider any case worth more than $25 million a very big one. […]

U.S. Hotels in China to Filter the ‘Net?

Sen. Sam Brownback (R-KS) claims that U.S. hotel chains in China are being pressed to install filtering software to control what material guests access on-line. Having the Olympic Games in China this summer helpfully focuses attention on the country’s Internet censorship regime – arguably the most sophisticated in the world. That said, I’m a bit […]