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By Ken Winterbottom

Motion to Dismiss in Hulu Patent Infringement Suit Affirmed

“Virtual Classroom” Patent Infringement Case Remanded for Further Determination

Attorney Publicly Reprimanded for Circulating Email from Judge


Posted On Nov - 19 - 2014 Comments Off READ FULL POST

ACLU and EFF Protest the Constitutionality of Williamson County Schools’ Technology Policy

By Michelle Goldring – Edited by Jesse Goodwin

The ACLU of Tennessee and EFF wrote a letter to the superintendent and board of Williamson County Schools in response to its new technology policy. The letter raises concerns about portions of the policy that would limit students’ right to freely use social media even when outside the school and would permit students’ devices to be searched with few restrictions, in violation of students’ First and Fourth Amendment rights.


Posted On Nov - 10 - 2014 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Trademark Infringement or First Amendment Right of Freedom of Speech?

By Yunnan Jiang – Edited by Paulius Jurcys

On October 11, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (“EFF”) and the American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia, Inc. (“ACLU”) filed a joint brief in the U.S. Court Of Appeals, urging  that “trademark laws should not be used to impinge the First Amendment rights of critics and commentators”. The brief argues that the use of the names of organizations to comment, critique, and parody, is constitutionally protected by the speaker’s First Amendment right of freedom of expression.


Posted On Oct - 20 - 2014 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Twitter goes to court over government restrictions limiting reporting on surveillance requests

By Jens Frankenreiter – Edited by Michael Shammas

Twitter on Oct. 7 sued the government, asking a federal district court to rule that it was allowed to reveal the numbers of surveillance requests it receives in greater detail. Twitter opposes complying with the rules agreed upon by the government and other tech companies in a settlement earlier this year, and argues that the rules violated its rights under the First Amendment.


Posted On Oct - 20 - 2014 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Georgia Supreme Court Takes Chan v. Ellis Appeal to Redefine First Amendment Right on the Internet
By Yixuan Long – Edited by Emma Winer

The Georgia Court of Appeals ordered the appeal in Ellis v. Chan be transferred to the Georgia Supreme Court. Chan, an interactive website owner, appealed the trial court’s permanent protective order, which commanded him to take down more than 2000 posts on his website, and forbade him from coming within 1000 yards of Ellis. The Court of Appeals decided that the case raised significant and novel constitutional issues regarding the First Amendment right and the internet.


Posted On Jul - 30 - 2014 3 Comments READ FULL POST
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