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California Court Rules Artistic Expression in a Violent or Threatening Manner Can Be a Felony

By Keke Wu – Edited by Erik Mortensen

In People v. Murillo, a California appellate court reversed a lower court decision dismissing a felony charge against rapper Anthony Murillo. The Second Appellate District held that a reasonable listener could have understood the lyrics to one of Murillo’s rap songs as threatening two rape victims.

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Posted On Oct - 24 - 2015 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Mississippi Attorney General’s investigation of Google temporarily halted by federal court

By Lan Du – Edited by Katherine Kwong

On March 2, 2015, Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood’s investigation of Google was halted by a federal court granting Google’s motion for a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction. U.S. District Judge Henry T. Wingate issued the opinion. Judge Wingate found a substantial likelihood that Hood’s investigation violated Google’s First Amendment rights by content regulation of speech and placing limits of public access to information.

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Posted On Apr - 20 - 2015 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Georgia Supreme Court Holds Message Board Comments Are Not Stalking

By Henry Thomas – Edited by Anton Ziajka

The Georgia Supreme Court held that for comments to constitute stalking, they must be directed at — not merely about — a person. This decision overturns a lower court’s grant of a no-contact order that had prevented copyright critic Matthew Chan from posting comments about poet Linda Ellis on his website. The court found that the comments either were not directed at Ellis or were consented to by Ellis’s visiting the site.

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Posted On Apr - 6 - 2015 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Washington State Court of Appeals rejects anti-SLAPP claim of blogging ex-employee

By Jenny Choi – Edited by Jens Frankenreiter

The Court of Appeals rendered a decision in a case involving the interpretation of Washington’s anti-SLAPP statute in the context of a lawsuit brought by the director of a performing arts theatre against a blogging ex-employee. The Court of Appeals reversed the trial court judgment which had dismissed the lawsuit under the anti-SLAPP statute.

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Posted On Apr - 1 - 2015 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Wikimedia Sues NSA for Upstream Surveillance

By Paulius Jurcys – Edited by Sarah O’Loughlin

Wikimedia Foundation filed a suit against the NSA challenging the constitutionality of upstream surveillance programs, which allow the NSA to communicate by Americans and persons abroad. The claim, which was joined by eight other human rights organizations, challenges NSA’s actions as violations of the First and Fourth Amendments of the US Constitution.

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Posted On Mar - 23 - 2015 Comments Off READ FULL POST
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