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Justice Department Indicates Some Retweets may be Endorsements

By Kevin Crenny – Edited by Mila Owen

The Justice Department has argued for the continued pre-trial detention of a woman charged with making threatening statements in support of ISIS, partially on the basis of her retweeting FBI employees’ personal information under the heading “Wanted to kill.” The filing drew attention for its apparent conflict with the oft-tweeted assertion that “retweets are not endorsements.” The context of the defendant’s other posts, however, make it difficult to read her retweets any other way.

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Posted On Apr - 18 - 2016 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Federal Court Orders Apple to Unlock iPhone. Apple Refuses.

By Filippo Raso – Edited by Frederick Ding

Apple challenges federal magistrate judge’s order directing Apple to create software allowing the FBI to circumvent security measures in the San Bernardino terrorist’s iPhone. While the Department of Justice claims the court has legal authority to demand Apple’s assistance, Apple argues the order undermines broader consumer privacy and security.

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Posted On Mar - 29 - 2016 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Analyzing the Equals Three v. Jukin Media Opinion

By Feiran (Felicia) Chen- Edited by Yiran Zhang

The court held that  Equals Three’s videos favored fair use as commenting on viral videos is transformative with the exception of one episode.

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Posted On Nov - 4 - 2015 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Sony’s $8 Million Hacking Settlement

By Ann Kristin Glenster — Edited by Ariane Moss

Sony Pictures reaches a settlement with its employees over last year’s data breach in response to the planned release of the controversial comedy film, “The Interview”. The agreement, which is awaiting approval by the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, carries an $8 million price tag for the entertainment giant.

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Posted On Oct - 25 - 2015 Comments Off READ FULL POST

ACLU Files Amicus Brief in Support of Washington Redskins’ Trademarks

By Amanda Liverzani – Edited by Yunnan Jiang

Football season may be over, but the trademark battle over the Washington Redskins’ team name, mascot, and logo continues to rage on in federal court. On March 5th the ACLU filed an amicus brief in support of the NFL team’s right to register six trademarks despite the disparaging nature of the term “Redskins.”  The ACLU urged the court to strike down as unconstitutional the portions of the Lanham Act that allow the USPTO to engage in viewpoint discrimination by denying registration of trademarks it deems “immoral, deceptive, or scandalous.”

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Posted On Mar - 17 - 2015 Comments Off READ FULL POST
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