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SDNY Holds Bitcoins Fall Under Purview of Federal Money Laundering Statute

By Amanda Liverzani  Edited by Mengyi Wang

The debate surrounding the legal status of Bitcoins continued to heat up, as the Southern District of New York weighed in on whether the virtual currency could be used to launder money under 18 U.S.C. §1956(h). In a July 9, 2014 opinion penned by Judge Forrest in United States v. Ulbricht, the court held that exchanges involving Bitcoins constitute “financial transactions” for purposes of the money laundering statute, noting that “[a]ny other reading would—in light of Bitcoins’ sole raison d’etre—be nonsensical.”

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Posted On Jul - 28 - 2014 Add Comments READ FULL POST

DRIP Bill Expands UK’s Data Surveillance Power

By Yixuan Long – Edited by Insue Kim

House of Lords passed the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Bill (“DRIP”) on July 17, 2014. DRIP empowers the UK government to require all companies providing internet-based services to UK customers to retain customer metadata for 12 months. It also expands the government’s ability to directly intercept phone calls and digital communications from any remote storage. Critics claim the bill goes far beyond what is necessary and its fast-track timeframe prevents meaningful discussion.

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Posted On Jul - 22 - 2014 Add Comments READ FULL POST

Federal Circuit Grants Stay of Patent Infringement Litigation Until PTAB Can Complete a Post-Grant Review

By Kyle Pietari – Edited by Insue Kim

Reversing the district court’s decision, the Federal Circuit granted a stay of patent infringement litigation proceedings until the PTAB can complete a post-grant patent validity review. This was the court’s first ruling on a stay when the suit and review process were happening concurrently.

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Posted On Jul - 22 - 2014 Add Comments READ FULL POST

“Smoking Gun” Needed: Even after Clapper Provided a Path to Challenge the Law, the FISA Amendments Act May Still Be Bulletproof

Written by: Christopher A. Crawford

Edited by: Loly Sosa

The ACLU’s challenge to the NSA’s surveillance of American citizens failed because plaintiffs, who were American citizens, had no standing; in other words, they could not prove that they had been injured by the law. Plaintiffs will need a “smoking gun” that their privacy had been violated before they could gain standing.

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Posted On Jun - 14 - 2014 Add Comments READ FULL POST

Brazil’s Lower House Passes “Internet Bill of Rights”
By Ken Winterbottom – Edited by Husam El-Qoulaq

Last week, the lower house of Brazil’s Congress passed the landmark Marco Civil da Internet, which is being called an “Internet Bill of Rights.” The bill enshrines net neutrality and rights to privacy and freedom of expression online, and also shields Internet service providers from liability for content uploaded by third parties. The final version of the bill dropped a provision designed to limit data collection in response to extensive lobbying by Google and Facebook.

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Posted On Apr - 6 - 2014 2 Comments READ FULL POST
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