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Whack-a-troll Legislation

Written by Asher Lowenstein     —   Edited by Yaping Zhang

Patent assertion entities’ extensive litigation activities in different states enables to assess the efficacy of the proposed bills against legal strategies these trolls, such as MPHJ Technology, have engaged in. The legal battles confirm some of the concerns about the usefulness of proposed regulatory measures.

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

Congress Fails to Pass Act Limiting Collection of Phone Metadata

By Henry Thomas – Edited by Paulius Jurcys

The Senate failed to reach closure and bring the USA FREEDOM Act to a vote. The Act would have extended provisions of the Patriot Act, but would have sharply curtailed the executive’s authority to collect phone conversation metadata. While the bill had broad popular support, the vote failed largely along party lines, passing the onus of drafting and approving a new bill onto the next congressional session.

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Posted On Dec - 1 - 2014 Add Comments READ FULL POST

Spain Passes a “Google Tax,” Analysts Predict it Will be Short-Lived

By Michael Shammas — Edited by Yixuan Long

Spain recently amended its Intellectual Property Law and Code of Civil Procedure to levy fees on aggregators that collect snippets of other webpages. It is at least the third example of a European government fining search aggregators to support traditional print publishing industries, a practice often labeled a “Google tax” because of the disproportionate impact such laws have on the search giant. Some analysts are already predicting that Spain’s new law will fail.

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Posted On Nov - 18 - 2014 Add Comments READ FULL POST

Delaware Act Broadens Access to Online Accounts of the Deceased

By Paulius Jurcys – Edited by Henry Thomas

The State of Delaware adopted the Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act which will give personal representatives, custodians and trustees access to the digital accounts of a deceased person. The Act, which comes into effect on January 1, 2015, aims to reduce existing hurdles which surviving family members and attorneys face in disposing with the deceased person’s digital assets.

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Posted On Nov - 4 - 2014 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Flash Digest: News in Brief

By Paulius Jurcys

CJEU Grants “Causal Event” Jurisdiction for Online Copyright Infringement

Creators of the Blue-LED Technology Receive Nobel Prize

California Enacts Open Access Legislation

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Posted On Oct - 14 - 2014 Comments Off READ FULL POST
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