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President Bush Signs PRO-IP Act S. 3325 On Monday, October 14, President Bush signed into law the Prioritizing Resources and Organization for Intellectual Property Act, also known as the PRO-IP Act, S. 3325. The PRO-IP Act steepens penalties for IP infringement and increases resources to the DOJ to coordinate state and federal efforts against counterfeiting and piracy. Although opposed by the DOJ, the Act also provides for a “U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator” position within the Executive Office of the ... Read More...
Posted On Oct - 14 - 2008 Comments Off READ FULL POST
Virginia State Supreme Court Holds Anti-Spam Statute Unconstitutionally Overbroad By Jay Gill — Edited by Nicola Carah Jaynes v. Commonwealth of Virginia Supreme Court of Virginia, September 12, 2008, No. 062388 Slip Opinion The Supreme Court of Virginia overturned the conviction of prolific spammer Jeremy Jaynes, unanimously reversing not only the Virginia state court of appeals, but its own earlier holding in the case. In doing so, the court held that the Virginia anti-spam statute under which Jaynes was convicted ... Read More...
Posted On Sep - 18 - 2008 Comments Off READ FULL POST
New Law Expands Government Surveillance Powers By Daniel Ray — Edited by Sarah Sorscher H.R. 6304 — FISA Amendments Act of 2008 Full Text of Enrolled Bill Senate Vote Summary GovTrack.us Summary On July 9, the Senate passed H.R. 6034, the FISA Amendments Act of 2008, and President George W. Bush signed it into law the following day. The new law modifies the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 (“FISA”) to expand (subject to certain new checks) the federal government’s ... Read More...
Posted On Jul - 12 - 2008 2 Comments READ FULL POST
Fifth Circuit Holds No Safety Exception to Communications Decency Act ISP Immunity By Anna Volftsun — Edited by Nicola Carah Doe v. MySpace, Inc. Fifth Circuit, May 16, 2008, No. 07-50345 Slip Opinion On May 16, 2008, the Fifth Circuit unanimously upheld the Western District of Texas, finding Section 230(c)(1) of the Communications Decency Act (“CDA 230”) barred a parent’s claims for negligence and gross negligence against the social networking site, MySpace.com. The suit was brought on behalf of Doe’s ... Read More...
Posted On May - 31 - 2008 1 Comment READ FULL POST
Seventh Circuit Clarifies Online Service Liability for Illegal Advertisements By Michelle Yang — Edited by Wen Bu Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Inc. v. Craigslist, Inc. Seventh Circuit, March 14, 2008, No. 07-1101 Slip Opinion On March 14, the Seventh Circuit affirmed summary judgment by the District Court for the Northern District of Illinois for Craigslist, holding that the online bulletin board did not violate the Fair Housing Act by providing “an electronic meeting place” that hosted, ... Read More...
Posted On Mar - 19 - 2008 Comments Off READ FULL POST
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