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Trailblazing Email Privacy Bill Proposed in Texas
Mary Grinman – Edited by Natalie Kim

On May 27, 2013, the Texas State Senate and House signed H.B. 2268. The legislation requires state law enforcement agents to secure a warrant before accessing emails and other “electronic customer data.” H.B. 2268 at 3–4. It also permits warrants on out-of-state service providers that do business with a Texas resident in certain circumstances. Id. at 9. The bill closes the loophole of the 1986 Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA), which allows warrantless access to emails opened or older than 180 days.

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Posted On Jun - 8 - 2013 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Iceland Considers Internet Pornography Ban
By Charlie Stiernberg – Edited by Sarah Jeong

The Associated Press reports that authorities in Iceland are considering a proposal by Interior Minister Ögmundur Jónason to ban pornography on the Internet. Pornography has been illegal in the country for decades, but the law is vague and therefore seldom enforced. The new proposal would not create any new restrictions, but it would reinforce existing law by expressly defining “pornography” as material with violent or degrading content.

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Posted On Mar - 5 - 2013 Comments Off READ FULL POST
Section 1201 Rulemaking: Fifth Triennial Proceeding to Determine Exemptions By Jessica Vosgerchian – Edited by Dorothy Du Recommendation of the Register of Copyrights On October 25, the Register of Copyrights and the Librarian of Congress announced new recommendations for exemptions to Section 1201(a)(1)(A) of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”) effective October 28. Section 1201(a)(1)(A) of the DMCA makes it illegal to circumvent technological controls found in electronic devices that control access to copyrighted works. Section 1201(a)(1)(B), however, allows the ... Read More...
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Senior Exec. Ass’n v. United States By Mary Grinman – Edited by Charlie Stiernberg Senior Exec. Ass’n v. United States, No. 8:12-cv-02297-AW (S.D. Md. Sept. 13, 2012) Slip opinion The United States District Court for the Southern District of Maryland granted a motion for a temporary preliminary injunction, enjoining the United States from executing any part of Section 11 of the Stock Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act of 2012 (“STOCK Act” or “Act”), and from obliging federal employees to divulge ... Read More...
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Written By: Yana Welinder Edited By: Molly Jennings Editorial Policy When Judge Robert Bork was nominated for the U.S. Supreme Court in 1987, a reporter politely asked his local video store assistant for a Xerox copy of handwritten entries of Judge Bork’s 146 prior rentals. Having convinced the editor of the Washington City Paper that this was perfectly legal, the reporter then published these records under the heading “The BORK Tapes.” The issue featured a suggestive cartoon of Judge Bork ... Read More...
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