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Stop Online Piracy Act Seeks to Block Piracy Websites By Amy Rossignol – Edited by Charlie Stiernberg H.R. 3261 – Stop Online Piracy Act Bill The proposed Stop Online Piracy Act, introduced by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX), would vest in the U.S. Attorney General the power to regulate and prevent access to foreign websites infringing on U.S. Intellectual Property (“IP”) rights. The U.S. Attorney General, with court approval, would be able to issue orders to block access ... Read More...
Posted On Oct - 31 - 2011 Comments Off READ FULL POST
By Andrew Crocker Activist Arrested for Allegedly Hacking JSTOR On July 19, police arrested Aaron Swartz, a 24-year-old programmer and Internet activist, in Cambridge, Massachusetts for allegedly committing wire and computer fraud when he downloaded approximately 4.8 million scholarly articles and other files from the JSTOR database, reports the New York Times.  As alleged in the indictment, beginning in September 2010, Swartz used MIT’s network to run an automated script to download the material from JSTOR, and eventually physically jacked ... Read More...
Posted On Aug - 2 - 2011 Comments Off READ FULL POST
Supreme Court Holds California Ban on Violent Video Games Violates First Amendment By Raquel Acosta – Edited by Dorothy Du Brown v. EMA, No. 08-1448 (June 27, 2011) Slip Opinion via supremecourt.gov The Supreme Court affirmed a Ninth Circuit decision that had found that a California law that restricted the sale or rental of violent video games to minors did not comport with the First Amendment and permanently enjoined its enforcement. Justice Scalia delivered the opinion of the Court.  In ... Read More...
Posted On Jul - 5 - 2011 Comments Off READ FULL POST
House Passes Patent Reform – Keeps Senate’s “First-To-File”, Differs on PTO Funding By Albert Wang – Edited by Matt Gelfand H.R. 1249 – Leahy-Smith America Invents Act Bill Govtrack.us Summary On June 23, 2011, the House passed the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act. Sponsored by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Tex.) and passed by a vote of 304 to 117, the legislation implements a first-to-file system, a post-grant review system, and a fund for PTO fees, among other procedural changes. ... Read More...
Posted On Jul - 5 - 2011 1 Comment READ FULL POST
by Vivian Tao House Passes Patent Reform Bill; Senate and House Versions To Be Reconciled A few months after the American Invents Act had passed in the Senate, the House voted to pass its version of the bill this week. The controversial bill would overhaul certain areas of the patent system, such as switching from a first-to-invent to a first-to-file system. However, according to Patent Docs, the ACLU and other groups are more concerned that passage of the bill could ... Read More...
Posted On Jun - 27 - 2011 Comments Off READ FULL POST
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