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In Response to Ruling by European Court of Justice, Netherlands Bans Unauthorized Downloading of Copyrighted Material
By Andrew Spore – Edited by Travis West

ACI Adam BV v. Stichting de Thuiskopie

In response to an order issued by the European Court of Justice (“ECJ”), the Netherlands has banned the unauthorized downloading of copyrighted material. The Dutch government previously had allowed such downloading for personal use. The ECJ held that, because the law “makes no distinction between private copies made from lawful sources and those made from counterfeited or pirated sources,” it could not be tolerated.

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Apple-Comcast Talks over “Special Treatment” for Set-Top Streaming Raise Net Neutrality Concerns
By Kim Meyer – Edited by Andrew Spore

Apple and Comcast are discussing a deal that would let Apple’s set-top television streaming boxes bypass congestion on the Internet, separating traffic to the boxes from public Internet traffic on those cables that connect to customers’ homes. The agreement would classify Apple’s streams as an exempt “managed” service to avoid a net neutrality violation, a move critics believe to be exploitation of a loophole.

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Ninth Circuit Orders Takedown of Inflammatory Video over Copyright Claim
By Mark Verstraete – Edited by Andrew Spore

On February 26, 2014, the Ninth Circuit reversed a district court decision denying Cindy Lee Garcia’s request for a preliminary injunction forcing YouTube to remove the anti-Islamic film “Innocence of Muslims.” Writing for the majority, Chief Judge Alex Kozinski found that Garcia was entitled to a preliminary injunction because she had shown a likelihood of success on her copyright claim and that irreparable harm would likely result absent injunctive relief.

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California ‘Kill Switch’ Bill Targets Smartphone Theft
By Albert Chen – Edited by Andrew Spore

On February 6, 2014, California State Senator Mark Leno introduced Senate Bill 962. The bill would require all smartphones sold in California to be equipped with a “kill switch,” allowing consumers to disable a lost or stolen phone. It aims to deter phone thefts, which account for one in three robberies in the United States. California State Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner said she will carry the bill, if it clears the Senate.

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Posted On Feb - 18 - 2014 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Supreme Court Rules that Anti-Prostitution Policy Requirement for HIV/AIDS Funding Violates First Amendment

Agency for International Development v. Alliance for Open Society International, Inc.
By Andrew Spore – Edited by Samantha Rothberg

In June of this year, the Supreme Court ruled that requiring as a condition of funding that recipients of federal HIV/AIDS prevention funds have “a policy explicitly opposing prostitution” constituted an impermissible restriction on speech, Agency, slip op. at 15, affirming a 2011 decision by the Second Circuit.

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