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Lenovo Faces Class Action Lawsuit for Superfish Adware

By Jenny Choi – Edited by Anton Ziajka

Lenovo is facing backlash for pre-installing adware called Superfish on some of its computers. Lenovo explained that it pre-installed Superfish to help its users by replacing advertisements with ones that potentially offer lower prices. However, Superfish threatens users’ privacy and data security, ArsTechnica describes in detail. A Lenovo customer recently filed a class action lawsuit against Lenovo for pre-installing Superfish on a laptop that she purchased, MaximumPC reports.

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Posted On Mar - 10 - 2015 Add Comments READ FULL POST

A Computer Programmer for Megaupload Pleads Guilty to Copyright Infringement Charges

By Yaping Zhang – Edited by Jenny Choi

On February 13, 2015, the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) announced that Andrus Nomm, a computer programmer for Megaupload.com, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to a year and a day in federal prison for copyright infringement. Kim Dotcom, a founder of the Megaupload website and a key target of this criminal prosecution and two consecutive civil lawsuits, reacted strongly to the news and sought political recourse with regard to his behaviors.

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Posted On Mar - 5 - 2015 Add Comments READ FULL POST

Facebook’s experiment of emotional contagion raises concerns
By Jenny Choi – Edited by Sarah O’Loughlin

On June 17, 2014, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences released a study in which Facebook reduced positive and negative posts on News Feeds to observe any changes in the participants’ posts to test whether emotional states are contagious through verbal expressions. Many have criticized Facebook for the experiment,  finding that Facebook has deceived its users, violated past Consent Orders, and stretched the users’ terms of service agreements too far.

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Posted On Jul - 28 - 2014 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Aereo Struggles as Supreme Court Finds It Violated Copyright Law
By Jenny Choi – Edited by Sarah O’Loughlin

On June 25, 2014, in its 6-3 decision, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled against Aereo, Inc.  The U.S. Supreme Court held that Aereo violated the Copyright Act of 1976 for streaming TV shows shortly after they were broadcast without paying for the copyrighted works.  As a result, Aereo suspended its service and has struggled to find a way to re-operate its business. This decision has not come without criticism, however, as some warn this ad hoc decision could lead to uncertainty in the courts.

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Posted On Jul - 23 - 2014 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Federal Circuit Overturns Vederi v. Google — Google’s “Street View” Might Have Infringed Vederi’s Asserted Patents
By Jenny Choi – Edited by Ashish Bakshi

On March 14, 2014, the Federal Circuit reversed and vacated the United States District Court for the Central District of California’s decision entering summary judgment in favor of Google, Inc. The Federal Circuit held that “substantially elevation” covered both flat and spherical images, noting that it preferred claim construction based on intrinsic evidence and interpretation that “gives meaning to all the terms of the claim.”

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Posted On Mar - 25 - 2014 Comments Off READ FULL POST
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