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Ninth Circuit Argues for Less Stringent Test for Protecting Anonymous Online Commercial Speech By Kathryn Freund – Edited by Janet Freilich In re: Anonymous Online Speakers, No. 09-71265 (9th Cir. July 12, 2010) Opinion The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals denied writs of mandamus appealing the District Court of Nevada’s order to disclose the identities of anonymous online posters. Although the Circuit Court denied the writs of mandamus for procedural reasons, the decision provides a discussion of Free Speech protection ... Read More...
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Stored Communications Act Protects Facebook and MySpace Users’ Private Communications By Kathryn Freund – Edited by Jad Mills Crispin v. Christian Audigier, Inc., CV 09-09509-MMM-JEMx (C.D. Cal. May 26, 2010) Order The Central District of California reversed and quashed Magistrate Judge McDermott’s order granting a subpoena to obtain private Facebook and MySpace messages and vacated and remanded his order granting a subpoena to obtain Facebook wall postings and MySpace  comments. Judge Morrow held that private messages sent using Facebook and ... Read More...
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Panel Criticizes Bilski Machine-or-Transformation Test By Kathryn Freund – Edited by Ryan Ward Editorial Policy On Thursday, April 1st, JOLT hosted a panel discussion at Harvard Law School on the impact of In Re Bilski, a 2008 en banc decision by the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit holding that the machine-or-transformation test is the proper method for determining patent-eligible subject matter. Digest previously covered the Bilski decision here. The case was appealed to the Supreme Court, which heard oral ... Read More...
Posted On Apr - 6 - 2010 1 Comment READ FULL POST
District Court Limits the Use of State Secrets Privilege in Warrantless Wiretapping By Kathryn Freund – Edited by Davis Doherty Al-Haramain Islamic Found., Inc. v. Obama, No. 07-0109 (N.D. Cal., Mar. 31, 2010) Memorandum of Decision and Order (hosted by Electronic Frontier Foundation) The District Court for the Northern District of California granted summary judgment for the plaintiffs, the defunct Al-Haramain Islamic Foundation and the charity’s two attorneys, finding that they presented sufficient non-classified evidence to hold the government liable ... Read More...
Posted On Apr - 4 - 2010 Comments Off READ FULL POST
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