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Class Certification Vacated: Google’s Library Project Gains Ground

Authors Guild, Inc., et al. v. Google Inc.
By Jonathan Sapp – Edited by Michelle Sohn

The Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit vacated and remanded the lower court’s certification of the plaintiff class. The Second Circuit held that class certification should not precede a determination of Google’s fair use defense. The determination of the defense will “necessarily inform and perhaps moot” the Second Circuit’s analysis of class certification issues. Author’s Guild, Inc. v. Google Inc., No. 12-3200-cv, slip op. at 4 (2d Cir. July 1, 2013).

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Posted On Jul - 12 - 2013 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Leaked NSA Memos Reveal More on Data Collection Procedures
By Katie Mullen – Edited by Michelle Sohn

Last weekend, the Guardian leaked two more National Security Agency (“NSA”) documents regarding the NSA’s recently uncovered surveillance program. The first document details procedures used to target “non-U.S. persons” believed to be located outside the United States. The second document describes minimization procedures the NSA uses in collecting data under Section 702 of the amended Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (“FISA”), 50 U.S.C. 1881 (2012).

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Posted On Jun - 28 - 2013 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Leaked Surveillance Programs Reveal Large-Scale Data Collection
By Michelle Sohn – Edited by Katie Mullen

Last week, the Guardian revealed two top-secret U.S. programs—Verizon metadata collection and PRISM—that allow the National Security Agency (“NSA”) to conduct domestic surveillance on a massive and unprecedented scale. The U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court ordered Verizon to provide the NSA with “telephony metadata.” The PRISM program allows the government direct access to participating companies’ servers.

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Posted On Jun - 15 - 2013 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Sixth Circuit Rules Against School’s Search of Student’s Cell Phone

G.C. v. Owensboro Public Schools
By Michelle Sohn– Edited by Sarah Jeong

In a 2-1 decision, the Sixth Circuit reversed the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky. The lower court had granted summary judgment for Owensboro, holding that the school’s search of a student’s cell phone did not violate the Fourth Amendment.

The Sixth Circuit held that the school’s search of G.C.’s cell phone was an unreasonable search and seizure.

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Posted On Apr - 13 - 2013 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Flash Digest: News in Brief

By Michelle Sohn

Northern District of California Court Strikes Down National Security Letter Statute

Social Media Added Fuel to the Fire in Stuebenville Rape Case

Presidential Commission Concludes Anthrax Vaccine Testing on Children Unethical without Further Research

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Posted On Mar - 24 - 2013 Comments Off READ FULL POST
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