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Mozilla Announces Resignation of Recently Appointed CEO Brendan Eich Following Controversy over Gay Marriage Opposition
By Sheri Pan – Edited by Corey Omer

On April 3, Mozilla Corporation (“Mozilla”), a subsidiary of the non-profit Mozilla Foundation most widely known for producing the Firefox browser, announced that its CEO of less than two weeks, Brendan Eich, has resigned, after pressure from Mozilla employees, bloggers, and developers who opposed his appointment in light of a $1000 donation that he made in 2008 in support of Proposition 8, a ballot measure that sought to ban gay marriage in California.

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Posted On Apr - 13 - 2014 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Jury Orders MP3tunes to Pay $41 Million to EMI Following 2013 Court Order Vacating Grant of Summary Judgment
By Michelle Goldring – Edited by Sheri Pan

EMI was awarded $41 million last week, following a jury trial that found the chief executive of M3Ptunes guilty of copyright infringement. The verdict followed a 2013 order issued by the United States District Court in the Southern District of New York that altered several previous rulings in an earlier order following Viacom International, Inc. v. YouTube, Inc., 676 F.3d 19 (2d. Cir. 2012).

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FISA Court Rejects DOJ’s Request to Indefinitely Hold Metadata Collected by the NSA
By Albert Chen – Edited by Sheri Pan

Last week, the FISA court rejected the DOJ’s request to indefinitely extend the five-year limit that the NSA can retain telephony metadata that it collects in bulk for national security purposes. The court reasoned that an indefinite retention period would violate privacy interests while failing to substantially improve national security.

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Posted On Mar - 19 - 2014 Comments Off READ FULL POST

Facebook Changes Policy to Tighten Regulation of Online Gun Sales
By Sheri Pan – Edited by Insue Kim

Under pressure from law enforcement and advocacy groups, Facebook recently announced policy changes directed at reducing the sale of guns over its social media platforms Facebook and Instagram. While some criticize the policy as a failed attempt to restrict First Amendment free speech rights, gun-control groups have applauded the change as a meaningful first step towards achieving online safety.

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Posted On Mar - 15 - 2014 Comments Off READ FULL POST

NIST to Formally Reexamine Cryptography Standards Development Process
By Sheri Pan – Edited by Elise Young

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (“NIST”) recently announced that it has begun formal review of its standards development process for approving cryptographic algorithms. The notice appears to be a reaction to recent reports in the New York Times regarding the National Security Agency’s back door access to encrypted data through an NIST-approved cryptographic algorithm. That is used by many companies to encrypt data sent over the Web.

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