Interpreting Social Media Terms of Service

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Social media can be a powerful tool for all kinds of messages—including citizen-level accounts of breaking news. Huge, newsworthy events on both national and international levels have broken on social media sites such as Twitter. And, for the most part, this kind of in-the-moment, 140-character relay of information has been a boon to the consuming… Continue reading Interpreting Social Media Terms of Service

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Government Access to Digital Data

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In light of the recent ruling that there’s no expectation of privacy in information transmitted over a wireless router, many people may be wondering how other online information is treated under the law. Techdirt recently posted a link to a useful Pro Publica guide to digital data and accessibility by law enforcement.* This guide discusses… Continue reading Government Access to Digital Data

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Cease and Desist…or buy a license?

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Copyright enforcement doesn’t always come in the form of a subpoena notice from an ISP. Often, copyright holders will send alleged infringers a cease and desist letter, indicating that they believe their rights are being infringed, and requesting that the activity stop, without communicating any demand for payment. This invites an opportunity for discussion and… Continue reading Cease and Desist…or buy a license?

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Unsecured Wifi: Nothing is Truly Private

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A Pennsylvania judge recently affirmed that a person connecting to another’s unsecured wifi does not have an expectation of privacy in that wireless connection. The defendant, who was suspected of downloading child pornography, challenged the police’s use of a tracking tool called “Moocherhunter,” which identifies the geo-location of hackers and individuals who “mooch” on the… Continue reading Unsecured Wifi: Nothing is Truly Private

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“6 strikes” Copyright Alert System to go into effect in 2013

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Early next year, five major Internet Service Providers (ISPs) will roll out the implementation of the “6 strikes” plan. The “six strikes” plan, or Copyright Alert System (CAS), is the result of a private-party agreement between five major ISPs (AT&T, Cablevision, Comcast, Time Warner, and Verizon) and the MPAA and RIAA. Last summer, the agreement… Continue reading “6 strikes” Copyright Alert System to go into effect in 2013

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