This WEEK in LAW

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Thought Crimes: Science Fiction Fantasy or Potential Reality?

<b>By Terri L. Wilkin</b> <i><br>Program Director for</i> <i>Legal Studies</i><i>, APUS</i><p>In the 2002 science fiction film “Minority Report,” police arrest individuals before they …

Crime

FCC Set to Ban Inflight Calls for Good

If current practice is any indication, cellphone calls aboard U.S. flights might as well be banned. Technically, that’s not currently the case. But …

Airlines

The FCC is reversing its proposal to allow cellphone use on planes

Federal regulators are withdrawing a proposal that would have allowed air travelers to use their cellphones at high altitude.<p>The proposal — introduced in 2013 by then-chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, Tom Wheeler — sought to roll back a long-standing regulation that banned the use …

Ajit Pai

Wi-Fi calls on planes OK? Answer is loud and clear: No

WASHINGTON — The Transportation Department has received more than 7,000 comments, often punctuated with capital letters and exclamation points, that almost universally urge a ban against Wi-Fi calls on planes.<p>The comments thundered against the prospect of voice calls that are possible through …

Wi-Fi

Here’s How Facebook Knows Who You Meet In Real Life

Here’s How Facebook Knows Who You Meet In Real LifeIt may seem like Mark Zuckerburg is personally tracking your every move — but there's another …

The Persuaders

Funding for FRONTLINE is provided through the support of PBS viewers.<p>FRONTLINE takes an in-depth look at the multibillion-dollar "persuasion …

Public Relations

Man fined by Swiss court for 'liking' defamatory comments on Facebook

Defendant had accused animal rights activist of racism and ‘liked’ inflammatory comments about him<p>A Swiss court has fined a man for “liking” defamatory comments on Facebook, in what is believed to be the first case of its kind.<p>According to a statement from the Zurich district court, the 45-year-old …

Animal Welfare

Amazon granted a patent that prevents in-store shoppers from online price checking

Well, isn’t that ironic<p>Amazon’s long been a go-to for people to online price compare while shopping at brick-and-mortars. Now, a new patent granted to the company could prevent people from doing just that inside Amazon’s own stores.<p>The patent, titled “Physical Store Online Shopping Control,” …

Patents

Disney Accused of Stealing 'Inside Out' Concept in New Lawsuit

A childhood development expert says the studio based the mega-hit 'Inside Out' on her idea, but didn't give her credit or compensation.<p><i>Inside Out</i>'s …

Walt Disney Company

Waymo v. Uber: a Gordian Knot Gets Tighter - IPWatchdog.com | Patents & Patent Law

In the annals of U.S. innovators, there are many infamous disputes between technology companies from Shockley and Fairchild in semiconductors to …

Intellectual Property

Uber: Is Kalanick's Departure A Win For Waymo?

No more Toe-Stepping at Uber.<p>Did Waymo find the smoking gun?<p>Apple opens up under Cook.<p>Rethink Technology business briefs for June 14, 2017.<p><b>No more</b> …

Uber

Republicans Want the FCC to Let Them Drop Messages Directly Into Your Voicemail Inbox

The unceasing assault of robocalls makes constantly answering automated calls and deleting voicemail messages annoying enough. But if a …

Privacy

HDMI Splitter is also a Decrypter

It warms our hearts when the community gets together. [esar] needed to get a decrypted HDMI stream for his home theater system. A tip-off in the …

Raspberry Pi

AMAZING MIDI INVERSIONS

Moonlight

Intellectual Property and Computer Crimes Detail

<b>CHAPTER 1<br>Overview</b><br>§ 1.01 Introduction<br>§ 1.02 Copyrights<br>§ 1.03 Patents<br>§ 1.04 Trade Secrets<br>§ 1.05 Trademarks<br>§ 1.06 The Digital Era<br>§ 1.07 Why Impose …

Law

2016 Marks 30th Anniversary Of CFAA — Time For A Change

Law360, New York (January 3, 2016, 9:04 AM EST) -- Ronald Reagan was in his second term as president of the United States. "Out of Africa" won the …

Boston Red Sox

Google’s Fight Against Uber Takes a Turn for the Criminal

Things don’t look good for Uber and autonomous vehicle wunderkind Anthony Levandowski, the former Google engineer who now leads the startup’s robocar …

The Supremes need to clarify the scope of the CFAA.

The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) has been the primary “go to” statute for the federal government to prosecute hackers since it was originally …

in order to

Recent 9th Circ. Decisions May Muddy The Water On CFAA

Law360, New York (January 3, 2017, 4:18 PM EST) -- In early December, the Ninth Circuit issued back-to-back decisions intended to clarify what is and …

Judiciary

Steal A Trade Secret, Go To Jail?

Intellectual property battles can make or break a company — just ask Paragon Trade Brands, whose diaper business “hit the fan” (so to speak) and went bankrupt after infringing Procter & Gamble’s <i>Pampers</i> diaper patents. Or ask Amazon, which sued Barnes & Noble for infringing its patented “one-click” …

Anthony Levandowski

Uber Fires Anthony Levandowski, But That Doesn't Save It From Google's Waymo

On Tuesday Uber fired Anthony Levandowski, the engineer at the center of its legal battle with Waymo, Google's self-driving car company. Uber said …

Uber

Spies In The Field: As Farming Goes High-Tech, Espionage Threat Grows

As a group of visiting scientists prepared to board a plane in Hawaii that would take them back home to China, U.S. customs agents found rice seeds …

Agriculture

Taking A Stand: An Exclusive Interview With Tiffany Dehen About Her $100 Million Lawsuit Against Twitter And Her Law School

Tiffany Dehen (via tiffanydehen.com)<p>Tiffany Dehen is not your typical millennial. She put herself through law school, recently graduating from the …

Law

FLEXY PAW, Selfies & Portraits of your Dogs and Cats

What is the Flexy Paw?<p><b>Flexy Paw is a simple phone attachment that helps you grab your pets' full attention for the PAWfect Picture. No need to</b> …

State vs. State: How Other Courts Are Responding To California’s Unique Law ‎Prohibiting Covenants Not To Compete | A Legal Blog About Disputes Between Companies and Executives

State vs. State Smackdown: How Other Courts Are Responding To California’s Unique Law ‎Prohibiting Covenants Not To Compete<p>In last week’s Inbox, we …

Legal Services

Star Trek Fan Films

<b>Guidelines for Avoiding Objections:</b><p>The fan production must be less than 15 minutes for a single self-contained story, or no more than 2 segments, …

Star Trek

How to write an impactful net neutrality comment (which you should definitely do)

The Trump FCC’s proceeding to repeal the 2015 network neutrality rules and the legal footing (Title II of the Communications Act of 1934) in which they are grounded is in full swing. The rules ensure that Internet Service Providers (ISPs) like Comcast, AT&T, and Verizon don’t discriminate in favor …

Net Neutrality

Michelle Carter, who urged her boyfriend to commit suicide, found guilty in his death

In a landmark case, a Massachusetts judge has ruled that Michelle Carter, who urged her boyfriend through phone calls and text messages to kill himself, is responsible for his death.<p>Bristol County Juvenile Court Judge Lawrence Moniz announced Friday that Carter, 20, is guilty of involuntary …

Crime

Netflix joins Amazon and Reddit in Day of Action to save net neutrality

Netflix changes tune, says it “will never outgrow the fight for net neutrality.”<p>Netflix is now planning to participate in the "Internet-Wide Day of …

Net Neutrality