This WEEK in LAW

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Don’t Fuck Anybody Who Wants To Get Your Consent Uploaded to the Blockchain

Consent needs to be fluid, and the blockchain is anything but.<p>Contrary to the endless stream of pitches in my inbox, the solution to all human afflictions is not “put it on the blockchain.” That’s not stopping one company from trying to teach people respect for sexual boundaries by offering digital …

Bitcoin

Got $1 million in bitcoins? This 'Packers party house' could be yours

Photos: 'Packers party house' seller wants payment in cryptocurrency<p>This three-bedroom house on Stadium Drive in Ashwaubenon is for sale for $1 …

Real Estate

I just warranty deeded my house into an Ethereum smart contract. AMA

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Ethereum

Someone's trying to gut America's strongest biometric privacy law

For years, the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act has been a headache for any tech company working with facial recognition. It's a simple law, requiring a person's explicit consent before a company can make a biometric scan of their body. In the eight years since the law was first passed, …

Privacy

Why Google’s New App Won’t Match Your Face to Art in Some States

Popular selfie tool in Arts & Culture app is blocked in Illinois and Texas because of privacy laws<p>Millions of people across the U.S. downloaded an app over the holiday weekend to see how a Google algorithm matched their selfies to historical artwork. But for many residents of Illinois and Texas, …

Matched

“Free TV” box lawyer says video industry is “digging its own grave” | Ars Technica

A win for “Dragon Box” would be bad legal precedent for industry, lawyer says.<p>The entertainment industry is lining up against the maker of a "free …

Televisions

Apple Health Data Is Being Used as Evidence in a Rape and Murder Investigation

German authorities cracked a man's iPhone and found out what he was up to.<p>One of the most important witnesses to the rape and homicide of a 19-year-old-woman in Germany might be a stock app on the iPhone of her alleged murderer.<p>Hussein K., an Afghan refugee in Freiburg, has been on trial since …

Privacy

Edward Snowden's Haven app uses your phone to detect intruders

Forget phone calls — a new app from The Guardian Project, the Freedom of the Press Foundation and Edward Snowden aims to turn Android smartphones into tiny, unobtrusive security systems. Haven, released today in public beta, was designed to use a phone's built-in sensors to track sudden changes in …

'Steve Jobs' is an Italian company — and Apple can't do anything about it

Steve Jobs jeans, anyone?<p>After years of legal battles, a pair of brothers — Vincenzo and Giacomo Barbato — have successfully managed to win a legal battle against Apple, earning the right to call their company “Steve Jobs,” after Apple’s iconic founder, according to <i>la Repubblica Napoli</i><i>.</i><p>The fight …

Steve Jobs

My ten hour white noise video now has five copyright claims! :) https://t.co/dX9PCM1qGx

'Star Wars' Card Game Sabacc Sparks Lawsuit From Lucasfilm

The fictional game plays an important role in franchise canon and Lucasfilm says a video game app maker is unfairly capitalizing on its fame.<p>As the …

Spotify Hit With $1.6 Billion Copyright Lawsuit Over Tom Petty, Weezer, Neil Young Songs

Wixen Music Publishing files a new lawsuit that also covers music from Rage Against the Machine, The Doors, Steely Dan and many others.<p>As the new …

Steely Dan

How Donald Trump Could Mess With Libel Laws

Sorry journalists. There are things that Trump could attempt to accomplish to make defamation claims more of a nuisance.<p>Today is the day when …

Donald Trump

San Diego Comic-Con Trademark Fight Rages On After Jury Verdict

A jury in December found Salt Lake Comic Con used SDCC's trademark without permission, and neither side is happy with the outcome.<p>In a feud rivaling …

Cosplay

Disney Pushes for Injunction Against Redbox Over Movie Download Codes

The entertainment giant says Redbox is harming relationships with customers' perceptions of a legitimate digital market.<p>Disney now wants an order …

Comic Convention Giant Victorious in Trademark Suit – “Comic-Con” is Not Generic

Fan boys and fan girls may soon see changes to the names of their favorite pop culture events given a federal jury’s recent ruling that the term …

Cosplay

News & Resources

International law firm Dorsey & Whitney LLP announced today that it has named Intellectual Property Litigation Partner J. Michael (Mike) Keyes as …

American Bar Association

The Crucial First Step in the Legal Battle to Save Net Neutrality

A cadre of public interest groups and at least 22 attorneys general have filed petitions this week challenging the FCC order that seeks to gut net …

Internet

21 states sue to keep net neutrality as Senate Democrats reach 50 votes for repeal

A group of 21 U.S. state attorneys general filed suit to challenge the Federal Communications Commission's decision to do away with net neutrality on …

Internet

Meet the Space Custodians: Debris Cleanup Plans Emerge

Over the past 25 years, the amount of space junk orbiting Earth has grown exponentially, and the problem is bound to get worse: Some experts claim …

Space

Your Social Media Hashtags May Make You Legally Liable to Delta

Delta has updated their SkyMiles terms and conditions and under ‘program membership’ they now spell out how you could become legally liable to Delta …

Social Media Marketing

Facebook, Universal Music strike multi-year licensing deal

(Reuters) - Facebook Inc and Universal Music Group on Thursday announced a global agreement that will enable users to upload videos featuring music from Universal's library across the social media network as well as Instagram and Oculus.<p>Through the agreement, which is Facebook's first with a major …

Universal Music Group

50 senators endorse resolution to restore FCC net neutrality regulations

WASHINGTON - Fifty Senate lawmakers have endorsed a legislative measure to override the Federal Communications Commission's recent decision to …

Internet

Spotify hit with $1.6 billion copyright lawsuit

(Reuters) - Music streaming company Spotify was sued by Wixen Music Publishing Inc last week for allegedly using thousands of songs, including those of Tom Petty, Neil Young and the Doors, without a license and compensation to the music publisher.<p>Wixen, an exclusive licensee of songs such as "Free …

Tom Petty

Hollywood says it’s not planning another copyright extension push | Ars Technica

Copyrights from the 1920s will start expiring next year if Congress doesn’t act.<p>On January 1, 2019, every book, film, and song published in 1923 will …

Tweets on Transgender Military Servicemembers

As the sun was rising on July 26, 2017, President Donald Trump tweeted, “the United States Government will not accept or allow”<i>1</i><i>×</i>1. Donald J. Trump …

Joseph Dunford

Twitter hits back again at claims that its employees monitor direct messages

Twitter is pushing back against claims made by conservative activist group Project Veritas that its employees monitor private user data, including direct messages. In a statement to BuzzFeed News, a Twitter representative said “we do not proactively review DMs. Period. A limited number of employees …

Project Veritas

7,500 Online Shoppers Unknowingly Sold Their Souls

A computer game retailer revealed that it legally owns the souls of thousands of online shoppers, thanks to a clause in the terms and conditions agreed to by online shoppers.<p>The retailer, British firm <b>GameStation</b>, added the "immortal soul clause" to the contract signed before making any online …

April Fools' Day

Elon Musk Reveals Photos of Tesla Roadster Launching on Falcon Heavy Rocket

Elon Musk is really sending his Tesla Roadster to Mars.<p>On Friday (Dec. 22), Musk, the CEO and chief technology officer of SpaceX, posted photos to …