EU net neutrality up for a vote next week: Here’s how to fix the proposal

2 12 2015
Ars Technica
October 23, 2015
Glyn Moody
On Tuesday next week, October 27, the European Parliament will vote in Strasbourg on rules that are supposed to protect net neutrality in the EU. The proposed text emerged from the so-called “trilogue” meeting between the European Commission, European Parliament, and the EU Council held in June to reach a “compromise” text taking into account the differing views held by the three institutions. However, there are serious problems with the compromise rules, and in the run-up to the vote next week, digital activists are urging the public to contact MEPs to ask them to support amendments that will fix the main issues.

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Tackling the Intellectual Property Battle

20 11 2015

IPWatchdog

October 14, 2015

Kevin Weaver

The ownership of ideas and creations are among the most valuable assets to any company. Businesses invest in these ideas and rights and use the value they create to help promote and grow business for years to come. Printer manufacturers, for example, invest heavily in new ink and toner technologies and realize a return over the life of the device through the sale of supplies and consumables. When third-party supplies manufacturers, particularly manufacturers of new build ‘cloned products’, violate IP rights and take products to market, they are effectively stealing from the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) – reducing the ability of the OEM to realize the full potential of their investment and, through their sale, securing financial benefit from the OEM who receives no compensation for this lost revenue. These organizations effectively take a ‘free ride’.

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App Users Aren’t “Subscribers” Under the VPPA–Ellis v. Cartoon Network

20 11 2015
Technology and Marketing Law Blog
October 12, 2015
Venkat Balasubramani
Many VPPA cases involve free online streaming services. Here, plaintiff alleged that he downloaded the Cartoon Network app, and Cartoon Network then disclosed to Bango, an ad network, plaintiff’s device ID and the videos he viewed. Plaintiff also alleged that Bango easily could derive his identity and thus knew both his identity and the videos he viewed.

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Daily Trade Secret Theft for Daily Fantasy Sports?

18 11 2015

 

Seyfarth Shaw

October 7th, 2015

Marcus Mintz

 

On October 5, 2015, the nascent industry was rocked when the New York Times reported that an employee of Draft Kings, the current market leader, used proprietary information regarding player usage in Draft Kings’ contests to win $350,000 in a contest hosted by competitor Fan Duel.  The industry, and Draft Kings in particular, have since come under a flood of criticism for a lack of internal controls and running a rigged game.

The information that was allegedly misused by the Draft Kings employee is player usage data — the percentages that particular players are “drafted” by contest participants.  This information is neither public nor available by any lawful means until changes to a participant’s line-up are “locked” and cannot be changed.  By having this information prior to being “locked” in, a DFS participant would get an unfair advantage by being able to calculate a line-up around the players that are owned by existing participants and thus may have a statistically higher change of winning certain large-format contests where a unique line-up makes the chances of winning much greater.

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U.S. Congress To Again Consider Private Right of Action for Trade Secret Misappropriation

13 11 2015

Seyfarth Shaw

July 30, 2015

Marcus Mintz
On July 29, 2015, with bipartisan support, congressional leaders in both the House and Senate, including Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Representative Doug Collins (R-GA), introduced a bill to create a federal private right of action for the misappropriation of trade secrets.  The proposed legislation, titled the “Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2015” (“DTSA”), follows a failed attempt just last year to pass the “Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2014.”

 

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How Linux was born, as told by Linus Torvalds himself

28 08 2015

One of the most famous messages in all computing was posted exactly 24 years ago today, on 25 August, 1991:

Hello everybody out there using minix –

I’m doing a (free) operating system (just a hobby, won’t be big and
professional like gnu) for 386(486) AT clones. This has been brewing
since april, and is starting to get ready.

Many people have read that post by Linus Torvalds in the comp.os.minix newsgroup on Usenet, or at least heard about it. Many more are aware of how that (free) operating system ended up taking over vast swathes of the computing world, and becoming both “big” and “professional.” But what about before that famous moment? What were the key events that led to Linus creating that first public release of Linux?

To find out, in December 1996, I went to Finland to interview Linus in his flat in Helsinki. I used some of his replies in a feature that appeared in Wired magazine in August 1997; more of them appeared in my book, Rebel Code: Inside Linux and the open source revolution, published in 2001. What follows is a more detailed explanation of how Linux came into being, as told in Linus’ own words.

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Innovator pushed from market sues Apple, Best Buy for patent infringement

25 06 2015

Once upon a time Comarco manufactured products, but the company was pushed from the industry by cheaper infringing products. That makes the Comarco story a prime example of the often overlooked reality facing small businesses in a global marketplace increasingly dominated by giant conglomerates. It would seem that the Comarco story is one about how large companies push original innovators out of the marketplace as the result of widespread infringement.

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Occupy Wall Street activists sue over Twitter account

30 11 2014
On Wednesday, three years to the day since the beginning of Occupy Wall Street, one of its former leaders has sued another leader over a disputed Twitter account.

@OccupyWallStNYC has 177,000 followers, and it’s apparently controlled by Justin Wedes, a self-identified “educator and activist based in Detroit, Michigan” and a “founding member” of the New York City General Assembly. Wedes did not respond to Ars’ requests for comment.

According to the suit, which was filed by the OWS Media Group in the Supreme Court of the State of New York, Wedes “hijacked” the account in early August 2014, “making himself the sole person in control of the Twitter Account.”

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Twitter parody account holder sought in police raid

21 04 2014
[note, Ed: This is neither, at time of printing, a defamation nor right of publicity case. The Mayor bases his worries on an IL. state statute that forbids impersonating an elected official—although the IL right of publicity gives one the legal ability to be an impersonator . . . the IP law differs from the “impersonation” statute when it comes to law enforcement and elected officials. The law “protects” the public from fake police . . . or phone calls from fake mayors, etc. One doubts that the legislative intent was for use in shutting down edgy twitter accounts/posters. The case is of local interest, so included here]
Illinois police seized computers and mobile phones while raiding a house whose owner was suspected of parodying the town mayor on Twitter.

In all, five people following the Tuesday evening raid were taken to the Peoria Police Department station for questioning, local media report.

“They just asked me about the Twitter account, if I knew anything about it,” Michelle Pratt, 27, told the Journal Star.

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Feds arrest “most hated man on the Internet” in revenge porn hacking case

11 02 2014

As the founder of one of the first highly profitable sites to post nude photos of people against their will, 27-year-old Hunter Moore had already been branded the most hated man on the Internet. On Thursday, he was arrested on federal charges claiming that he paid a man to break into the e-mail accounts of hundreds of victims and steal sexually explicit images that later showed up on Moore’s notorious isanyoneup.com site.

According to an indictment filed in federal court in Los Angeles, Moore paid $200 or more per week for images that he knew were obtained by illegally accessing the e-mail accounts. To cover his tracks, he used PayPal accounts that weren’t linked to his identity and at one point created new e-mail addresses and deleted data tied to past hack attacks. Moore’s arrangement with Charles “Gary” Evens, who is now 25, began at an unknown date and lasted until about May 2, 2012, prosecutors alleged in the 15-count charging document.

According to the indictment:

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