STLR Link Roundup – January 8, 2010

Here’s the latest on the STLR radar:

  • Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker in San Francisco decided to allow showing the trial challenging California’s Proposition 8 on YouTube, reports the San Francisco Chronicle.  The Wall Street Journal Law Blog questions whether that’s a good thing.
  • Patent Librarian notes that Wikipedia citations in patent applications are up 59%, but Patently-O puts that increase in perspective.
  • A report commissioned by the French government recommends taxing Google on their online advertising revenues in France to help fund legal outlets to buy media hurt by online piracy, reports the Mercury News.  President Sarkozy supports the measure, says PC World.
  • The Wall Street Journal reports that Philip K. Dick’s estate claims Google infringed on its intellectual property by using the name “Nexus One” for the new Google-branded phone.  It brings to mind this recent post by Seth Godin.
  • The Electronic Frontier Foundation responds to Bono’s recent New York Times Op-Ed, in which the musician / global icon lamented media piracy and suggested digital tracking be used to help criminal enforcement.
  • provides an insightful guide to mining web 2.0 as a source of evidence.
  • The Colorado Department of Transportation created an iPhone app to tell users if they’re too drunk to drive, the latest in a series of state efforts “to reach out to the Twitter-iPhone-Facebook generation,” according to the Wall Street Journal.
  • The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed [decision, pdf] a district court ruling that tasers should only be used in limited circumstances, as they pose a greater threat to their targets than other non-lethal police weapons.  The San Jose Mercury News reports on the suit that originated from a city police officer using a stun gun on a San Jose State student.
  • The L.A. Times reports that the California Science Center has been sued for canceling a showing of film attacking Darwinian evolution and promoting intelligent design.
  • Blizzard helps police make a drug arrest of a suspect tracked by his World of Warcraft account, posts kokomo perspective.

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