STLR Link Roundup – February 12, 2010

The latest on the STLR radar:

  • Wired reports on Max Ray Vision’s thirteen-year sentence for hacking – the longest yet in U.S. legal history.
  • The District Court for the Western District of Washington dismisses a lawsuit alleging that Microsoft misled its customers by representing anti-piracy code as a critical security update. ComputerWorld reports.
  • The E-Commerce Times looks into codec licensing issues and what it means for the development of the next generation of HTML.
  • The Register says Google’s recent take-down of six popular music blogs is further demonstration that the U.S. Digital Millennium Copyright Act is a “ridiculously blunt instrument.”
  • Out-Law reports on a UK Court of Appeal ruling upholding two convictions for publishing racially inflammatory material, rejecting the defendants’ argument that English law should not apply because the content was hosted on servers located in the U.S.
  • Patently-O examines the expanding jurisprudence of the Federal Circuit.
  • Law Technology News reviews recent case law for online defamation claims against anonymous defendants.
  • The Electronic Frontier Foundation (which just turned 20 – happy birthday, EFF!) is fighting to suppress evidence gathered by law enforcement from a suspect’s iPhone without a warrant.
  • The New York State Bar Association warns against the ethical pitfalls of social networking, reports Law Technology News.
  • Dr. Dre is suing Death Row Records over unpaid royalties and sale of digital copies of “The Chronic” without the proper rights, says Billboard.
  • The New York Times discusses the outrage over Google Buzz’s consequences for privacy.
  • Can software licensing agreements prevent people from selling their copies of software? The Electronic Frontier Foundation, Public Knowledge, and other organizations have filed an amicus brief urging an answer of “no” to this question in a case before the Ninth Circuit.

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