STLR Link Roundup – September 7, 2013

Big Brother Isn’t the Only One Watching With all eyes on the federal government’s wiretapping activities, commercial interests have tapped into consumer devices with little to no repercussions. Corporate America – and apparently also Corporate Great Britain with approval from the British government – has been tracking consumer activities and movements without consumer permission or often without consumer knowledge. By tapping into consumers’ cell phones or other wireless devices, wireless network owners access a wealth Continue Reading →

Freedom “2” Speak

Bzzz. Bzzz. Bzzz. Bzzz. *Silence.* The smart phone apocalypse has come. The 1998 Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”) criminalizes electronically decoupling a mobile phone from its contracted service provider, otherwise known as “unlocking”:“No person shall circumvent a technological measure that effectively controls access to a work protected under this title.” “Section 1201 also makes it illegal to circumvent the access controls on DVDs, e-books and video games to make bootlegged copies for sale on the Continue Reading →

STLR Link Roundup – February 13, 2013

eShopping and the Constitution: How Far Does State Taxation Power Extend? Last week, Amazon and Overstock.com challenged a New York state law requiring the collection and payment of sales tax on all online transactions for which a New York-based entity “directly or indirectly refer[ed the] customers.” States have the authority to tax sales that occur within their borders. However, “virtual presence” has blurred state lines and created a valuable, tax-free e-commerce market. In the 1992 Continue Reading →

STLR Link Roundup – October 17, 2012

iOS 6 Clock: Time is Money Embroiled in a never-ending litany of litigation over patents protecting their smartphone design, Apple ended a potential dispute over its iOS 6 clock design almost as quietly as it arose. A few weeks ago, SBB “politely complained” to Apple about the infringing use of its trademark-protected clock. On Friday, Apple negotiated a confidential licensing agreement with SBB, a Swiss railway operator, for use of SBB’s signature clock design. SBB’s Continue Reading →