STLR Link Round-Up – Feb. 20, 2015

High Profile Vulnerabilities Continue to Make Headlines Lenovo users found out that new laptops had come preinstalled with malicious code, known as Superfish. The code is hidden deep within Windows and is very difficult to find, raising the question of how it got there in the first place. Lenovo is providing a removal tool to its users. (CNET) Kaspersky Lab, a Russian computer security firm alleged that groups linked to the U.S. Government had embedded spyware Continue Reading →

STLR Link Round-Up – Feb. 13, 2015

Intra District split further complicates personal jurisdiction in Patent Law. The United States District Court for the District of Delaware has been the latest jurisdiction to become a patent litigation hotbed, with patent law in general surging over the last decade.  The district has long been home to corporations, with over 50% of all publicly traded companies in the United States incorporating in Delaware today.  Housing such a diverse and large number of companies in Continue Reading →

STLR Link Round-Up – Feb. 02, 2015

Climate Change at the Forefront Climate change has found purchase with Republican voters, half of whom now support government action to combat the global threat, and nearly as many of whom are more likely to vote for a candidate who supports fighting climate change (though the cause of climate changes remains a divisive issue). This development could be a boon for President Obama as he seeks to pass his budget for the federal government, which includes Continue Reading →

STLR Link Round-Up – Dec. 5, 2014

France Pushes for Universal “Right to be Forgotten” France is pushing for the so-called “right to be forgotten” to be adopted globally. The right to be forgotten arises out of a ruling by the European Court of Justice this past May, which held that companies like Google cannot provide links to information that is “inadequate, irrelevant or no longer relevant, or excessive in relation to the purposes for which they were processed and in the Continue Reading →

STLR Link Round-Up – Nov. 28, 2014

New Technology and the Practice of Law The Hackathon phenomenon spread into the legal industry over the last few years as young lawyers in groups like Legal Hackers push to develop modern legal tools. The organization was formed in 2011 by Brooklyn Law students with help from Brooklyn Law School’s Incubator and Policy clinic. Its events have spawned numerous, diverse legal apps such as PaperHealth (creates living wills and health care proxies on a smartphone), Continue Reading →

STLR Link Round-Up – Nov. 13, 2014

President Obama on Net Neutrality On November 10th, 2014, the White House uploaded a video and website in support of Net Neutrality. President Obama urged the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to apply Title II of the 1996 Telecommunications Act to Internet service providers (ISP). While the president acknowledged the FCC’s independent decision-making power, many commentators see the move as very influential. Until this point, the FCC had been working on a hybrid plan designed to Continue Reading →

STLR Link Round-Up – Nov. 6, 2014

Compelled Fingerprinting: The next development in what could be called IOs 8 Jurisprudence: a Virginia Circuit Court held that the 5th Amendment provides no protection for a Defendant forced to provide his fingerprint to unlock his phone. Professor and tech law writer Orin Kerr writes that the holding “is just a state court trial ruling, not an appellate decision. So it’s interesting more for its reasoning than its precedential value.” In dicta, the Court also Continue Reading →

STLR Link Round-Up – Oct. 31, 2014

Applying Aereo In June of this year, the Supreme Court of the United States handed down American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. v. Aereo, Inc., holding that Aereo was in violation of the Copyright Act when it sells to its subscribers a service that allows them to watch television programs over the Internet as those programs are being broadcasted over the air. Since then, Aereo has vowed to remain operational despite the significant challenges it faces. Aereo’s Continue Reading →

STLR Link Round-Up – Oct. 31, 2014

Spain’s Parliament approves new so-called “Google Tax” Spain’s Parliament announced that it would adopt a new tax on news aggregators. (Yahoo news). The tax has come to be known as the “Google tax.” At least one technology blog, Gizmodo, was quick to decry the new law as “bad for everyone.” (Gizmodo). A similar tax was tried in Germany. Ultimately after being blocked by Google, the news sites asked to be relisted. (TechCruch h/t Gizmodo).   Continue Reading →

STLR Link Roundup – Oct. 24, 2014

President Obama Nominates New Director of the USPTO On Thursday, October 16, President Barack Obama nominated Michelle Lee to be the next director of the United States Patent and Trademarks Office (USPTO) following former director David Kappos’ resignation last year. Formerly a Partner at Silicon Valley firm Fenwick & West, Lee served as Google’s deputy general counsel from 2003 to 2012 before serving as the Director of the Silicon Valley Office of the USPTO. She Continue Reading →