This is an thought-provoking story: And perhaps most unusual, the FBI recently obtained a single warrant in Alaska to hack the computers of thousands of victims in a bid to free them from the global botnet, Kelihos. On April 5, Deborah M. Smith, chief magistrate judge of the US District Court in Alaska, greenlighted this…Read More Warrants for Cleaning Malware in Kelihos
So I have a very specific question about the “classified emails”, and it seems not to be answered by “Statement by FBI Director James B. Comey on the Investigation of Secretary Hillary Clinton’s Use of a Personal E-Mail System .” A few quotes: From the group of 30,000 e-mails returned to the State Department, 110…Read More What's Classified, Doc? (The Clinton Emails and the FBI)
There’s a fascinating story in the New York Times, “Profits on Carbon Credits Drive Output of a Harmful Gas“: [W]here the United Nations envisioned environmental reform, some manufacturers of gases used in air-conditioning and refrigeration saw a lucrative business opportunity. They quickly figured out that they could earn one carbon credit by eliminating one ton…Read More Regulations and Their Emergent Effects
So following up on our tradition of posting the Declaration of Independence from Great Britain on the 4th, I wanted to use one of those facts submitted to a candid world to comment on goings on in…Great Britain. There, the government has decided to place anti-aircraft missiles on the roof of a residential building near…Read More "Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us.."
Maybe we could just edit attorneys’ memories of copyright laws?Read More The Singularity and Lawyers
This Week in Law is a fascinating podcast on technology law issues, although I’m way behind on listening. Recently, I was listening to Episode #124, and they had a discussion of Kind of Bloop, “An 8-Bit Tribute to Miles Davis’ Kind of Blue.” There was a lawsuit against artist Andy Baio, which he discusses in…Read More Kind of Copyrighted
Imagine if the US government, with no notice or warning, raided a small but popular magazine’s offices over a Thanksgiving weekend, seized the company’s printing presses, and told the world that the magazine was a criminal enterprise with a giant banner on their building. Then imagine that it never arrested anyone, never let a trial…Read More Outrage of the Day: DHS Takes Blog Offline for a year
There are semi-regular suggestions to allow people to copyright facts about themselves as a way to fix privacy problems. At Prawfsblog, Brooklyn Law School Associate Professor Derek Bambauer responds in “Copyright and your face.” Key quote: One proposal raised was to provide people with copyright in their faceprints or facial features. This idea has two…Read More "Can copyright help privacy?"
Governor Brown of California has signed a strengthened breach notification bill, which amends Sections 1798.29 and 1798.82 of the California Civil Code in important ways. Previous versions had been repeatedly vetoed by Arnold Schwarzenegger. As described[.DOC] by its sponsor’s office, this law: Establishes standard, core content — such as the type of information breached, time…Read More California gets a strengthened Breach Notification Law
Science fiction author Walter John Williams wants to get his out of print work online so you can read it: To this end, I embarked upon a Cunning Plan. I discovered that my work had been pirated, and was available for free on BitTorrent sites located in the many outlaw server dens of former Marxist…Read More "Pirate my books, please"