These are the things I've written that are tagged "law"

Anti-Net-Neutrality “Fast Lanes” Are Bullshit

Marco Arment with some strong language about the gross marketing campaign to rebrand the destruction of net neutrality as allowing ISPs to create “fast lanes”: Be honest. This is not building anything new — it’s discriminating and restricting what we already have. This is not making anything faster — it’s allowing ISPs to selectively slow […]

Court strikes down FCC’s anti-blocking rules

Ars Technica: The Federal Communication Commission’s net neutrality rules were partially struck down today by the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, which said the Commission did not properly justify its anti-discrimination and anti-blocking rules. I have an extreme and intense dislike for the FCC (an unconstitutional entity which has done […]

New Zealand bans software patents

A major new patent bill, passed in a 117-4 vote by New Zealand’s Parliament after five years of debate, has banned software patents. This is great news for Kiwis. I really hope that their results inspire the similar movements in the US, UK, and elsewhere.

Hunger Striking at Guantánamo Bay

Our children will look upon Guantanamo Bay with the same sheepish, embarrassed, confused, eye that we look upon the rounding up of Japanese Americans in camps like Manzanar during World War II. If we’re lucky. It is brutal, it is inhuman, and it is the antithesis of the very ideals our country was founded upon. […]

Feds force Oregon to surrender medical marijuana patient records

Federal agents have forced the Oregon Public Health Division to turn over an untold number of patients’ medical marijuana records, according to court records recently uncovered by the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. These people just want to be able to have their medicine and not be afraid, and this is EXACTLY why a lot of people on […]

Fix The DMCA

The Digital Millennium Copyright Act is broken, is stifling innovation, and is giving entrenched businesses an unfair advantage over new ones. Let’s fix it.

Every Time You Torrent, Feds Log Your IP in Just Three Hours

Gizmodo: Anyone who has downloaded pirated music, video or ebooks using a BitTorrent client has probably had their IP address logged by copyright-enforcement authorities within three hours of doing so. So say computer scientists who placed a fake pirate server online—and very quickly found monitoring systems checking out who was taking what from the servers. […]

Smug ignorance

John August: When you stir stupid and lazy together, they form a toxic compound called Smug Ignorance. It’s non-partisan and always fatal. The symptoms are phrases like, “I don’t know much about computers, but…” or “Look, no one knows if climate change is real.”

Strike Against SOPA

What I’ve been working on for the last few days: A site for the January 18th internet blackout to oppose SOPA. Sign up to blackout your site, and send requests to others.

PROTECT IP Act Breaks the Internet

A 4 minute video you need to watch today. PIPA is a truly disgusting piece of legislative bile which exists entirely to give big media companies even more control over the internet and your life.

Intellectual Property, Copyright Law, and Fan Art

A primer for the uninitiated and the knowledgable alike: Technically, this means fan art, fan music, and fan fictions are illegal in and of themselves because they are derivative works of protected content. r o f l But before you get your panties all in a bunch, it’s pretty clear that no creative entity in […]

U.S. Ninth-Circuit Court Rules Against Right of First Sale

If the clickwrap EULA forbids sale, then you can’t sell it, no matter how much you don’t want it anymore. In other words, goodbye to used game sales. How long before they classify films and TV show files as Software? What do I do with the Xbox games I don’t want anymore? Throw them out? […]

Appeals Court Strikes Down Indecency Rule

A tiny bit of good news on a dreary day: A United States appeals court tossed out the indecency policy of the Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday, calling it a violation of the First Amendment. Let’s hope we can make it stick.

S.E.C. Sues Goldman Sachs

Goldman Sachs, which emerged relatively unscathed from the financial crisis, was accused of securities fraud in a civil suit filed Friday by the Securities and Exchange Commission, which claims the bank created and sold a mortgage investment that was secretly devised to fail. If convicted, I want all these fucks behind bars for the rest […]

European Parliament Demands Transparency For ACTA

The European Parliament today voted on a resolution that demands transparency in the ACTA negotiations, and that the Commission puts all papers on the table. The resolution was carried by 633 votes in favour, 13 against, and 16 abstentions. Way to go, EU. See also: Christian Engström’s talk on ACTA from the European Parliament floor.

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