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

Anti-Net-Neutrality “Fast Lanes” Are Bullshit

24 April 2014

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

14 January 2014

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 […]

Hunger Striking at Guantánamo Bay

15 April 2013

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. […]

Fix The DMCA

06 March 2013

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

04 September 2012

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

23 January 2012

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.”

Intellectual Property, Copyright Law, and Fan Art

29 May 2011

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 […]

S.E.C. Sues Goldman Sachs

16 April 2010

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

10 March 2010

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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