Washington Watch: Rights, Disclosures and Investigations

Issa-Wyden Generate Buzz on Internet Bill of Rights Speaking at the Personal Democracy Forum, anti-SOPA allies Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Representative Darrell Issa (R-CA) suggested that it was time for an Internet Bill of Rights and have launched a crowd-sourcing site to incorporate third parties’ views. The proposed Bill of Rights has the following…

In the Courts: Carrier IQ, RIAA and Canadian Drugs

State Claim against Carrier IQ permitted to proceed A federal judge in Los Angeles held that claims under California’s privacy law against Carrier IQ for keystroke logging on Androids and iPhones without consumer consent were not preempted by the Federal Wiretap Act.  The court explained.  Federal law is intended to establish minimum standards and not to preempt…

Bridging the D.C.-Silicon Valley Divide in Napa Valley (in HuffPost)

Bridging the D.C.-Silicon Valley Divide in Napa Valley   June 11, 2012 As in past years, the Sixth Tech Policy Summit held in serene Napa Valley highlights the very Silicon Valley-Washington divide which it seeks to bridge. While the SOPA fight, the passage of the CROWDFUND Act and greater tech engagement on Capitol Hill are…

Today on CLBR (Segment 1): 30 Songs for $675,000

Legal legend Charles Nesson – the founder of Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society – and lawyer for Joel Tenenbaum speaks about the RIAA’s pursuit of $675,000 in damages for downloading 30 songs and the Supreme Court’s refusal to intervene. Dossier   Case Overview   Professor Nesson Petition for Cert   RIAA Brief on…

USTR Report – Online Counterfeiting Surges

The Office of the United States Trade Representative has issued its annual “Special 301” report which reviews the “state of intellectual property rights (IPR) protection and enforcement in trading partners around world.”  Among the report’s findings was that the continued growth of the ” online sale of pirated and counterfeit hard goods that will soon surpass the…

Ted’s Tubes: Backpage Backlash, Broadband Speed and The Million Dollar Free Movie

Village Voice Media Under Increased Pressure to Drop Backpage Sex Ads Two years ago State Attorney Generals pressured Craigslist to drop adult oriented advertisements which reportedly generated approximately $36 million in revenue annually for the online classified giant.  The advertisements and pressure have now migrated to Village Voice’s Backpage.com.   H&M, Pfitzer Pharmaceutical, IKEA, Barnes and…

ACTA Fight Expected in European Parliament This Week

The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), signed by the US,  European Union and 22 of its Member States, Australia, Canada, Japan, Morocco, New Zealand, Singapore, and South Korea is expected to be debated by the EU’s legislative body this week with approval uncertain.  The treaty, which some claim is even worse than SOPA,  is widely unpopular and sparked demonstrations throughout…

In the Courts: Scareware, Facebook Trilogy and Double-Whammy and RIP Righthaven

Ascentive Settles Scareware Class Action for $9.6MM Software vendor Ascentive, best known for its FinallyFast product, has agreed to pay $9.6 million to settle a class-action complaint that alleged it tricked consumers into believing that their computers were underperforming by providing them with free ‘diagnostic scans’ that were designed to artificially report an exaggerated number…

Hollywood’s Copyright Wars at the Academy

Hollywood’s Copyright Wars From Thomas Edison’s aggressive copyright disputes to recent lawsuits against video-sharing websites, the motion picture industry has always struggled to influence and adapt to copyright law. Last night I attended a presentation by Peter Decherney on his new book Hollywood’s Copyright Wars at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.  The…

Next on CL&BR: Global Protests over ACTA and Latest on Privacy

Featuring Tech Dirt’s Mike Masnick and eSarcasm’s Dan Tynan (1) Mike Masnick:  He is the CEO and founder ofTechdirt, a weblog that focuses on technology news and tech-related issues. Masnick is also the founder and CEO of the company Floor64 and a contributor at BusinessWeek‘s Business Exchange.  Before founding Floor64, Masnick worked in business development and marketing at Release…

Next on CLBR: Crisis PR, ACTA, Privacy and More

LISTEN http://www2.webmasterradio.fm/cyberlaw-and-business-report/wp-content/plugins/powerpress/FlowPlayerClassic.swf Podcast: Play in new window | Download (48.9MB) FEATURED SEGMENT (TWO) – BRENDA CHRISTENSEN ON CRISIS PR With over 25 years of high tech corporate communications and public relations experience, Brenda has successfully created and managed global messaging campaigns for such prestigious companies as Secure Computing, Panda Software, Maximizer Software, GoldMine Software, NEC, DTK Computer, Wang Laboratories,…