SPAM, Bots, and Malware. Oh my!

Posted by Cyberbear on December 6, 2013 in Computer Crimes, Hackers, Internet |

Posted By: Jonathon Sanchez   Anyone who uses email knows about spam emails, and in 2010, there was an estimated 200 billion pieces of spam sent per day. However, recently, there seems to be an unexplained precipitous drop in spam. The one question that I have always had, as a person who was raised on […]

Aaron Swartz’s Alleged Conduct and the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act

Posted by Cyberbear on December 6, 2013 in Computer Crimes, Hackers, Intellectual Property, Internet, Litigation |

Posted By: Tammy Thibodeau   In Aaron Swartz’s superseding indictment the government alleged Swartz, accessed JSTOR and the MIT network “without authorization.” (United States v. Aaron Swartz, Crim. No. 11-CR-10260-NMG, 3, Sept. 12, 2012). Swartz had accessed the MIT network (and computers) four times “without authorization” after being blocked in three separate incidents. (Id.). Further, […]

The Trans-Pacific Partnership & Modern Copyright Law

Posted by Cyberbear on December 6, 2013 in Computer Software, DMCA, Intellectual Property, Internet |

Posted By: Justin McKay   If you haven’t noticed, there has been an increasing amount of commentary on the internet about the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) ever since Wikileaks released the negotiated draft text of the intellectual property chapter on November 13, 2013. Unfortunately, most of that commentary contains suggestive and alarming language without many (or […]

Posted by Cyberbear on December 6, 2013 in Domain Names, Intellectual Property, Trademark |

Posted By:  Daniela Madrid   What happens when an owner of a trademark wants to use his trademark as a domain name for his website but discovers that the domain name is already being used by a third party? There are several options to resolve this dilemma. The trademark owner can use an alternative domain […]

Net Neutrality

Posted by Cyberbear on December 6, 2013 in FCC Regulation, Internet, Net Neutrality |

Posted By:  Chris Fong   Control of information is hugely powerful. In the US, the threat is that companies control what I can access for commercial reasons. In China, control is by government for political reasons. Tim Berners-Lee Regulating the internet is not just limited to interactions over the internet. Internet regulations also include the […]

Personal Jurisdiction and the Internet – Localizing Actions from Cyberspace

Posted by Cyberbear on December 6, 2013 in Internet, Litigation |

Posted By:  Chris Fong   The advent of the internet created an area where the traditional lines of jurisdiction are nearly entirely erased. The Supreme Court foresaw the how the advances in technology could affect the notion of jurisdiction and noted in Hanson v. Denckla that “[a]s [technological] progress has increased the flow of commerce […] Video Game Streaming and Fair Use

Posted by Cyberbear on December 6, 2013 in Computer Software, Copyright Law, Intellectual Property |

Posted By: Chris Fong is a website that provides video gamers a website location to share and stream their video game experiences with others. A major concern is whether the streaming of the video game can be constituted as copyright infringement or protected use under Fair Use. In order to determine if it […]

Hip Hop Lyric Site Issued Take Down Notice By NMPA

Posted by Cyberbear on December 4, 2013 in Blogging, Copyright Law, DMCA, Intellectual Property, Internet, Litigation |

Posted By: Ross Arkin   Ever since the Sugar Hill Gang proclaimed “I said a hip, hop, the hippie – the hippie
to the hip hip-hop, and you don’t stop 
the rocking to the bang-bang, boogie say up jump the boogie to the rhythm of the boogie the beat.”, hip-hop fans have collectively often said: “What?” […]

Duke University has Sent You a Friend Request?!

Posted by Cyberbear on December 4, 2013 in Internet, Social Media |

Posted By: Ryan Bethell Recent surveys from U.S.News suggest that Universities are increasingly looking at Facebook, Linkden, and other social network profiles to help make admissions decisions. Using Facebook in admissions criteria may implicate certain obvious (government actors accessing private information) and non-obvious (admissions officers making fun of applicant essay topics online) privacy concerns, though […]

Patent Litigation, Coming to a Podcast Near You!

Posted by Cyberbear on December 4, 2013 in Intellectual Property, Internet, Patents, Tech News |

Posted By:  Ryan Bethell Hot off the heels of an $8,000,000 settlement with apple over a patent covering “Downloadable Playlists,” Personal Audio, a digital audio company in Texas, has set its sights on popular podcast producers. Personal Audio has asserted a patent pertaining to cover “how audio files are organized and downloaded on the internet,” […]

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