Pixel Police: DRM and Securing Photos Online

Posted by Cyberbear on May 1, 2015 in Copyright Law, DMCA, Intellectual Property, Internet |

Posted by: Lauren Stewart April 20, 2015 A disturbing trend has emerged, primarily on Instagram, called baby-role playing. This is where a person, often a teenage girl, steals images of a child from the Internet, gives them a new name, and creates a user profile claiming the child as her own. Some even portray themselves […]

Upstream Data Dollars

Posted by Cyberbear on May 1, 2015 in FCC Regulation, Internet, Net Neutrality |

Posted by: Lauren Stewart April 20, 2015 Regardless of whether the FCC’s Open Internet Order is effective in regulating net neutrality, the reality is that the Internet is a free market, not free. It’s easy to agree with net neutrality: to want network operators to treat all content the same and not prioritize and broker […]

Surveillance through the Internet

Posted by Cyberbear on May 1, 2015 in Government Surveillance, Internet, Judicial Decisions, Privacy, Uncategorized |

Posted by Angelica J. Simpson April 17, 2015   Over the past few years there has been headlines making their way claiming the governments gross overreach in surveillance. Stories that the FBI can hack into your computer, or that NSA is gathering everyone’s phone records, down to tracking capabilities through GOOGLE Maps apps and technology. […]

Does Unlocking On-Disc DLC Violate the Anti-Circumvention Provision of the DMCA?

Posted by: Kyle Sol Johnson April 20, 2015 Increasingly videogames are released alongside downloadable content (DLC) the adds some aspect or function to the underlying game. These may be packs of maps, new zones, new weapons and armors, or even entirely new missions. Often it is a combination of the above. Traditionally, DLC is offered […]

They’re Shutting Down the Internet: The Responsibility of Internet Service Providers in Combating Piracy

Posted by: Macaulay Christian April 20, 2015   Imagine that, for some time and on a fairly consistent basis, you download and listen to all of your favorite music through one or more torrent sites. Whatever your personal beliefs are, you do know that, legally speaking, what you are doing is wrong. Your Internet service […]

Does the Constitution Follow the Net?: The Digital Millennium Copyright Act, Free Speech, & Fair Use

Posted by Cyberbear on May 1, 2015 in Copyright Law, DMCA, Intellectual Property, Judicial Decisions |

 Posted by: Macaulay Christian April 20, 2015 Take a moment to think about computers. There isn’t an aspect of daily life that hasn’t been at least touched, if not outright revolutionized, by the advent of the computer. They no longer mammoth machines existing within the confines of a single, massive space—they’re portable. You probably have […]

Is a Take Down a Taking?

Posted by Cyberbear on May 1, 2015 in Copyright Law, DMCA, Intellectual Property, Internet |

Posted by: Chase Millea April 20, 1015 Under the Fifth Amendment to the Constitution, “private property [shall not] be taken for public use, without just compensation.” Traditionally we think of a government taking in the context of real property. If the government wants to knock your house down to build a highway, they are going […]

Penalties for Misrepresented Take Down Notices

Posted by Cyberbear on May 1, 2015 in Copyright Law, DMCA, Intellectual Property, Litigation, Tech News |

Posted by: Chase Millea April 20, 2015 In the United States, a holder of a copyright under the Copyright Act maintains exclusive rights to reproduce and distribute work fixed in a tangible means of expression. In essence, that means that a person can protect against redistribution of original work without authorization. The Digital Millennium Copyright […]

How Far Should Companies Go to Protect Personal Data?

Posted by Cyberbear on May 1, 2015 in Computer Crimes, Computer Hardware, Computer Software, Hackers, Privacy |

Posted by: Chase Millea April 20, 2015 As nearly every analog form of communication transfers to a digital format, we input our personal data (e.g. credit card numbers, contact information) on a host of devices in an even greater number of settings. Do employers, retailers, and other users of the Internet have duties to protect […]

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