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Patent Wars and Blackmail in Silicon Valley

With reality television all the rage, viewers may wonder why there’s been no reality series about the inbred high-tech ecosystem of Silicon Valley. There should be, because the reality of how our technology bastion really competes today — namely by patent litigation and acquisitions — is astonishing. Last year Google, Apple, Intel and other leading […]

Android, Patent Wars and Antitrust

The battle to beat Google’s Android mobile phone OS is quickly turning into a legal bonanza. Apple is suing HTC, Samsung and Motorola, all makers of wireless phones with the Android platform. Oracle is seeking up to $6.1 billion in a patent lawsuit against Google, alleging Android infringes Oracle’s Java patents. And Microsoft is suing Motorola […]

Technology and the Supreme Court

It is rare that the justices of the Supreme Court of the United States actually write or speak about technology. But as connectivity and user-generated content become more ubiquitous and pervasive, sometimes the Court — despite its inherent judicial conservatism — just can’t avoid touching on issues related to the use, importance and legal status of […]

Top 4 Social Media Law Cases of 2010

If you’re read my The Law of Social Media essays or presentations, you probably know there have been few serious cases yet establishing law specifically targeting social media. One can apply basic principles to predict what courts will do, but so far there are only a handful of reported decisions that say anything at all […]

Toward a Viable Legal Theory For Net Neutrality

The news today is all about Tuesday’s “open meeting” at the FCC, where at long last a proposed regime for network neutrality will formally be considered.  ”There are of course a lot of moving pieces surrounding this debate, and however the chips fall, it’s going to have a long-term affect over how the Internet operates […]

Why Net Neutrality Rules and Broadband “Third Way” Reclassification Are Unnecessary and Unlawful

This is the opening paragraph of an article by this author appearing today in the Fall 2010 issue of Icarus, the newsletter of the ABA’s Communications & Digital Technology Industries Committee, Section of Antitrust Law. “If the issue of broadband reclassification is not addressed with sensitivity to the history and traditions of FCC common carrier […]

…And to my Son, I Bequeath My Facebook Account.

I’ve written about the legal problems associated with online social media accounts after a subscriber’s death. This is a way cool start-up idea that, at first blush, seems to solve then like an “advance medical directive” does for the dying. [Editor’s Note: Glenn cross-posted this video on his personal blog. –mrh]

The Supreme Court of Technophobes

This is an ongoing issue with the American judiciary system. Judges are by institution isolated and by tradition older than the general population. Increasingly, however, they are called upon to rule on technologies with which they have no experience at all. It does’t look like we’ll be seeing much Tweeting-from-the-bench on the Supreme Court any […]

Internet Censorship: It’s Not Just for China Anymore

There has been a lot of talk, debate and criticism — leveled at Google, Microsoft and other major Internet content providers — about censorship of Internet content by the government of China. Google v. China: Principled, Brave, or Business As Usual? [Huffington Post]. The assumption most of these pundits make is that mandatory filtering and […]

Federal Courts Meet Social Media Challenge

[Editor’s Note: Glenn brought to our attention last month a Supreme Court first regarding social media. We now have more judicial news regarding social media in the courts. –mrh] Well, it took a little bit of time, but the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts has issued revised jury instructions, recommended for all federal cases, […]