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...

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,...

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...

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...
Toward a Viable Legal Theory For Net Neutrality

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...

…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...

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...

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...