CLIP-ings June 26, 2015

Internet Governance

Revenge Porn Takedown: Google will expand its otherwise “narrow and limited” search-result removal policy and soon consider requests to remove sexually explicit images posted without their subjects’ consent.

Subsidized Internet: In an effort to reduce the digital divide, the FCC voted to offer independent Internet access under Lifeline, a program that subsidizes telecommunications services for low-income households.


No License To Scan: Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal vetoed the state legislature’s “plan to acquire [license plate] scanners,” on the ground that they “create large pools” of law abiding citizens’ information.

Information Security and Cyberthreats

SEC Chases Phishers: In a recent investigation of hacks that informed insider trading, the Commission for the first time requested breach information directly from the hacked companies.

Intellectual Property

Cert. Patently Denied: Google unsuccessfully petitioned the Supreme Court to overturn the Federal Circuit’s finding that Street View infringes Vederi’s “vertical flat” imaging patents.

Free Expression and Censorship

Cyberharassment Not Free Speech: A New York district court held that a man’s statements on websites he created to deride his former employer were not protected by the First Amendment because they were defamatory and part of a “campaign of retaliatory harassment.”

Practice Note

The Justice League: The Supreme Court declined to overturn precedent and held that Marvel is not required to pay royalties to a Spider-Man toy’s inventor after his patent expired despite the parties’ agreement to the contrary.

On the Lighter Side

Bill Nye The Emoji Guy: Watch this science legend explain climate change with the help of a few emojis.

Joel R. Reidenberg

Stanley D. and Nikki Waxberg Chair and Professor of Law

Founding Academic Director, Fordham CLIP

N. Cameron Russell

Executive Director, Fordham CLIP

Thomas B. Norton

Privacy Fellow, Fordham CLIP

Editorial Fellows

Elle Davis

Sam Borenzweig


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