CLIP-ings: October 16, 2015

Internet Governance

Revenge On Revenge Porn: The California Attorney General’s office launched a website that provides resources to help revenge porn victims, law enforcement, and technology companies combat cyber exploitation.


Califortification: To protect its residents from unauthorized invasions of their digital privacy, California passed a law requiring law enforcement to obtain a search warrant or wiretap order before collecting residents’ electronic information subject to certain limited exceptions.

Information Security And Cyberthreats

Shut The Back Door: Following hacks of its own databases, the Obama Administration retreated from its pursuit of legislation that would compel technology firms and smartphone manufacturers to provide the government with access to their source code and encryption keys.

On Good Terms: Following the recent U.S.-China cybersecurity agreement, President Xi announced the arrest of several Chinese hackers believed to be responsible for cyberattacks on the U.S.

Intellectual Property

That’s A Real Stretch: The Ninth Circuit ruled that the founder of Bikram yoga cannot claim copyright over his series of 26 poses, holding that it is an “idea, process or system designed to improve health.”

Free Expression And Censorship

NFL GIF Tiff: In response to receiving DMCA takedown notices from the NFL and other leagues, Twitter suspended two accounts devoted to tweeting GIFs of professional and college games instead of simply removing the allegedly infringing content.

Practice Note

Subscription Cancelled: The Eleventh Circuit held that under the Video Privacy Protection Act (VPPA), a plaintiff who downloaded Cartoon Network’s video streaming app is not a “subscriber” and therefore not entitled to the law’s protection.

On The Lighter Side

Gold-Diggin’ Kids Apps: Kanye West is mad about in-app purchases (will this be his 2020 presidential platform?).

Joel R. Reidenberg
Stanley D. and Nikki Waxberg Chair and Professor of Law and Founding Academic Director, CLIP

N. Cameron Russell
Executive Director, Fordham CLIP

Thomas B. Norton
Privacy Fellow, Fordham CLIP

Noelle Park & Inés Spinnato
Editorial Fellows, Fordham CLIP

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