CLIP-ings: January 8, 2016

Internet Governance

Basically Free? Protestors for Facebook’s new Free Basics program in India, which provides users free access to Facebook and other online resources, say that it is a thinly veiled attempt to collect valuable user data and establish market dominance in one of the world’s fastest growing Internet markets.

Penalty, Illegal Procedure: The New York Attorney General amended its illegal gambling lawsuit against daily fantasy football sites DraftKings and FanDuel, asking them to return money to users and to pay a fine of up to $5,000 for each violation.


YahOops: A federal judge ordered that Yahoo face a class action lawsuit alleging that the company violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act by sending Sprint cellphone users unsolicited text messages.

Information Security And Cyberthreats

Hardwired Piracy: Intel and Warner Bros. filed a DMCA lawsuit again LegendSky, accusing the Chinese tech company of manufacturing a device with the primary purpose of circumventing anti-piracy technology.

Ukraine Blackout: Researchers say that Ukraine’s massive blackout last month is the first of its kind where the cause can be traced back to malicious hackers.

Intellectual Property

Get Your Paws Off Our Copyright: The heirs of the author of the poem “Soft Kitty” filed a lawsuit claiming that CBS willfully infringed their copyright by featuring the poem repeatedly on the hit show The Big Bang Theory and asserting that the television network sought licensing rights from the wrong entity.

Practice Note

Claim Construction In Patent Law: The third report in a seven-part series from the Advanced Patent Law Institute discusses how to draft a patent claim in the wake of the Supreme Court’s rulings in Teva Pharmaceuticals v. Sandoz and Williamson v. Citrix Online, LLC.

On The Lighter Side

Cheerio! This Lego machine facilitates the hardest part of the day when it dispenses your cereal and milk.

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

Victoria Geronimo
Dean’s Fellow, Fordham CLIP

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