CLIP-ings: January 29, 2016

Internet Governance

Questionable Tactics: In an attempt to catch online pedophiles, the Federal Bureau of Investigation ran a child pornography site for two weeks without ensuring that the illegal content on the website could not be further disseminated.

Unlocking The Box: The Federal Communications Commission announced a proposal that would compel cable and satellite providers to allow third-party “top box” device manufacturers access to their programming, thus encouraging innovation and competition in the industry


Let Us In: Two dozen civil liberties, human rights, and government transparency advocacy organizations asked the House Judiciary Committee to allow them into next week’s “members only” hearing, which will discuss Section 702 of the FISA Amendment, the law the NSA claims authorizes its PRISM surveillance program.

Information Security And Cyberthreats

Baby Beware: New York City Department of Consumer Affairs subpoenaed several manufacturers of Wi-Fi enabled baby video monitors to investigate reports of serious security vulnerabilities, such as hackers’ ability to access the live video feed.

Intellectual Property

Wedded To Attorneys’ Fees? The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit upheld the award of attorneys’ fees against a patent troll for aggressively attempting to protect its matchmaking patent through threats and intimidation.

Free Expression And Censorship

Shaq Attack: An emotional distress lawsuit against Shaquille O’Neal for allegedly mocking the plaintiff’s rare skin disease by reposting his Instagram photo with the caption “SMILE PEOPLE” has survived O’Neal’s motion to dismiss.

Practice Note

Poke, You’ve Been Served: An Eastern District of New York magistrate judge allowed a plaintiff unable to locate his ex-wife, who he accuses of “absconding with” their daughter, to serve her with the summons and petition through associated Facebook and email accounts.

On The Lighter Side

Top Secret? Locations around the world are pixilated by Google Earth for various reasons, and the reasons for some are unclear.

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

Carey McConnell and Idalys Núñez
Editorial Fellows, Fordham CLIP

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