CLIP-ings: February 12, 2016

Internet Governance

Forgotten Euro-wide: Google will begin removing information under “Right to be Forgotten” requests from all its search engines accessible to searchers located in Europe.


Post-Safe Harbor: The French CNIL ordered Facebook to stop tracking non-users’ Internet activity and cease some data transfers to the United States within three months.

Unified Approach? Congressman Ted Lieu has introduced a bill named the ENCRYPT Act of 2016, which would preempt states from enacting their own anti-encryption laws.

Information Security And Cyberthreats

A Bunch Of Hacks? A hacker group claims to have released the personal information of over 25,000 FBI and DHS employees­—including job titles, names, and contact information—after hacking a DOJ web portal using “fairly basic” techniques.

Intellectual Property

Birthday Reveal: After a California district court found Warner Music Group’s copyright of the “Happy Birthday” song invalid last year, Warner has reached a settlement agreement obligating it to pay $14 million dollars to claimants and to declare the song part of the public domain.

Free Expression And Censorship

Joined By Damages: Florida’s Fourth District Court of Appeal rejected a divorced couple’s First Amendment defense and upheld a $350,000 damage award against them for writing various defamatory reviews about their divorce attorney on Yelp and Avvo.

Practice Note

Exculpatory API: A Pennsylvania judge rejected a defense attorney’s request to inspect the source code of a computer program used to process DNA evidence so the attorney could challenge the validity of the evidence against his client on the grounds that the source code is a trade secret.

On The Lighter Side

Super Bowl Blur: Apple’s CEO Tim Cook probably won’t win the photography world championship.

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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