CLIP-ings: March 11, 2016

Internet Governance

Fantasy Fulfilled: Virginia is the first state to legalize the operation of daily fantasy sports sites through a series of regulations, which include annual audits, banning employees from using the sites, and paying a $50,000 fee.


Employer Do Not Track: The Netherlands Data Protection Authority held that Dutch companies may not track their employees’ active movements and other sensitive health information acquired by a wearable fitness tracker, even with consent.

ISP Privacy Proposal: The FCC introduced a proposal which would prevent internet service providers from giving consumers’ information to a third party without express consent.

Information Security And Cyberthreats

High Tech On The High Seas: Pirates hacked into a shipping company’s server to identify and locate the ship’s cargo and minimize the amount of time the pirates spent sifting through the cargo for valuable items.

Intellectual Property

Creative Coding? A federal district court held that HTML and CSS formatting codes may be copyrightable, despite the Copyright Office Compendium’s assertion that those codes generally do not satisfy the requisite level of creativity for protection.

Free Expression And Censorship

School Sexting: A California state legislator introduced a bill that would allow public schools to expel students under 18 for “sexting” photos or videos “with the purpose or effect of humiliating or harassing” another student.

Practice Note

Patented Privilege: The Federal Circuit held that a limited privilege applies to communications between non-attorney patent agents and their clients, primarily because of a statute authorizing such agents to prosecute patents before the United States Patent and Trademark Office and a Supreme Court ruling that such prosecution constitutes the practice of law.

On The Lighter Side

Hackers, A Retrospective: Daniel Solove rounds up another batch of hacker stock photos, featuring liberal use of ski masks and questionable typing habits.

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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