Category Archives: Rights and Civil Liberties

Many virtual worlds give users the opportunity to join discussions and express their concerns to a global audience, but some worlds limit free expression for various reasons. Which side should the law favor?

The Role of Social Media in the Courtroom

There’s not much else to say on this issue that I didn’t say in the interview… http://www.kttc.com/story/21861267/2013/04/02/social-media-in-the-courtroom The key is that for now, social media have no place in the courtroom unless they are directly related to the case, like … Continue reading

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Court Decision, Settlement Could Finally Ensure Universal Website Accessibility

Yesterday, Netflix announced that it had reached a settlement with the National Association of the Deaf to caption all of its streaming content by 2014.  This is big news, but went largely unnoticed, just like the court ruling that prompted … Continue reading

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Internet Speech Rights in New York Are Taking a Beating

Happy Fourth of July everyone! To celebrate Independence Day, I have a nice set of stories about liberty and justice to remind us all just how important it is keep a vigilant eye on the government. This week a protester … Continue reading

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University of Minnesota Did Not Infringe Mortuary Student’s Free Speech Rights

UPDATE June 26, 2012, 12:35 PM: City Pages reports that Amanda Tatro, 31, was found dead Tuesday morning in her home. Tatro suffered from Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy, a condition that affected her nervous and circulatory systems. She had been planning an … Continue reading

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Many Corporate Social Media Polices Found Lacking by National Labor Relations Board

I’ve been reading over the memo issued by the National Labor Relations Board on May 30, 2012 with regard to corporate social media policies. It’s a fascinating look into how businesses try to navigate the dangerous waters of modern communication technology. … Continue reading

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9th Circuit’s Opinion in U.S. v. Nosal Sets the CFAA on Track for Supreme Court Review

I’m not sure how I forgot to post an article about the 9th Circuit’s opinion in U.S. v. Nosal when it came out in mid-April. I suppose I was a bit busy with exams, winding up my tax law practice and … Continue reading

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Court Orders Juror to Reveal Facebook Posts Made During Criminal Trial

I found a very interesting case in my daily Westlaw feed the other day that raised some important points about the line between privacy and the right to a fair trial. The opinion by the California Court of Appeals, Juror Number … Continue reading

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UPDATE: Arizona Legislature Pulls Back H.B. 2459

Notice to all you comment trolls, Facebook ‘stalkers,’ and general miscreants on the web: the Arizona law that would make it a crime to “annoy” or “offend” someone through the use of “any electronic or digital device” has been recalled … Continue reading

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Freedom of Speech On the Internet Is Under Attack, Again

Two stories I heard on the news in the last 24 hours makes me wonder if I accidentally mistook my Hyundai for a souped up DeLorean and drove it to 88 mph. Why the time machine references? Because two proposed … Continue reading

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Proposed Bill Would Outlaw Facebook Account Access As Employment Requirement

Last night in class, we were discussing privacy issues, which is always a hot topic. Someone raised the very disturbing news that employers have begun to demand access to applicants’ Facebook profiles as a condition of considering them for a … Continue reading

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