The Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School is a leader in the study of the law and policy around the Internet and other emerging technologies.
David Levine's blog
I had the pleasure of speaking at the Association for Recorded Sound Collections' conference in Seattle on Friday. In my discussion, about the state of copyright law for recorded sound in New York (a topic for later posts), I recommended a book for further reading about the impact of intellectual property law on music creation. Read more » about "Steal This Music"
I will get the shows up on iTunes as soon as I can after airing, and am working on getting them on Stanford iTunes. Thanks for listening, and please let me know what you think! Read more » about "Hearsay Culture" Now Available on iTunes
At long last, the article on which I have been toiling for many months is in public-consumption format.
I am very pleased to report that my article, "Secrecy and Unaccountability: Trade Secrets in Our Public Infrastructure," has been accepted at Florida Law Review, and will be published in their January 2007 book. I will be revising the article over the summer, and a draft is now available on SSRN. Read more » about Secrecy and Unaccountability: Trade Secrets in Our Public Infrastructure
Starting today, I'll be hosting a talk program on KZSU, 90.1 FM (Stanford's radio station) called "Hearsay Culture." In sum, the show is designed to cover modern technology/Internet issues, but not from a purely law or geek perspective. As I wrote for the KZSU schedule: "A talk show, including guests, that focuses on the intersection of technology and society. How is our world impacted by the great technological changes taking place? Each week, a different sphere is explored." See this link for KZSU's program schedule. Read more » about Hearsay Culture
After a lobbyist-induced hiatus, it is interesting to note the various Internet gaming bills recently re-introduced in Congress, which aim to end Internet gaming by redefining what it means to gamble and/or attacking the financial elements necessary to place and collect upon a bet on-line. Read more » about Congress: Raising the Blinds (Again)
Today, I found out that Brett J. Meyer, a partner at Pryor Cashman Sherman & Flynn LLP, passed away on March 12 after a bout with cancer. As an associate at Pryor Cashman, I had the pleasure of working with Brett. Read more » about Brett J. Meyer
In the midst of the various legal battles involving free speech and what can and cannot be said in public spaces -- Howard Stern's laudable battles being foremost in mind -- you may have missed the less monumental but amusing dispute between Fox's Bill O'Reilly and MSNBC's Keith Olbermann. While not a formal legal action, I'd more aptly describe it as a flame war, but an instructive one at that. Read more » about O'Reilly v. Olbermann
It disturbs me to no end to say that, when viewing these pictures (warning: they are graphic), it is difficult not to be ashamed as an American, even if these are the acts of a few. What could possibly be the justification? This is apparently being done in the name of the United States. Read more » about Shameful Behavior
An anxious (bored?) blog reader (I didn't know there were any!) has just emailed me saying: "It has been so long since you blogged. Your public demands another blog from you! Your last one was on 12/30." True; it's been a while, and I miss public missives so. Thus, rather than do "real work," I will indulge this obviously bored reader and post the following: Read more » about Now That All of the World's Problems are Solved . . .
I have been away from blogging the last few weeks primarily because my new (six months) computer's hard drive died. This followed the LCD display dying in week two. Clearly I bought a lemon. Moreover, trying to work on a law review article did not help matters blog.
So now I'm using a relative's new Apple G5. Nice. Read more » about Torture, Andrew Sullivan and Spielberg
Slate is running a contest entitled "Billable Horrors," which, as the title suggests, is a contest where lawyers are asked to submit "the meanest thing you've ever done to an opponent on the holidays." Unfortunately, I suspect that Slate is right -- many litigators have these stories of acts committed by and against them solely in an effort to ruin, or at least damage, one's holiday, vacation, etc. Read more » about The Wonderful World of Litigation
What is a blog if not an opportunity to implicitly or explicitly convince the wary that you have something valuable to say, and then say it? Or, at least, show that you want to say it, and are willing to brazenly ignore the possibility that no one cares what you think? That's my myopic conception of a good blog, as it would be much less fun and I would not be able to practice typing if it weren't. Read more » about Levine Engages in Shameless Self-Promotion (and Speaks of Himself in the Third Person, to Boot)
The New York State Bar Association's Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Journal has published Residential Fellow David S. Levine's practice commentary on the personal jurisdictional impact of cease-and-desist letters.
Reprinted with permission from: Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Journal, Fall/Winter 2005, Vol. 16, No. 3, published by the New York State Bar Association, One Elk Street, Albany, New York 12207. Read more » about Practice Commentary -- The Potentially Perilous Cease-and-Desist Letter