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We Robot: Third Annual Robotics & Law Conference

I'm delighted to announce We Robot 2014, back at the University of Miami School of Law for its third year after a wonderful event at Stanford Law School last April. Cyberlaw is about more than the Internet. As Chris Anderson put it so well in another context, atoms are the new bits. I hope you will join us for another stimulating discussion of the intersection of law, policy, and robotics. Call for papers below. Be there, or be digital. Read more » about We Robot: Third Annual Robotics & Law Conference

Alalalai! . . . Rojadirecta is Up for Battle Again in Italy

The ongoing claims against the Rojadirecta website for linking to streams of sporting events are novel and quite important in defining the rights and responsibilities of intermediaries that host links to possibly infringing content stored elsewhere. While the U.S. case against Rojadirecta was resolved a few years, ago, litigation continues in Italy. As an Italian scholar who just moved to the Center for Internet and Society to serve as the Intermediary Liability Fellow, I’d like to update readers on the latest Italian episode of the Rojadirecta saga and to locate this new case within the broader Italian legal framework for intermediary liability. Read more » about Alalalai! . . . Rojadirecta is Up for Battle Again in Italy

Welcome Giancarlo Frosio!

We here at CIS are delighted to welcome Giancarlo Frosio to our team.  Giancarlo is our new Intermediary Liability Fellow, studying the ways that liabilities, immunities and safe harbors for global communications platforms affect freedom of expression and innovation online.  Frosio is an Italian lawyer, fluent in several languages, with an S.J.D. and an LL.M.  from Duke University Law School and an LL.M. from the University of Strathclyde in the U.K. Read more » about Welcome Giancarlo Frosio!

Recurring Myths About the Legal Obligations of Online Platforms

In recent months, some copyright holders, pharmaceutical companies, and state attorneys general have made allegations against Internet companies that help users find and share information. In short, they claim that because some users engage in copyright infringement, sell counterfeit products, or otherwise encourage potentially criminal activity on the Internet, the users’ Internet platforms should be held responsible for these misdeeds. That is, Google should be punished for any user’s copyright infringement on YouTube, Facebook for any user’s harassing post, and Twitter for any user’s slanderous tweet. According to the critics, that is, these companies should screen all users’ speech and take on the role of editors or publishers, rather than being open platforms for the speech of millions. Read more » about Recurring Myths About the Legal Obligations of Online Platforms

Madness And Privacy Harm

Recent research suggests a new trend among paranoid schizophrenics: they believe they are secretly being taped by hidden cameras for purposes of a reality show. I don't know quite what to make of this "fascinating cultural illness," to use Carla Casilli's eloquent label. This population is presumably going to pick some premise for their delusion; what does it matter whether their imagined antagonist is a demon or a director? Read more » about Madness And Privacy Harm

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