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.
Recently, the Supreme Court of India issued a landmark decision regarding the constitutionality of several provisions included in the Indian Information Technology Act ("IT Act"). The provisions dealt with content removal online and blocking orders. According to the Supreme Court, vague standards for blocking and removing content online are unconstitutional. Additionally, content blocking must be mandated only by a reasoned order from a judicial, administrative or governmental body and must be transparent.
A few days ago, digital rights advocates and civil society groups gathered together in Manila and approved the Intermediary Liability Principles. The principles were officially launched at the Rightscon Southeast Asia in Manila.
Part I of this series outlined the procedural posture of the cases seeking to hold Cisco Systems liable for aiding and abetting the design, construction, implementation, and maintenance of China’s Golden Shield network surveillance system. This Part identifies the international law issues in play surrounding the law of corporate complicity under the Alien Tort Statute.
This is Part I of a series on a case pending in the Northern District of California against Cisco Systems involving the company's provision of technology to help construct, operate and maintain China's Golden Shield, a network surveillance system that was allegedly used to target Falun Gong practitioners for persecution. Part I outlines the claims in and procedural posture of the case; Part II discuses some of the legal issues in play with reference to other cases of corporate complicity in human rights abuses under the Alien Tort Statute.
Children make excellent intelligence assets. They trust strangers, lack socially-constructed boundaries about what is and is not private, and can be easily manipulated via relatively unsophisticated social engineering. And Mattel may have just created the most perfect spy who ever worked an asset over for information: the humble Barbie doll.
The bright lines of the real property based view of copyright are being blurred by technology. In 1991, Mr. Biz Markee was found liable for infringing Mr. Gilbert O'Sullivan's copyright in his song, Alone Again (Naturally), when Mr. Markee used an unauthorized sample in his rap song entitled Alone Again. Had Mr. Markee used Mr. O'Sullivan's song in a mash up, the result may have been different.
It is the first week of March, which in the U.S. means it is also National Consumer Protection Week. This coordinated annual effort encourages people to assert their rights in the marketplace and make better informed consumer decisions.