CIS in the news.

  • Will lawsuits kill the autonomous car?

    Date published: 
    April 15, 2013

    "But Bryant Smith, a resident fellow at the Stanford Center for Internet and Society, questioned whether it was "appropriate to have a federal legislative response" to liability issues surrounding autonomous cars."

    "University of Washington law school professor Ryan Calo proposed extending selective immunity to robot manufacturers, similar to the way Congress has provided similar protection to firearm manufacturers. Calo suggested that immunity would apply only when "it is clear that the robot was under the control of the consumer.""

  • Amazing Spider-Man 2: Paparazzi Using Spy Drones on Set?

    Date published: 
    April 12, 2013

    "“In 2015, when the FAA is set to begin to relax its prohibition on use and integrate civilian use of drones, then I would think the first folks in the door would be media because there’s such an obvious use,” said Ryan Calo, a law professor at the University of Washington who testified at a recent Senate hearing."

  • Rise of robots means rethinking our laws

    Date published: 
    April 10, 2013

    "Similarly compelling questions came from Bryant Walker Smith, a Stanford fellow focused on law and policy related to driverless cars like the one being developed by Google. He presented a paper that explored whether selling such products place "longer and higher" legal duties onto the company."

  • Robot car enthusiasts worry about new threat: lawyers

    Date published: 
    April 9, 2013

    ""Is it appropriate to have a federal legislative response to the liability question?" said Bryant Smith, a resident fellow at the Stanford Center for Internet and Society. "At this point I'm fairly agnostic.""

  • Ravens Logo Appeal Threatens Filmmaker Rights, MPAA Says

    Date published: 
    April 9, 2013

    Julie Ahrens, an attorney for the amici, noted Tuesday that the MPAA, the International Documentary Association and Film Independent aren't always necessarily on the same side of the fair use issue. The fact that they all teamed up in this case testifies to the importance of the kind of uses that could be affected by the appeals court's ruling, as well as the well-settled state of the legal precedent in this area, she said.

    “We don't want the Fourth Circuit to jeopardize that case law,” she told Law360.

  • Amid Calls for Reform, a Rare Trial of Hacking Law

    Date published: 
    April 5, 2013

    ""Because the language is vague and the way we've used computers has changed so much, there has been a great amount of litigation and dispute about what unauthorized access means," Granick said. "Some litigants have pushed the idea your access is unauthorized if you're violating an employment contract, or violating terms of a service agreement, or acting in a manner that is disloyal.""

  • Washington House Panel Rejects Push For Passwords

    Date published: 
    April 3, 2013

    "University of Washington law professor Ryan Calo, who studies emerging technologies, said companies have federal, state and common laws that protect proprietary information. After reading the amendment, Calo said language such as “work-related misconduct” was broad."

  • Letting Down Our Guard With Web Privacy

    Date published: 
    March 30, 2013

    "“His work has gone a long way in trying to help us figure out how irrational we are in privacy related decisions,” says Woodrow Hartzog, an assistant professor of law who studies digital privacy at Samford University in Birmingham, Ala. "

  • Why Driverless Cars Are 'Probably' Legal

    Date published: 
    March 28, 2013

    "The paper is certain to get people talking and thinking about the matter in a new light. "Clearly understanding the current legal status of these vehicles is therefore an important step toward ultimately realizing their potential," Smith says in closing."