Posts tagged with ‘law

Supreme Court hears arguments in Aereo case, questions on the future of cloud computing at stake

While the Supreme Court may not hand a ruling in the case of broadcasters vs Aereo, the Justices showed a surprising level of tech savvy, with Justice Sotomayor asking what a ruling against Aereo would mean to the future of cloud computing services such as Google Drive and Dropbox. By using a complicated series of tiny antennae and encrypted hard drives, Aereo allows users to stream live TV through a computer. And because Aereo claims it’s merely providing technology for rent, not broadcasting content. Broadcasters argue that Aereo is simply using tech trickery to skirt copyright law and avoid paying broadcast fees.

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MA judge rules taking upskirt pics is totally legal. Update: Well, it was. Now it’s not anymore.

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The Supreme Court of Massachusetts ruled last week that taking creepy upskirt photos of women in public is totally legal, and do not violate Peeping Tom laws, as long as the women are “not nude or partially nude”. So regular upskirts are okay, but if the woman isn’t wearing panties it’s not. Time to invest in top of the shoe cameras.

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Update: Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick signed a bill into law that adds taking upskirt photos into existing MA Peeping Tom laws. Feel free to still not wear any panties, ladies. Thanks to themightybeclippy for the update.

Today, a federal court gutted the shit out of net neutrality in the US

Today, a US Federal Court sided with Verizon, by saying that the FCC does not have the authority to enforce the doctrine of net neutrality, and ISPs have the right to throttle, choke or block traffic and data on their networks as they damn well see fit. So here’s a picture of a sad panda.

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New California law may force porn stars to wear protective eye gear while filming hardcore sex scenes

Well, someone with a very specific fetish is about to be incredibly happy.

"The latest version of a California worker safety bill may require adult film actors to wear items like protective goggles while filming sex scenes, Salon reports. An updated draft of Bill AB 640 would not only prohibit state-wide performers from ejaculating onto the genitals, mouth or eyes, but require employers to provide "barrier protection" eyewear as well."

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Woman gets the world’s first traffic ticket for driving while wearing Google Glass

Last week, Cecilia Abadie made history when she was pulled over for speeding by a California highway patrolman and ended up getting the world’s first ticket for wearing Google Glass while driving. The ticket doesn’t single out Google Glass specifically, but California is one of several US states that do have laws prohibiting video display screens from being visible to a driver, excluding GPS navigation. Abadie says the Glass wasn’t on, and in court, it’s going to be impossible to prove whether it was on or off or if it was on, whether she was using Google Maps… but congratulations Cecilia, you’re a trailblazer.

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Should trans people be required to disclose their birth gender before having sex with someone?

If you were to fall in love with someone, or even if you hooked up with someone you find attractive, and then it turns out they weren’t the biological gender they were born with, it certainly could be an awkward and unnerving situation, but is it the kind of thing that one should have to disclose by law? In the UK, such a thing is against the law. And it’s bullshit if you ask me.

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US Supreme Court rules pre-Miranda silence can be used in court

If you’ve ever seen any American crime show, you’re quite familiar with Miranda rights, you have the right to remain silent, anything you say can be used against you in a court of law blah blah blah. Yesterday, the US Supreme Court ruled however that in order to invoke your right to remain silent, you must say so. Huh?

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Passions flare outside the Supreme Court as they review the legalities of same sex marriage

Today was the day that the US Supreme Court heard the first of the two cases that will determine the immediate future of gay marriage not only in California but across America. Hundreds and hundreds of people on both sides of the argument crowded the streets outside the Supreme Court building, trying to make their own public case for one side or the other.

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Google Glass isn’t even out yet and West Virginia already wants to ban it while driving

Google Glass is supposed to hit the market by the end of this year, but West Virginia isn’t taking any chances. There’s already legislation introduced that would ban drivers from wearing or using Google Glass or any other type device while driving. Like anyone in WV would even know high tech smartphone-like glasses if they saw them.

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White House agrees it’s BS that you can’t jailbreak your phone legally

Thanks to a lapse in DMCA regulations, cell phone companies now have the power to prosecute you for unlocking or jailbreaking your own phone that you bought from them, even if you own it outright and don’t have a contract. It’s completely ridiculous, and after a petition to the White House quickly got over the necessary 100k signatures, the White House responded, and they agree… the law is dumb.

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Americans are saying “OH FUCK NO” no domestic surveillance drones

Last year, the FAA approved the use of surveillance drones by local and state law enforcement and since then, hundreds and hundreds of law enforcement offices across America have ordered their own little drones, but increasingly Americans are getting pissed off at these little futuristic eyes in the sky, and for good reason. Nothing says “Welcome to the Big Brother state of the future” than having cops spy on you with little flying eyeballs.

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Aaron Tobey, Man With 4th Amendment Written on Chest Wins Trial Over Airport Arrest

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A Virginia man who wrote an abbreviated version of the Fourth Amendment on his body and stripped to his shorts at an airport security screening area won a trial Friday in his lawsuit seeking $250,000 in damages for being detained on a disorderly conduct charge.

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Prosecutorial Excess: A Pattern of Abuse

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In the wake of the tragic death of Aaron Swartz, many are asking did the U.S. government go too far.  In this article Dr. Judy Stone an infectious disease specialist shares what happens when the U.S. has its sights set on making an example out of you.

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US House introduces bill to crack down on violent video games sold to minors

While everyone in Washington is finally starting to take a serious look at what might be done to prevent mass shootings, a lot of things have come back on the table, things like violent video games. Obama said he’s going to ask the CDC to investigate any links between violent video games and violence (as if there haven’t been enough studies already), and now the House introduced a bill that would make selling M-rated games to minors a crime.

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One complication with the legalization of marijuana is weed DUI testing and legislation

While marijuana is illegal at the federal level, what with Washington and Colorado having recently passed laws decriminalizing pot use for everyone over 21, it brings up the question of driving while high and the enforcement and testing of drivers suspected of being too lit to drive.

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