Victory against overbroad “hacking” law

Many will breathe a sigh of relief following Judge Alex Kozinski’s new opinion for an en banc Ninth Circuit in United States v. Nosal, establishing that (contrary to some fears) the “anti-hacking” provisions of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act do not penalize broad swaths of computer usage that exceed “authorized” use. A ruling the other way might have criminalized many instances of employee goofing-off as well as common user violations of website terms-of-service. [Orin Kerr, Volokh Conspiracy, Ken at Popehat] Earlier here, here, here, etc.


  • I think the Googleplus button is broken. When I press it, I get a “Liked” dialogue to my GooglePlus account that has the home URL in it, not the article’s.

  • To update, when pressing the GooglePlus button on an article on the main page, the button gives me a URL of the home site. When pressing it after clicking on the article itself, I get the URL for the article.