September 2 roundup

by Walter Olson on September 2, 2014

  • Police have traced the crime wave to a single micro-neighborhood in the California capital [Sacramento Bee]
  • “Adam Carolla Settles with the Patent Trolls” [Daniel Nazer/EFF, Reason, related eight days earlier and previously] eBay takes on Landmark in the E.D. of Texas [Popehat]
  • Frank Furedi on law and the decline in childrens’ freedom to roam [U.K. Independent]
  • On “ban the box” laws re: asking about job applicants’ criminal records, it’s sued if you do, sued if you don’t [Coyote]
  • Fake law firm websites in U.K. sometimes parasitize the real ones [Martha Neil, ABA Journal]
  • What C. Steven Bradford of the blog Business Law Prof reads to keep up (and thanks for including us on list);
  • As applications to renounce U.S. citizenship mount, many related to FATCA, our government hikes fee for doing so by 422% [Robert Wood, Forbes]

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1 HFB 09.02.14 at 12:09 pm

Regarding the patent on internet broadcasting of episodes…err…”podcasting”: Would ABC (or, whoever was, technically, the 1st broadcaster) be able to sue NBC for over-air broadcasting? That’s what the medium is for after all if they could patent such nonsense.

Admittedly, I’ve not read the supposed “patent”, but this sounds entirely like patenting an idea and not a specific item or action to achieve the idea. If they could win for someone recording episodes to stream over the internet…how long until they sue Youtube accounts and such?

I really wish Carolla had the financial ability to fight this until the end but hopefully EFF’s suit will invalidate this garbage.

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