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Privacy Legislation is a Priority for Congress in 2014

Posted in Computer Crimes, Internet & Media Law, Privacy Law

In the wake of the recent Target stores and Neiman Marcus data breaches (plus three other well-known retailers, according to this Reuters report) Congress has 20 privacy bills in the works this year, aimed at consumer privacy and data protection. The Personal Data Privacy & Security Act of 2014 (PDF) introduced by New York Senator Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer), along… Continue Reading

NJ Court Rules In Favor of Copyright Trolls

Posted in Computer Crimes, Copyright, New Jersey, Privacy Law

For a while, it’s seemed like the tides had turned on copyright trolls, as federal court judges appear to be more and more skeptical of the (lack of) merits to the concept and strategy behind mass copyright litigation. But a recent decision by a New Jersey federal court magistrate judge seems to send the opposite message–for copyright trolls not to give up, that the courthouse doors are still very much open. At least that’s the message I inferred from the headline in the New Jersey Law Journal “Multiple John Doe Defendants Permitted in BitTorrent Case” (subscription required).… Continue Reading

Why Dharun Ravi Will Not Go Back To Jail: Steven Altman Might Be Even More Brilliant Than His Reputation

Posted in Computer Crimes, New Jersey, Privacy Law

Earlier this week, Dharun Ravi walked out of the Middlesex County jail a free man…at least for now, if you believe the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office, which is challenging the trial court’s 30-day sentence in the Appellate Division of the NJ Superior Court.  I’ve been writing about this seemingly epic story since Ravi was indicted not because… Continue Reading

The Ravi Verdict: Justice Served or Society’s Price of Political Correctness

Posted in Computer Crimes, Internet & Media Law, New Jersey, Privacy Law

I don’t know what Dan Abrams, Nancy Grace, and Mark Geragos were saying about the Dharun Ravi trial, and I didn’t need to know, because I was there. Granted I didn’t see the whole trial from opening statements to closing arguments, but I did see direct and cross-examination of most of the key witnesses, I… Continue Reading

Michigan Prosecutors File Felony Charges Against Husband for Email Snooping

Posted in Computer Crimes, Privacy Law

Leon Walker is facing felony charges of fraudulent access to a computer, for logging into his ex-wife’s Gmail account, during the pendency of the couple’s divorce proceedings. If convicted, Walker faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000. MCL 752.795. Walker’s attorney is accusing the Oakland County… Continue Reading

GoDaddy Domain Thief to Spend 5 Years in Prison

Posted in Computer Crimes, Cybersquatting, Entertainment Law, Intellectual Property, Internet & Media Law, New Jersey, Sports

This is not cybersquatting. In fact, it’s being called the first legal case of its kind—theft of an Internet domain name. A New Jersey man pleaded guilty to felony theft by deception in connection with his admission that he stole a company’s Internet domain name, and then sold it on eBay for $111,211. The domain… Continue Reading