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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

Server Failure vs. Operator Error

Posted in Internet & Media Law, Privacy Law, Technology Law
Several months ago, during the SOPA controversy, I discovered that all of my domains were registered through, which was purportedly a strong proponent of the controversial legislative proposal. Wanting to dissociate myself and my firm from that brand of politics, I opted to have all my domains transferred over to a company that I didn't have to be ashamed of...… 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

Privacy Concerns for iPhone Owners, Motorists

Posted in Privacy Law
The NY Times tech blog broke this story revealing that 3G-enabled Apple iOS devices—including the iPhone 4 and iPad—keep a secret file on each device that logs and records the device’s location. The file, which is called ‘consolidated.db,’ keeps track of GPS data on 3G-enabled Apple devices and regularly updates itself with a user’s location…Information… Continue Reading

Evidence, Witness Tampering & Bias Added to Invasion of Privacy Charges Against Rutgers Student

Posted in New Jersey, Privacy Law
A Middlesex County grand jury returned a 15-count indictment against nineteen-year-old Dharun Ravi, the former roommate of the Rutgers music student who committed suicide last September. Ravi was already facing criminal invasion of privacy charges, for secretly recording his roommate, eighteen-year-old Tyler Clementi, having a homosexual encounter using a webcam. Ravi now faces additional charges… Continue Reading

Class-Action Privacy Suit Filed Against Netflix; Federal Privacy Law in the Works

Posted in Privacy Law
  If you’ve ever subscribed to Netflix, you’re probably aware that they use your movie watching history to suggest other movies that you might like. Sounds pretty innocuous, right? But according to a lawsuit filed in the Northern District of California March 11th, Netflix also retains its subscribers’ viewing histories indefinitely (even long after they’ve discontinued… Continue Reading

Expunged Conviction Doesn’t Confer a Right to Sue for Defamation

Posted in New Jersey, Privacy Law, Right of Publicity
First Amendment proponents are applauding yesterday’s NJ Supreme Court decision, which dealt an apparent blow to privacy advocates by holding that the fact that a conviction was expunged does not negate its truth for the purposes of using it as a defense to defamation. As I explained here, defamation claims are not common because they are… 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