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STLR Link Roundup – November 27, 2009

The latest on the STLR radar: U.S. says butt out: U.S. Senators criticize EU Commission over delay of Oracle-Sun deal.  (See our deal cheat sheet here.) Verizon stakes its claim as the nation’s most ironic network: A week after a court called its “There’s a Map For That” advertisements “sneaky,” but not misleading (catch up [...]

STLR Link Roundup – November 20, 2009

The latest on the STLR radar: Google announces that Google Scholar will now search “full text legal opinions from U.S. federal and state district, appellate and supreme courts” as well as legal journal articles. Columbia Law School’s own Tim Wu is one of several acknowledged parties in the announcement, for his work on AltLaw. Competition [...]

STLR Link Roundup – November 13, 2009

The latest on the STLR radar: Bloomberg reports that Yahoo has settled a lawsuit that accused the Internet search company of allowing unauthorized resellers of Mary Kay products use Mary Kay’s logos in pop-up advertisements. Facebook is sued again for being too free with your personal information: Wired.com’s Threat Level blogs that a Texas woman [...]

STLR Link Roundup – November 6, 2009

The latest on the STLR radar: Patently-O wonders whether the Supreme Court might take the opportunity afforded by the upcoming Bilski method patent case to scrap software patents, and states the socio-economic case for abandoning them. Engineering crime scenes: Lawyers.com considers a study which suggests that fabricating DNA evidence is far from science fiction. On [...]

STLR Publishes New Article Addressing In re Bilski and Invention Incentives

STLR is pleased to announce the publication of the fall issue of STLR Volume XI. The article entitled Predictability and Patentable Processes: The Federal Circuit’s In re Bilski Decision and Its Effect on the Incentive to Invent discusses the Federal Circuit’s most recent en banc decision addressing the scope of patentable subject matter under § [...]

STLR Volume X

STLR Volume X has been published, and is available in full from the Volume X archive page. We’re excited about the quality of the pieces in this volume. Articles include pieces on computer simulation of patent economics, reformation of the mailbox rule, and research fraud.  In addition, there are pieces on patent judges, KSR, eBay, [...]

US v. Miller and “Voluntary” Data Handover, c. 2009

In United States v. Miller, the Supreme Court held that there is no reasonable expectation of privacy in financial records maintained by a bank, because the information was voluntarily conveyed by the defendant to a third party (the bank). With new legislation mandating more data retention in the works, this is an appropriate time to [...]

Durham Statement on Open Access

A group of law librarians recently published the Durham Statement on Open Access, calling on law journals to “mak[e] the legal scholarship they publish available in stable, open, digital formats in place of print.” The rationale, which is well worth reading, includes issues both timely (the economy) and timeless (the environment and access to education). [...]

John McCain and the Music Makers

Senator John McCain’s presidential campaign recently raised the hackles of a number of prominent recording artists for using their music in TV ads and at rallies.1 The all-star lineup of affronted artists included Van Halen (for use of “Right Now;” they also objected to George W. Bush’s use in 2004), Foo Fighters (for use of [...]

Amazon Kindle and Sony Reader Locked Up: Why Your Books Are No Longer Yours

Many users are unhappy that e-book readers, such as the Sony Reader and the Amazon Kindle, restrict the sharing, borrowing and transferring of e-books. While some argue that the “first sale” doctrine should allow users to transfer an e-book in the same manner as a hard-copy book, these contentious restrictions may be valid under current [...]