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Victory for HathiTrust and Fair Use

The Authors Guild, Inc. v. HathiTrust, decided earlier this month, marks the second victory this year for fair use of copyrighted works for scholarly purposes (the first being Cambridge University Press v. Becker).  In an opinion issued by Judge Baer, the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York granted HathiTrust’s motion [...]

Decentralizing the Means of (Re)production

Although still the province of tinkerers and hobbyists, 3D printing technology has matured significantly in the last few years and seems poised to hit the mainstream. Commentators have analogized the current state of 3D printing to the era of hobby computing that existed before Apple, IBM and Microsoft pushed it into the mainstream. It is [...]

STLR Link Roundup – October 17, 2012

iOS 6 Clock: Time is Money Embroiled in a never-ending litany of litigation over patents protecting their smartphone design, Apple ended a potential dispute over its iOS 6 clock design almost as quietly as it arose. A few weeks ago, SBB “politely complained” to Apple about the infringing use of its trademark-protected clock. On Friday, [...]

The Fourth Amendment in the Digital Age

In the old days – and even now, as Occupy Wall Street exemplifies – people took to the streets to protest. But as technology evolved, new forms of demonstrations appeared. One such form is hacking to pursue political ends – hack-activism, or hactivism. A famous example of a hactivist group is Anonymous, whose attacks on [...]

STLR Link Roundup – October 12, 2012

Patent Battles and Reform Efforts in the United States The New York Times reports that Apple is using its patents as a sword against iPhone competitors, including Google’s Motorola Mobility. Google’s executive chairman says that the Google-Apple patent battle has lowered prices for consumers, but is killing innovation. Meanwhile, David Drummond, the chief legal officer [...]

STLR Link Roundup – October 10, 2012

Philippines Top Court Suspends Cybercrime Law Last week, the Philippines Legislature passed the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012. The statute was aimed at deterring a wide variety of cybercrimes including hacking, distribution of child pornography, identity theft and libel. Amidst public concern that the law could be an illegitimate restriction of free speech, particularly due [...]

Taking a Slow Approach to High-Frequency Trading

As the New York Times reports, other countries are leading the way to implement new regulations on high-frequency electronic trading while regulators in the U.S. have been “slow to act.” In my view, that may not be such a bad thing. High-frequency trading (HFT) refers to algorithm-driven, computerized strategies that allow traders to move from [...]

Cloud Computing for the Financial Services Industry

This post examines legal and regulatory issues facing the adoption of cloud computing in the financial services industry. While cloud computing has given the companies that use it the ability to operate more efficiently at reduced cost, the financial services industry has been slow to adopt this technology because of different state, federal, international, and [...]

STLR Link Roundup – October 5, 2012

NYC Campus Receives A US Patent Officer This past Tuesday, the US Department of Commerce and Cornell University announced that a patent officer will be assigned to the new Cornell NYC Tech School set open in January. The school will be run by Cornell and the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology and will admit approximately 20 [...]

STLR Link Roundup – October 1, 2012

Google Can Test Its Driverless Cars in California A new law in California allows Google’s cars on the road, as long as there is a driver inside ready to take control. This license to Google to test their cars comes on the heels of similar legislation in Nevada. A reporter from CNN test-drove Google’s car, [...]