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CLIP-ings: October 12, 2012

Internet Governance
Remote Control: A new Apple patent would allow governments, businesses and network owners to change or disable several operational aspects of wireless devices.

Privacy

AT&T Maintains Immunity: The U.S. Supreme Court declined to review a decision upholding immunity for AT&T for allegedly assisting the NSA to monitor telephone and Internet communications after 9/11.
No Privacy Protection for Opened E-mails: In a split with the Ninth Circuit, the South Carolina Supreme Court held that previously viewed e-mails are not accessed in “electronic storage” under the Stored Communications Act.

Information Security & Cyberthreats

Another Apple Maps Glitch: Apple Maps accidentally reveals the location of a top-secret Taiwanese military base.

Intellectual Property

Funding for IP Enforcement: The DOJ awarded a new federal grant to various local law enforcement agencies to prevent and prosecute IP-related thefts.
Fair Use Win for Universities: A federal judge dismissed a copyright infringement lawsuit against universities that participated in the Google book-scanning project a week after Google settled a related litigation with publishers.

Free Expression & Censorship

Libel Law on Hold: The Philippine Supreme Court issued a temporary restraining order suspending the enforcement the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012, which would criminalize online libel.

Practice Notes

Trademarks in Bankruptcy:A recent Seventh Circuit decision sheds some light on the validity of trademark licenses as they pass through bankruptcy.

On the Lighter Side

Tradebark Infringement: Starbarks is in the doghouse.

Editorial Fellows: Megan Bright, Gabrielle Cojuangco & Austen Ishii