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CLIP-ings: February 1, 2013

Internet Governance
Internet Ruled Essential: A German court found that Internet access is an “essential” service such that interruptions to that service could trigger liability.
Unlocked Phones Illegal: The Library of Congress issued a new ruling under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act making it a violation for customers to unlock smartphones after purchasing them.

Privacy

Gun Map Inaccurate: The Journal News revealed that only twenty-two percent of the information published in its Google Map of gun permit holders in New York was accurate.
Instagram Requests ID: The photo-sharing app is asking users who are locked out of their accounts to upload photos of a government-issued ID to verify their identities.

Information Security & Cyberthreats

NY Times Hacked: Chinese hackers gained extensive access to the newspaper’s computer systems in a four month attack that may have been prompted by a Times investigation of the Chinese prime minister.
‘Sextortionist’ Caught: The FBI arrested a hacker who used victims’ data to blackmail over 350 of them into sending him nude photos.

Intellectual Property

Copyright Haven: In a move meant to penalize the U.S. for violations of free trade rules, the WTO approved a proposal allowing Antigua to host pirated content for download.

Free Expression & Censorship

Secret Censors Banned: An army judge ruled that censorship of video feeds of the 9/11 tribunals will no longer be permitted after an unknown government agency censored the broadcast of pretrial motions in the case against Guantanamo detainees.
Porn Ad Blocked from Super Bowl: CBS has rejected an ad from the adult video site Pornhub, despite its lack of adult content.

Practice Notes

Guidelines for New gTLD Objections: Don Moody explains when ICANN allows a party to object in the case of string confusion.

On the Lighter Side

El Plato Supreme: Odenkirk gives Rogen and Rudd a trademark lesson just in time for the Super B… SHH!!