CLIP-ings: February 8, 2013Internet Governance
Amazon, Overstock Contest Sales Tax: In a case before a NY appellate court the state argued that online retailers who receive referrals from NY businesses should be deemed to have a “physical presence” in the state and thus required to collect sales tax.
Gun Owner Privacy: In a case related to the publication of gun permit data, a NY court held that even when such records are public significant privacy and safety concerns may justify limiting the release of data.
VA Passes Drone Regulations: The Virginia House and Senate passed a bill that will put a two-year ban on the use of drones by state and local law enforcement, making it the first state to enact restrictions on drone use.
Information Security & Cyberthreats
Rules Of Cyber-Engagement: The Obama administration laid out plans for increasing the size of U.S. Cyber Command forces as well as guidelines for preemptive strikes and responding to foreign cyberattacks.
Malware and Wealth: According to a report by Microsoft wealthier countries are better at protecting computers from malware than developing nations, though other factors play into this correlation such as participation in cybersecurity treaties.
Re-Selling Digital Content: Amazon has been granted a patent for re-selling digital files like e-books, audio files, and videos, a service that would likely spark litigation between the online retail giant, Hollywood and ReDigi, a company with a similar patent.
No Profits From Piracy: A UK high court ruled that movie studios do not have a “proprietary claim” to the profits made through illegal file-sharing, holding that copyright infringement is more like trespassing than thievery.
Free Expression & Censorship
Adults-Only Video App: Twitter will require users to verify that they are at least 17 years old before downloading the company’s Vine video app after the proliferation of user-generated sexual content became apparent.
Color as TM: Just in time for NY Fashion Week, a review of a recent interpretation of the landmark Qualitex case which established that color alone can sometimes fulfill the requirements for trademark protection.
On the Lighter Side
Seriously - JK: The new Secretary of State will sign department tweets with his initials in a gesture that will definitely not confuse anyone.Editorial Fellows: Grace Nam, Austen Ishii