CLIP-ings: March 1, 2013
NJ Allows Online Gambling: New Jersey became the third state to legalize online gambling in an effort to boost state revenue and revive Atlantic City’s struggling casinos.
French Data Collection Tax: A report commissioned by the French government proposes requiring companies to pay taxes for gathering personal data online.
Student Emails Protected: Massachusetts legislators have introduced a bill that would prohibit companies who provide cloud computing services to K-12 schools from processing student data for commercial purposes.
Challenge to Surveillance Law Blocked: The Supreme Court dismissed a suit challenging the legality of the Foreign Intelligence and Surveillance Act, finding that the plaintiffs lacked standing because they failed to prove that they were subject to government surveillance.
Information Security & Cyberthreats
HTC Settles Security Flaws: Mobile phone manufacturer HTC settled with the Federal Trade Commission over charges that poor programming put customers’ private data, locations, and text messages at risk of being stolen.
Copyright Alert System Goes Live: The Center for Copyright Information rolled out a system that provides a series of escalating warnings and associated penalties to Internet users who are suspected of illegally downloading copyrighted material.
Merchandising Search Results Ok’d: A federal court in California ruled that Amazon’s practice of merchandizing search results by suggesting products similar to those searched for by customers does not violate trademark law because it is unlikely to cause consumer confusion.
Free Expression & Censorship
NASCAR Crash Video Restored: YouTube restored video of a dangerous crash at Daytona Speedway after determining that NASCAR’s takedown request was not based on a copyright claim.
Finding Non-Patent Prior Art: Stuart Soffer offers a list of tips on locating non-patent prior art.
On the Lighter Side
Adult Education: A Dutch professor accidentally shared coarse materials with his class.