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CLIP-ings: May 3, 2013

Internet Governance
Wiretap Noncompliance Fines: A secretive government task force is recommending legislation that would issues a series of escalating fines to communications providers who decline to cooperate with law enforcement interception requests.
“Internet of Things” Protocol: Meet MQTT (Message Queuing Telemetry Transport), the new messaging standard to be used for the network of small, data-gathering instruments- such as pacemakers, steering wheels and coffee makers- which is expected to number 15 billion devices by 2020.


NYPD Pushes More Cameras: Following on the heels of the Boston Marathon bombings, NY Police Commissioner Ray Kelley is advocating for the expansion of the city’s network of security cameras, declaring “The privacy issue has really been taken off the table.”
Parents Protest School Portal: A vocal group of parents and community activists gathered in Brooklyn this week to protest inBloom, a student information database being pushed by the Board of Education and the Gates Foundation, which opponents claim risks subjecting children to costly privacy violations.

Information Security & Cyberthreats

Bitcoin Botnet Uncovered: A rogue employee of the ESEA videogaming league surreptitiously injected a piece of code into users’ graphics processors, turning them into bitcoin-mining “zombies” which earned him almost $4000 before the plot was discovered.
Gambler Indicted for “Hacking”: Federal prosecutors in Nevada allege violations of the CFAA against a frequent gambler for “exceeding authorized access” of video poker machines when he discovered a sequence of buttons which, when pushed, led to increased payouts.

Intellectual Property

Amazon v. the Amazon: The online retail giant is locked in an ICANN dispute with the governments of Brazil and Peru over who should be granted the right to register the .amazon top-level domain.
Craigslist Copyright Loss: A federal judge in CA, siding with businesses that use data aggregated from Craigslist to power their competing sites, has found that Craigslist does not have an exclusive license over the contents of its users’ postings.

Practice Notes

Social Media as Evidence: A recent NJ case makes clear that just like any other form of relevant evidence, deleting a social media account in the midst of legal proceedings will be considered evidence spoliation.

On the Lighter Side

Look Both Ways: And by both ways we mean at Twiter and Facebook at the same time.