Silicon Republic: Courtsdesk receives £70,000 to build legal database for UK journalists

Silicon Republic: Courtsdesk receives £70,000 to build legal database for UK journalists. “Dublin-based Courtsdesk has received £70,000 in funding to build a service supplying listings and outcomes of criminal court cases to journalists in the UK.”

TorrentFreak: Court Excoriates ‘Copyright Troll’ Lawyer and Adds $100,000 in Sanctions

TorrentFreak: Court Excoriates ‘Copyright Troll’ Lawyer and Adds $100,000 in Sanctions. “Copyright lawyer Richard Liebowitz has, once again, been sanctioned by a New York federal court. In a scathing order, the court sums up the attorney’s ‘deplorable record’ which includes violating court orders and lying under oath. For his most recent wrongdoings, Liebowitz must pay over $100,000 in sanctions and also risks his right to practice in the district.”

Techdirt: Appeals Court Says California’s IMDb-Targeting ‘Ageism’ Law Is Unconstitutional

Techdirt: Appeals Court Says California’s IMDb-Targeting ‘Ageism’ Law Is Unconstitutional. “The state of California has lost again in its attempt to punish IMDb (the Internet Movie Database) — and IMDb alone — for ageism perpetrated by [checks notes] movie studios who seem to refuse to cast actresses above a certain age in choice roles.”

Breaking News Ireland: African king takes defamation case against blogger based in Ireland

Breaking News Ireland: African king takes defamation case against blogger based in Ireland. “A West African king claims he has been defamed in a series of social media posts by an Irish-based blogger, the High Court has heard. Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, known as Ojaja II who is the traditional ruler and spiritual leader of the Yoruba people, claims that he has been defamed in video clips and other posts, that have appeared on Facebook and YouTube, by Esther Esabod Aboderin.”

BetaNews: Internet Archive to close its National Emergency Library two weeks early following legal action

BetaNews: Internet Archive to close its National Emergency Library two weeks early following legal action. “Today, the Internet Archive announces that it will close its National Emergency Library on June 16, two weeks earlier than planned, and return to traditional controlled digital lending.”

TorrentFreak: Project Gutenberg Public Domain Library Blocked in Italy For Copyright Infringement

TorrentFreak: Project Gutenberg Public Domain Library Blocked in Italy For Copyright Infringement. “Project Gutenberg, the world’s oldest digital library, has been blocked by ISPs in Italy under the orders of the Court of Rome. The platform, which focuses on public domain books, appears to have been erroneously labeled a pirate site in an action targeting 28 domains and several Telegram channels.”

Business Insider: Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Jeff Merkley propose creating a national database of cops with a record of misconduct

Business Insider: Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Jeff Merkley propose creating a national database of cops with a record of misconduct. “The National Police Misconduct Database and Transparency in Hiring Act, introduced by Merkley with support from Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, calls for creating a publicly searchable repository of law enforcement officers who engaged in misconduct. That includes the inappropriate use of force or discrimination.”

Gizmodo: Judge Orders FCC to Hand Over IP Addresses Linked to Fake Net Neutrality Comments

Gizmodo: Judge Orders FCC to Hand Over IP Addresses Linked to Fake Net Neutrality Comments. “A Manhattan federal judge has ruled the Federal Communications Commission must provide two reporters access to server logs that may provide new insight into the allegations of fraud stemming from agency’s 2017 net neutrality rollback.”

Texas Lawyer: Will Social Media Be a ‘Free Speech’ War Zone for Parents Seeking to Disparage Ex-Spouses?

Texas Lawyer: Will Social Media Be a ‘Free Speech’ War Zone for Parents Seeking to Disparage Ex-Spouses?. “The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court recently issued a ruling that, if it starts a national trend, could undermine any hope of maintaining public civility between divorcing spouses, even when a child is involved.”

South China Morning Post: Why delay in passing Hong Kong archives law does not surprise

South China Morning Post: Why delay in passing Hong Kong archives law does not surprise. “Delay would appear to be the default position for matters relating to government records and archives. It is now seven years since the Law Reform Commission, at the request of the administration, established a subcommittee to consider the need for legislation for the management of government records and archives, and the public is still waiting for the subcommittee’s final report and recommendations.”

ChannelNews Australia: ‘Publisher’ Google Ordered To Pay $40K In Defamation Case

ChannelNews Australia: ‘Publisher’ Google Ordered To Pay $40K In Defamation Case. “In a landmark decision, the Supreme Court of Victoria has found that Google is a publisher and has been consequently ordered to pay $40,000 in damages to Melbourne lawyer George Defteros , who had sued the Internet company for defamation. Google had argued that the automation of its search engines meant it was not a publisher and not liable, but Justice Melinda Richards ruled against that.”

Electronic Frontier Foundation: Supreme Court Affirms That No One Owns the Law

Electronic Frontier Foundation: Supreme Court Affirms That No One Owns the Law. “In a major victory for open government and fundamental due process, the Supreme Court ruled [April 27] that the annotations in a state’s official legal code—summaries of court decisions and other sources that explain the state’s laws—cannot be copyrighted. That is, that there cannot be a better-explained version of the law available only to those who can afford to pay for it. The law, in any form, must be accessible to all.”

The Verge: Photographer can’t sue a website for embedding her Instagram post, says court

The Verge: Photographer can’t sue a website for embedding her Instagram post, says court. “A court ruled yesterday that Mashable can embed a professional photographer’s photo without breaking copyright law, thanks to Instagram’s terms of service. The New York district court determined that Stephanie Sinclair offered a ‘valid sublicense’ to use the photograph when she posted it publicly on Instagram.”

Law .com: Public Records Requests During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Law .com: Public Records Requests During the COVID-19 Pandemic. “The COVID-19 pandemic has caused nations and organizations across the world to take emergency action to safeguard public health. Courts, public schools and colleges, municipalities, and other agencies throughout Florida, and across the nation, have temporarily closed office buildings, suspended or reduced operations, and instituted work from home policies. Federal, state, and local governments have requested that residents practice social distancing, and some states have even implemented ‘stay-at-home’ orders. Notwithstanding these unprecedented times, agencies continue to have an obligation to acknowledge and respond to public records requests. ”

Business Standard: This lawyer’s start-up is building a search engine for legal professionals

Business Standard: This lawyer’s start-up is building a search engine for legal professionals. “If you think lawyers have a cushy life, ask anyone who had to pore over long-drawn cases and make sense of the arguments. Lawyers will tell you how they have to read hundreds of pages manually, sometimes twice or thrice, to be be able to make sense of cases. Identifying and simplifying this part of legal research is at the heart of legal-tech firm Legitquest. The Delhi-based start-up has built artificial intelligence (AI)-based technology to help lawyers with issues, reasoning, decisions, arguments and facts of all the judgments passed by the Supreme Court of India since 1950.”