POGO: Over 75 Organizations Urge Supreme Court to Make Live Audio Streaming Permanent and Accessible

POGO: Over 75 Organizations Urge Supreme Court to Make Live Audio Streaming Permanent and Accessible. “Providing live audio access to cases during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has convincingly demonstrated the public’s appetite to observe the operations of the Court. It has also shown that the Court can balance increased public access with the integrity of its proceedings. Equitable access to the Court as an institution is imperative for all Americans.”

The Verge: Google settles with worker allegedly fired for his workplace activism

The Verge: Google settles with worker allegedly fired for his workplace activism. “Google reached a settlement with a fired employee who the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) claims was let go from the company for his workplace activism, Bloomberg reports. The employee, Laurence Berland, was fired in 2019 allegedly for violating Google’s data security policies. He had been a vocal critic of Google’s work with the US Customs and Border Protection and was terminated amid internal organizing.”

Techdirt: Mystery Over Fake Section 1201 Takedown Claims Sent By ‘Video Industry Association of America’ Deepens

Techdirt: Mystery Over Fake Section 1201 Takedown Claims Sent By ‘Video Industry Association of America’ Deepens. “The Section 1201 DMCA notices have continued to flood Google, but now they are being supposedly sent directly by the Video Industry Association of America, with whoever is sending these dropping the pretense that they’re coming from the US Copyright Office. But that isn’t actually clearing much up other than to highlight, again, that the organization doesn’t actually exist and is coming from Russia.”

Prospect: How intellectual property laws zapped the comic creatives

Prospect: How intellectual property laws zapped the comic creatives . “To understand the comics industry today—and indeed the derived films, television and video game spin-offs—perhaps requires an understanding of the law more than lore. What can be done with characters and storylines is strictly regulated by an intricate and lucrative system of permissions and licences. This dominance of law is not new; legal issues have dominated from the very beginning of superhero comics in the 1930s, because of the very nature of the creative and commercial process.”

Hartford Courant: Judge orders blogger who frequently criticizes Hartford Police Department to turn over laptop as part of civil suit

Hartford Courant: Judge orders blogger who frequently criticizes Hartford Police Department to turn over laptop as part of civil suit . “A Connecticut judge has ordered blogger Kevin Brookman — a frequent critic of the Hartford Police Department — to turn over his laptop and cellphone as part of a police lieutenant’s quest to identify and sue anonymous commenters who disparaged him on Brookman’s site.”

Ars Technical: Vaccine mandates work, especially when they’re done right

Ars Technica: Vaccine mandates work, especially when they’re done right. “Vaccine mandates and other rules that limit personal behavior in the service of societal well-being are super-legal. Just ask Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett, who reaffirmed that notion two weeks ago with a terse not-gonna-happen in response to a lawsuit brought by students at Indiana University against their school’s vaccine mandate. Barrett’s hard nope upheld an appeals court decision that was in turn based on Jacobson v. Massachusetts, the 1905 Supreme Court decision that gave the OK to requirements for smallpox vaccinations, among other public health regulations.”

The Irish News: Tech giant Google will face international businessman in the Irish courts in landmark case

The Irish News: Tech giant Google will face international businessman in the Irish courts in landmark case. “Defamation proceedings have been issued at Dublin High Court by lawyers on behalf of Kheir Allab, a French-Algerian entrepreneur. Despite having won a court order in Switzerland and instituted criminal libel proceedings in France, Mr Allab says he is continuing to be targeted by detractors on YouTube with videos making false and defamatory claims.”

Markets Insider: Apple and Google’s ability to take a cut of every app purchase is in peril due to a new South Korean bill

Markets Insider: Apple and Google’s ability to take a cut of every app purchase is in peril due to a new South Korean bill. “Apple and Google are the target of a new South Korean bill that intends to open the smartphone platforms to alternate payment options. South Korea’s parliament on Tuesday approved a bill that bans major app store operators such as Google and Apple from forcing software developers to use their payment systems, effectively stopping them from charging commissions on in-app purchases.”

Associated Press: EU Mission Helps Kosovo With Database on War Crimes

Associated Press: EU Mission Helps Kosovo With Database on War Crimes. “The European Union’s mission in Kosovo said Monday it has assisted the country’s police in developing a database to help investigate war crimes. The EU Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo, or EULEX, reconfigured its mandate in 2018 and handed over all its files, including around 400 war crime cases, to the government.”

Beyond Social Media: The Full Context of Section 230 (Educause)

Educause: Beyond Social Media: The Full Context of Section 230. “On July 23, the Internet Infrastructure Coalition (i2Coalition), a trade association for companies that provide the technical infrastructure and services through which the internet operates (e.g., data centers, web hosting companies, domain registrars, and cloud infrastructure providers), held an online panel discussion to explore what Section 230 liability protection means in relation to how the broader internet functions.”

Global Voices: Facebook user gets 18-month prison sentence for mocking Cambodia’s prime minister

Global Voices: Facebook user gets 18-month prison sentence for mocking Cambodia’s prime minister. “On December 7, 2020, [Ny] Nak posted that he intended to declare a ‘state of emergency’ in his chicken coop — appearing to mimic a speech Hun Sen made the same day. He was arrested by the police on December 12 and charged with ‘insult’ and ‘incitement.’ He was denied bail in January and convicted on August 19.”