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The Latest In Trademark Abuse Is Registering Marks To Obtain Ownership Of Instagram Accounts | Techdirt
People are now filing frivolous trademarks in order to take over popular or valuable Instagram accounts.
law  ip-law  trademark  techdirt  via:Techdirt 
3 minutes ago by mcherm
Digitized images of works in the public domain: what rights vest in them? Analysis of the recent BGH Reiss-Engelhorn judgment - Part 1
My eyes tend to glaze over at stuff like this (and it's not my job at MIT, thank goodness...), but I think it's probably worth keeping at least cursory tabs on copyright, public domain, and #digitization. (the link refers to German law)
law  publicdomain  copyright  shared 
1 hour ago by davidnunez
Racist policing plagues Portland’s nightclubs (Barriers to Entry) — High Country News
“I remember reading (that) and just thinking, ‘What a crock of shit,’ ” Merrithew said. “Her basic explanation was that Portland was a place where there are no real problems. And it was at a time when, like, the childhood poverty rate in this state was 25 percent.”
whitesupremacy  oregon  policy  police  racism  gangstatutes  law  civilrights  race  portland  politics  localpolitics 
10 hours ago by Felicity
Supreme Court says constitutional protection against excessive fines applies to state actions - The Washington Post
Timbs v. Indiana - Unanimous SCOTUS says 8th amendment prohibits states (as well as feds) from imposing excessive fines.
law  forfeiture  via:reddit 
19 hours ago by mcherm
A digital gangster destroying democracy: the damning verdict on Facebook
Parliament’s report into fake news raises many questions, but will the government act?
facebook  articles  netcritique  law  socialmedia 
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