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Washington State Electronic Notary Public endorsements
As of 2018/09/17, it's possible to use gnupg for official notarial acts in the state of Washington, at least for the DoL
wa_state  gpg  2018  government  us  legal 
6 weeks ago by mechazoidal
The EARN IT Act: How to Ban End-to-End Encryption Without Actually Banning It | Center for Internet and Society
Attempting to overturn Section 230 immunity(which would affect CALEA indirectly) via "think of the children", sponsored by the same jerks behind SESTA/FOSTA.
legal  law  analysis  us  2020  cryptography  security 
8 weeks ago by mechazoidal
Choosing a license for GoatCounter
"pros and cons of several licenses from @arp242"
licensing  legal  gpl  reference  2019 
9 weeks ago by mechazoidal
Choose A Licence
"By answering a few questions, this site wants to help you choosing a licence."
(as usual, not a lawyer, etc)
webapp  tools  gpl  legal  licensing 
9 weeks ago by mechazoidal
Washington State Courts Washington Courts
data_source: search engine for rulings, court records
data_source  wa_state  legal  law  reference 
july 2019 by mechazoidal
“But I’m not a lawyer. I’m an agent.” – The Audacity of Despair
David Simon is not happy about packaging and explains it:
"In order that my agents — the folks who held an absolute fiduciary responsibility to negotiate in good faith on my behalf and on behalf of my book — could be players in the creation of the TV project from that book, in order that they could own a chunk of the project itself and profit by millions of dollars from the work I had asked them to sell, they were willing to return my 7.5 percent commission and the commissions of any other talent they represented, packaging all of us together in a happy bundle for the network. Yes, incredibly, to avoid the most overt and untenable conflict-of-interest, they were willing to heroically give back to me a few thousand dollars in exchange for millions of dollars in points on a piece of NBC’s Homicide: Life on the Street which ran for seven years."
writing  legal  creative  us  2019 
march 2019 by mechazoidal
A New Mueller Filing Shows How Russia Misuses U.S. Courts - The Atlantic
"“Our courts act like, and think, that they are operating on the same type of playing field as the Russians,” Estlund said. “But they’re not—the system there is completely different from here. And when the courts are properly responding to what appears to be a legally authorized request for assistance with discovery, often what they’re doing is assisting with an extremely corrupt court proceeding.” Another lawyer who follows this phenomenon closely and requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the press echoed Estlund’s assessment: “The Russians have figured out how to weaponize this,” he said. “We have this tremendous system of justice here which isn’t equipped to address nonjudicial questions, like ‘Is this litigant seeking to abuse our entire judicial system?’”"

Note the tactic: mixing fake documents into a "leaked" dump of real documents to discredit the investigation, and trying to get them read into the court order. Note the Prevezon case, where this worked.
russia  information_warfare  legal  2019  from:atlantic  law 
february 2019 by mechazoidal
MISSY PENA ART — My DMCA Form Letter
@misspenart: Okay, I finally sat down to write sunseaapparel a formal DMCA takedown notice. One thing that's worked on scammers like this in the past is sending one every day so they can't ignore it.
dmca  legal  reference  art  tumblr 
january 2019 by mechazoidal
Online Notary - Notarize your documents online in US and International - NotaryCam Online Notary Public
@patio11: If you're in an optimizing-for-completion-not-cost mood you can get [notarized here] from the Internets or at most FedEx/UPS/etc stores for low tens of dollars.
legal  business  service  documentation 
january 2019 by mechazoidal
Company Tried to Patent My Work After a Job Interview — Patent Pandas
Google ATAP tried to patent electronic pop-up books based on her work at MIT. She managed to find prior art and get it rejected, but this is a cautionary tale.
google  patents  electronics  legal 
december 2018 by mechazoidal
First Thoughts on Carpenter v. United States - Volokh Conspiracy : Reason.com
On the Supreme Court ruling that cell phone records are under 4th Amendment protections
surveillance  legal  law  2018  us 
june 2018 by mechazoidal
How the judge on Oracle v. Google taught himself to code - The Verge
"The tech community maintains an entrenched belief that the law will never understand what it does, and certainly the higher-level court decisions made in Oracle v. Google do nothing to dispel that notion. Yet [William H Alsup]’s very existence is a challenge to this belief: a 72-year-old former engineering student who has been quietly and delightedly tinkering away in BASIC for decades, playing with his radios and his cameras, teaching his clerks and random journalists alike the things that he knows.
In the same patient and meticulous manner that Alsup explained the ionosphere to me, he explained software to the Federal Circuit in his Oracle opinion. And because it was so precise and so specific, he forced the Federal Circuit to engage with software development more than it otherwise might have. Regardless of the Federal Circuit’s ultimate decision, a great deal of Alsup’s understanding of software remains preserved in appellate caselaw."
law  legal  programming  from:verge  2017 
october 2017 by mechazoidal
A Tale of the Mirror World, Part 1: Calculators and Cybernetics | The Digital Antiquarian
A tour-de-force of the history behind Tetris, both political, technical, and legal. Covers all parts of the Tetris licensing deals, and even Tengen's lockout-evading on the NES.
games  history  russia  legal  multipart  nintendo  atari 
september 2017 by mechazoidal
A Federal Judge Put Hundreds of Immigrants Behind Bars While Her Husband Invested in Private Prisons – Mother Jones
"Judge Linda Reade’s husband bought more prison stock five days before one of the nation’s biggest immigration raids[in Postville, Iowa, on May 12, 2008]."
"At the time, undocumented immigrants caught in raids like this were usually charged with civil violations and then deported. But most of these defendants, shackled and dragging chains behind them, were charged with criminal fraud for using falsified work documents or Social Security numbers. About 270 people were sentenced to five months in federal prison, in a process that one witness described as a “judicial assembly line.”"
from:motherjones  corruption  us  legal  2017 
august 2017 by mechazoidal
Renato Rivera Rusca on Twitter: "No they didn't, and no they weren't. This is the false basis HG is using to sue in a "we stole it first" case https://t.co/UB1NwYSfbN https://t.co/85DAVejy1Y"
oh look, Harmony Gold is being litigious again, against Weisman of Harebrained in a WA court.

Note that their case hinges around claiming Tatsunoko licensed the designs to them; a JP court found that Studio Nue owned the designs and Tatsunoko only licensed the rights to the animation itself to HG.
( http://ia601606.us.archive.org/11/items/gov.uscourts.wawd.242820/gov.uscourts.wawd.242820.1.0.pdf )
tweet  legal  macross 
july 2017 by mechazoidal
It’s Gotten Much Worse: ADA Trolling A Year Later | The New Hofstader.com
"As we now have at least two law firms into double digits in caseload, I think the first bad result of the Carlson/Lynch activity is that other attorneys are jumping on the ADA Internet accessibility trolling bandwagon to ride the gravy train of what I’ll call robo-suits. You set your web checker into web crawler mode and sue all violators worth suing, which in the Carlson/Lynch case means a company as small as a Tulsa pizza joint. The cost is minimal, all of the lawsuit threat letters offering a less costly way out than litigation (a statement that reminds me of mobster movies, “you got a nice little business here, it’d be terrible if something would happen to it.) are virtually identical (some name specific consulting companies, most say that Carlson/Lynch would be happy to recommend one) so the only labor there is changing the name of the accused and then sending the threat letter to the unsuspecting defendant. For an average return of $42,500 this seems like a highly profitable protection racket being run by these law firms."
legal  trolling  web 
june 2017 by mechazoidal
Digital Privacy Is Making Antitrust Exciting Again | WIRED
"With an ideological shift, Facebook could look less like benevolent force for connecting the world and more like a $400 billion industrial machine that grew through acquisitions and consolidation, unchecked data-mining, behind-the-scenes lobbying, and suffocation of the very entrepreneurs who look up to their hero, Zuck.

In that light, late capitalism looks an awful lot like the Rockefeller version."
from:wired  legal  economics  privacy  2017 
june 2017 by mechazoidal
ABC News Braces for $5.7 Billion "Pink Slime" Trial in the Heart of Trump Country | Hollywood Reporter
"It's a sum so great that The Walt Disney Co., parent of ABC, has included this lawsuit — and no other lawsuit — in 10-Q reports to shareholders filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission. That means Disney sees the outcome as potentially "material" to its bottom line. But maybe $5.7 billion lacks concrete associative value, so consider that the amount is equivalent to roughly nine months of Disney's broadcast revenue. [...] We may be journeying to the corollary to what Stephen Colbert called "truthiness," where hostility to authority is interpreted by some as seeming or feeling false, even if it is not necessarily false. Trump calls it "fake news." Others might say, "falsyness." "
disney  journalism  legal  article  food 
june 2017 by mechazoidal
[REPORT] Legalize It All: How to win the war on drugs, By Dan Baum
John Ehrlichman: "“The Nixon campaign in 1968, and the Nixon White House after that, had two enemies: the antiwar left and black people. You understand what I’m saying? We knew we couldn’t make it illegal to be either against the war or black, but by getting the public to associate the hippies with marijuana and blacks with heroin, and then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities. We could arrest their leaders, raid their homes, break up their meetings, and vilify them night after night on the evening news. Did we know we were lying about the drugs? Of course we did.”"
drugs  legal  history  us  report  politics 
may 2017 by mechazoidal
BSD Zero Clause License (0BSD)
by Rich Landley: "a standard 2-clause BSD license (the from OpenBSD) minus the half sentence requiring text copied verbatim into derived works. [...] Modifying the license in this way avoids the hole android toolbox fell into where 33 copies of BSD license text were concatenated together when copyright dates changed, or the strange solution the busybox developers used to resolve tension between GPLv2's "no additional restrictions" and BSD's "you must include this large hunk of text" by sticking the two licenses at opposite ends of the file and hoping nobody noticed."
licensing  bsd  opensource  legal  reference 
may 2017 by mechazoidal
SPDX License List | Software Package Data Exchange (SPDX)
"The purpose of the SPDX License List is to enable easy and efficient identification of [opensource/collaborative] licenses and exceptions in an SPDX document (or elsewhere). The SPDX License List includes a standardized short identifier, full name for each license, vetted license text, other basic information, and a canonical permanent URL for each license and exception. By providing a short identifier, users can efficiently refer to a license without having to redundantly reproduce the full license. License exceptions can be used with the License Expression Syntax operator, "WITH" to create a license with an exception."
licensing  resource  reference  opensource  legal 
march 2017 by mechazoidal
/dev/lawyer Open Source License Business Perception Report
"How does business perceive specific form software public licenses in Q1 2017? From this lawyer’s point of view:"
spoiler: Apache 2 is considered least painful, due to professionally drafted and explicit patent license
(this is by Actual Lawyer (not yours))
legal  licensing  reference  opensource  2017 
march 2017 by mechazoidal
Linux Wireless
The wiki on the Linux kernel's 802.11 subsystem. 'legal' because according to 'Implementation review', they also have a complete subsystem for wireless regulatory compliance(Central Regulatory Domain Agent)
wifi  linux  reference  programming  legal  wiki 
february 2017 by mechazoidal
Coding for Lawyers
Free book on useful programming stuff for lawyers:
- Regular Expressions
- Markdown and HTML
- Data Types
- Using Arrays
- Conditional Logic
- DRY and Functions
book  legal  programming  resource  learning 
january 2017 by mechazoidal
Dr. Orange: The Secret Nemesis of Sick Vets - ProPublica
Alvin Young has been retained by the VA for 40 years on the "safety" of Agent Orange, and firmly insists that anyone who disagrees with him "doesn't have a good grasp on the science"
military  health  legal  from:propublica  2016 
october 2016 by mechazoidal
The MIT License, Line by Line
"The MIT License is the most popular open-source software license. Here’s one read of it, line by line"
Excellently annotated by an Actual Lawyer (not yours)
legal  licensing  reference 
september 2016 by mechazoidal
​Linus Torvalds' love-hate relationship with the GPL
on the heels of the EOMA68 stuff, note another data point: quiet financial encouragement rather than legal enforcement has proved to work out much better for GPL issues
gpl  legal  article  opensource  linux  from:zdnet 
august 2016 by mechazoidal
Nanolaw with Daughter
"Why privacy mattered."
"I was of a generation where one group sued and a much larger group was named. But perhaps her generation sees this as part of the traffic of daily life, a territory to explore. Every one a little lawyer."
story  sf  privacy  legal  hahaonlyserious  2011  grim_meathook_future 
august 2016 by mechazoidal
united states - Are U.S companies legally obligated to maximize profits for shareholders? - Skeptics Stack Exchange
"No. Because the idea itself is too poorly defined and naive interpretations are often bad for shareholders in practice"
stackoverflow  business  legal  answer 
may 2016 by mechazoidal
“Nico-nico-niii” is Not Allowed on PayPal | Kitakubu
"NICO" is also an acronym for certain companies on US OFAC watchlist, according to comments, so transactions are automatically flagged
legal  bureaucracy  paypal 
may 2016 by mechazoidal
Apple, FBI, and the Burden of Forensic Methodology | Zdziarski's Blog of Things
On the duality of the FBI's argument for Apple to make a unlocking tool:
"Should Apple comply in providing a tool, it will inevitably end up abused and in the wrong hands. [..however..] For anyone to be okay with a simple ugly hack job instead of a forensics tool would set an ugly precedent of skirting sound science and methodology in handling of evidence. This would undoubtedly do damage to the reputation of the forensic process, and lower the bar on all such standards."
apple  fbi  legal  forensics 
february 2016 by mechazoidal
MakeHuman : License explanation
kind of a warning on how the legalities from a character-generator program would work with the generated data?
legal  gpl  opensource  licensing  3d  piperesearch 
january 2016 by mechazoidal
When the Boss Says, 'Don't Tell Your Coworkers How Much You Get Paid' - The Atlantic
"Whether I was working as a barista or a paralegal, the story was the same: My employers wanted me to keep my mouth shut about money."
employment  legal  us  2014  from:atlantic 
december 2015 by mechazoidal
Choosing an open source license doesn’t need to be scary
Provides a good "pick your needs" up-front, with a good bullet-point analysis of each license in a detailed page
opensource  licensing  resource  legal  gpl  reference 
december 2015 by mechazoidal
Making Insider Trading Legal - The New Yorker
"in a textbook instance of perverse incentives, the ruling by the Second Circuit will discourage due diligence, because the less management knows about the sourcing employed by analysts and traders to generate investment ideas, the fewer people will face legal exposure. It’s not that it will be impossible to bring insider-trading cases from now on; it’s that, at a hedge fund, all of the legal liability will now rest with the analysts and traders on the front lines of information gathering—with the initial knowing recipients of a tip."
finance  newyorker  legal 
november 2015 by mechazoidal
Check It Out with Andrew Richard Albanese: How To Make the Orphan Works Problem Worse
"But rather than address the orphan works problem at its source—the lack of any kind of copyright registration or renewal—the Copyright Office’s plan is to keep digging, but with a complex scheme on the back end that might sift a few gems from an ever growing pile."
corruption  publishing  copyright  writing  legal 
october 2015 by mechazoidal
We Were Sued by a Billionaire Political Donor. We Won. Here's What Happened. | Mother Jones
"A judge in Idaho has ruled in our favor on all claims in a defamation case filed by a major Republican donor, Frank VanderSloot, and his company, Melaleuca Inc. [...] This is the culmination of a lengthy, expensive legal saga that began three years ago when the 2012 presidential primaries were in full swing. "
journalism  censorship  legal  article 
october 2015 by mechazoidal
Why Not Insider Trade on Every Company? - Bloomberg View
"The gist is that some guys in Ukraine allegedly hacked into the servers of the big newswire companies (Marketwired, PR Newswire and Business Wire) and stole press releases, and then gave them to some other people to trade on. That right there: That is the way to do it! Why limit yourself to the inside information of one company, or even to the clients of one bank or law firm? [...] But I feel like part of it has to be that the people in charge of those databases, like me until today, had a disenchanted view of the financial world. These systems didn't hold the nuclear launch codes. "
legal  finance  stocks  hacking 
august 2015 by mechazoidal
Software Licenses in Plain English
"Lookup popular software licenses summarized at-a-glance."
legal  software  licensing  resource  reference  gpl 
january 2015 by mechazoidal
Sifting Fact from Fiction with All Writs and Encryption: No Backdoors | Electronic Frontier Foundation
Basically, the US Gov't can't compel a company to place backdoors in its software with a National Security Letter.
eff  legal  security  government  software  reference 
december 2014 by mechazoidal
The $9 Billion Witness: Meet JPMorgan Chase's Worst Nightmare | Rolling Stone
"Meet the woman JPMorgan Chase paid one of the largest fines in American history to keep from talking"
article  finance  legal  corruption  economy 
november 2014 by mechazoidal
Three times, and never again
@SwiftOnSecurity : "Why women don't report being raped. By someone that was. Who did. By someone who regrets reporting being raped."
crime  legal  post 
october 2014 by mechazoidal
[zeromq-dev] [ANN] zmq.rs - native stack of ØMQ in Rust
Interesting thread with discussion over MPLv2 vs. MIT/BSD, how Github's licensing works, and viability of contributor agreements.
discussion  legal  opensource  zmq  piperesearch 
july 2014 by mechazoidal
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