Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Pogue Interviews Palfrey at NY Times: Internet Cyberbullies and Anonymity: The Megan Meier Cyberbullying Act

What should we do in terms of legislation in dealing with the widespread and flagrant misuse of Internet anonymity and the increasing spread of cyberbullying?

Should the pending Megan Meier Cyberbullying Act, which provides criminal penalties for cyberbullying, be passed, or would its impact have too great a chilling effect on free expression?

Are there less drastic alternatives to dealing with bullies or criminals hiding behind the cloak of anonymity?

See the interview of John Palfrey by David Pogue at

Q&A: Rumors, Cyberbullying and Anonymity - Pogue's Posts Blog - NYTimes.com

Finding Mutual Ground: Conflict Resolution Where Conflict is Inevitable and Combat is Optional

Debra L. Bruce of The Legal Intelligencer in her Law.com article Tips to Help Lawyers Resolve Conflicts -- in Cases and Beyond relates inter alia this important quotation:

"'Conflict is inevitable; combat is optional,' said Justin Patten....."

Nobel Prize Winning Economist Paul Krugman Has it Right at the New York Times - America Goes Dark, Gravelly and Uneducated Rather than Opt for Greater Income Equality

Paul Krugman is rightly waving a gigantic red danger flag in his op-ed to the New York Times: America Goes Dark. How many of you thought that was ethnic? In fact, Krugman writes:
"In effect, a large part of our political class is showing its priorities: given the choice between asking the richest 2 percent or so of Americans to go back to paying the tax rates they paid during the Clinton-era boom, or allowing the nation’s foundations to crumble — literally in the case of roads, figuratively in the case of education — they’re choosing the latter.

It’s a disastrous choice in both the short run and the long run."

Who Owns the LinkedIn Connections at a Company or Law Firm ?

Who Owns the LinkedIn Connections at a Company or Law Firm ?


Robin Hensley at Raising the Bar states the question as "whether the employer or the employee is entitled to control an employee’s LinkedIn account".

Best Tweets: Constitutional Law and Kanye Edition | The Atlantic Wire

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Knockoffs in Fashion Design Plague Designers as Fashion Industry Copyright Bill Reintroduced to Congress

Tech Dirt alerts us to the introduction of a Fashion Copyright Bill at It's Back: Totally Unnecessary And Damaging Fashion Copyright Bill Reintroduced.

The fashion industry is of course the best example that creation of an incomparably dynamic and innovative industry proceeds best WITHOUT copyright protection.

On the other hand, if the government is to be consistent in drawing up norms as a matter of law, there is no legal basis in Constitutional Law to exclude fashion design from the protection of copyrights or patents.

If something as laughable as a business method can be patented (so the holding of the United States Supreme Court in the Bilski case) then a fashion design would seem to be one tangible cut above that.

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