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Clinic Teams w/WGBH to Support Boston TV News Digital Library

The Cyberlaw Clinic has teamed up with WGBH to support the extraordinary Boston TV News Digital Library project.  The project, funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Council on Library and Information Resources, is a collaboration among the Boston Public Library, Cambridge Community Television, Northeast Historic Film and WGBH Educational Foundation that aims to bring to life local news stories produced in and about Boston from the early 1960’s to 2000.  The Clinic’s work with WGBH has focused on offering guidance to news media archivists on legal issues associated with archiving news content.

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Third Circuit Vacates Andrew Auernheimer’s CFAA Conviction

The United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit has held that defendant Andrew Auernheimer’s conviction for violating the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act rested on an incorrect determination by the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey that venue was proper in that district.  The Court of Appeals vacated Auernheimer’s conviction. The Cyberlaw Clinic submitted an amicus brief in support of Auernheimer, on behalf of the Digital Media Law Project.

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HLDocs Joins w/Clinic to Present “Media Advocacy 101″ Event

The Cyberlaw Clinic is pleased to join with the Harvard Law Documentary Studio to present “Media Advocacy 101: How Lawyers Can Develop Tactically Sophisticated Media Projecs.” This panel discussion with lawyers and media experts on the use of media to support advocacy will focus on the use of video and film in gathering evidence and otherwise supporting advocacy.

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Clinical Registration This Wed and Thurs! And, a Cyberlaw Clinic FAQ!

Harvard Law School 1Ls and 2Ls should now be aware that clinical registration for the 2014-15 academic year takes place this week, starting at 9:00 am on Wednesday April 3rd and ending at 5:00 pm on Thursday, April 4th. The results of clinical registration will be made available to students by next Monday, April 7th, at 5:00 pm.

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WANTED: Prior Art to Prevent Apple Monopoly on Solar Electronics

How cool would it be to charge your phone just by leaving it in a sunny spot by the window or for your e-reader to run on power from the sun? Based on this patent application by Apple, solar power may come to iPhones one day soon — but if Apple is able to patent the idea, it may not be available for other brands until 2032.  That would be a shame, not only because it could inhibit the development and distribution of greener devices, but also because there’s good reason to suspect that the technology Apple is claiming was actually invented earlier by open hardware developers and academics. For example, the One Laptop Per Child computer used one kind of solar power system discussed in the patent application. Unfortunately, as we have seen with 3D printing, this kind of prior art is not often known to the examiners at the Patent and Trademark Office, who decide whether to issue a patent.

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Clinical Enrollment Next Week! Meet the Cyberlaw Clinic This Week!

Attention Harvard Law School 1Ls and 2Ls:  as you make your way back from spring break and head into the homestretch of the 2013-14 academic year, you should be aware that clinical enrollment for 2014-15 begins at 9:00 am on Wednesday, April 2nd and runs through 5:00 pm on Thursday, April 3rd. That’s next week! If you’re interested in working with the Cyberlaw Clinic during the fall or spring semester next year, please plan to register next Wednesday or Thursday.

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CoSN Teams w/Cyberlaw Clinic on Privacy Toolkit

On Friday, March 21, 2014, the Consortium of School Networks (“CoSN”), with the help of the Cyberlaw Clinic, released an in-depth, step-by-step privacy guide — the “Protecting Privacy in Connected Learning Toolkit” — to help school system leaders navigate complex federal laws and related issues. Issued as part of CoSN’s new Protecting Privacy in Connected Learning initiative, the toolkit addresses compliance with laws such as the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (“FERPA”) and Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (“COPPA”) and offers smart practices to better protect student privacy and their data. CoSN is the premier professional association for schools system technology leaders, aiming to empower educational leaders to leverage technology to realize engaging learning environments.

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HLS Clinical Office — Spotlight on Kit Walsh

The blog of Harvard Law School‘s Office of Clinical and Pro Bono Programs has shone a well-deserved spotlight on the Cyberlaw Clinic’s Clinical Instructional Fellow Kit Walsh! In Kit’s own words, “[t]he laws that govern information are the laws that govern how we express ourselves, make sense of the world, and debate the course of our society.” And, he describes himself as “an activist at heart.” Kit also describes some projects that he and the Clinic’s students have been doing recently on issues relating to intellectual property and digital civil liberties, including the “podcast patent” case and a recent amicus effort concerning law enforcement use of cell phone location data.

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Massachusetts High Court Requires Warrant for Cell Phone Tracking

Figure 1A of Yves-Alexandre de Montjoye, César A. Hidalgo, Michel Verleysen, Vincent D. Blondel, Unique in the Crowd: The privacy bounds of human mobility, Scientific Reports, March 25, 2013; http://www.nature.com/srep/2013/130325/srep01376/full/srep01376.html; licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License. To view a copy of this license, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/On Tuesday, the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts issued its ruling in Commonwealth v. Augustine (available here). The Court ruled that police officers need to obtain a warrant before they obtain information about your location from a cell phone service provider. The Cyberlaw Clinic filed a friend-of-the-court brief in this case on behalf of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, arguing against warrantless collection of location records. The Court agreed that location data is sufficiently sensitive to require constitutional protection, building on its decision last year requiring warrants for GPS tracking.

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HLS Students: Meet the Cyberlaw Clinic!

Harvard Law School students interested in the Cyberlaw Clinic are invited to meet the Clinic’s supervising attorneys over lunch on Thursday, February 20, 2014 from 12:00 noon – 1:00 pm in WCC 5052. Pizza will be served. Instructors from the Clinic will offer perspectives on the Clinic’s docket and describe their practice-based approach to teaching technology law and advocacy skills.

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