Hacking Revenge Porn

I’ll be back in Brooklyn on Thursday, to take part in a fantastic NYC Legal Hackers session on revenge porn. I’m excited to hear from and learn from Lee Rowland, Mark Jaffe, and Ari Waldman. And, I’m really grateful to Phil Weiss, Jonathan Askin, David Giller, and the brilliant Legal Hackers team for this event. [...]

California’s New Revenge Porn Bill: Helpful-ish

The California legislature passed, and Governor Jerry Brown signed, a bill that creates misdemeanor criminal liability for certain types of revenge porn. Here’s the new statutory language, at Ca. Penal Code 647.4(j): (4) (A) Any person who photographs or records by any means the image of the intimate body part or parts of another identifiable person, under [...]

Beating Revenge Porn with Copyright

The lawsuit against scumbag Web site Texxxan.com has generated attention to the problem of revenge porn, and to the paucity of legal remedies available to victims of it. Danielle Citron has two excellent posts over at Concurring Opinions analyzing the relevant statutory block, 47 U.S.C. 230, and the few cases that cut through its immunity. [...]

The Economics of Law School

My friend and Ohio State law prof Steve Davidoff has a great post on the economics of law school at the New York Times’ Dealbook. One of the most important points he makes is that some proposals to improve law school – such as increasing experiential learning, like clinics – would make it significantly more [...]

Startups and Healthcare

My friend and former Lotus manager Joe Perry has ventured into the blogosphere, with a post about startup companies, healthcare, and the Boston area – all three things of interest to me. I’m looking forward to finding out more about using mobile tech to combat counterfeit drugs…

Q&A on Internet Law at Lifehacker

I’m answering questions about Internet Law for the next hour or so at Lifehacker. Fire away!

The Memory Hole

On RocketLawyer’s Legally Easy podcast, I talk with Charley Moore and Eva Arevuo about the EU’s proposed “right to be forgotten” and privacy as censorship. I was inspired by Jeff Rosen and Jane Yakowitz‘s critiques of the approach, which actually appears to be a “right to lie effectively.” If you can disappear unflattering – and [...]

Orwell’s Armchair on Hearsay Culture

The indefatigable Dave Levine and I talk about Orwell’s Armchair, soft censorship, the Megaupload seizure, and the challenges of transparency on the Net on his Hearsay Culture radio show. It airs on KZSU next Friday, 24 February 2012, at 12:00PM PST / 3:00PM EST. If you object violently to broadcast radio, you can also hear [...]

Six Things Wrong with SOPA

America is moving to censor the Internet. The PROTECT IP and Stop Online Piracy Acts have received considerable attention in the legal and tech world; SOPA’s markup in the House occurs tomorrow. I’m not opposed to blacklisting Internet sites on principle; however, I think that thoughtful procedural protections are vital to doing so in a [...]

Threading the Needle

Imagine that Ron Wyden fails: either PROTECT IP or SoPA / E-PARASITE passes and is signed into law by President Obama. Advocacy groups such as the EFF would launch an immediate constitutional challenge to the bill’s censorship mandates. I believe the outcome of such litigation is far less certain than either side believes. American censorship [...]