Whereupon I Depress Lifehacker Readers

Because DVD ripping is illegal if you bypass DRM. Which, most of the time, you have to.

NZBMatrix Takes the Red Pill

I talked with Lifehacker’s IP guru Adam Dachis about the closure of several Usenet indexing services, including NZBMatrix. NZBMatrix threw in the towel after coming under twin pressures: a flood of DMCA notices related to links pointing to allegedly infringing content, and difficulty navigating the requirements of service providers such as PayPal. It’s the latest [...]

Petraeus and Privacy

The resignation of CIA Director David Petraeus, after a cyberharassment investigation brought his affair with biographer Paula Broadwell to light, has generated a fascinating upsurge in privacy worries. (Side note: I believe “working with my biographer” has now superseded “hiking the Appalachian Trail” as the top euphemism for infidelity). Orin Kerr has an excellent summary [...]

The Facebook Post-Mortem

The Daily Illini has a great piece about Jason Mazzone‘s analysis of an underappreciated problem: what happens to your Facebook content when you die? At the moment, the answer depends on an unpredictable hodgepodge of state probate law, private law via the social network’s Terms of Service, and the decedent’s foresight in providing her heirs [...]

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 [...]

Having Solved Piracy, Time for Child Porn!

When I teach Internet Law, I joke that banning child pornography is straightforward since there isn’t a pro-kid porn lobby (unlike, say, banning copyright infringement or adult pornography). I stand corrected: Rick Falvinge, founder of Sweden’s Pirate Party, has taken up the pro-legalization cause. (Interesting choice as a policy focus, but to each their own.) [...]

Q&A on Internet Law at Lifehacker

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

How to Write a Book Review and Refute Textualism, All At Once

My blogging has been slow lately, but I’d be remiss not to point readers to Judge Richard Posner’s review of Antonin Scalia and Bryan Garner’s new book, Reading Law: The Interpretation of Legal Texts. It is a terrific piece of writing and it is an utter evisceration of the book. In the review, Posner does [...]

Death by HIPAA

Vioxx, the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug once prescribed for arthritis, was on the market for over five years before it was withdrawn from the market in 2004. Though a group of small-scale studies had found a correlation between Vioxx and increased risk of heart attack, the FDA did not have convincing evidence until it completed its [...]

HuffPo, Drugs, Dogs

Jane has an article up on Huffington Post exploring privacy intuitions about police use of new technologies in light of the Jardines case. It’s a great read, and reinforces my conviction not to drive around with snausages in my trunk.