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Texas House considers bills to erode press protection, expose journalists, bloggers to more lawsuits  | Texas Legislature | Dallas News

0 Commentsby   |  04.17.17  |  Newsgathering

Source: Texas House considers bills to erode press protection, expose journalists, bloggers to more lawsuits  | Texas Legislature | Dallas News More »

Rolling Stone settles with former U-Va. dean in defamation case – The Washington Post

0 Commentsby   |  04.11.17  |  Libel

In a lawsuit, Nicole Eramo said the magazine ruined her reputation with a story about an alleged gang rape. More »

Toy giant Hasbro is trying to trademark the smell of Play-Doh

0 Commentsby   |  04.11.17  |  Copyright and Trademark

How much is a smell worth? A lot, it seems, to multinational toy company Hasbro. Last month, the group submitted an application to trademark the distinctive scent of Play-Doh in the US. The application to the US’s Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), covers all toy modelling compounds. More »

Andy Warhol Estate Sues over Image of Prince | Hollywood Reporter

0 Commentsby   |  04.08.17  |  Copyright and Trademark

The pop artist’s estate is suing in an effort to avoid being sued itself. More »

Hollywood’s Dirty Little Secret to Beat Defamation Lawsuits: Statute Designed for Underdogs

0 Commentsby   |  03.23.17  |  Libel

The entertainment industry just chalked up another victory armed with a potent legal tool: California’s SLAPP law. More »

Lawmakers seek to close ‘Boeing’ loophole in Texas public info law – Houston Chronicle

0 Commentsby   |  03.23.17  |  Open Government

Some state lawmakers are aiming to close an open records loophole in light of a 2015 Texas Supreme court ruling that allows governments to withhold records turned over to agencies by businesses who claim releasing the information would put them at a competitive disadvantage. More »

Is asking IRS agents to leak President Trump’s tax return a crime (and constitutionally unprotected)? – The Washington Post

0 Commentsby   |  03.23.17  |  Free Speech

It may well be constitutionally unprotected solicitation of crime, though the law in this area is vague. More »

Argument preview: Court to consider social media access for sex offenders – SCOTUSblog

0 Commentsby   |  03.23.17  |  Free Speech

In April 2010, Lester Packingham’s traffic ticket was dismissed, prompting him to take to Facebook to celebrate. He posted that “God is Good! How about I got so much favor they dismissed the ticket before court even started? No fine, no court costs, no nothing spent . . . Praise be to GOD, WOW! Than More »

Opinion | ‘Sex and the Constitution’: Sexual expression before the moralists invented obscenity

0 Commentsby   |  03.23.17  |  Obscenity and Pornography

“From the early 19th century to the present, moral and religious concerns over sexually-oriented expression have played a central role in legal and constitutional debates about freedom of speech in the United States.” More »

Magazine Must Face ‘Welfare Queen’ Libel Claims

0 Commentsby   |  03.22.17  |  Libel

The Texas Supreme Court rejected a Dallas magazine’s bid to dismiss a lengthy battle over defamation claims brought by a woman it referred to as a “welfare queen” in a 2013 article. More »

Kenneth Pybus's Comment Archive

  1. As noted in the post, it is advocacy, though that doesn’t make it propaganda. Regardless of the source, it includes several of the stronger arguments against proposed net neutrality regulation. One of the challenges in addressing the concept is the lack of bias-free coverage of the subject, even at