Federal judge rules against city law requiring ‘no abortion’ disclaimers in pregnancy centers – Baltimore Sun

0 Commentsby   |  01.19.18  |  Free Speech

Baltimore officials cannot use a 2009 law to force a Christian pregnancy clinic to post a disclaimer stating that it refuses to provide abortions, a federal judge ruled this week. More »

Where Are the Supreme Court’s Opinions? – Volokh Conspiracy : Reason.com

0 Commentsby   |  01.19.18  |  Supreme Court

Some Supreme Court watchers were hoping the justices might return from their winter break with a few opinions in decided cases. No such luck. This morning, when the Court convened for argument, it released orders from last week’s conference, but no new opinions.Thus far this term, the Supreme Court has issued only one opinion in an argued case, a brief unanimous opinion by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in Hamer v. Neighborhood Housing Services of Chicago. While we don’t ususally see a ton of opinions in the first half of a term, this is the slowest rate in a long, long time. According to data compiled by More »

Impersonating on social media would be crime under bill

0 Commentsby   |  01.16.18  |  Free Speech

Impersonating someone on social media would be made a crime under a bill up for a vote in the Wisconsin Assembly. More »

Federal judge rules against city law requiring ‘no abortion’ disclaimers in pregnancy centers – Baltimore Sun

0 Commentsby   |  01.07.18  |  Free Speech

Federal judge rules against city law requiring ‘no abortion’ disclaimers in pregnancy centers More »

Dr. Seuss and Star Trek at Odds over Copyright and Trademark

0 Commentsby   |  01.06.18  |  Copyright and Trademark

“Oh the Places You’ll Boldly Go” combines Star Trek elements and Dr. Seuss’s copyright, exploring the fair use frontier. More »

3-D Printed Guns May Be Headed to the Supreme Court: An Update – Lawfare

0 Commentsby   |  01.06.18  |  Free Speech

The Supreme Court is considering a cert petition on the constitutional implications of 3-D printed guns. More »

Top-selling German newspaper says new online hate speech law must be scrapped

0 Commentsby   |  01.04.18  |  Europe, Free Speech, Internet speech

BERLIN (Reuters) – A new law meant to curtail hate speech on social media in Germany is stifling free speech and making martyrs out of anti-immigrant politicians whose posts are deleted, the top-selling Bild newspaper said on Thursday. More »

Spotify files to go public as it faces a $1.6-billion copyright infringement suit – LA Times

0 Commentsby   |  01.03.18  |  Copyright and Trademark

Spotify has confidentially filed paperwork for an initial public offering, a person familiar with the matter said. Meanwhile, Wixen is suing Spotify for at least $1.6 billion, alleging that the digital music streaming service violated the L.A.-area music publisher’s copyright on over 10,000 songs.

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FCC Fines Sinclair Broadcast Group $13.4 Million for Sponsor Violation – Variety

0 Commentsby   |  12.21.17  |  FCC

The FCC is slapping Sinclair Broadcast Group with a $13.4 million fine for running news stories on a cancer foundation but failing to disclose that the foundation was paying for them to air. More »

D.C. Allowed to Exclude Religious Ads from Buses – Volokh Conspiracy : Reason.com

0 Commentsby   |  12.20.17  |  Free Speech

[1.] When the government opens up its own property to certain kinds of private speech or speakers, the law treats this program as a so-called “limited public forum,” or sometimes a “nonpublic forum.” One classic example is when a university provides funds to a wide range of student newspapers, see Rosenberger v. Rector (1995). Another is when a city sells advertising on city buses, see Lehman v. City of Shaker Heights (1974). In either a limited public forum or a nonpublic forum, the government may restrict the cont More »