In the second segment of the show today we will go over some recent cases and developing storeis.
(1) Ninth Circuit’s “Innocence of Muslims” Ruling Widely Condemned
See main post.
(2) Target Fallout Grows, AG Holder Calls for National Data Breach Law
United States Attorney General Eric Holder announced
Today, I’m calling on Congress to create a strong, national standard for quickly alerting consumers whose information may be compromised. This would empower the American people to protect themselves if they are at risk of identity theft. It would enable law enforcement to better investigate these crimes – and hold compromised entities accountable when they fail to keep sensitive information safe. And it would provide reasonable exemptions for harmless breaches, to avoid placing unnecessary burdens on businesses that do act responsibly
Holder’s announcement comes as Hold Security has announced they may have discovered the biggest data breach ever totaling 360 million account credentials with at least 105 million coming from one source.
(3) Study Finds 11% Think HTLM is an STD
The Los Angeles Times reports that a Vouchercloud.net Survey found that 11 percent of respondents thought HTML was a sexually transmitted disease. In addition:
- 77% of respondents could not identify what SEO means.
- 27% identified “gigabyte” as an insect commonly found in South America
- 42% said they believed a “motherboard” was “the deck of a cruise ship.”
- 23% thought an “MP3” was a “Star Wars” robot.
- 15% said they believed “software” is comfortable clothing.
- 12% said “USB” is the acronym for a European country.
(4) Crowdfunding Update
Kickstarter Reaches $1 Billion. The 5,708,578 people who have backed a Kickstarter project come from 224 countries and territories, and all seven continents. Yes – 11 from Antarctica.
While crowd funding plods through the regulatory process in Washington, several states have permitted crowd funding offerings including Maryland, Virginia and D.C, where they can participate in offerings such as boutique real estate offerings through Fundrise.com.
(5) Eric Goldman’s Wife Has Lung Cancer and She Never Smoked
See main post.
(6) The Law of War Crimes
Last week two past CLBR guests, Marc Randazza and Kevin White, took the law firm of Mayer Brown & Platt to task for filing the lawsuit to challenge the City of Glendale, California’s memorial to World War II Comfort Women. I agreed with them although since then a number of voices have stepped forward in defense of MB&P, with Jack Marshall explaining
plaintiffs should be able to press it with the best legal talent available, and be assured of their lawyers pushing as hard as they can, making every argument that they think might carry the day.
In an era when law firm’s pro bono participation is declining (I am assuming this is a pro bono matter, although it could easily be funded by some Japanese interests), to see a firm of MB&P’s stature using its resources to facilitate the white washing of war crimes is disheartening.
(7) Today in History
John Belushi died of an overdose 32-years ago today.
(8) Save the Date: IP and the Internet Conference (6/12/14)
This popular full-day conference returns with its traditional exploration of the nexus between IP law and technology.
Speakers will include author and vanguard practitioner Ian Ballon providing hot topics in internet law and Mary Dent, former GC of Silicon Valley Bank and co-founder of dcIQ, providing practical insights on the rapidly changing world of virtual currency.
Venue is the beautiful and conveniently located Luxe Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles.