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The last thing the API economy needs is copyright friction @TechCrunch @hirimalibe

The Oracle versus Google verdict set a positive precedent for the future of the API economy, but will it last? What is at stake if the decision is reversed? While on the surface Oracle versus Google might seem like a battle for profit between two tech giants, the implications are much more significant. This is…

via The last thing the API economy needs is copyright friction — TechCrunch

Uber offers retirement plans to drivers as legal battle continues @TechCrunch @hirimalibe

Uber drivers are being given the opportunity to save for retirement. The ride-hailing company announced today that drivers in several cities will be offered retirement plans through Betterment, an automated investment service. The deal, which has been in the works since this spring, will be offered first to drivers in Seattle, Boston, Chicago, and New…

via Uber offers retirement plans to drivers as legal battle continues — TechCrunch

Legalist is making it easier for lawyers to find state court records — TechCrunch

Imagine a lawyer with a client who lives in one county and works in another. Or even a lawyer who litigates in multiple states. Both common occurrences, but situations that make it very hard to keep track of legal documents. Essentially, it should be easy to keep track of court records from multiple counties and…

via Legalist is making it easier for lawyers to find state court records — TechCrunch

A court ruled that it could be a federal crime to share your Netflix password — TechCrunch

Last week the U.S Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued an opinion that an employee acted “without authorization” when he used a old coworker’s login (with their permission) to gain access to “computer data owned by the former employer”. This led to the court upholding a decision that the employee violated the Computer Fraud and…

via A court ruled that it could be a federal crime to share your Netflix password — TechCrunch

ACLU challenges federal hacking law hampering research into online discrimination — TechCrunch

The ACLU has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Attorney General alleging that the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act is unconstitutional, and as a consequence is preventing critical research into discrimination online from being accomplished. Read More

via ACLU challenges federal hacking law hampering research into online discrimination — TechCrunch

Net neutrality withstands legal challenge — TechCrunch

Net neutrality won yet another legal victory today when a federal appeals court upheld Federal Communications Commission rules that prohibit data throttling online. But the fight for net neutrality isn’t over yet — representatives from service providers like AT&T have already suggested that they’ll appeal all the way to the Supreme Court. Net neutrality has pitted…

via Net neutrality withstands legal challenge — TechCrunch

US government wants to step into European Facebook privacy legal challenge — TechCrunch

European privacy campaigner Max Schrems’ legal challenge to Facebook has already been credited with the demise of a fifteen-year-old data transfer arrangement between the region and the US last year, causing huge uncertainty for transatlantic data flows after Safe Harbor was suddenly struck down. But Schrems’ legal powder is far from spent. Read More

via US government wants to step into European Facebook privacy legal challenge — TechCrunch

Bay Area Uber drivers in a worker misclassification lawsuit ask lead lawyer to step down — TechCrunch

A group of angry Uber drivers say they’ve been screwed over by their own lawyers in a worker misclassification lawsuit and are asking lead attorney representing the drivers in the case, ShannonLiss-Riordan, to step down. Uber drivers filed a class-action lawsuit claiming they have been misclassified as independent contractors and should be compensated by Uber…

via Bay Area Uber drivers in a worker misclassification lawsuit ask lead lawyer to step down — TechCrunch

Copyright questions remain after Google’s fair use victory — TechCrunch

If you didn’t already know the jury’s decision in Oracle’s long-running lawsuit against Google, you wouldn’t have been able to guess it from looking at either company’s legal team yesterday. Moments after the verdict was read, both sets of high-powered intellectual property lawyers huddled up and spoke softly, without any outward signs that Oracle had…

via Copyright questions remain after Google’s fair use victory — TechCrunch

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