Category Archives: Communications Law

Library Highlights: Law & Technology

I Know Who You Are and I Saw What You Did: Social Networks and the Death of Privacy
Lori Andrews
HM851 .A66 2011
From the Publisher: Social networks are the defining cultural movement of our time, empowering us in constantly evolving ways. We can all now be reporters, alerting the world to breaking news, participating in crowd-sourced scientific research, and helping the police solve crimes. Social networks have even helped to bring down governments, but they have also greatly accelerated the erosion of our personal privacy rights. As leading expert on social networks and privacy Lori Andrews shows through ground- breaking in-depth research and a host of stunning stories of abuses, as we work and chat and shop and date (and even sometimes have sex) over the Web, we are opening ourselves up to increasingly intrusive, relentless, and anonymous surveillance—by employers, schools, lawyers, the police, and aggressive data aggregator services that compile an astonishing amount of information about us and sell it to any and all takers. But the legal system cannot be counted on to protect us—in the thousands of cases brought to trial by those whose rights have been violated, judges have most often ruled against them. That is why in addition to providing the best expert advice about protecting ourselves, Andrews pro- poses that we must all become supporters of a Constitution for the Web, which she has drafted and introduces in this book. Now is the time to join her and take action—the very future of privacy is at stake.

Legal Aspects of Managing Technology
Lee B. Burgunder
KF1890.H53 B87 2011
From the Publisher: This book is designed for businesspersons working with technological innovations in any field, including business, management, computer science, engineering, architecture, biology, or law. It focuses on integral technology law topics with substantial attention paid to the wide range of controversial issues regarding intellectual property rights, and coverage of all other key topics such as e-commerce, privacy, antitrust, and biotechnology. Its goal is not to make readers legal experts; rather it is too allow managers to understand the fundamental legal issues pertinent to technology management so that they can competently create strategic plans in consultation with their attorneys.

That Used to Be Us: How America Fell Behind in the World It Invented and How We Can Come Back
Thomas L. Friedman and Michael Mandelbaum
BF408 .F747 2011
From the Publisher: In That Used to Be Us, Thomas L. Friedman, one of our most influential columnists, and Michael Mandelbaum, one of our leading foreign policy thinkers, offer both a wake-up call and a call to collective action. They analyze the four challenges we face—globalization, the revolution in in- formation technology, the nation’s chronic deficits, and our pattern of excessive energy consumption— and spell out what we need to do now to sustain the American dream and preserve American power in the world. They explain how the end of the Cold War blinded the nation to the need to address these issues seriously, and how China’s educational successes, industrial might, and technological prowess remind us of the ways in which “that used to be us.” They explain how the paralysis of our political sys- tem and the erosion of key American values have made it impossible for us to carry out the policies the country urgently needs.

The Real ID Act: Privacy and Government Surveillance
William Eyre
KF4791 .E97 2011
From the Publisher: Civil society in the United States in the 21st century has seen the abandonment of American concepts of individual freedom, privacy, expression and autonomy. Eyre ex- amines the Real ID Act in this context, as an example of laws passed since September 2001 restricting civil liberties. The Real ID Act facilitates the current and future surveillance regime. Real IDs and the database(s) to which they are linked represent a de facto national ID system facilitating monitoring citizens’ movements, speech and political activities when fully operational. The Real ID Act is examined as an unfunded mandate and vehicle for unconstitutional abridgement of First Amendment guarantees including political expression.

Computer Games and Virtual Worlds: a New Frontier in Intellectual Property Law
Ross A. Dannenberg … [et al.], editors.
KF3024.C6 C625 2010
From the Publisher: As the uses and ubiquity of video games and virtual worlds expand, the legal issues they raise grow more complex and commonplace. These issues include the traditional areas of intellectual property law, namely, copyright, trademark, patent and trade secrets, as affected by contractual issues arising from the end user licensing agreements (EULA) and terms of service (ToS) promulgated by each video game and virtual world proprietor. This book explores and discusses how to obtain these traditional rights in the non-traditional settings of video game and virtual world environments, and serves as a primer for legal practitioners researching these emerging legal issues. Each chapter addresses, in order, end user license agreements, copyrights, patents, trademarks, and trade secrets, as addressed by U.S. law. The book also includes a commentary on international legal issues stemming from the multi-national user-base and foreign operation of many virtual worlds.

Principles of Cybercrime
Jonathan Clough, Monash University, Victoria
K5215 .C58 2010
From the Publisher: We live in a digital age. The proliferation of digital technology, and the convergence of computing and communication devices, has transformed the way in which we socialize and do business. While overwhelmingly positive, there has also been a dark side to these developments. Proving the maxim that crime follows opportunity, virtually every advance has been accompanied by a corresponding niche to be exploited for criminal purposes; so-called ‘cybercrimes’. Whether it be fraud, child pornography, stalking, criminal copyright infringement or attacks on computers themselves, criminals will find ways to exploit new technology. The challenge for all countries is to ensure their criminal laws keep pace. The challenge is a global one, and much can be learned from the experience of other jurisdictions. Focusing on Australia, Canada, the UK and the US, this book provides a comprehensive analysis of the legal principles that apply to the prosecution of cybercrimes.

Embedded hyperlinks in jeopardy?

A case that may threaten the right of Web sites to link freely: BlockShopper, a small real estate company, is sued by Jones-Day, a legal firm, over a hyperlink to Jones-Day’s website. BlockShopper is then effectively bullied into settling over the Web links. Several online articles express thoughts on the Jones Day-BlockShopper Settlement, asking What Are the Lessons? What Can We Do Now?

And here is the Text of Jones- Day Agreement.

Law, Technology, & Communications — Recent Acquisitions

Black Finance: The Economics of Money Laundering
Donato Masciandaro, Elod Takats, Brigitte Unger
HV6768 .M265 2007
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Conflict Without Chaos: a Look Back at Conflict Intervention Initiatives during the Nation’s Early Civil Rights Era
Bob Greenwald KF9084 .G73 2008
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The Development of Intellectual Property Protection in the Arab World
Mohammed El Said; with a foreword by Peter Drahos
KMC370 .S25 2008
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Economic Analysis of Civil Law
Hans-Bernd Schafer, Claus Ott; translated from the German by Matthew Braham
K623 .S313 2004
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Intellectual Property in Government Contracts: Protecting and Enforcing IP at the State and Federal Level
James G. McEwen, David S. Bloch, Richard M. Gray
KF2979 .M345 2009
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Mastering Intellectual Property
George W. Kuney, Donna C. Looper
KF2979 .K86 2009  
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New Perspectives on Human Embryonic Stemcell Research: What you need to know about the Legal, Moral & Ethical issues
Dr. B.H. Frazier
KF3827.S7 F73 2009
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The Nexus of Law and Biology: New Ethical Challenges
edited by Barbara Ann Hocking
K328 .N494 2009
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Patents and Public Health: Legalising the Policy Thoughts in the Doha TRIPS Declaration of 14 November 2001
Andrew Law
K1519.D78 L38 2009
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Public Broadcasting and European Law: a Comparative Examination of Public Service Obligations in Six Member States
Irini Katsirea
KJE6995 .K38 2008
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Regulating Tobacco
edited by Robert L. Rabin & Stephen D. Sugarman
HD9136 .R43 2001
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The Scale and Impacts of Money Laundering
Brigitte Unger with a contribution of Elena Madalina Busuioc
HV6771.N4 U64 2007
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Speaking for the Dead: The Human Body in Biology and Medicine
D. Gareth Jones and Maja I. Whitaker
QM33.5 .J66 2009
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Global Legal Studies — Recent Acquisitions

EC Competition and Telecommunications Law
edited by Christian Koenig … [et al.].
KJE6964 .E25 2009
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Engaging With Foreign Law
Basil Markesinis in co-operation with Jorg Fedtke
K559 .M374 2009
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The Establishment of the Hariri Tribunal
edited by C. Tofan
KZ6304 .E88 2008
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EU Criminal Law
Valsamis Mitsilegas
KJE7975 .M58 2009
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European Employment Law: a Country by Country Guide
edited by Trowers and Hamlins
KJC2855 .E95 1995
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The European Union and China, 1949-2008: Basic Documents and Commentary
Francis Snyder
D1065.C5 S69 2009
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Foreign Relations Law: Cases and Materials
Curtis A. Bradley, Jack L.Goldsmith
KF4651 .B73 2009
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Gifts: a Study in Comparative Law
Richard Hyland
K898 .H95 2009
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A Guide to the Laws, Regulations, and Policies of the People’s Republic of China on Foreign Trade and Investment
James L. Kenworth
KNQ78.B87 K46 1989
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Housing Homeless Persons: Administrative Law and the Administrative Process
Ian Loveland
KD1179 .L68 1995
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Implementation Handbook for the Convention on the Rights of the Child
prepared for UNICEF by Rachel Hodgkin and Peter Newell
K639.A41989 H63 2007
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International Courts and Environmental Protection
Tim Stephens
K3585 .S74 2009
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International Environmental Law: Basic Instruments and References, 1992-1999
Edith Brown Weiss, Daniel Barstow Magraw, Paul C. Szasz
K3583 .W452 1999
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Jurisdiction of Specific International Tribunals
Chittharanjan F. Amerasinghe
KZ6265 .A44 2009
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The Law Market
Erin A. O’Hara and Larry E. Ribstein
KF8858 .R49 2009
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Mass-mediated Terrorism: The Central Role of the Media in Terrorism and Counterterrorism
Brigitte L. Nacos
PN4784.T45 N35 2002
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The Nexus of Law and Biology: New Ethical Challenges
edited by Barbara Ann Hocking
K328 .N494 2009
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Protecting Civilians: The Obligations of Peacekeepers
Siobhan Wills
KZ6515 .W55 2009
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Regimes Matrimoniaux, Successions et liberalites dans les relations internationales et internes
sous la direction de Michel Verwilghen; Union internationale du notariat latin, commission des affaires europeennes et de la Mediterranee
KJC979.M37 R44 2007
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Rethinking Europe’s Constitution
edited by Andreas Kinneging
KJE4445 .R47 2007
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Routledge Handbook of International Law
edited by David Armstrong; editorial board, Jutta Brunee … [et al.].
KZ1250 .R68 2009
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Standard Contract Terms in Europe: a Basis for and a Challenge to European Contract Law
edited by Hugh Collins
KJE1640 .S73 2008
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Status Quaestionis: Questionnaire on the Provision of Legal Interpreting and Translation in the EU
edited by Erik Hertog, Jan Van Gucht
KJE5306 .S73 2008
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Trade and Investment Rule-making: The Role of Regional and Bilateral Agreements
edited by Stephen Woolcock
HF1418.7 .T723 2006
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Should Obama give up his BlackBerry?

Cornell law professor Michael Dorf summarizes the major issues related to President-Elect Obama’s BlackBerry use, including security concerns and Presidential Records Act compliance: All the President’s IMs: Are Federal Record-keeping Laws Out of Step With Modern Communications?

Professor Dorf goes on to ponder the nature of electronic communication itself and the documents it produces. He argues that U.S. communications law has not kept pace with the reality of today’s forms of communication and that application of archaic laws to today’s and tomorrow’s forms of communication creates distortions.

Peter Scheer, a lawyer, journalist, and executive director of the California First Amendment Coalition argues that Obama should keep using his BlackBerry for non-sensitive communications and make those communications public: Obama should keep his BlackBerry.

Meanwhile, the makers of the BlackBerry are likely enjoying the debate, basking in the free publicity: BlackBerry, Obama’s Devotion Is Priceless.

Read the Presidential Records Act at the National Archives website.

Weigh in on the debate yourself by posting your own comments below. Provide links to other articles on the topic that you find interesting or compelling.