October 8, 2010

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Friday, October 08, 2010

The head of the BBC, warrantless GPS tracking and copyright in the fashion industry

Is Warrantless GPS Tracking Legal?

If the police want to search your house, they need a warrant. If they want to follow you around in an unmarked car, they don't. But what about GPS technology? It's highly accurate, virtually effortless and law enforcement are using it like never before. But the courts are divided on the legality of GPS and the issue seems destined for the Supreme Court. Law professor Orin Kerr explains.

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Internet Eyes, Fighting Crime from Home

Internet Eyes, which launched this week, enables Britons to fight crime for cash rewards by watching live streamed CCTV footage from shops and businesses on their own computers. While civil libertarians see this as further evidence of Britain's 'Big Brother' surveillance society, founder Tony Morgan says Internet Eyes ...

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The Cable News Wars

Thirty years after CNN was created, the format of 24-hour cable news network is alive and well. But CNN has publicly struggled with how to define itself as viewers have steadily migrated to the partisan programming of Fox News and MSNBC. Gabriel Sherman, contributing editor of New York Magazine, explains ...

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The Beeb

Director General of the BBC, Mark Thompson, talks about the future of funding, so-called "BBC English" and the perception that the network plays favorites in its coverage of the Middle East.

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A Copyright Law for Fashionistas

The fashion industry in the United States operates without copyright protection. Which means that although designers own trademarks on their logos, there’s no law that prohibits copying the cut of a garment. Fashion law expert Susan Scafidi talks about a new bill, the Innovative Design Protection and Piracy Prevention Act, ...

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Take my Joke, Please

The writers of Saturday Night Live were accused of joke plagiarism last month by sketch comedy writer Tim Heidecker. Whether or not Heidecker’s right, he can’t sue: like fashion, comedy is a world where copyright law barely applies. Comedians don't copyright their jokes; instead, they rely on an informal system ...

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