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Permission Culture Kills Off A Bunch Of Fun MLB ‘Nickname Jerseys‘

With the direction of intellectual property rights in America generally being driven down a one-way street towards expansionism, the associated culture of permission has ridden sidecar. Unlike intellectual property rights, however, permission culture is bound not by statute and legal interpretation, but rather by the wider understanding of public opinion on those matters, which tend towards being flawed and uninformed. Still, permission culture

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Court Says Gov‘t Needs More Than The Assumption Someone Owns A Cellphone To Justify A Search

The DC Court of Appeals has shot some holes [PDF] in a favorite law enforcement assertion: that cellphones are automatically containers of criminal evidence just because suspected criminals -- like nearly everyone else in the nation -- have cellphones. A criminal case involving a suspected getaway driver for a year-old homicide somehow led to police seeking a warrant to seize and search all electronics found at the suspect‘s current reside

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YouTube Briefly Nukes Video Of Nazi Symbol Destruction For Violating Hate Speech Rules

Things have gone slightly crazy in the wake of the Charlottesville protests. What started as speech and ended in violence has prompted a number of reactions, many of them terrible. The president took three swings at addressing the situation: one bad, one a bit better, and one that erased the "better" statement completely when Trump decided to go off-script and engage in a bunch of whataboutism. Other reactions haven‘t been much better. A

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Funniest/Most Insightful Comments Of The Week At Techdirt

p> We‘re going to pull another switcheroo this week and present things out of order, so that it‘s easier to give our first-place insightful winner its proper context. Thus, we start with our first editor‘s choice for insightful - a comment from DannyB responding to the MPAA‘s latest anti-piracy messaging with an important point about convenience: Tech Dirt has pointed this out in the past. Pirated movie: Insert disk,

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This Week In Techdirt History: August 13th - 19th

Five Years Ago This week in 2012, while Amazon was realizing it had little choice but to get in on the patent portfolio buying game, Google was launching a prior art finder to help stop bad patents - though some worried it might be used by trolls to find targets. Meanwhile, Google also made the controversial decision to start filtering searches based on DMCA notices received by the site, but of course even this wasn‘t enough to satisfy t

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Welcome To The Technological Incarceration Project, Where Prison Walls Are Replaced By Sensors, Algorithms, And AI

At heart, a prison is a place where freedom is taken away, and inmates are constrained in what they can do. Does that mean a prison has to consist of a special building with bars and prison guards? How about turning the home of a convicted criminal into a kind of virtual prison, where they are limited in their actions? That‘s what Dan Hunter, dean of Swinburne University‘s Law School in Melbourne, suggests, reported here by Australia

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The Dangerous Rise Of Unproductive Entrepreneurship

For many years now, we‘ve talked about Andy Kessler‘s concept of political entrepreneurs vs. market entrepreneurs. In Kessler‘s telling, market entrepreneurs are the kind of entrepreneurs that people usually think about -- the ones creating startups and high growth companies and the like. While not everyone appreciates it, those entrepreneurs tend to provide a lot more to the world than they take away. They may get filthy rich

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