Celebrity Nude 'Art' Exposes the Limits of the Law (Guest Column) // Hollywood, Esq.

I know we’ve moved quickly from one topic of abuse to another this week, but I thought I’d offer a link to this clear and precise (if not extremely timely) rundown of the case law that lies behind the limited legal options for people whose private digital information is hacked and distributed online.

If I was teaching media law this semester, this is the article I’d share with my students, along with Woody Hartzog’s op-ed of a similar ilk at CNN, explaining why “if you want it private, don’t put it in the cloud” is faulty thinking from a normative and legal standpoint.

The bottom line is that there are important lessons in the latest celebrity photo about how much the law struggles to keep up with changes in technology and society, but we don’t need to rely on the law alone to ensure that the Internet is a safe and useable space for everybody.

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"Dear President Ford,
I think you are half Right and half wrong.”
Letter to President Gerald Ford from Anthony Ferreira a Third Grader at Henry B. Milnes School

On September 8, 1974, President Gerald Ford stunned the nation by announcing “a full, free, and absolute pardon” for former President Richard Nixon.
This letter, from third grader Anthony Ferreira, encapsulated the country’s deep division over Ford’s controversial decision, stating simply:  ”I think you are half Right and half wrong.”

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"Dear President Ford,

I think you are half Right and half wrong.”

Letter to President Gerald Ford from Anthony Ferreira a Third Grader at Henry B. Milnes School

On September 8, 1974, President Gerald Ford stunned the nation by announcing “a full, free, and absolute pardon” for former President Richard Nixon.

This letter, from third grader Anthony Ferreira, encapsulated the country’s deep division over Ford’s controversial decision, stating simply:  ”I think you are half Right and half wrong.”

Return to the Snapshots of the Apes // Copyhype

Not so fast to the “hey the copyright office said you can’t copyright that monkey selfie,” bandwagon, everybody.

Here’s a lucid and contrary analysis, with an interesting reflection on how we value creativity now, to boot.

CityLab/The Atlantic | A History of Police Uniforms—and Why They Matter

The Upshot/New York Times | Not Just Ferguson: National Guard Has a Long History With Civil Unrest

Just a couple of interesting pieces of historical context for the ongoing civil unrest in Ferguson, Mo. and the role of law enforcement in such situations.

I’m writing on deadline this week, so unfortunately I can’t really take the time to offer any additional thoughts, but I think it’s important that we get as much historical context on this complicated and frustrating situation as possible.

(Photo of an accused anarchist being searched by police from the Library of Congress)

(Source: loc.gov)

The creator of Godwin’s Law on the inevitability of online Nazi analogies and the ‘right to be forgotten’ // Washington Post

A Q&A with Mike Godwin on scrubbing the Internet of people’s bad behavior.

"What you see underlying the "right to be forgotten" is the idea that somehow there’s a sense of yourself out in the world that you can draw boundaries around. That, I think, is fantasy. I sympathize with the fantasy. I think it’s a natural human impulse. But the fact is that we’re connected in ways that require us to think profoundly about how we present ourselves. And we’re never going to achieve the kind of control over that that one might want in an ideal world."

Some would argue that this is exactly the way it should work, and that authors who aren’t able to prove their claims should be prepared to pay the price. But the U.S. Supreme Court in Sullivan feared that legitimate stories would go unreported if that price was a crippling damage award. The jury’s verdict may seem like a vindication to Ventura, but it reminds those who write about public figures, especially in the freewheeling world of the blogosphere, that they do so at their own risk. It’s a sobering way to mark the 50th anniversary of New York Times v. Sullivan.

Jane Kirtley, on the jury verdict that awarded Jesse Ventura, “professional gadfly and raconteur,” a total of $1.8 million in his lawsuit against Navy SEAL and “American Sniper” Chris Kyle.

Kyle wrote in his book that after hearing a celebrity former SEAL he dubbed “Scruff Face” badmouth the war in Iraq and his fellow soldiers, he knocked the guy out in a bar fight. Kyle later identified “Scruff Face” as Ventura, and Ventura sued saying the book and Kyle’s comments were a lie, defamed him, and that Kyle was unjustly enriched as a result.

An appeal in the suit is likely.

When Comcast decided to get bigger, … we all had to ask ourselves, Are we big enough? We all have to think about getting bigger.

Net Neutrality for American Democracy

The FCC extended its deadline for filing public comments on Net Neutrality to Friday from today, after reports emerged that the website wasn’t handling the tens of thousands of submissions well.

Here’s what I submitted a little while ago:

Due to the Internet’s crucial role in the commerce, communication, and civic engagement of every single American (not to mention every single person in the world), I strongly urge the Commission to classify Internet Service Providers as Title II common carriers, reject any form of a “fast lane” for Internet communication, and apply these rules to all means of accessing the Internet available today and those yet to be created.

You should weigh in too.

*You might’ve noticed I haven’t posted in awhile! I’ve been busy. After spending a year teaching at Simpson College, I took a job at Quinnipiac University. Then some stuff happened. Anyway, I’m going to try and post a little more regularly again.

Freedom of the Press and Criminal Solicitation // Huffington Post

I’ve not seen a more incisive explanation of the legal issues arising out of the Department of Justice’s investigation of reporter James Rosen. Geoffrey Stone’s is a must-read for the basics.

Principal Park, Des Moines Iowa, courtesy of Google Maps.

Principal Park, Des Moines Iowa, courtesy of Google Maps.

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