Archive for the 'First Amendment' Category

If I warn you I am a stalker does it make stalking you OK?

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

The intention behind the We Are Watching You Act of 2013 may be laudable, but the solution seems pretty narrow-minded. Fearing technology that would allow the entity transmitting video programs to your TV or computer screen to watch viewers’ reactions to what they are watching, the bill’s sponsors take the approach that you at least […]

Fuck the “F-Word”

Monday, June 25th, 2012

The Supreme Court’s ruling in FCC v. Fox Television Stations, Inc. fizzled rather than sizzled, as far as First Amendment issues are concerned. In essence, the Court did not bother to assess the First Amendment constitutionality of the FCC’s latest iteration of its indecency rules because, having determined that the FCC failed to give fair […]

Dirty Deals Abridge Freedom of Speech

Friday, December 31st, 2010

California ban of violent video games must go, headlines the piece by Activision Blizzard’s George Rose in the San Francisco Chronicle. While Rose is correct that California’s censorship law is unconstitutional and the Supreme Court should bury it so deep no other states keep trying to get away with such a travesty, one portion of […]

Strategic Plan to Combat IP Theft Falls Short

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010

This morning, the White House released the Administration’s First Joint Strategic Plan to Combat intellectual Property Theft by Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator, Victoria Espinel. It falls so far short of the mark that the best news of all is that it is called the “First” such Plan.
The “Second” Plan would do well to cover […]

Judy Krug - Thanks for the good work

Wednesday, April 15th, 2009

About 20 years ago, Judy Krug changed my attitude toward librarians. Raised in a childhood environment in which librarians were viewed as disciplinarians, my adult exposure to librarians as resourceful facilitators of my access to knowledge hardly shook that early childhood impression — until I met Judy.
I had been in the trenches of the defense […]

Law Journal Succumbs to Doublespeak on Intenet Deregulation v. Regulation

Friday, October 19th, 2007

The article by Shannon P. Duffy appeasing in’s
3rd Circuit Upholds FCC’s Deregulation of High-Speed Internet Access succumbs to the regulation/de-regulation doublespeak pressed by the Internet regulators. I would have hoped a law rag would have been sharp enough to avoid such gullibility.
This is not at all a ruling in favor of deregulation. To […]

Parents Need Relief from Parenting When it Comes to Video Games, says Parents Advocacy Group

Thursday, September 13th, 2007

My jaw dropped open when I read the press release of the Parents Television Council, PTC Applauds Gov. Schwarzenegger for Appealing Violent Video Game Ruling, in which the PTC President suggests, by implication, that parents need not be involved in their children’s decisions to purchase video games, so long as they are not rated M […]

Culver City Offers Free Wi-fi ‘EnterNot’ Access

Monday, August 28th, 2006

Culver City is offering public wi-fi access to the Internet with two big caveats: It’s not really the Internet, and to use it you agree to give up your civil rights.
That’s right. First, they offer Internet access, but you must agree to “limited” Internet access. And they don’t mean limited hours of the […]

Harvard study jettisons original ideas, favors booing those who have them

Monday, April 3rd, 2006

“81% of a random sample of Mature-rated video games included content that was not noted on the game box.” So declares the press release crowing about findings of a study led by Associate Professor Kimberly Thompson of the Kids Risk Project at Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH). ”Study Finds M-Rated Video Games Contain […]

Gamer parents want government off of their turf

Thursday, January 26th, 2006

For the last several years, state and federal government executives and lawmakers have assumed they can garner more votes by cow-towing to a few self-described “family” organizations and demanding direct or indirect censorship of movies, music and video games. At the federal level, the executive and legislative branches urged the FTC (Federal Trade Commission) […]