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It’s Spring in Texas which means one of two things – the bluebonnets are out and in odd years, our legislature is back at work. One makes me grateful to be in Texas and the other only meets every other year. Here are a few bills we are watching this session:
Service of Process Via Social Media- … Continue Reading
As expected, the FCC passed the net neutrality rules today. Other than spokesmen for the large telecoms (and perhaps some politicians who listen to that lobby), you don’t hear much reasoned opposition to net neutrality.
I have to admit that my views have been changing on the issue from a position of: (1) a solution in … Continue Reading
Everyone supports the prevention of sexual predators texting illicit material to people under 17. Everyone knows that revenge porn is a scourge on public decency. But, can the law do anything about it? Should it?
Texas Throws Out Law Banning Explicit Online Communications With Minors.
Yesterday, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals (our highest court that hears … Continue Reading
While the second special session is winding down (thank goodness), we will take a look at a couple more new laws impacting online media and technology in Texas. While most of the attention was on social media password protections, service via social media and online “compelled prostitution” legislation, two additional bills made it through to … Continue Reading
Sometimes, when you read the basics of a story, it sounds so incredulous, you think “surely, there has to be more to it.” Enter the story of 19-year-old Texan Justin Carter. The quick headlines usually read – Texas Teen Faces Eight Years for Facebook Comment.
Unfortunately for Justin, the post was about shooting up kindergartners. … Continue Reading
I have not posted in some time because I enjoyed some traveling with the family in Hungary. Some of my cousins – by marriage – are lawyers in Budapest. They mainly peppered me with questions about the NSA and our take on privacy. I can’t repeat the compelling soliloquy I made for all Americans after … Continue Reading
There are two bills (SB 568 and SB 501) working their way through the California Legislature that may require social media sites to erase the content of minors.
Oops . . . I shouldn’t have posted that.
California Senate Bill 568, which has already passed the Senate, would allow minors to request websites to remove that picture the … Continue Reading
Although the Governor called a special session extending the Texas Legislative session, the topics to be addressed are political ones and not the ones we have been tracking. We can therefore wrap-up our watch of the three bills we were monitoring.
First, bring out your dead!
HB 318/SB 118 social media passwords
A bill that would have prohibited … Continue Reading
Is liking something expressive activity protected by the First Amendment? Does being a Facebook “friend” create the appearance of impropriety requiring the judge to recuse himself from the case? Leave it to Facebook to make us answer these questions.
You don’t like me, you just want my coupon . . .
The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals is … Continue Reading
The general legal advice to website operators who allowed User Generated Content (UGC) in the form of comments, videos or pictures used to be relatively easy. The Digital Millennium Copyright Act protected you from copyright and Section 230 of the Communication Decency Act protected you from defamation and other liability. Recent developments are bringing a … Continue Reading