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October 15th, 2020
Hosts Ibrahim Hinds ’23 and Kurt Fredrickson ’23 cover recent criminal charges against the founders of one of the world’s largest BitCoin exchanges, the House’s antitrust report on Facebook, Google, Apple, and Amazon, and the Supreme Court copyright case between Oracle and Google. [Ibrahim] You’re listening to the Berkeley Technology ...
October 6th, 2020
Hosts Matt Sardo ’23 and Meg Sullivan ‘ 23 follow up on last week’s coverage of TikTok’s request for an injunction to the ban of its app, and cover Epic Games’ lawsuit against Apple following the companies’ dispute over banning Fortnite from Apple’s App Store, the EU’s draft of antitrust ...
February 20th, 2017
"Keeping an Eye on Immunity": Fifth Circuit Rules Against Google in Vacating Prohibition on the Mississippi Attorney General's Enforcement of a Subpoena
By: Chante Westmoreland On May 18, 2016, Judges Stewart, King and Higginson of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals issued an opinion and order vacating an injunction that would have prevented the Mississippi Attorney General, Hood, from enforcing a subpoena against Google. The court’s opinion in Google, Inc. v. Hood ...
November 8th, 2015
By: Jaideep Reddy “These days a developer will do a Google search, find five open-source products that fit his[/her] need and the next thing you know one of them is in a product.” – Phil Robb. Because open source code presents such a valuable resource for programmers, for-profit companies regularly ...
April 5th, 2015
Commentators and historians have long recorded the regrettable moments of high-profiled individuals. However, it was not until recently that this kind of record was possible for the everyday person. Two attributes of Internet data made this possible: its permanence and its accessibility. In contrast with the limited distribution and narrow ...
May 5th, 2014
The Oracle v. Google case, currently on appeal before the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, will decide whether APIs (Application Programming Interfaces) are copyrightable subject matter under section 102(a) and 102(b) of the Copyright Act. But it is also about Harry Potter and a file cabinet – the ...
November 10th, 2013
The advent of mass digitization via Google Books has ignited a series of copyright-related actions filed by book publishers and authors. There are two issues: whether Google and the owners of affiliated digital libraries are entitled to a fair use defense for library use, including providing access to print-disabled individuals, ...
November 29th, 2011
Overview Google’s market dominance has attracted the attention of the press, competitors, and now the federal government. Recent articles, cases, and hearings seem to point toward an inevitable collision between the industry giant and the Sherman Act, the federal statute governing antitrust issues. Complaints from competitors have thus far yielded ...
July 3rd, 2011
In re Google Inc. Street View Electronic Communications Litigation: Radio Communications and Privacy by Convention
N.D. Cal.’s Chief Judge Ware has permitted the Wiretap Act claims against Google to go ahead in the consolidated litigation over the collection of Wi-Fi data by Google’s Street View vehicles. Google attempted to argue that it could not be held liable under the Wiretap Act because the collected data ...