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CLIP-ings: October 18, 2013

Internet Governance
California Vetoes Email Privacy Bill: Citing that it would slow criminal investigations and impose burdensome notice requirements on authorities, California Governor Jerry Brown vetoed a bill that required a warrant for all email and stored communication searches.
Brazil Announces Anti-NSA Email Launch: Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff announced via Twitter that her government will deploy a national email service specifically designed to protect official correspondence from cyber-spies.


Snapchats - Not Just For Screenshots: Snapchat, which allows users to send images coined ‘snaps’ that self-destruct in under 10 seconds, disclosed that it has relinquished to law enforcement agencies approximately a dozen unopened ‘snaps’ still on its server.
Red Light for Florida Man: Police in Sanford, Florida are using special license plate-reading cameras to name and shame men whose cars have been photographed loitering in red light districts with (alleged) intent to solicit a prostitute.

Information Security & Cyberthreats

Shiver Me Timbers! Researchers demonstrated that the transceiver system depended on by over 400,000 ships for activities such as ship-to-ship communication can easily be hacked and manipulated by pirates and landlubbers alike.

Intellectual Property

Happy Birthday To…[Deleted]: YouTube’s anti-copyright infringement bot suddenly shut down a livestream of CitizenCon 2013 when the crowd began singing “Happy Birthday.”
Mine All Mine: Van Halen is suing its drummer’s ex-wife, Kelly Van Halen, for trademark infringement over her eponymous construction and interior design company.

Free Expression & Censorship

Spoilers Unspoiled: For those three seasons behind in Breaking Bad, Google Chrome has released an extension that filters out all online mentions of specified TV shows.

Practice Note

Revised TCPA Rules Go Into Effect: FCC revisions to the Telephone Consumer Privacy Act (TCPA) rules go into effect this week, requiring businesses to obtain “express written consent” prior to advertising through autodialed or prerecorded phone calls or text messages.

On the Lighter Side

Tips For Setting Up Your New Smartphone: Because honestly, when was the last time you used the “Stocks” app?


Editorial Fellows: Victoria Geronimo, Adiella Stadler

Dean's Fellow: Daniela Alvarado