CLIP-ings: November 22, 2013
Battling Kiddie Porn: Google identified 13,000 search terms commonly associated with child pornography that will prompt a warning message explaining the consequences of viewing child pornography and how to get help.
Cellphone Unlocking On Lockdown: A reporter scouring a draft of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Treaty, released in last week’s Wikileaks dump, discovered that the U.S. proposed a mechanism to ban cellphone unlocking – a curious proposal considering the Obama administration has publicly stated it believes cellphone unlocking should be legal.
Trackers, Tracked: Boston may be installing GPS devices on police cruisers to improve dispatch response times, and some officers are not happy about it.
The Way The Cookie Crumbles: Google will pay $17 million – but will not have to admit to wrongdoing – in a settlement of claims relating to its bypassing of Apple Safari’s default privacy setting, which blocks third-party cookies from being installed on users’ computers.
SCOTUS Declines NSA Challenge: This week, the Supreme Court declined to hear EPIC’s challenge seeking to end the NSA telephone metadata spying program.Information Security & Cyberthreats
Rethink That Dinner And A Movie: Microsoft’s Silverlight, an application used by over 40 million Netflix users, has a vulnerability that could be exploited to push malware onto the user’s computer.Intellectual Property
A Monster Infringement—Not So Dope: In a copyright infringement claim against Monster Energy for its unauthorized use of Beastie Boys songs remixed by DJ Z-Trip, the judge ruled that DJ Z-Trip’s use of the word “Dope!” was not an acceptance of a contractual offer granting Monster Energy permission to publish the remix.
Warner Brothers Takedown: The cyberlocker Hotfile countersued Warner Brothers for filing fake takedowns by exploiting a takedown tool on the Hotfile website to remove content that was non-infringing and that was not copyrighted by WB.
Sticks And Stones: The Internet retailer KlearGear charged a customer $3,500 for posting a negative online review of the company, justifying the charge based upon a non-disparagement clause in the terms of service.
LOLCats: I can haz Spanish lessons?
Editorial Fellows: Victoria Geronimo, Adiella Stadler