July 14, 2012 |
This post has been updated and corrected, as indicated below. The entertainment industry may not adapt swiftly to the technology people use to acquire and enjoy media, but its lawyers certainly do. It took the music industry a matter of weeks to sue Napster, the pioneering online file-sharing site. And since then, each successive iteration of mass-scale infringement has drawn lawsuits, from distributed file-sharing platforms such as Kazaa to newsgroup indexes such as Newzbin to Bit Torrent sites such as the Pirate Bay and to online locker services such as RapidShare . Federal enforcers are not so nimble, but they've been gradually expanding their efforts from direct infringers to enablers.
December 11, 2008
In keeping with Shakespeare's observation that "he that filches from me my good name ... makes me poor indeed," someone suing for libel ordinarily seeks financial compensation from the person or publication that injured his or her reputation. But archaic laws in several states also allow libel to be prosecuted as a criminal offense, and a Colorado man accused of defaming his ex-girlfriend online now faces the possibility of 18 months in prison. The prosecution of J.P.
April 13, 2006 |
Two days after a big immigration march in Phoenix, the Arizona Legislature on Wednesday approved legislation to make illegal immigrants subject to the state's criminal trespassing law. The Senate approved the bill on a 17-12 vote and the House followed with a 33-27 vote, with both Republican-led chambers voting nearly along party lines.
March 11, 2006 |
WHAT IF THE Supreme Court overrules Roe vs. Wade by allowing South Dakota's new abortion statute to pass constitutional review? Abortion, which has been governed in our time by constitutional law, again would be a matter of criminal law. The chief question would be: Who goes to prison?
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August 26, 2005 |
Abraham S. Goldstein, 80, a criminal law scholar who became the dean of Yale University's law school in 1970, died after a heart attack Saturday at his home in Woodbridge, Conn., Yale announced. "He had high standards and steered the school through very troubled times with success," said Bruce Ackerman, a Yale professor of law and political science.
November 26, 2004 |
Two awful things happened in Laramie, Wyo., six years ago. First, a young man -- a small, gay man -- was beaten beyond recognition and left tied to a fence. It was a foul murder. In its wake came a polite murder, sober in its execution: the slaying of justice. The bloody horror of the first assault blinded almost everyone to the sterile wrongfulness of the second.