The Supreme Court ruling in TC Heartland v. Kraft brings an overdue relief from patent forum shopping practices. Patent litigation is now limited to the jurisdiction where a defendant corporation is incorporated instead of the old interpretation of “anywhere it does business.” Courts had been interpreting this language to allow any company with an internet bases presence to be haled into court in any jurisdiction with an internet connection. This had lead to rather blatant forum shopping by patent plaintiffs as reported by Yahoo Finance.
Reason reports on an Idaho law designed to suppress investigatory journalism of agricultural practices. The so called ag-gag law was pushed for by the Idaho Dairymen’s Association after an undercover expose showed abusive farm practices at farms in Idaho. In 2015, the U.S. District Court struck the law down as an unconstitutional violation of free-speech and equal protection in Animal Legal Defense Fund v. Wadsen. The appeal is currently in front of the Ninth Circuit and raises important questions of how to balance First Amendment rights with the property rights of private entities.
The Eleventh Circuit has ruled that copyright holders must have completed the application process and obtained former registration in order to sue in federal court. The Eleventh Circuit decision joins the Tenth Circuit previous ruling requiring the same registration requirements. Expect further litigation at the Supreme Court, as the Circuits are now split on this registration requirement. The opinion in Fourth Estate Public Benefit Corp. v. Wallstreet.com, et al. can be found here. Reuters
Despite initial resistance to universal adoption, law enforcement agencies are now looking at integrating facial recognition software into body cameras for law enforcement officers. Techdirt.com has a great op-ed on the horrifying privacy ramifications.
In other privacy news, Microsoft’s privacy policies in Windows 10 expose all sorts of confidential and private information you might think is safe on your computer. Slate and the Inquirer detail the (probably deliberately) vague policies of Microsoft. Slate also offers some valuable tips on enabling the correct settings to protect your information as much as possible.