Archive | June, 2011

Is California’s “Amazon Tax” Constitutional?

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Thousands of Californians woke up with one less revenue stream this morning, as Amazon killed its affiliate program in the Golden State. The reason? An online sales tax signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown yesterday, which required Amazon to collect sales tax from its affiliates, even though Amazon itself is headquartered in Washington. Here’s…
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Class Action & Free Speech Dominate Supreme Court Term

After handing down a slew of opinions on Monday — including the long awaited violent video game ruling — the Supreme Court adjourned for the summer. While the Justices go off to lucrative speaking gigs and much-needed vacations, court watchers are trying to piece together The Big Takeaways from another eventful term. We’re no exception.…
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Piracy and Face Tattoos: The Landscape of Copyright Law

At first blush, the two copyright stories we covered last week could not be more different. One was a far-reaching statute called the Protect IP Act. Its aim is to curb online piracy. While Big Media is on-board with the law, Silicon Valley believes the measure would stifle innovation and abridge free speech. The other is…
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Episode 30: Piracy and Tattoos — the Ever-Changing Landscape of Copyright Law

This week on the Legally Easy Podcast, we’re taking a closer look at copyright through two very different lenses. One is the Protect IP Act, a behemoth of a law which could force search engines to censor their results. The other, of course, is Mike Tyson’s face. Both stories have the potential to affect copyright…
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Game On: Supreme Court Rejects Ban on Sale of Violent Video Games

The Supreme Court handed down another in a long procession of victories for First Amendment advocates today, invalidating a California law that forbade retailers from selling or renting violent video games to minors. The law also sought to impose a $1,000 fine on violators. If the majority’s decision boils down to one big take away,…
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