NSA winds down once-secret phone-records collection program
The National Security Agency has begun winding down its collection and storage of American phone records after the Senate failed to agree on
Monsanto And Syngenta About To Receive Dozens Of Patents On Unpatentable...
Last month we wrote about the strange case of unpatentable plants becoming patentable in Europe thanks to a decision from the European Paten
UK Government Review Says Use Prizes, Not Patents, To Produce Much-Neede...
A couple of years ago we wrote about how the patent system creates perverse incentives for companies that make antibiotics to exploit them a
Court Reminds Police That Refusing A Search Isn't Inherently Suspicious ...
It really shouldn't take a judge's order to make this clear to law enforcement officers: a citizen invoking their rights isn't doing anythin
While Other Countries Debate Copyright Terms, Canada Just Takes Record L...
Pretty much since the dawn of copyright, there have been debates about what the proper length of copyright's term should be. Sometimes these
Copyright as censorship? Katz v. Chevaldina - The Washington Post
We might not often think of copyright law as a censorship tool, but a recent case from Florida, and a strange tale of copyright censorship i
New Hampshire Supreme Court Rules Voter Registration Poll Tax Is Unconst...
The voter registration form is likely to confuse voters and prevent them from registering, the court found.
How The First Church Of Cannabis Plans To Test Indiana’s New Religious F...
“We need a modern religion for a modern day.”
9th Circuit Judge Slams His Colleagues For First Amendment Failings In W...
We already wrote about the 9th Circuit's en banc ruling that effectively "dissolved" the 9th Circuit's earlier, horrible, ruling in support
AT&T Stops Pouting Over Net Neutrality, Backs Off Network Investment...
That broadband investment will suffer because of net neutrality has been the rallying cry of the broadband industry for much of the last yea
President Obama Rolls Back Some Police Militarization... Police Flip Out...
We've had a bunch of stories lately about the increase in militarized police and what a ridiculous and dangerous idea it is. As we've discus
Wyoming Makes Reporting Environmental Disasters Illegal | Techdirt
Techdirt has written several times about so-called "ag-gag" laws, which have the strange effect of making it illegal for members of the publ
John Deere Clarifies: It's Trying To Abuse Copyright Law To Stop You Fro...
Last month, there was a great Wired article by Kyle Wiens, highlighting how, as part of the DMCA 1201 triennial exemption process, John Deer
FBI Spied On Activists Because Protecting Corporate Interests Is Roughly...
That whole thing about the FBI not surveilling people based solely on First Amendment activity? The thing that's been in all the (FISA) pape
New York District Court Denies Immunity To NYPD Officers Who Arrested A ...
Some NYPD officers have continued to cling to the belief that citizens aren't allowed to film them, despite plenty of documentation otherwis
DOJ Redefines Separation Of Powers, Tells Court It Has No Power To Order...
The US government is comprised of three branches: legislative, judicial and executive. The branches are supposed to work to balance the gove
FBI Says It Has No Idea Why Law Enforcement Agencies Are Following The T...
The FBI doesn't want to talk about its Stingray devices. It definitely doesn't want local law enforcement agencies talking about them. It fo
US Officials Leak Info About ISIS Raid More Sensitive Than Anything Snow...
Over the weekend, the US government announced that special forces soldiers entered Syria to conduct a raid that killed an alleged leader of
Imagine If Everything Were Priced Like Cable Service | Techdirt
The cable and internet worlds are not exactly known for being all that innovative, but that's misleading. Those giant conglomerates can be r
Chief Justice Roberts Accidentally Reveals Everything That’s Wrong With ...
Chief Justice Roberts appears to believe that lawmakers should "follow the preferences" of their supporters and give "special consideration"