January 20, 2012
The Chinese View of SOPA
The New Yorker has a story on the Chinese view of SOPA:
Commentator Shi Han wrote about trying to post a comment to Tencent, the giant Chinese portal. “I’ve written a short article about SOPA. But when I tried to put it up, Tencent replied with a message: ‘Your content has not passed review.’”
January 17, 2012
No blackout, but a teach-in in lieu thereof:
Some thoughtful comments on SOPA:
Mark Lemley, David Levine & David Post--Stanford Law Review Online--Don't Break the Internet.
Mozilla et al Letter on SOPA
Law Professors' Letter in Opposition to SOPA (I signed the letter)
TechDirt's Mike Masnick, Open Letter to Chris Dodd
Floyd Abrams' testimony in defense of the Protect IP Act
January 10, 2012
Should the United States Continue to Occupy Guantanamo?
.XXX Operator Earns Millions from Those Worried About .XXX Names
The BNA's Thomas O'Toole has an important post on the exploitation of companies and others worried about a ".XXX" version of their trademark. He notes that this group has paid about millions to register .XXX names to block others from exploiting them.
ICM Registry Inc., the registry operator for the .xxx top-level domain, announced Nov. 1 that it sold nearly 80,000 domain registrations in the just-concluded Sunrise A and Sunrise B registration periods.
These dollars represent an enormous tax on the trademark owner community with very little in the way of countervailing social benefit. It's true that nobody forced trademark owners to participate in the .xxx sunrise registration round. On the other hand, how many companies would risk tarnishment of their brand in .xxx if the cost of protection is a mere $299?
These registrations cost nearly $300 per domain, representing a massive expenditure of cash mostly by folks who want to be kept out of .xxx's adult content neighborhood.
Further demonstration of the poor choices made by ICANN.
January 02, 2012
Thank you, Gordon Hirabayashi
Gordon Hirabayashi, who, along with Fred Korematsu, Mitsuye Endo, and Min Yasui, challenged the unconstitutional and racist Internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II, has passed away, according to a reliable report.
Lorraine K. Bannai, Professor of Legal Skills, Director, Fred T. Korematsu Center for Law and Equality, and a member of the Korematsu coram nobis team, is helping to organize a conference in his honor: