Sony, in its suit against PS3 hacker George Hotz, has won a number of subpoenas requiring Hotz’s ISP, Google, and YouTube to disclose (among other information) the IP addresses of visitors to his website and other accounts.
A father, wanting to highlight a heated exchange on race in one meeting of the Evanston-Skokie School District 65, posted the District’s recording of the meeting to YouTube. A district official, however, complained that it violated copyright, so YouTube removed the clip. The question remains to what extent, if any, state and local governments may enjoy copyright protection.
When a man pleaded guilty to bringing a 15-year-old girl across state lines to have sex, prosecutors sought to lengthen his sentence by arguing he used a “computer” (known to the defendant as his “cell phone”) to aid in commission of the crime. The 8th Circuit judge agreed that a cell phone fit the broad definition in federal law of a computer.
A Tucson man was arrested on charges of fraud and computer tampering for allegedly commandeering Comcast’s local feed of the Super Bowl and playing 37 seconds of pornography. Comcast quickly offered its customers a $10 credit for the incident, whether they were witness to it or not.