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.