San Diego Comic Con Gets Gag Order On Salt Lake Comic Con | Techdirt

Last month, in covering some news about the case still going on, we added a long (longer than the post itself…) editor’s note about the truly weird situation in which SDCC had sent us a ridiculous subpoena demanding (among other things) any internal documents ever mentioning SDCC and implying that we had some sort of business relationship with the organizers of the SLC event (to be clear, we have zero relationship with anyone involved in either event — we just found a story written about the case and used that as the basis for our posts on the topic). We pushed back on SDCC and noted that it really appeared that their fishing expedition was an attempt to intimidate the press from reporting on this case. It was… really strange.And now, with SDCC happening right now, the Hollywood Reporter has the latest on the case, in which SDCC has filed for one of the strangest legal gag orders I’ve seen in a while. I mean, I’ve seen these kinds of gag order requests filed by pro se plaintiffs, but rarely by competent lawyers working at giant famous law firms.

Source: San Diego Comic Con Gets Gag Order On Salt Lake Comic Con | Techdirt

Defense Department Oversight Finds More Evidence Of Retaliation Against Whistleblowers | Techdirt

The heavily redacted report, which MuckRock requested following on an announcement in the January newsletter of the Department of Defense Inspector General, found that the supervisor accused the whistleblower of being a mentally unstable drug abuser in addition to revoking his security clearance for the offense of reporting that colleagues were allowed to leave work hours early and lie on their time cards.

Source: Defense Department Oversight Finds More Evidence Of Retaliation Against Whistleblowers | Techdirt

Facebook Is Collaborating With the Israeli Government to Determine What Should Be Censored


Those who want Silicon Valley tech giants to be arbiters of political speech are playing with fire.

Source: Facebook Is Collaborating With the Israeli Government to Determine What Should Be Censored

Guy Who Passed Around Image Of Turkish President As Gollum Given Suspended Sentence, Loses Custody Of His Kids | Techdirt


Remember this image?That’s the meme that was (and still is) passed around on social media (rather gently) mocking Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for looking kinda like Gollum from the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Or, not even Gollum, but his nicer alter ego, Smeagol. Last we wrote about this, a Turkish court was assembling an expert panel to determine if that image is insulting to Erdogan. Since then, of course, we’ve learned just how insanely thin-skinned Erdogan is, having filed an average of over 100 actions against people for insulting him per month (how does he get any actual work done?).

Source: Guy Who Passed Around Image Of Turkish President As Gollum Given Suspended Sentence, Loses Custody Of His Kids | Techdirt

Shock: Copyright ‘Bullies’ Can Be Negotiated With – TorrentFreak


Copyright holders are often accused of making YouTube users’ lives a misery, with their nonsense claims over supposedly infringing content. But while it’s easy to feel victimized by these powerful groups, sometimes the most ridiculous claims are easily ironed out.

Source: Shock: Copyright ‘Bullies’ Can Be Negotiated With – TorrentFreak

Citigroup trademarks “THANKYOU” and sues AT&T for thanking clients | Ars Technica


Not to be outdone by Citigroup, AT&T has applied to trademark “AT&T THANKS.”

Source: Citigroup trademarks “THANKYOU” and sues AT&T for thanking clients | Ars Technica

AMC threatens spoiler site over what Walking Dead comics already say | Ars Technica


EFF: “Copyright probably doesn’t cover revealing a single fictional detail.”

Source: AMC threatens spoiler site over what Walking Dead comics already say | Ars Technica

HBO Censors Game of Thrones Spoilers With Dubious Copyright Claims – TorrentFreak

HBO is not only taking action against people who download pirated copies of Game of Thrones, the company is also targeting those who predict what’s going to happen in future episodes. YouTube user Frikidoctor has had several videos taken down due to copyright complaints, including one where no infringing video or sound was used.

Source: HBO Censors Game of Thrones Spoilers With Dubious Copyright Claims – TorrentFreak

Rightscorp Plans to Hijack Pirates’ Browsers Until a Fine is Paid – TorrentFreak


Anti-piracy outfit Rightscorp says that it’s working on a new method to extract cash settlements from suspected Internet pirates. The company says new technology will lock users’ browsers and prevent Internet access until they pay a fine. To encourage ISPs to play along, Rightscorp says the system could help to limit their copyright liability.

Source: Rightscorp Plans to Hijack Pirates’ Browsers Until a Fine is Paid – TorrentFreak

There are laws making it illegal to collect data on open land | Ars Technica

Wyoming law—which forbids testing water quality, taking photos—is being challenged.

Source: There are laws making it illegal to collect data on open land | Ars Technica