CloudFlare’s Desperate New Strategy to Protect Pirate Sites

Cross-posted from the Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property (CPIP) blog. CloudFlare has earned a somewhat dubious reputation in the online world. Website owners can set up CloudFlare in just a few minutes, gaining the performance, security, and privacy benefits the service provides. Traffic routed through CloudFlare’s global content delivery network is cached for […]

Changes to Patent Venue Rules Risk Collateral Damage to Innovators

Cross-posted from the Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property (CPIP) Blog. Advocates for changing the patent venue rules, which dictate where patent owners can sue alleged infringers, have been arguing that their remedy will cure the supposed disease of abusive “trolls” filing suit after suit in the Eastern District of Texas. This is certainly […]

Attacking the Notice-and-Staydown Straw Man

Cross-posted from the Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property (CPIP) Blog. Ever since the U.S. Copyright Office announced its study of the DMCA last December, the notice-and-staydown issue has become a particularly hot topic. Critics of notice-and-staydown have turned up the volume, repeating the same vague assertions about freedom, censorship, innovation, and creativity that […]

Copying Deprives the Owner of Property

This past Tuesday, the Second Circuit held that the government’s indefinite retention of computer files copied pursuant to a warrant became an unreasonable seizure under the Fourth Amendment at some point.1 In the case, three hard drives belonging to the defendant had been copied by the government for later offsite inspection, and it took the […]