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18 Jan 2021

Why the Internet is Not Like a Railroad Internet

When one person transmits the speech of another, we have had three legal models which I would characterize as Magazine, Bookstore, and Railroad.

The Magazine model makes the transmitting party a publisher who is entirely responsible for whatever the material says. The publisher selects and reviews all the material it published. If users contribute content such as letters to the editor, the publisher reviews them and decides which to publish. The publishing process usually involves some kind of broadcast, so that many copies of the material go to different people.

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23 Oct 2020

The good old days in the cryptography wars Internet
The 20th century was the golden age of surveillance.

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01 Jul 2020

Is Booking.com a generic term? Internet
A fundamental rule of trademarks is that they have to be distinctive, and that nobody can register a trademark on a generic term like "wine" or "plastic." In a case
decided today by the U.S. Supreme Court, the court decided 8-1 that online travel agent Booking.com could register its domain name as a trademark. In this case, I think the majority got it wrong, and Justice Breyer's lone dissent is correct.

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17 Jun 2020

Once again, why Internet voting doesn't work Internet

An acqaintances said "We trust our electronic systems to transfer millions of dollars of value; I suspect we will eventually develop schemes we will trust to record and count votes."

This is, unfortunately, one of the chronic fallacies that make voting security experts tear their remaining hair out. The security models are completely different so what banks do is completely irrelevant to voting.

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15 May 2020

One last try to fix the Malwarebytes decision Internet
Back in 2017, Enigma Software sued competitor Malwarebytes claiming that Malwarebytes flagged Enigma's software as "Potentially Unwanted Programs" for anticomptitive reasons. (I gather Malwarebytes had good reasons to flag it but they're not relevant here.) The district court dismissed the suit on section 230 grounds that Malwarebytes found the Enigma software "otherwise objectionable" and the law gave Malwarebytes immunity from being sued.

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