Industry observers like to speculate that teens and young adults don't care about privacy -- at least not to the same extent as older people. But a new report by the Pew Research Center adds to the growing body of research casting doubt on that theory. The report, released this week, shows that not only do teens try to limit who can see their posts and photos, but that 70% of them have asked for advice about how to do so.
Movie studios, major record labels and unions representing actors and directors are among a broad array of groups are siding with Viacom in its long-running feud with YouTube. "Online theft has already decimated the record business and threatens to seriously impact the production of audio-visual content as well," a coalition of unions, including the American Federation of Musicians, Directors Guild of America and Screen Actors Guild, argue in friend-of-the-court papers filed this month with the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals.
When Google first rolled out Gmail in 2004, the company's decision to monetize the service by serving targeted ads raised concerns of privacy watchdogs. The Electronic Privacy Information Center questioned Google's practice, as did a coalition of other organizations. At one point, a California lawmaker proposed legislation to ban email providers from scanning emails. The measure never gained any traction, and concerns about the privacy implications of serving ads based on keywords in messages largely faded. Until 2010. That's when Web user Keith Dunbar filed a potential class-action lawsuit alleging that Google violated the federal wiretap law by intercepting emails …
When former Cincinnati Bengals cheerleader Sarah Jones sued the gossip site TheDirty.com for defamation, legal experts anticipated that the court would quickly show Jones the door. U.S. District Court Judge William Bertelsman, however, has other ideas.
Time Warner's fee dispute with CBS isn't doing much for either of those companies' reputations. But the fight over the amount of money that CBS will charge Time Warner to retransmit programs -- which has resulted in CBS blackouts in New York, Los Angeles and Dallas -- could give Aereo a boost.
Now that a federal judge has ruled that Apple "changed the face of the e-book industry" by conspiring with publishers to raise the price of ebooks, the big question is what sanctions the company will face.