The Law in GIFs: Writ's Not You, Writ's Me

The government and Apple fight over an iPhone, the Librarian of Congress gives a thumbs up to security research, and the Senate does a CISA all over itself.

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Oct 30 2015, 9:21pm

Every week there's a veritable plague of new lawsuits, hearings, appeals, and Congressional bills. How is anyone supposed to keep up with what's happening in cyberlaw? With a GIF summary of course.

Writs Not You, Writs Me

The government went to court on Monday and argued that because Apple's EULA says it licenses iOS to the user, the company can be compelled under the All Writs Act to bypass a lock screen on a suspect's phone for the police? The magistrate judge in this case was pretty confused by this as well: "This thing about the End User License Agreement struck me as a total red herring. I don't get it at all."

Jewel v. NSA: still a thing

There was another hearing in one of the EFF's lawsuits against the NSA. Something something something lack of sufficient evidence to prove standing as a factual matter. Who knew a dark Orwellian panopticon of government surveillance could be so boring?

More like, DMCA DROOLmaking

Every three years a whole passel of pro bono lawyers throws mountains of paper at the Librarian of Congress and the Copyright Office, begging them to officially exempt security research from being copyright infringement.

I don't really have a good joke about this, so here's a gif of Andy Greenberg getting a DMCA takedown notice for his car hacking coverage.

Snapchat changes TOS

Another day, another Terms of Service tweak, another insertion of unintentionally (?) ominous language.

Senate passes CISA

British cops seize journalist's laptop

James Woods won't get subpoena to unmask moderately impolite Twitter rando

Some guy called him a cocaine addict on Twitter and he sued the rude dude for $10 million. The court won't allow him to subpoena Twitter to unmask the guy, not until the court assesses "the likelihood of prevailing," which is legal jargon for, "one sec, I'm checking to see if your lawsuit is not entirely full of shit."