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Massachusetts Is Trying To Settle Its Issues With Uber With A 20 Cent Fee

Massachusetts is attempting to aid its taxi industry in the wake of the digital ride-hailing industry by taking from one to give to the other.


How Does Maritime Law Actually Work?

Video: A country’s territorial waters reach twelve miles off its coast, which means it can make up the rules there. Twelve miles beyond that is the contiguous zone where the country can only enforce laws regarding customs, taxation, immigration, and pollution. Up to 200 nautical miles off the coast is the exclusive economic zone (EEZ), which is sort of international waters but only that country has the rights to harvest the natural resources there. One country, three different levels of laws over the ocean.


'Batman' Arrested In Seattle After Throwing An Actual Batarang At Police

It doesn’t take a genius to realise that a lot of Batman’s cool weapons and gadgets would be failures in real life. Shark repellent would top the list of course, but the batarang wouldn’t be far behind. That didn’t stop a 23-year old gentleman in the US from recently trying.


This New Website Simplifies The Legal Boundaries Of 3D Printing

A new guide into 3D printing rights and responsibilities has been launched to explain what consumers need to know before printing in 3D, including the potential risks in creating and sharing 3D printable files, and what kinds of safeguards are in place.

The website “Everything you need to get started in 3D printing” was developed by staff at the University of Melbourne in response to the growing number of users keen to find, share, and create 3D printed goods online.


Airbnb Sues San Francisco Over Law It Helped Draft

Are you worried about the San Francisco housing crisis? The city’s new law has your back. Are you worried SF’s new law might hurt your Airbnb profits? Airbnb has your back. The rental company is suing its hometown for passing a law requiring renters to register with the city, though Airbnb helped draft that very law. Ah, how money changes people.


Should Cops Be Allowed To Call 911 From A Locked Phone To Track Someone Down?  

Here’s a conundrum recently faced by police in the US: A kidnapper forgets his phone at the scene of a crime. Police find it, use it to call 911 and gather information to track him down. Now his lawyer argues that all evidence should be tossed because calling 911 from an abandoned phone is illegal.


Pirate Bay Founder Will Sue The Recording Industry For A Change

Last week the Helsinki District Court decided that Peter Sunde, one of the co-founders of file-sharing portal The Pirate Bay, owes quite a bit of money to the music industry. Specifically, he owes a coalition of Sony Music Entertainment, EMI, Universal Music and Warner Music $US400,000 ($533,429), as reported by Torrent Freak. His response? No, screw you.


A Major Law Firm Will Soon Be Using A Robotic Lawyer

An “artificial-intelligence attorney” created using technology from IBM’s Watson has snagged its first customer, but that doesn’t mean it will be appearing in the courtroom any time soon.


Pirate Admits To Illegally Distributing $22 Million Of Android Apps

In 2012, the Department of Justice clamped down on Android app piracy and now convictions are being made — along with the announcement of some incredible figures.


Child Porn Is Being Hidden In Legal Porn Sites And It Could Land You In Trouble

Your favourite porn sites may not be quite what they appear. A report by the Internet Watch Foundation reveals that there’s been a rise in the practice of storing child abuse images within otherwise legal porn sites — and it warns that it could put regular porn viewers at risk of prosecution.


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