US government and SCOTUS change cybercrime rules to let cops hack victims' computers

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The Supreme Court -- at the behest of the US government -- has announced changes to "Rule 41," a crucial procedure of the US court system, which will give law enforcement sweeping powers to hack into computers anywhere in the world, including victims' computers, with drastically reduced oversight. Read the rest

Inside a Supreme Court case on cheerleader uniforms, a profound question about copyright

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Copyright protects creative expression, but not utilitarian forms: that's why the silkscreened art on your t-shirt is copyrightable, but the t-shirt's design itself is not. Read the rest

Printer ink wars may make private property the exclusive domain of corporations

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Printer manufacturer Lexmark hates America, and everything good and right in the world, because we keep stubbornly insisting that if we buy a printer cartridge, we can refill it, because it's ours.

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Supreme Court sends Authors Guild packing, won't hear Google Books case

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The Authors Guild has been trying to get a court to shut down Google's book-scanning/book-search program for more than a decade. Read the rest

GOP's anti-abortion strategy could establish precedent for massive, corrupt regulation

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The US Republican Party welds together two separate and sometimes conflicting ideologies: dogwhistles to Christian conservatives on abortion, LGBTQ issues, etc; and a doctrinaire commitment to "free markets" and deregulation, often at the expense of the working class Christian conservatives whose votes are coaxed forth with the campaign dollars funded by the one percenter beneficiaries of the deregulation movement. Read the rest

Forced arbitration clauses are a form of wealth transfer to the rich

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A federal judge called America's move to forced arbitration and bans on class-action suits -- bans favored and enabled by Scalia -- "among the most profound shifts in our legal history." Read the rest

Publicity Rights could give celebrities a veto over creative works

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EFF, the Organization for Transformative Works, and the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund have filed a brief [PDF] in a Supreme Court case over "publicity rights" -- the right of famous people to veto the use of their names and likenesses in other works, like caricatures, documentaries, and biographies. Read the rest

What is marriage, anyway? Sesame Street's Grover and a cute child explain.

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Helpful definition for anyone confused by the Supreme Court ruling that legalized gay marriage in America.

'No Gays Allowed' in this East Tennessee hardware store

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That recent Supreme Court gay marriage decision done got someone's britches all up in a bunch.

Internet preacher: Because SCOTUS gay marriage ruling, Putin will destroy America for Jesus

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You heard it here first.

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Justice Antonin Scalia's intemperate dissenting opinion in the Supreme Court's landmark marriage equality case included some epic old dude grumpery, including the phrases "pure applesauce" and "jiggery-pokery." Read the rest

Summary of conservative responses to this week's Supreme Court rulings

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Nintendo's new Fire Emblem game will have same-sex marriage

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The times they are a-changing, even at the venerable Japanese video game publisher.

Sign outside a Dallas comic shop on the day the Supreme Court OK'd gay marriage

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We salute you, happy gay people of Red Pegasus Comics in Dallas, Texas.

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Guys. The White House changed its official social media icons to this.

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Kind of a crazy day, right? Read the rest

How the entire internet is reacting to SCOTUS gay marriage ruling (and it's beautiful)

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Because #lovewins. Read the rest

A celebratory SCOTUS NYAN-bow for marriage equality wheeee!

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