“The City Council of Warren, a suburb of Detroit, is debating an ordinance that would ban the assembly, storage and use of — flamethrowers?” writes CNN’s Chandler Friedman.
Resident Chris Byars figured people had seen flamethrowers in movies and video games, and maybe they’d want one of their own. So he designed a commercially available flamethrower for public purchase, and raised nearly four times his goal on a crowdfunding site.
Today’s Question: Does the Second Amendment guarantee a right to own flamethrowers?
“In the wake of a high-profile, ugly leak with devastating consequences for its users, Ashley Madison is sending DMCA notices left and right, playing copyright whack-a-mole with every new upload or posting of the hacked data,” writes Motherboard’s Sarah Jeong. “The information dump hasn’t been driven offline—just made a little more difficult to find—but are these DMCA requests valid? The answer is likely not, and Ashley Madison may even be perjuring itself with each request.”
The Ashley Madison leak is very scary. The use of this information is morally fraught, and it has the potential to ruin people’s lives. But copyright law is an inappropriate way to deal with ingrained social antipathy to perceived sexual deviance, or with Ashley Madison’s negligent security practices, or with the company’s failure to actually delete information after taking money to delete it.
Yesterday we wrote about how a DMCA request from Ashley Madison took down a tweet from Motherboard contributor Joseph Cox. The tweet had embedded a screenshot of two cells from a spreadsheet.
Today’s Question: Does Ashley Madison have a legitimate copyright claim on client’s leaked data?
As part of the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act expected later this year, Congress should require universities with endowments in excess of $100 million to spend at least 8 percent of the endowment each year. Read more →
Something strange is happening at America’s colleges and universities. A movement is arising, undirected and driven largely by students, to scrub campuses clean of words, ideas, and subjects that might cause discomfort or give offense. Read more →
“Minnesota’s lobbying disclosure laws have earned a middle-of-the pack grade of “C” from a national, nonprofit government watchdog group,” writes MPR News reporter Tim Pugmire. The Sunlight Foundation, based in Washington, D.C., released an update today of its state lobbying disclosure report card. The group evaluates the disclosure of lobbyist activity and compensation, expenditure transparency, Read more →
A new report on ‘Teens, Technology and Friendships’ from the Pew Foundation puts an unusually positive spotlight on the online lives of teenagers as they build friendships and connections in a digital world. Read more →
For the first time in this campaign, we’ll see all the candidates debate serious issues, likely answering questions about national security, the economy, foreign policy — even the Planned Parenthood controversy that’s been in the news. Read more →