Retailers and Cell Phone Tracking

Media Law Prof Blog

Reports are now surfacing that brick and mortar stores, like their web counterparts, use technology to track customers via their cell phones. Some, like Nordstroms, have now stopped after customer complaints. But others are continuing. More here from Bloomberg Businessweek

Cell Phone Bans Fail to Deliver Focus to Distracted Drivers

JetLawBlog

Aiming to reduce the number of automobile accidents, a handful of states have enacted handheld cell phone bans for all drivers. There are at least a couple of reasons why the study’s suggestions about the futility of cell phone bans may be flawed.

Racism and Cell Phone Jamming

The Legal Satyricon

CNN posted an article about cell phone jammers. Some guy uses one on public buses, when he thinks someone yapping on the cell phone is being rude. In short, his point seems to be that the annoying cell phone user is more likely to be [.]. This guy thinks there is a racial component to it. bigots

“Sir, please turn off your cell phone.”

The Legal Satyricon

“Sir, please turn off your cell phone” might finally be a thing of the past. You know why you should turn off your cell phone in flight? source). Because it sucks the battery life out of it as it looks for a tower for a couple of hours. Filed under: misc.

Crying Wolf: Is San Francisco’s New Cell Phone Law Based on Fear or Science?

JetLawBlog

Now, in San Francisco at least, there are also warnings on cell phones. The San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted ten to one yesterday in favor of a law that would require cell phone retailers to disclose the amount of radiation emitted by their cell phones.

Consumers and Their Cell Phones

Media Law Prof Blog

Some of these customers would like to "unlock" their phones and switch to another mobile phone provider The Obama Administration is taking up the cause of cellphone customers who want to keep their cellphones after their contracts have run out.

Get Out Those Cell Phones

Media Law Prof Blog

A New York Times editorial on the right of the citizenry to record the activities of its police officers

Lower Roaming Charges For EU Cell Phone Customers

Media Law Prof Blog

The EU is proposing new lower roaming charges for cell phones. More here in a Guardian story

Starz Tells Judge Not to Be First to Order Search of Employees' Personal Cell Phones

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

A fired employee swears that after an embarassing incident, Starz CEO Chris Albrecht instituted a policy directing senior executives to limit their use of traceable communications. read more. THR, Esq. Business Television Tech Business THR Online

Help in Haiti: Technological Exploitation of Social Networking Sites and Cell Phone Companies During a Time of Need

JetLawBlog

has a cell phone these days. The great thing about Facebook and cell phones is that messages can be quickly translated to a global audience. Tuesday, January 12, 2010 is a date that, literally, shook modern history.

CA Supreme Court: No warrant needed to search cell phone

Entertainment Law

The California Supreme Court ruled Monday that police can search the cell phone of a person who’s been arrested — including text messages — without obtaining a warrant, and use that data as evidence. Investigators later looked through Diaz’s phone and found text messages that implicated him in a drug deal. The court disagreed, comparing Diaz cell phone to personal effects like clothing, which can be searched by arresting officers.

Third Circuit Hears Cell Phone Records Privacy Case

Media Law Prof Blog

11 issue of the New York Times, an editorial on cell phones and the 4th Amendment, and more from the Philadelphia Inquirer on the case discussed (but not named, either in the article or the editorial). From the Feb. What's

Law Enforcement and Cell Phone Signal Jamming

Media Law Prof Blog

More law enforcement agencies want to jam cell phone signals in order to track down suspects or prevent crime. But use of such technology requires balancing of public safety against individual rights. Read more here in an MSNBC story and

Cell Phone Service Contract Fun

Media Law Prof Blog

An interesting post from Bob Sullivan of the Red Tape Chronicles regarding his attempt to cancel cellphone service with Sprint, and his subsequent communications with Sprint and the FCC when he discovered that his final month's service was not pro-rated

FBI prepares to defend 'Stingray' cell phone tracking | Politics and Law - CNET News

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

FBI prepares to defend 'Stingray' cell phone tracking | Politics and Law - CNET NewsThis is very troubling.

BART Under Fire For Cell Phone, Station Closing Decisions, FCC Launches Investigation

Media Law Prof Blog

Because Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) has restored cell phone service to commuter stations in the area, the ACLU now says it will probably not file a lawsuit over the agency's actions, and the Electronic Frontier Foundation is "likely" not

Ofcom Raps BBC Over Use Of Real Cell Phone Number In TV Show

Media Law Prof Blog

Ofcom has upheld a complaint from a businesswoman regarding the broadcasting of a real cell phone number on the drama"EastEnders." Lisa Edwards' real cell phone number appeared during an episode of the show; as a result she received numerous text

Florida High Court Rules That Police May Not Search Photos On Arrestee's Cell Phone Incident To Valid Arrest Without Reasonable Belief That Phone Contains Evidence of Crime

Media Law Prof Blog

The Florida Supreme Court has ruled that a police officer may not search the photographs on an arrestee''s cell phone at the time of a valid arrest without a reasonable belief that the cell phone contains evidence of a crime

Capturing, Recording, and Transmitting Digital Cell Phone Videos

Media Law Prof Blog

Seth F. Kreimer, University of Pennsylvania Law School, has published "Pervasive Image Capture and the First Amendment: Memory, Discourse, and the Right to Record," forthcoming in volume 159 of the University of Pennsylvania Law Review (2010). Here is the abstract

Teens sue prosecutor over racy cell-phone pics

Entertainment Law

The Associated Press is reporting that t hree Pennsylvania teenagers are suing a prosecutor who wants to charge them with child pornography over racy cell-phone pictures of themselves. The ACLU joined in the fight for the three girls suing Wyoming County District Attorney George Skumanick Jr. from filing charges. Two of the girls are 13-year-olds who were shown in their bras and say they were having innocent fun when a friend took their photo.

D.C. Magistrate Judge Asks EFF, Feds For Further Assistance With Technical Issues In Cell Phone Disclosure Case

Media Law Prof Blog

Magistrate Judge John Facciola has asked the Electronic Frontier Foundation to serve as amicus curiae in a case involving the federal government''s request for the disclosure of historic cell site location information (CLSI). The judge noted that nearly 90

It's Ten O'Clock. Does the FBI Know Where You (Or At Least Your Cell Phone) Are?

New Media and Technology Law

If the FBI wants to know where an individual is, and if the Department of Justice prevails in a case rescheduled for argument tomorrow in snowy Philadelphia, the FBI (or other law enforcement authorities) will be able to obtain that individual's cell site data from the individual's cellular carrier on a showing of "reasonable grounds" to believe that the data is "relevant and material to an ongoing investigation." The many millions of cell phone users in the U.S.

FCC Launches "Bill Shock" Initiative To Address Customer Amazement At Unexpectedly High Cell Phone Charges

Media Law Prof Blog

From the FCC: Today the FCC’s Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau (CGB) launched an initiative on “bill shock” – the experience of getting an unexpectedly high wireless phone bill. The Bureau is seeking input on ways to alert consumers about

New App Blocks Texting While Driving

JetLawBlog

Darcy Ahl, a Massachusetts mom, has developed a new software application for cell phones that will not allow for texting or phone calls while driving.

Two TV Journalists Fight Grand Jury Subpoena After Interviewing Suge Knight in Prison

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Nora Donaghy, one of the journalists working on a TV series that will include new information about Tupac Shakur's death, had her cell phone seized by police officers.

Monday Morning JetLawg

JetLawBlog

Undervalued by Americans, high-tech, ordinary cell phones may offer better deal to consumers than iPad. In the news… Rivalry between Adobe and Apple continues with launch of Apple’s iPad; cross developments between products might be affected.

Apple and Lawsuits – Like Peanut Butter and Jelly?

JetLawBlog

HTC is one of the leading producers of cell phones that run on Google’s Android software (a top competitor of the iPhone), and Apple claims that Android phones violate various iPhone patents. Nokia recently added to the ever-expanding list of lawsuits filed against Apple.

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ASCAP Argues Ringtones are Public Concerts, and Loses

JetLawBlog

Wired laughed that the “argument meant that millions of mobile phone users were copyright scofflaws anytime anyone called them.&#. Electronic Frontier Foundation: Court Rules that Phones Ringing in Public Don’t Infringe Copyright.

Send Naked Photos and You May be Committing A Felony

JetLawBlog

It is a felony for anyone under 18 to send or receive naked pictures on their cellular phones because it’s considered child pornography. In order to calm themselves, one sends the other a naughty picture via cell phone, juicy subtitle included.

DWT (Driving While Texting): The New DUI?

JetLawBlog

Devices built into cars, such as GPS navigation systems and complicated radio controls, present their own safety risks, but the driver’s personal cell phone still receives a large (and well-deserved) chunk of the blame for distraction-induced auto accidents.

Those Expensive Pocket Trackers

Media Law Prof Blog

The New York Times on how our cell phones have become expensive peek-yous. Peter Maass and Megha Pajagopalan suggest we call cell phones what they are--"trackers

Monday Morning Jetlawg

JetLawBlog

– Is there anything wrong with exclusive phone deals? – Virgin Media and Universal combine to offer unlimited music –for a small fee. – Delaware corporations forced to become more tech-reliable as Chancery Court hands down e-discovery opinions.

Questionable Employment Practices in High Tech Industry

JetLawBlog

Tags: JETL career contracts courts financial government lawsuits privacy technology Apple cell phones Department of Justice Employment google iPhone labor Non-competition Non-disclosure Palm Pre Steve Jobs

Activating the FM Chip in Mobile Phones – As Blackberry Steps Up, a Policy and Product Review

Broadcast Law Blog

And this article will at least try to relate policy decisions to a product review, but mostly it’s to share a cool new feature on my phone. This week, my Blackberry Q10 received an upgrade to its operating system and, with that upgrade, the phone’s FM chip was activated. Now, my ATT phone gets over-the-air radio – becoming the modern equivalent to the transistor radio – a radio in my pocket at all times.

Warner Bros. Asserts First Amendment Right to Hunt Copyright Pirates

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The studio is facing a proposed class action lawsuit that alleges it has abused subpoenas and allowed representatives to make robocalls to cell phones demanding settlements.

Boston Globe Newsroom

Media Law

Cell phone pic taken yesterday during tour

CBS 46: News and Weather for Atlanta, GA, WGCL, CBS46.com | Copyright office issues 6 new rights, including cell phone reuse

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

CBS 46: News and Weather for Atlanta, GA, WGCL, CBS46.com | Copyright office issues 6 new rights, including cell phone reuse : Copyright office issues 6 new rights, including cell phone reuse Nov 23, 2006 01:13 PM Associated Press photo NEW YORK (AP) -- Cell phone owners will be allowed to break software locks on their handsets in order to use them with competing carriers under new copyright rules announced Wednesday.

CBS 46: News and Weather for Atlanta, GA, WGCL, CBS46.com | Copyright office issues 6 new rights, including cell phone reuse

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

CBS 46: News and Weather for Atlanta, GA, WGCL, CBS46.com | Copyright office issues 6 new rights, including cell phone reuse : Copyright office issues 6 new rights, including cell phone reuse Nov 23, 2006 01:13 PM Associated Press photo NEW YORK (AP) -- Cell phone owners will be allowed to break software locks on their handsets in order to use them with competing carriers under new copyright rules announced Wednesday.

Governments, Technology, and Privacy

Media Law Prof Blog

Eric Lichtblau writes about increasing government requests to cell phone carriers for subscriber information in the past year. Cell phone providers say that law enforcement agencies made 1.3 Two interesting pieces in the New York Times today. million such requests

NAB Radio Board Adopts Proposal for Settlement of Performance Tax Issue - Where Do We Go From Here?

Broadcast Law Blog

A phase-in period for the 1% royalty, that will be tied to the number of mobile phones that contain an FM chip. The royalty would rise in proportion to the number of mobile phones with enabled FM chips. Once the percentage of phones with FM chips reached 75%, the full royalty would take effect. Broadcasters would also get a reduction in their streaming rates - but only when FM chips in mobile phones exceed 50% penetration.

Hurricanes and Earthquakes - Emergency Communications In the Spotlight With CAP Conversion and National EAS Test Coming Soon (Though, For CAP, Maybe Not As Soon As We Thought)

Broadcast Law Blog

There has been much focus on emergency communications recently, with the East Coast earthquake re-igniting the debate over FM-enabled mobile phones , and with Hurricane Irene forcing stations to gear up for emergency coverage in the coming days. Finally, there is the debate about whether mobile phones should be enabled to receive broadcast signals, especially in the time of emergency.

NAB Board Comes to DC to Discuss Radio Performance Royalties - Is There a Deal in the Works?

Broadcast Law Blog

In exchange, broadcasters would get a break on streaming royalties and a push towards getting working FM chips into cell phones - a potentially big audience boost for radio operators. And what about the proposal to push for getting activated FM chips in cell phones?

NAB Board Comes to DC to Discuss Radio Performance Royalties - Is There a Deal in the Works?

Broadcast Law Blog

In exchange, broadcasters would get a break on streaming royalties and a push towards getting working FM chips into cell phones - a potentially big audience boost for radio operators. And what about the proposal to push for getting activated FM chips in cell phones?