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.

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.

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

JetLawBlog

The four major wireless carriers–Sprint, Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile–have partnered with the Mobile Giving Foundation to coordinate the text messaging donation program. has a cell phone these days.

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.

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.

DWT (Driving While Texting): The New DUI?

JetLawBlog

It is indisputable that one result of the proliferation of handheld mobile devices is the distraction of drivers on the road, thus making car travel less safe for those using the devices as well as for other drivers.

Questionable Employment Practices in High Tech Industry

JetLawBlog

An agreement between companies not to hire would circumvent the courts’ goals in declaring overly restrictive contracts unenforceable–balancing protections for employee mobility and protections for a company’s secret products.

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.

Beijing to Track People's Movements via Their Mobile Phones - PCWorld

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

Image by Getty Images via @daylife Beijing to Track People's Movements via Their Mobile Phones - PCWorld China plans on tracking the movements of people in Beijing using their mobile phones, a measure that while aimed at relieving traffic congestion , could set off concerns over misuse.

Mobile Alphabet Soup…What Exactly Is an ATDS under the TCPA?

New Media and Technology Law

227 – likely due to the increased use of mobile marketing (not to mention the availability of statutory damages between $500 and $1,500 per violation). The TCPA, the marketers note, surely does not mean to define every telephone or device as an ATDS subjecting the sender to liability for every unsolicited call or text message to a mobile phone. Electronic Direct Marketing Mobile Privacy ATDS mobile marketing Predictive Dialer TCPA

EU Commission Okays Merger of Spanish, German Telecoms

Media Law Prof Blog

European Union regulators have given Telefonica the go-ahead to acquire mobile company E-Plus. The merger allows Germany''s third and fourth largest cell phone companies to compete with rivals T-mobile and Vodaphone. Madrid-based Telefonica arranged to purchase E-plus for nearly $12

THE FUTURE IS MOBILE

Entertainment Law Resources Blog

I recently attended the NATPE Mobile ++ conference in Las Vegas to find out how the ability to watch content on mobile devices will change the motion picture and television industry. I learned that there are now more mobile phones in the U.S.A. However, only 10 percent of those mobile phones have the capability to exhibit video footage. And only 10 percent of those capable are actually using their phones and mobile devices to watch such content.

THE FUTURE IS MOBILE

Entertainment Law Resources Blog

I recently attended the NATPE Mobile ++ conference in Las Vegas to find out how the ability to watch content on mobile devices will change the motion picture and television industry. I learned that there are now more mobile phones in the U.S.A. However, only 10 percent of those mobile phones have the capability to exhibit video footage. And only 10 percent of those capable are actually using their phones and mobile devices to watch such content.

Verizon Wireless Files RICO Suit against Mobile Marketers, Alleges Deception and Fraud in Evasion of MMA Guidelines Requirements for Short Code Campaigns

New Media and Technology Law

Cellco Partnership, doing business as Verizon Wireless, filed a lengthy complaint on March 7, 2011, against mobile marketing entities that have conducted short code marketing campaigns on its network. The complaint alleges that these entities failed to comply with the Mobile Marketing Association’s Consumer Best Practices Guidelines for Cross Carrier Mobile Content Services , which Verizon incorporates into its standard contract provisions.

Comment Dates Set on FCC Proposals for Dealing with False EAS Alerts

Broadcast Law Blog

In the order adopting that requirement and other changes to EAS practices, the FCC also issued a Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, suggesting other EAS changes to deal with false alerts – including asking if it should create a more detailed reporting system for false alerts, whether state EAS plans should be required to be amended to add procedures for dealing with false alerts, and looking for details about the delivery of wireless alerts to cell phones and other mobile devices.

Fourth Amendment Appeal before Georgia Supreme Court over Airbag Crash Data Could Have Implications for Autonomous Cars and Related Technologies

New Media and Technology Law

Supreme Court precedent in Riley (warrant is generally required before searching a cell phone for data, even if the phone is seized incident to arrest) and Carpenter (acquisition of cell-site records was a search under the Fourth Amendment) are applicable to this instance of private data collection. In short, will the Court view a car’s automated data as sensitive as certain data stored or produced by an individual’s mobile phone?

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Clio Announces 35 New Integration Partners, from AppearMe to ZorroSign

Media Law

See caller information for both inbound and outbound calls and automatically log the phone calls as billable activities against matters using VoIP technology. Call clients from your desktop or mobile app and sync those calls to Clio with Nextiva’s business VoIP service.

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Light the Cat Signal: Did Google Ask the Feds to Arrest Android Hackers?

Music Technology Policy

Windows Phone Apps from the Windows Phone Store. The Department of Justice described their pre-trial property seizure: Seizure orders have been executed against three website domain names engaged in the illegal distribution of copies of copyrighted Android cell phone apps, Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. The department said that this is the first time website domains involving cell phone app marketplaces have been seized.

BlackBerry’s Continuing Struggle with Foreign Governments

JetLawBlog

In 2008, terrorist attacks in Mumbai were coordinated with cell phones, and the Indian government is concerned that the encryption of BlackBerry emails and messages could provide protection for future terrorist communication.

Epsilons at the Brave New Googleplex: Film by Google Whistleblower

Music Technology Policy

They also are not given backpacks, mobile devices, thumb drives, or any chance for social interaction with any other Google employees. The first girl mostly ignored me and started talking to someone on her cell phone.

iPhone “Jailbreaking” is Fair Use

JetLawBlog

Jailbreaking software (or firmware), when installed on a cell phone, enables the phone to connect to other wireless telecommunication networks. iPhone users will also be able to use the phone on networks other than the official iPhone carrier. Every three years, the U.S.

Epsilons at the Brave New Googleplex: Film by Fired Google Whistleblower Explains Horrendous Google Books Metadata

Music Technology Policy

They also are not given backpacks, mobile devices, thumb drives, or any chance for social interaction with any other Google employees. The first girl mostly ignored me and started talking to someone on her cell phone.

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‘Attorney Timekeeper’ Keeps Your Hours in the Cloud

Media Law

A unique feature of Attorney Timekeeper is automatic capture of time spent on cell phone calls. This works with AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile accounts.). Simply touch or click a matter in the right column to start the timer.

MIDEM Music Publishing Deals 2009

Current Trends

Bug Music/Windswept, Fairwood, Hornall Brothers Music, The International Music Network, Mute Song, Music Sales and Westbury have joined the PRS for Music-led initiative to license the rights they represent collectively to online and mobile service providers on a multi-territory basis in Europe. Can Cell Phone Users Anticipate Free Music??? by Tamera H. Bennett. Posted January 21, 2009.

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Epsilons at the Brave New Googleplex: Film by Fired Google Whistleblower Explains Horrendous Google Books Metadata

Music Technology Policy

They also are not given backpacks, mobile devices, thumb drives, or any chance for social interaction with any other Google employees. The first girl mostly ignored me and started talking to someone on her cell phone.

And Now for a Few of My Favorite Smartphone Apps

Media Law

This app promises to turn your phone into an extension of your brain. Drag anything into the Dropbox folder on your computer and it is almost immediately available on your mobile device or via any Web browser. This free app lets you use your phone as a pocket scanner.

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Lieutenant Dan Got Me Invested in Some Kind of Fruit Company.

Trademark, Copyright, and Entertainment Law Forum

The first that Apple's use of "iPhone" in its cell phones would confuse customers because Cisco's iPhone used for "computer hardware and software for providing integrated telephone communication with computerized global information networks." One of the last paragraphs of the Associated Press story says, "Legal experts said Cisco's argument that the phones could eventually compete seemed like an unlikely scenario.

Congress to Rewrite the Communications Act - What Could It Mean For Broadcasters?

Broadcast Law Blog

In a very cryptic announcement , the Chairs of the House and Senate commerce committees, and the Chairs of the subcommittees dealing specifically with communications matters, have announced that they are beginning the process of rewriting the Communications Act of 1934 , the Act which governs regulation of broadcasters as well as telecommunications, satellite and mobile communications entities.

How ICE Picks Its Targets in the Surveillance Age - The New York Times

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

The men from ICE made courtesy phone calls to the local authorities at the Pacific County Sheriff’s Office before making arrests, and local A.C.L.U. Information that was once siloed or tedious to access — driver’s-license photos, phone records, jail bookings — was increasingly at deportation officers’ fingertips. In the tense days that followed, Glenn made a phone call to an old friend, Sydney Stevens. Its all good,” he messaged Rodríguez, “she sold cheap cell phones bye.”