Media Law Prof Blog

Editor: Christine A. Corcos
Louisiana State Univ.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

TIme Warner, CBS Agree To Allow Broadcast of NY City Comptroller Debates

As during medieval times, when warfare was temporarily suspended on holy days, the fee battle between Time Warner and CBS will be temporarily on hold so that New York subscribers can watch a debate among the candidates for city comptrollers, one of whom is Eliot Spitzer. If the Time Warner/CBS argument continues, the two powerhouses have agreed to allow broadcast of mayoral debates as well when those come up later in the year. More here from the Hollywood Reporter. On the history of warfare and the declaration of truce for the Sabbath and holy days, see Steven Runciman, A History of the Crusades (1951), vol. 1, pp. 85-87.

August 22, 2013 | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

NSA Has Illegally Collected Thousands of Domestic Emails Over the Years

The NSA has been collecting thousands of domestic emails, and has been doing so illegally, according to Judge John D. Bates, of the FISA Court (read his opinion here, redacted). The judge told the administration it had misrepresented its activities. A senior official for the Obama Administration indicated that the collection was a result of problems with the technology, that the data had been deleted, and that the court had approved the new standards that the NSA had created. More here from the Guardian, here from the Los Angeles TImes, here from the Hill.

August 21, 2013 | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Cloud Computing and Computing Taxes

David J. Shakow, University of Pennsylvania Law School, has published The Taxation of Cloud Computing and Digital Content in volume 71 of Tax Notes International (July 22, 2013), volume 140 of Tax Notes (July 22, 2013), and volume 69 of State Tax Notes (July 22, 2013). Here is the abstract.

"Cloud computing” raises important and difficult questions in state tax law, and for Federal taxes, particularly in the foreign tax area.  As cloud computing solutions are adopted by businesses, items we view as tangible are transformed into digital products.  In this article, I will describe the problems cloud computing poses for tax systems.  I will show how current law is applied to cloud computing and will identify the difficulties current approaches face as they are applied to this developing technology.

My primary interest is how Federal tax law applies to cloud computing, particularly as the new technology affects international transactions.  I am not so interested in the current state of the law as I am in identifying the problems confronting tax administrators as technology creates a changed economic system.  After identifying the problems, I will suggest that cloud computing (like other technological changes) is not always compatible with current rules for taxing activities in multiple jurisdictions.  Therefore, tax fairness may require that new standards be used to allocate income among jurisdictions.

But beyond that, I hope to explain some of the particulars of the cloud structure.  In doing so, it will become apparent that the significance of cloud computing goes beyond the local and international tax areas that have been identified as problem areas in the past.

Download the article from SSRN at the link.

August 21, 2013 | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

FTC Issues Additional Guidance On Complying WIth COPPA

From the FTC: assistance for businesses trying to comply with COPPA. A FAQ here, and more information here.

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Monday, August 19, 2013

Partner Of Journalist Who Reported Snowden Story Detained, Questioned, At Heathrow

The Guardian is reporting that journalist Glenn Greenwald's partner, David Miranda, was detained at Heathrow Airport for nine hours under the UK's Terrorism Act. Mr. Miranda was enroute to Brazil. UK authorities seized his laptop and other electronic items but eventually allowed him to resume his travels. Mr. Greenwald is the reporter who broke the Edward Snowden story about NSA surveillance in June. Mr. Greenwald wrote an angry column about the interrogation here for the Guardian and British MP Keith Vaz says he will ask for an explanation of the incident from authorities. News of Mr. Miranda's detention has spread quickly:  see coverage from MSN here and the (Australia) here.

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