April 15, 2005
Cable TV Comoany Sued For Releasing Customer's Information to a Third Party
As reported in the New York Times, a Seattle woman has sued Comcast, a cable television network, for the release of her private information to a collection agency. The collection agency was seeking money on behalf of Comcast for the woman's alleged downloading of "copyright-protected music" via Comcast's high speed internet connection.
Ralph Lauren Company Targeted by Hackers
Not even an upscale clothing company like Polo Ralph Lauren is immune from hacking. According to the Washington Post, the company has been contacting many of its credit card customers to let them know that their private information may have been stolen by hackers.
April 12, 2005
Indian Outsourcing Firm Employees Steal Identities
According to this report, police made several arrests in Pune, India of former outsourced call center employees who used information they obtained about customers through their jobs to steal more than 200,000 pounds. Frightening but not surprising.
RIAA to Sue Hundreds of Students over Internet2 File Sharing
The Recording Industry Association of America has just announced it intends to sue hundreds of college students for using the Internet2 network for illegal distribution of music and movies. The AP story can be found here, and the RIAA release is here.
April 11, 2005
LexisNexis Sponsors Law Professor Blogs Network
We are thrilled to announce that LexisNexis has agreed to sponsor all of the blogs in our Law Professor Blogs Network:
- AntitrustProf Blog (Shubha Ghosh (SUNY Buffalo))
- ContractsProf Blog (Carol Chomsky (Minnesota) & Frank Snyder (Texas-Wesleyan))
- CrimProf Blog (Jack Chin (Arizona) & Mark Godsey (Cincinnati))
- Health Law Prof Blog (Betsy Malloy (Cincinnati) & Tom Mayo (SMU))
- LaborProf Blog (Rafael Gely (Cincinnati))
- Law Librarian Blog (Joe Hodnicki (Cincinnati))
- Law School Academic Support Blog (Dennis Tonsing (Roger Williams))
- Media Law Prof Blog (Cristina Corcos (LSU))
- Sentencing Law & Policy Blog (Douglas Berman (Ohio State))
- White Collar Crime Prof Blog (Peter Henning (Wayne State) & Ellen Podgor (Georgia State))
- TaxProf Blog (Paul Caron (Cincinnati))
- Tech Law Prof Blog (Jonathan Ezor (Touro) & Michelle Zakarin (Touro))
- Wills, Trusts & Estates Prof Blog (Gerry Beyer (St. Mary's))
LexisNexis shares our vision for expanding the network into other areas of law, so please email us if you would be interested in finding out more about starting a blog as part of our network.
Technology Improving the NYC Subway
In an innovative attempt to update and improve the NYC subway trains, new computerized trains will be introduced this month. They run themselves and are programmed to open at the subway stops and to run on certain speeds. If all goes well, the City may begin a 20 year phase-out project of the older trains. Read about this in the L.A. Times.
Virginia Creating New Laws to Criminalize Phishing Scams
As reported in the Washington Post, as of July 1, 2005, anyone who engages in online phishing scams may face prosecution and punishments of jail time and hefty fines. Phishing occurs when people send out emails with the intent to obtain a user's private information, like bank account names and numbers, in order to commit a fraud.