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What if you decided to rewrite F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic novel The Great Gatsby? Good luck with that. But wait: your protagonist is not Nick Carraway, but instead is Jordan Baker—long-time friend of Daisy Buchanan. Jordan, like Nick, goes to Gatsby’s fabulous garden parties on West Egg, drinks and rubs expensive elbows. Jordan is also a professional golfer, and the original novel hints that she may have some skeletons in her closet. So you seek to address Gatsby from a new perspective—one hinted at in the original, but one wholly unexplored, and one that you think will beget a new, incisive and surprising result. So what’ve you got—groundbreaking literary copy or copyright liability? more...

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One little email sent from a Gmail user not only received a reply, but resulted in a lawsuit against Google. Outrageous as it might sound, it can happen to anyone who has ever sent an accusatory email. more...

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Google just can't catch a break when it comes to privacy issues lately--on either side of the Atlantic. Learn about the latest ruling in Italy and what it could mean for the Internet giant and free speech. more...

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The recent Supreme Court Ruling on corporate contributions and campaign finances has some crying foul, while others consider it justice served. Learn more about the Court’s ruling that referred to one prior campaign finance reform act as “censorship…vast in its reach.” more...

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With the realization of how important social media has become and will continue to be in consumer decisions, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has updated the Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising, pulling bloggers under the guidelines' umbrella. The new guides require bloggers to disclose "material connections" they have with advertisers when they have been given cash, products, or other consideration for publishing a post related to the advertiser.

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For many of us, the idea that a high school coach could legally request a student's personal password for Facebook and then punish her for her private online exchanges is absurd. And yet, taking high school junior Mandi Jackson's assertions as true, this is exactly what happened at Pearl High School in Mississippi—and that's why she's suing the school district for violating her right to privacy and freedom of speech.

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Everyone's familiar with the First Amendment right to freedom of speech: the right to speak freely on any subject without government restriction or penalties. But what does it actually mean? Can you really say or write anything you want? more...

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The battle over vanity plates centers on whether vanity plates is actually individual and private expression or government speech. Government officials say that because they issue the plates, they can regulate the messages. If plates are classified as private speech, however, the government does not have the power to restrict an individual's license plate viewpoint. So what are the lines of acceptability? It depends on your state. Generally, what is "offensive to good taste and decency" is off limits. more...

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This past March, the Supreme Court affirmed a ruling by a special panel of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in New York that a federal ban on Internet obscenity is, indeed, constitutional. What does this mean for free speech and what does the Supreme Court consider obscene? more...

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For years people have used Internet blogs to convey their personal opinions, histories, anecdotes, and political ideas to friends and the public at large. Given our history of democracy, one would suspect that blogs would be welcomed with open legislative arms. Yet, this is not the case. Read more to find out why. more...

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