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As technology and the world around us changes, so does our privacy. More people have access to more information than ever—what’s viewed as public knowledge and what’s protected? Learn more in our Privacy Rights article section.
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.
Lovers of offbeat music and hard-core rap would probably never use the names "Weird Al Yankovic" and "2 Live Crew" in the same sentence. Yet, they have something very important in common. The law protects their use of other people's musical works. The reason is that courts consider both 2 Live Crew's rap combined with pop music riffs and Weird Al's combination of everything... to be parodies, which are protected under fair use doctrine.
The Supreme Court will soon be hearing oral arguments and handing down a decision that could greatly affect how we view the upcoming presidential election—on television at least. The debate is over whether so-called issue ads, those that endorse specific causes and are funded by labor unions, special interest groups, and corporations, can be banned 60 days before a general election and 30 days before a primary; such ads are prohibited from even mentioning a particular candidate or party.
The recent drug and sex scandal involving Reverend Ted Haggard, founder of the New Life Church, raised questions about the truthfulness of religious leaders. But when Haggard's alleged former lover failed a lie detector test, another set of questions involving the machine itself came into play. So how reliable are lie detectors? And, are they admissible in court?
When a student is suicidal, what should the university do? Or, more precisely, what is the university's legal duty, if any? These are questions that many universities are struggling to answer. Although many schools provide adequate counseling services, an increasing number of schools are resorting to banning students who have attempted suicide or who are suicidal from university housing.
The Supreme Court has just ruled that police do not have to knock to gain access to homes if they have a search warrant. Furthermore, evidence discovered in the course of this search can be used in court. So, what does this mean for the privacy of the average American citizen?
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?
One of the basic tenets of the relationship between an attorney and the client is that any information which passes between the two remains confidential. This concept is also known as the attorney client privilege. Based on early English common law, the idea of privilege is a simple one - a client maintains the privilege to refuse to disclose or to have an attorney disclose any communications that occur while one is seeking legal advice.
A suburban Chicago school district's decision to monitor its students' internet postings has angered students, parents, and free speech advocates alike. Can the school district legally do this? The real freedom of speech question would arise if the school district decides to take action against a student because of a post.