When the families of deceased children who were victims of the Virginia Tech shooting on April 16, 2007 were offered a cash settlement for their losses, two families chose to reject the offer. The parents of Julia K. Pryde and Erin N. Peterson wanted Virginia Tech and the Commonwealth of Virginia to admit that their failure to warn students of the West Ambler Johnston Hall shootings that morning resulted in the deaths of their daughters. Both families decided to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit against the Commonwealth of Virginia and Virginia Tech for the deaths of their daughters and the refusal of Virginia Tech to admit that they were responsible for the loss of their cherished children.
Much has been made about employers seeking access to the Facebook profiles of potential employees, but a new piece of information came along last week that shifts the debate about Facebook and online privacy rights to focus on what Facebook as a company is doing, not how others are choosing to use it.
While New Jersey has gained another quasi-celebrity figure to be ashamed of, all of the attention Patricia Krentcil, aka Tanning Mom, has received in recent weeks may inadvertently do some good. The state Assembly’s Women and Children Committee passed a measure on May 14 that would ban anyone under the age of 18 from using a tanning bed or booth emitting UV radiation.
CISPA (also known as the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act) has been slowly but surely raising quite a bit of hubbub in recent weeks. While the legislation was introduced in November of 2011, it didn’t garner significant media attention until the bill approached the House of Representatives for approval in April.
I was afraid I’d showed up late to the party when I posted about Pinterest and copyright violations on Wednesday, and was delighted to hear that Audie Cornish of NPR discussed this very topic just a day later. In her broadcast, Cornish spoke to attorney Jonathan Pink about what happens under copyright law when photos are posted online.
Unless you are one of the lucky individuals able to go through life without paying attention to internet trends, chances are you’ve heard of Pinterest. Its horde of loyal users spend excessive amounts of time trolling the site to see what others have pinned and updating their own pinboards, then updating their Facebook statuses with things they’ve pinned, then tweeting about those same things…you get the idea.