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Submission + - Bullied student punished for recording incident

AK Marc writes: Whether it's the fact that it's a "disabled" student with ADHD, or the wiretapping was done with an iPad, stupid overreacting authorities, or bullies, this has Meme written all over it.

A 15 year old student was feeling bullied. He reported it, but nothing was done. He was being bullied in class time. So he recorded it on his school-provided iPad, provided because he has ADHD. When he took an incident to the school authorities, he was ordered to delete the file, the police were called, and he was arrested (and convicted) though one source indicates the charges were dropped and another indicates he was convicted, but overturned on appeal. . The charge was disorderly conduct, but he was also formally accused of (but not charged with) wiretapping violations.

Submission + - Anonymity broken in another 'sue your detractors' (

An anonymous reader writes: A 'tax resolution' company "20/20 Financial Consulting" is suing a bunch of anonymous Internet critics for saying that they are not squeaky clean. The text of the suit. Unfortunately the judge seems to have decided that once you are sued you lose all rights to anonymity, because otherwise you are too hard to sue. You can still see some of the comments that prompted the case in google's cache.

Submission + - Sony Sued Over Other OS Removal ( 1

Stoobalou writes: A Californian Playstation 3 user has filed the first class action lawsuit against Sony over removal of the 'Install Other OS' function from the Playstation 3.

The action seeks to redress Sony's "intentional disablement of the valuable functionalities originally advertised as available with the Sony Playstation 3 video game console."

The suit claims that the disablement breaches the sales contract between Sony and its customers and constitutes "an unfair and deceptive business practice perpetrated on millions of unsuspecting customers".

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