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Submission + - PA Court Throws Out DontDateHimGirl.com Lawsuit

Panaqqa writes: "Well, it appears that DontDateHimGirl.com, a website that allows women to diss former boyfriends, has successfully had a lawsuit against them thrown out of court. Unfortunately, this is not the CDA Section 230 decision people were hoping for; the judge simply ruled that his Pennsylvania court did not have jurisdiction to sue a Florida based website. It is still good news, though, for all those copycat websites such as PlayerSnitch.com and CheatersDB.com that seem to be springing up."
Education

Submission + - Technical and Legal Hypothesis of Turnitin.com

Don'tTakeMyPaperPlease writes: I was excited when I read that some students were taking Turnitin.com to court regarding the company's use of the students' copyrighted papers. I've always felt that the service was quite possibly infringing on students' copyrights and we may finally find out if that is, legally, the case. Here is one theory of how the service operates based on Turnitin.com's assertions, and the resulting implications under copyright law.
The Internet

Submission + - Court Reverses Penalty Over MySpace Post

PDone writes: A judge violated a juvenile's free-speech rights when he placed her on probation for posting an expletive-laden entry on MySpace criticizing a school principal, the Indiana Court of Appeals ruled. The three-judge panel on Monday ordered the Putnam Circuit Court to set aside its penalty against the girl, referred to only as A.B. in court records.
Communications

Submission + - First Amendment Extends To MySpace Says Court

Billosaur writes: "CNN is reporting that an Indiana state appeals court has ruled that a MySpace entry by a student, criticizing the school's principal and the school's policy on body piercings is protected free speech. The court ordered the lower circuit court to set aside the student's probation, stating that the "overall message constitutes political speech," even if it was epither-laden. The judge who initially handed down the probation considered the speech "obscene"."

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