The Mickey Mouse Business of Copyright

The Mickey Mouse Business of Copyright

The Walt Disney Company is celebrating the 90th birthday of the world’s most famous rodent, Mickey Mouse(TM), with a TV special and an exhibit at a Manhattan gallery. Ever since he was first dreamed up by Uncle Walt nearly a century ago, his firm has been able...
2018 Election Security Update

2018 Election Security Update

The headlines say it all: First from ABC News: Fewer than half of US states have undergone federal election security reviews ahead of midterms With only a week left before the 2018 midterm elections, fewer than half of U.S. states have submitted to a Department of...
Intellectual Property vs. the Internet

Intellectual Property vs. the Internet

In the future, September 11 may have another depressing association with infamy and loss. For on Tuesday, September 11, 2018, the European Parliament voted to wreck the internet. They authorized sweeping but ludicrously naive changes to how the net must fundamentally...
Robots and Emotional Manipulation

Robots and Emotional Manipulation

Our relationships with robots will be as complicated as our relationships with any beings possessing a certain amount of intelligence and free will. Like cats or small children, perhaps, though it is sincerely to be hoped that the machines will be far more obedient...
NM’s Back to School Tax Free Holiday

NM’s Back to School Tax Free Holiday

Summer’s only half-over but it will be September and “back to school” time before you know it. During the August countdown to classes, both students and parents often feel a bit of anxiety about the upcoming fall term, and what it may require....
Beware shame extortion scam emails

Beware shame extortion scam emails

What are the people in this photo looking at with such concern?  It could be a lot of things, but this month it’s a good bet one of them received a porn extortion scam email, and they’re trying to decide just how much they should freak out. This scam has...