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The Telecom Digest for June 26, 2014
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Date: Wed, 25 Jun 2014 09:10:18 -0700 (PDT) From: Neal McLain <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com. Subject: Aereo Update: Supreme Court Rules for Broadcasters Message-ID: <firstname.lastname@example.org> By Harry Cole, CommLawBlog, June 25, 2014 The Supreme Court has decided the Aereo case! And the answer is (dramatic drum roll): The Supremes, in a 6-3 vote, have reversed the Second Circuit's decision -- which means that the broadcasters have won this round. You can read the two opinions (those would be Justice Breyer's majority and Justice Scalia's dissent) here. We are hunkering down here in the CommLawBlog bunker to take a careful look at the opinions, which run to 35 pages in toto; we'll be posting our analysis once we've had a chance to digest it. (In the meantime, feel free to read the inevitable accounts in the Main Stream Media, but don't take them as gospel. Wait for us to chime in.) [snip] The majority opinion was written by Justice Breyer. The nine justices split 6-3, with a total of two separate opinions (including the majority). The line-up was, in the majority (i.e., for the broadcasters): Breyer, Roberts, Kennedy, Ginsburg, Sotomayor, Kagan; and dissenting (i.e., for Aereo), were Scalia, Thomas, Alito. And finally, by our count the word "cloud" appears a total of four times in both opinions. Continued: http://www.commlawblog.com/2014/06/articles/broadcast/aereo-update-supreme-court-rules-for-broadcasters/ -or- http://tinyurl.com/pw7suuq Evidently Alito's decision to unrecuse himself didn't affect the outcome. Other posts: CNN: http://tinyurl.com/kqp3nd4 HPO: http://tinyurl.com/m3xu94e NBC: http://tinyurl.com/ov47754 NYT: http://tinyurl.com/km5a5wk WSJ: http://tinyurl.com/p82lnfk Neal McLain
Date: Wed, 25 Jun 2014 20:06:09 -0400 From: Monty Solomon <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Major Ruling Shields Privacy of Cellphones Message-ID: <email@example.com> Major Ruling Shields Privacy of Cellphones Supreme Court Says Phones Can't Be Searched Without a Warrant By ADAM LIPTAK JUNE 25, 2014 WASHINGTON - In a sweeping victory for privacy rights in the digital age, the Supreme Court on Wednesday unanimously ruled that the police need warrants to search the cellphones of people they arrest. While the decision will offer protection to the 12 million people arrested every year, many for minor crimes, its impact will most likely be much broader. The ruling almost certainly also applies to searches of tablet and laptop computers, and its reasoning may apply to searches of homes and businesses and of information held by third parties like phone companies. ... http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/26/us/supreme-court-cellphones-search-privacy.html
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