East of the Sun, West of the Moon

2005/6/27

Been busy?

Filed under: News,Software,Technology — Erwin @ 10:34 am

It looks like the SCOTUS (Supreme Court Of The United States) has been busy, there are at least 3 news items that they’re involved in:

One:

A split Supreme Court struck down Ten Commandments displays in courthouses today, ruling that two exhibits in Kentucky cross the line between separation of church and state because they promote a religious message. Justices left legal wiggle room, saying that some displays — like their own courtroom frieze — would be permissible if they’re portrayed neutrally in order to honor the nation’s legal history.

Two:

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday overturned a prior ruling that required cable operators to open up their high-speed Internet lines to rivals.

At issue in the case, FCC v. Brand X, was whether cable operators should be required under federal law to lease their cable lines to competitors, much the way local phone companies were forced years ago to open up their lines to long-distance phone companies.

And three:

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously Monday that companies that sell file-sharing software can be held liable for copyright infringement.

The decision handed the entertainment industry a crucial victory in its battle to curb Internet piracy — and was a big blow to technology companies.

An acquaintance — who also happens to be a lawyer — pointed out that they’re this busy because today is the last day of the current term, so they’re wrapping up various cases. It certainly gives the news outfits of the world enough material to fill a couple of pages with reports and opinions in the days to come.

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