Res Ipsa Lolquitur

Res Ipsa Lolquitur

Hi there. I'm Erin, and I'll be whisking you through the wonderful world of tech law here at Maximum PC. I'm a law student at New York University (go fightin' violets!) and a legal intern for the summer at the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Before that, I worked as a webdesigner for another PC magazine, and spent a lot of time online. So much time, in fact, that my dad made an AIM screenname to talk to me, because my AIM was more reliable than the phone.

Like everyone, I am a sucker for a good YouTube video and am a member of far too many web 2.0 things. I am one of a limited but growing number of legal geeks, which means that I can write in both Latin and Klingon.

As a geek, I felt like I could make a material contribution in the law. Too many of the legislators and judges making decisions about what is and should be legal don't understand the technologies at issue – what does copyright protection do when even passively reading a document on the internet requires making a copy in cache, for example? – and then we end up with bad law (*cough*) that stifles the wrong activities or freezes in place an outdated status quo. Enter the lawyers and policy makers who hack, code, mashup, or blog, however, and you start to see more legal room for innovation and creativity.

It works the other way, too – the more hackers, coders, mashers, and bloggers know about what's going on in the law, the more you can protect the rights and freedoms you still have, and the more you can influence what happens next.

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glsapp23

Well welcome to the world of MaximumPC we look forward to receiving your input on the murky waters that is tech law.

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Spider Monkey

Well, at least this one is a lot cuter than the other legal geek we have floating around in here. ;o)

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Number Six

Don't be fooled by Spider Monkey, I'm the best legal eagle on Long Island. Good luck with Law School Erin and remember, for your Con Law final (if you haven't taken it already), Commerce Clause, Commerce Clause and Commerce Clause :D


-[Ch]amsalot

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Scapegoat

Ouch man, harsh. All techies at MPC rock, let's leave it or not. Dave Murphy's sexiness is hot. I've decided that as a nerd, I can't be too choosy over men and women. Dave's a funny guy. I think I'll go use my dremel to make a ffan grill flower for him.

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TheMurph

I'm not sure how I got pulled into this comment thread... but... uh... thanks. Scapegoat. I think. o_o

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Scapegoat

I meant to say leave it at that. :P

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erin

Even though the Murph has already stepped in, I feel the responsibility to defend his honor. Dave Murphy is the prettiest geek in the schoolyard!

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Bin3ry

Knows computers, and can speak Klingon, im in love. Comeing to think of it, isnt the Virtual Disks createing a copy of windows in memory to run thier antipiracy crap. Bill Gates needs to sue send his lawers after them for makeing illegal copys of Windows. lol

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