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Tennessee becomes first state to pass a law protecting musicians against AI

March 25, 2024

The move makes Tennessee, long known as the birthplace of country music and the launchpad for musical legends, the first state in the U.S. to enact such measures. Supporters say the goal is to ensure that AI tools cannot replicate an artist's voice without their consent. The bill goes into effect July 1.

Read more at CBS News

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Suit Says OnStar, LexisNexis Shared Driving Data With Insurers, Spiking Rates

March 22, 2024
Do motorist-assistance systems like GM’s OnStar feed data to auto insurers, resulting in higher premiums for some drivers?
A south Florida man says indeed, they do, and has filed a proposed class-action lawsuit against General Motors and LexisNexis Risk Solutions, claiming his premiums shot up after “erroneous” information was illegally supplied to insurance carriers.
Read more at Insurance Journal
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Florida lawmakers pass ban on social media for kids under 16

February 23, 2024

Florida lawmakers pass ban on social media for kids under 16 despite constitutional concerns

The bill targets any social media site that tracks user activity, allows children to upload material and interact with others, and uses addictive features designed to cause excessive or compulsive use. Supporters point to rising suicide rates among children, cyberbullying and predators using social media to prey on kids.

Read more at NBC News

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Defending A Client Charged With Murder

January 16, 2024

Defending A Client Charged With Murder Probably Isn't The Best Time To Catch Some Zs

A man who was convicted of first-degree murder in 2013 deserves a retrial after his criminal defense lawyer failed to stay awake during his trial, Massachusetts’ top court ruled on Thursday.

Read more at Above The Law

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Governors Keep Pushing Social Media Laws Despite Legal Setbacks

January 11, 2024

Proposals to limit how teens use social media are gaining bipartisan traction with governors and state legislators as the tech industry, so far successfully, tries to stave off such regulation through the courts.

Read more at Bloomberg Law

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Google settles $5 billion consumer privacy lawsuit

December 28, 2023

Alphabet's Google has agreed to settle a lawsuit claiming it secretly tracked the internet use of millions of people who thought they were doing their browsing privately. The lawsuit had sought at least $5 billion, but settlement terms were not disclosed.

Read more at Reuters

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Politicians in a city in Brazil passed a law secretly written by ChatGPT

December 21, 2023

The experimental ordinance was passed in October in the southern city of Porto Alegre and city councilman Ramiro Rosário revealed this week that it was written by a chatbot, sparking objections and raising questions about the role of AI in public policy.

Read more at  euronews.next

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Should You Use Gold Bars Previously Photographed By Police To Bribe A Senator?

December 6, 2023

Daibes is one of Menendez’s co-defendants in this indictment. His fingerprints and DNA were found on envelopes of cash taken from Menendez’s house, and he’s alleged to given Menendez the gold bars as part of the bribery scheme.

Read more at Above The Law

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Lawyer's Pringles poop prank in parking lot

December 4, 2023

Lawyer's Pringles poop prank in parking lot of victims advocacy center leads to suspension

The Ohio Supreme Court didn’t think that the parking lot incident was random.

“Although Blakeslee testified that he randomly selected all the locations in which he deposited his feces-filled cans, the circumstantial evidence in the record weighs heavily against his testimony that he randomly chose the Haven of Hope parking lot as his drop zone,” the state supreme court said.

Read more at ABA Journal

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Nepal bans TikTok, saying it disrupts social harmony

November 17, 2023

Countries including the United States, Britain and New Zealand have banned the app on government phones despite TikTok repeatedly denying that it has ever shared data with the Chinese government and would not do so if asked.

Read more at NBC News

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