Katherine Strandburg on Freedom of Association and Metadata Surveillance

November 14, 2013

Katherine Strandburg presented her work on the constitutionality of the NSA’s comprehensive collection and analysis of telephone call records at Yale Law School. She contends that, much like government demands for membership lists of expressive associations, the massive aggregation of telephone call records to investigate associations impinges on the First Amendment right to associate freely and must be subjected to First Amendment scrutiny. While the Fourth Amendment has been the focus of much of the debate about metadata surveillance since the Snowden revelations this past summer, the right to freedom of association may provide independent and stronger protection against overreaching government metadata mining.

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Authors Guild v. Google: A win for fair use, a worry for the Authors Guild

November 15, 2013

By Jason Schultz

If you’re a fan of libraries, search engines, and new forms of knowledge, today was a good day for you and your fair use rights. After years of litigation, hundreds of court filings, and two failed settlement attempts, Judge Denny Chin finally ruled in favor of Google in its lawsuit with the Authors Guild over book scanning.

Chin held that digitizing books, even millions of them, was a fair use as long as the purpose of the scans was “transformative” – such as helping readers search for books to buy or borrow, or enabling Digital Humanities scholars to better understand our cultural heritage through data-mining and analyzing texts across decades, genres, and languages to “examine word frequencies, syntactic patterns, and thematic markers to consider how literary style has changed over time.” In light of these significant social benefits, Judge Chin found that any hypothetical harm to authors was minimal, and in fact, might even be abated by additional interest in their works, which could lead to increased sales.

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Taking on the Take-Down Notice: Copyright, Youth and Educators in Harmony


October 25, 2013

Tuesday October 29  |  4:00-8:00 PM  |  Vanderbilt Hall Room 210

Join the Engelberg Center, The LAMP, and Mozilla’s Hive Learning Network NYC for Taking on the Take-Down Notice: Copyright, Youth and Educators in Harmony, featuring Engelberg Center professors Jeanne Fromer and Christopher Sprigman, and NYU Law student Amanda Levendowski ‘14.

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Drones & Aerial Robotics Conference | October 11-13

On October 11-13, the Engelberg Center on Innovation Law & Policy at NYU School of Law will host the first Drones & Aerial Robotics Conference, a massively multidisciplinary conference on unmanned aerial systems with a focus on civilian applications.

Imagine a near future in which autonomous robots roam the skies, performing everything from law enforcement, to communications, to crop dusting, shipping and logistics. Sound implausible? Perhaps—but that is the future that the aerospace industry and a new class of entrepreneurs are busy preparing.

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Reclaim Your Name: Privacy in the World of Big Data


September 16, 2013

Engelberg Center Professor Katherine Strandburg will moderate a panel of distinguished experts at Reclaim Your Name: Privacy in the World of Big Data. The panel takes place at NYU-Poly Pfizer Auditorium on Wednesday, October 23, and is the third installment of NYU-Poly’s Sloan Cyber Security Lecture Series.  The event also features a lecture by Federal Trade Commissioner Julie Brill. Register here for the event.

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