Monday, April 12, 2010

News April 12

U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, who announced his retirement on Friday, is arguably the most liberal member of the court. What's less open to debate is that a pair of his opinions written over a decade ago outlined the legal environment that gave rise to today's Internet. Amazon.com, Newegg.com, Overstock.com, and other major Internet retailers can trace much of their growth in the last decade to Stevens' 1992 opinion that said, unambiguously, that they cannot be required to collect sales taxes on out-of-state sales. [CNET]
In the increasingly sophisticated world of ticket brokering, the Wiseguys have grabbed attention. Whether they are crooked or merely clever will be up to a jury. Federal investigators charge that a ring of hackers working for Wiseguy Tickets Inc. cracked security measures at Ticketmaster and other major vendors. They gained control of 1.5 million tickets to popular and coveted concerts and sporting events nationwide between 2002 and 2009. [Washington Post]
Madison is considering a new law to help police bust prostitution that is moving from the streets to the Internet. The proposal would go beyond the existing prohibition against streetwalking to outlaw Web-based advertisements and other online communication designed to bring together sex workers and johns. [Wisconsin State Journal]

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