Does the Government Have a Right to Know What You Support?

Can freedom of association exist without confidentiality? That question hung over a federal courtroom in California in March, where the state tried to compel a charitable foundation to disclose the names of its donors — even the officially anonymous ones. The courtroom exchanges were heated, with the judge sometimes being “openly hostile” to the state’s […]

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The Spy in Your Pocket

Does the government need a search warrant to know where you’ve been? Not if your cell phone provider knows. If you don’t like how that sounds, there may be ways to change it. Take the case of Quartavious Davis, a Florida man convicted of robbing at gunpoint a pizzeria, a gas station, a drugstore, an […]

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The Origins and Intentions of Copyright

In a victory for media Goliaths, the Supreme Court recently ruled that TV-streaming service Aereo “perform[ed] … copyrighted works publicly” and therefore violated copyright law. The ghost of Grokster haunts us. Napster rolls in its grave. Copyright’s muscular hands have once again strangled innovation. What is the purpose of copyright law? Conventional wisdom asserts that […]

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Sage City Today, Ep. 2

This day just couldn’t get any worse. Former Mayor Trygve Loon was found dead in his townhouse. Was it suicide or murder? Sage City can’t ruminate on that question for too long, though, because a bridge just collapsed. That’s what happens when the City isn’t around to maintain the roads. Finally, to top it all […]

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