The fine legal minds inside the Bay Area collected at Github to take part in EFF’s 12th Annual Cyberlaw Trivia Night on June 27th. Over one hundred contributors from era regulation companies and Internet companies at some point of the Bay Area attended for a night filled with obscure tech law trivialities, delicious meals, and only a dash of father-culture!
After attendees had piled their plates excessive with chook and waffles in instruction for the nighttime’s competition, all 12 groups set their points of interest on the coveted Cyberlaw Quiz Cup. EFF’s team of workers joined forces to craft the questions, pulling information from the wealthy canon of privacy, loose speech, and highbrow property law to create seven rounds of trivia.
After welcoming each person to the event, EFF’s Cindy Cohn started the evening’s activities with the aid of introducing our intrepid Quiz Master Kurt Opsahl, and our judges Alex Moss, Andrew Crocker, and David Greene. Trivia was given off to a raucous begin, resulting in possibly the handiest time an entire room full of human beings have ever cheered for the Pinkerton National Detective Agency and MS-thirteen, two answers to questions during Rounds 1 & 2.
There were additionally several moments in which Kurt and the panel of judges deliberated over challenges by using the teams on behalf of their answers, one of which resulted in a locating that there had been genuinely appropriate answers to a query regarding a listing of works that were NOT entering the public domain this 12 months.
Turns out, Dashiell Hammett’s The Maltese Falcon wasn’t the only accurate more than one desire choice at the listing, due to the fact it would seem that because of some confusion approximately worldwide publishing and a ninth Circuit case from the ninety’s, Felix Salten’s tale Bambi remains under US copyright! Oh dear, handiest time will tell if this query will return with a vengeance at a later installment of the EFF Annual Cyberlaw Trivia Night.
The rounds continued to undertaking participants as the night advanced, particularly at some stage in the Supreme Court Audio Round, where all of us listened closely to Justice Ginsburg’s undying words, “make pot criminal” and “bong hits for Jesus” even as trying to call the court case they were uttered all through (Walker v. Texas Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans).
As constantly, the group names have been extra special. Just days earlier than competition become to begin, the Supreme Court dominated that the emblem “FUCT” ought to be allowed a federal trademark, and multiple institutions seized their opportunity to reference this ruling. As you can imagine, this ended in a superbly playful “advertising of vulgarity” when it came time to announce team ratings in the course of the evening.
Competition becomes fierce, but “FUCT” in the end proved to be a definitely successful namesake: this yr’s 1st region winner become none apart from “F.U.C.T.” (Fenwick Underwrites Cyberlaw Trivia)! They have been followed by using “DT FUCT” (Durie Tangri LLP) in the second location, who controlled to tug ahead by way of a single point over “Huawei or the Highway” (San Francisco General Council, and ringers), who took 3rd place for the night.
EFF’s summer season felony interns also made a strong showing, and their group name “Zero Dark, Section 230” was honestly deserving of it is very own award, notwithstanding The Rules pointing out they had been not able to officially compete.
EFF hosts the Cyberlaw Trivia Night to accumulate the ones within the legal community who assist guard online freedom for their users. Among the many corporations that retain to commit their time, skills, and assets to the motive, we would especially want to thank Durie Tangri LLP; Fenwick & West LLP; Keker, Van Nest, & Peters LLP; Ridder, Costa & Johnstone LLP; and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati LLP for sponsoring this year’s Bay Area event.
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