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Legal news from Sunday, March 16, 2008
by Devin Montgomery

The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) is facing allegations of racketeering, fraud, and illegal spying after an Oregon woman on Friday added claims to an existing lawsuit against the RIAA, several recording companies, and data investigation company MediaSentry for tactics the entities used as part of an RIAA anti-piracy campaign. The woman, …

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by Devin Montgomery

The Chinese government on Sunday blocked Internet users in the country from accessing the video-sharing website YouTube after videos of a recent government crackdown on Tibetan protesters challenging Chinese rule were posted on the site. The protests over degradation of Tibetan culture and a flood of new Chinese immigrants into the region escalated …

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by Andrew Gilmore

Prosecutors in Venezuela have ordered former Venezuelan President Jaime Lusinchi to appear in court in connection with the killings of nine leftist students in the western Venezuelan town of Yumare in 1986. The Venezuelan prosecutor's office stated that Lusinchi was summoned for "presumably being linked to the act", …

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by Andrew Gilmore

Judge Thelton Henderson of the US District Court for the Northern District of California told the Sacramento Bee Saturday he was "hopeful" that a court battle between the state of California and inmate advocacy groups over state prison conditions could be resolved before trial. Henderson is a member of a panel of three federal judges …

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by Andrew Gilmore

The US Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Friday that the online community craigslist is not liable for third-party postings to its website which attempt to discriminate against people seeking housing. The plaintiffs in the case, the Chicago Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Inc. (CLCCRUL) had alleged that some …

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