The first-rate criminal minds in the Bay Area accrued at Github to take part in EFF’s 12th Annual Cyberlaw Trivia Night on June 27th. Over one hundred individuals from technology law firms and Internet groups all through the Bay Area attended for an evening filled with obscure tech regulation minutiae, scrumptious food, and only a dash of dad-tradition!
After attendees had piled their plates excessive with fowl and waffles in preparation for the nighttime’s opposition, all 12 teams set their attractions at the coveted Cyberlaw Quiz Cup. EFF’s body of workers joined forces to craft the questions, pulling details from the rich canon of privateness, unfastened speech, and intellectual assets regulation to create seven rounds of minutiae.
After welcoming all people to the occasion, EFF’s Cindy Cohn started the night’s sports via 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 perhaps the only time a whole room full of people have ever cheered for the Pinkerton National Detective Agency and MS-thirteen, answers to questions throughout Rounds 1 & 2.
There have been additionally several moments in which Kurt and the panel of judges deliberated over demanding situations by means of the teams on behalf in their answers, one of which ended in a finding that there were without a doubt acceptable solutions to a question concerning a listing of works that had been NOT entering the general public area this yr.
Turns out, Dashiell Hammett’s The Maltese Falcon wasn’t the simplest accurate a couple of preference alternative at the listing, due to the fact it would seem that because of a few confusion approximately international publishing and a ninth Circuit case from the ’90s, Felix Salten’s tale Bambi stays beneath US copyright! Oh dear, simplest 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 challenge contributors as the night time stepped forward, specially throughout the Supreme Court Audio Round, where each person listened carefully to Justice Ginsburg’s timeless words, “make pot legal” and “bong hits for Jesus” even as trying to call the court case they were uttered for the duration of (Walker v. Texas Division, Sons of Confederate Veterans).
As always, the crew names were phenomenal. Just days before competition turned into to begin, the Supreme Court ruled that the emblem “FUCT” should be allowed a federal trademark, and more than one institution seized their opportunity to reference this ruling. As you can imagine, this led to a fantastically playful “advertising of vulgarity” while it came time to announce group ratings all through the evening.
The competition turned into fierce, however “FUCT” in the long run proved to be a definitely effective namesake: this year’s 1st area winner becomes none aside from “F.U.C.T.” (Fenwick Underwrites Cyberlaw Trivia)! They had been followed by means of “DT FUCT” (Durie Tangri LLP) in 2nd location, who managed to tug beforehand via a single factor over “Huawei or the Highway” (San Francisco General Council, and ringers), who took 3rd location for the evening.
EFF’s summertime criminal interns additionally made a strong displaying, and their group call “Zero Dark, Section 230” changed into simply deserving of its own award, regardless of The Rules pointing out they had been unable to officially compete.