Well, the only part I'll comment on is that it's not conflict of interest for a law firm to represent different clients in lawsuits against the same opponent in different cases. Both HTC and Samsung are fighting Apple. The only impropriety that I can see that MIGHT come up is if Apple could prove that the firm disclosed privileged information to Samsung. and as there has been no word of this from Apple (and you know they would have been screaming about this left and right if that were the case...), I think they're in the clear. IANAL, YMMV, etc...
Since it has already been well established in Mass that this is a violation of constitutional rights, can't Espinosa-Rodrigue sue the policeman personally? This WOULD hit the cops individually and perhaps make them think twice before actually violating the very laws they're supposed to be enforcing...
It's apples and oranges. That case was in the Netherlands and had to do with copyright. The one in this story dealt with defamation in the US. The US courts have held firm that the only people responsible for defamation are the people who actually make the comments, not the hosting companies.
"Google is not a library. It is not a university. It is not a public service. It is a business."
Universities are also businesses. They are in business for the purpose of educating, but they are businesses nonetheless.
And lest we forget that universities have become more and more influenced by corporate interests over the last 3 decades. The cost of attending college has increased at (at least) an order of magnitude more than inflation in the last 30 years and that money is not going to professors (educators), but to administrators (businessmen).
They (like mos if not all such sites) capture all IP addresses for analysis purposes (hey where are people coming from) and also to help us users differentiate between different AC's. I'm sure he also uses it to weed out spam, and to block abusers. He doesn't use the IP addresses to glean the information.. anybody who reads this blog for any length of time has gleaned the information on their own.
That actually is why I immediately strip the DRM from ebooks that I buy. That way I can convert it into the format I prefer for my tablet (which is NOT Kindle) and read wiht the peace of mind that it's not going to get yanked the next time I update my software..