July 1, 2011 | By Kellie Brownell

The Ultimate Test of Internet Law Expertise

Eleven teams, comprised of the Bay Area's sharpest legal minds from law firms, universities and technology companies, faced-off last Tuesday at EFF's annual pub quiz trivia night. At stake: the coveted EFF Pub Quiz Cup and a year's worth bragging rights. The competition was fierce, with each team diving deep into their brains for the most trivial details in cases and statutes. Seven rounds later, the winners emerged:


1st place: WikiGeeks (Durie Tangri/ Ridder, Costa, and Johnstone LLP, Cathy Gellis, Stewart Kellar, et al)

2nd place: Objects On Twitter May Be Shorter Than They Appear (UC Berkeley)

3rd place: tie between Fenwick: a Series of Tubes (Fenwick & West) and + (Google)

EFF’s Cyberlaw Pub Trivia Night is an important opportunity for us to thank our friends in the legal community who help protect online freedom in the courts. Among the many firms that dedicate their time, talent and resources to the cause, we would especially like to thank Winston & Strawn LLP, Fenwick & West LLP and Howard Rice for sponsoring this year’s Trivia Night. Special thanks to Yelp for providing some sweet swag as prizes for the winning team.

Test Your Internet Law Expertise

You too can play along at home. If you read the EFF blog regularly or recently aced EFF’s Know Your Rights Quiz, you may be feeling pretty confident about your knowledge of Internet law. But could you answer seven rounds of questions like these? Courtesy of EFF’s 4th Annual Cyberlaw Pub Trivia Night:

1. The first federal published opinion to use the word “Internet” was U.S. v. Morris, 928 F.2d 504 (2d Cir. 1991). Morris was accused of...
a) Obscenity for a pornography BBS
b) Computer crime for releasing a worm
c) Illegally exporting cryptography
d) Taking unlawful sports bets by email

2. In 1952, the Supreme Court decided U.S. v. Reynolds, establishing the state secrets privilege. When the underlying information was declassified in 2000, it turned out no state secrets were actually involved. The case involved the:
a) Crash of a B-29 Superfortress
b) Recovery of a weather balloon that landed in the general vicinity of Roswell, New Mexico
c) Negligence at the White Sands Proving Ground
d) Contracts for supplies for the Bay of Pigs invasion

3. In City of Ontario, Calif. v. Quon, 130 S.Ct. 2619 (2010), which Supreme Court justice asked whether there would be a busy signal if two people paged a pager at the same time?
a) John Paul Stevens
b) John Roberts
c) Clarence Thomas
d) Antonin Scalia

4. Nintendo gave its attorney John Kirby a sailboat named the Donkey Kong, along with "exclusive worldwide rights to use the name for sailboats," to commemorate his defense win over the plaintiff’s trademark. Name the plaintiffs’ trademark.

At the Pub Quiz, the answers were graded by EFF's crack team of legal experts. Here, you'll have to grade yourself. Answers to today's quiz below.

Answers: 1.(b), 2.(a), 3.(b), 4. King Kong


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