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Once You Pass the Bar, Try Winning EFF's Cyberlaw Quiz

June 20, 2012

Once You Pass the Bar, Try Winning EFF's Cyberlaw Quiz

If you thought passing the bar was hard, try winning one of the coveted EFF Cyberlaw Pub Quiz victory steins. Last night, the best legal minds in San Francisco scrambled to answer 7 rigorous rounds of cyberlaw trivia (one of Fenwick & West's teams pictured left). EFF's attorneys, technologists and activists worked tirelessly for weeks to construct quiz questions, delving deep into the rich canon of privacy, free speech, and intellectual property law, and then uncovering the supremely trivial facts.

For many of the contestants, winning means more than just a fancy cup. It proves that you have lived and breathed the most important cases for digital rights of our time.  The competition was fierce, and every team acquitted themselves well in the face of tough questions.  

Please join us in congratulating this year's winners:

1st place: WikiGeeks (Durie Tangri; Ridder, Costa, and Johnstone LLP; Cathy Gellis, Keker & Van Nest, et al)

2nd place: Child Law Blog (Stanford Center for Internet and Society)

3rd place: Keeping Up With the Joneses (UC Berkeley Samuelson Clinic for Public Interest Law and Technology)

Honorary Mention: EFF the Children for being the highest ranked (4th place) team of EFF interns in five years of trivia nights (pictured right, sporting EFF's new t-shirt).

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 Ridder, Costa, and Johnstone LLP for sponsoring this year’s Trivia Night.

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? The winning team (pictured right) probably answered every question below without breaking a sweat. Courtesy of EFF’s 5th Annual Cyberlaw Pub Trivia Night:

1. In In re Grand Jury Subpoena Duces Tecum Dated March 25, 2011, 670 F.3d 1335 (11th Cir. 2012), the court relied upon which Amendment in protecting a man from being forced to decrypt his computer?

2. Justice Alito in U.S. v. Jones imagined how one might have conducted surveillance comparable to GPS tracking in 1791. Which was not part of his hypothetical:
(a) a tiny constable
(b) incredible fortitude and patience
(c) a hand-written writ
(d) a gigantic coach

3. A Markman hearing is pretrial hearing in which a judge examines evidence on the meanings of words used in a patent claim.  Markman held a patent for an “Inventory Control and Reporting System” for what kind of store?

4. In the 2012 Oracle v. Google lawsuit, Google was found to have copied one program, known as rangeCheck - It consisted of how many lines of code?

5. On January 25, 2012, at least 15,000 people demonstrated in the streets of Kraków against what international trade agreement?

Answers (highlight to read): 1. 5th Amendment, 2.(c), a hand-written writ, 3. Dry cleaning, 4. 9 lines, 5. ACTA, the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement.

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