Today, websites including Google and Wordpress are protesting two bills by symbolically blacking out parts of their sites. Wikipedia, the online, user-generated encyclopedia, is taking it even further, by shutting its entire website--except pages related to the bills--for an entire 24 hours. The blackouts are meant to draw attention to the Stop Online Piracy Act (H.R.3261) and the Protect IP Act (S.968). The bills seek to prevent piracy online by giving intellectual property owners the power to get court orders that can require search engines to stop linking to an offending site or prevent advertisers from continuing to advertise on the offending site.
On Monday, News Corp. announced its new general counsel, Gerson Zweifach, whose position in Rupert Murdoch's media company will be effective Feb. 1, 2012. Zweifach, a partner at D.C.'s Williams & Connolly, has a robust practice, covering antitrust and securities matters, as well as media and first amendment cases. He has been selected to the Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers list since 2007.
In the March/April 2009 issue of Super Lawyers - Corporate Counsel Edition, we profiled Jim Carter, the general counsel of Nike. While his office is in Beaverton, Ore., Carter spent time traveling abroad a few times a year to Europe, Asia, and South and Central America, where counterfeiting can be a major problem. An excerpt:
In the July/August 2010 issue of Super Lawyers -- Corporate Counsel Edition, our cover featured David Leitch, general counsel of Ford Motor Co. Leitch, who was chief counsel of the Federal Aviation Administration on 9/11, and before he moved to his position at Ford, worked with his legal team to pull the company through the recession that greatly affected its two U.S. competitors, General Motors and Chrysler. After facing Ford's largest annual loss in 2006 ($12.7 billion), Leitch made major changes:
In the August 2008 issue of Super Lawyers -- Corporate Counsel Edition, we featured Louise Sams, executive vice president and general counsel of TBS, Inc. and president of TBS International. The piece retells a story of how, during a job interview, Sams was asked where she saw herself in 10 years and gave an unexpected response:
Lawrence "Lon" Jacobs, senior executive vice president and group general counsel of News Corp. is leaving the position to "pursue new opportunities," the company announced this week.
We are delighted to share that the wonderful Sacramento-based freelance journalist Martin Kuz, who has penned such great pieces for us as "Can Paxil Cause Birth Defects?" for Texas Super Lawyers and "Googling Kent Walker" for Corporate Counsel Edition, has won a spot in the coveted Peter Jennings Project for Journalists and the Constitution program, which convenes in Philadelphia for three days in March. Congratulations, Martin!