Weekly News Update

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*There’s a certain appropriateness to the US having been the country to articulate and disrupt alleged corruption within the governing body of international soccer. From a practical standpoint, it’s worth explaining how the US can point out a criminal conspiracy involving a foreign organization and then have people arrested in Europe. [Washington Post]

*The Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to define what it meant by “one person, one vote” a half century ago. The justices will consider a challenge brought by two rural voters in Texas who claim their state Senate ballots carry less weight than those cast in urban areas with large numbers of non-citizens ineligible to vote. [USA Today]

*New York’s chief judge called on Wednesday for legislation that would have judges impose fixed prison sentences for nonviolent crimes, a move officials said would shrink the inmate population and reduce the role of the state parole board in determining prison terms. [Wall Street Journal]

*Fresh off a victory in federal court, Richard Prince has decided to push his artwork to a new frontier: Instagram. Prince is an appropriation artist; he takes other people’s works and repurposes them in new, slightly different ways. An appellate court in New York recently declared that Prince’s modifications to photographs taken by Patrick Cariou were fair use, insulating Prince from liability for copyright infringement. [MSNBC]

*Four credit unions that make loans to purchase pricey New York City taxi medallions filed a suit against members of the city government, alleging they allowed Uber to illegally pick up street-hail passengers. [NY Business Journal]

*A federal appeals court on Thursday rejected Apple’s bid to disqualify an antitrust compliance monitor appointed after the technology company was found liable for conspiring with five publishers to raise e-book prices. [Reuters]

*A divided federal appeals court gave New York wide authority to regulate the content of custom license plates, and reversed a lower court ruling ordering the state to let an adoption advocacy group put the words “Choose Life” on its own plates. [Huffington Post]

*Netflix and Dish Network are among the almost two dozen companies and public interest groups urging a federal appellate court to deny an effort to halt a central component of the FCC’s net neutrality rules before they go into effect on June 12. [Variety]