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Guest Post: From Online Nudges to Intermediaries’ Liability

By scbrooks On April 16, 2019 · Updated April 16, 2019 · Leave a Comment

by Dr. Michal Lavi

Policymakers can dictate public conduct by imposing rules, but may also prod behavior by nudging or directing people into predictable actions without significantly changing their economic incentives. To date, scholars discussed the benefits of this discreet method of influence; but almost completely ignored the possibility of negative influence on third [...]

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Guest post by Mark Edward Blankenship Jr.

The CJEU is currently taking on the Metall auf Metall case from Germany, which involves the legality of unlicensed digital sampling and poses an EU question. While Germany’s freie Benutzung (free use), codified in Article 24 of the German Copyright Act, may allow a degree of authorial [...]

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Thanks to the Music Modernization Act (MMA), which President Trump signed into law on October 11, 2018, independent artists may gain more revenue when their music is streamed. The law makes some changes to copyright laws, particularly ensuring that artists receive higher revenue for their streamed music. One main purpose of [...]

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These days, it seems like the media is constantly publishing stories about the imminent arrival of self-driving vehicles and their exciting benefits to motor vehicle safety, urban planning, and productivity. A study by two UK professors published just this month predicts that driverless vehicles will even be used as cheap mobile [...]

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The NBA and the Lie of Amateurism

By aguilani On March 14, 2019 · Leave a Comment

On February 20, the basketball world looked on in disbelief as Zion Williamson grasped his knee, writhing in pain. To his side were tattered remains of his left sneaker, split open from the force of his pivot.  Zion Williamson is not new to the spotlight; his highlight reels and dunks have been a Continue Reading

Approximately a decade ago, a United States District Court in California heard O’Bannon. The case was brought by Ed O’Bannon—a former student-athlete at UCLA—on behalf of all collegiate athletes, and it challenged the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s (NCAA) restrictions on benefits student athletes were permitted to receive. O’Bannon’s argument was that the NCAA member universities were [...]

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The Sharent Trap

By jcsmith On November 13, 2018 · Leave a Comment

Photos of children and grandchildren used to be reserved exclusively for mantles and wallets. Family and friends would go years without seeing those distant to them, and the phrase “you were THIS big when I last saw you,” followed by a squeeze of the cheeks was a rite of passage at each family reunion. Gone [...]

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The polls were overwhelmed on Tuesday, November 6 with an influx of voters, young and old, ready to make a difference and influence their local communities by voting. But as the date for 2018 midterm elections drew nearer, social media companies like Facebook, Twitter, and Snapchat were overwhelmed with another issue—how their platforms were influencing [...]

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