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This post is by Seemantani Sharma. Ms. Sharma is a broad in-house international intellectual property, media and regulatory lawyer at the Asia – Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU) , the world’s largest broadcasting union.

In India “aesthetic sports” or “routine oriented sports” such as artistic swimming (formerly known as synchronized swimming), gymnastics, figure skating and acrobatics [...]

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The Vanderbilt Journal of Entertainment and Technology Law and Professor Daniel Gervais are pleased to announce the 2018 JETLaw Symposium, Dramatic Changes: The Effect of International Trade on Intellectual Property and Human Rights. This year’s Symposium will take place on Thursday, January 25, 2018 at Vanderbilt Law School. The Symposium will feature three panels of [...]

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Smart Contracts Are Useful, But Will Not Replace Dumb Contracts

By bkapper On November 12, 2017 · Updated November 12, 2017 · Leave a Comment

An irritating weakness of written agreements is that they are really just words on a page until someone sues to enforce them. Lawsuits are time consuming and expensive, and not every wronged party will be able to clear the legal hurdles of proof required to receive a remedy.

But smart contracts are not afflicted with [...]

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Hail Mary: Why Kaepernick Has No Prayer for Relief

By nasullivan On November 10, 2017 · Updated November 12, 2017 · Leave a Comment

During the 2016 NFL season, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick drew national attention when he knelt during the national anthem before games to protest racial injustice. His kneeling sparked a national conversation, as well as a sharp divide between supporters of his cause, such as the 200,000 individuals who signed a petition to [...]

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Ezekiel Elliott Suspension: It’s For Real This Time

By jjschoch On November 10, 2017 · Updated November 12, 2017 · Leave a Comment

Dallas Cowboys star running back Ezekiel Elliott was suspended on Thursday night…again. Elliott has been running from his six-game suspension all season, but it appears that it finally caught up with him and he will actually miss playing time.

Elliott’s legal battle took many twists and turns, evolving into a multi-state affair involving the [...]

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A Reevaluation of the Third-Party Doctrine

By nfpike On November 3, 2017 · Updated November 12, 2017 · Leave a Comment

In the United States, 77% of adults own smartphones. But how much do American smartphone users know about how their personal data gets from Phone A to Phone B? Fourth Amendment jurisprudence continually revolves around society’s expectations of privacy, yet smartphones constantly transmit user data to third parties like advertisers, businesses, and data providers.


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Passthoughts and the Creation of New Human Rights

By scrupe On November 3, 2017 · Updated November 12, 2017 · Leave a Comment

Apple’s latest facial identification technology has set much of the tech world abuzz; while many have lauded Apple’s technological prowess, others have expressed concern over user privacy and the potential for violations of the Fourth and Fifth Amendments. Facial recognition may not be at the forefront of authentication technology for long, however. The next [...]

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The FCC and Net Neutrality: Thermidor or halcyon days ahead?

By capeyton On November 3, 2017 · Updated November 12, 2017 · Leave a Comment

Absent an act of Congress, the fate of “net neutrality” could be settled soon—or at least for the time being. Legal challenges to the Federal Communication Commission’s 2015 “Open Internet Order,” which required broadband Internet service providers to treat all Internet traffic the same regardless of its source, would vacate the regulations if the [...]

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