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The Cost of Being Free

By ckerr On February 23, 2017 · Leave a Comment

Since 2013, Zenefits, one of Silicon Valley’s “unicorns,” has been offering its software for a remarkably low price: free. Zenefits is a cloud-based human resources software-as-a-service (SaaS) company; or, in English, it is an insurance broker. That’s how Zenefits can afford to offer its software for free to its user—it makes yearly commissions of [...]

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Since this past August, the Department of Justice has been locked in a battle with music licensors over the concept of fractional licensing.  As the DOJ recalibrates under Jeff Sessions, it is unclear whether it will continue the fight that the Obama administration picked with many established music industry interests.

In August 2016, the Department [...]

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How would you feel if you were arrested in your home or registered as a sex offender, not for anything you had done, but because of a malfunction in the computer software used by your local county court? That unlikely nightmare has become a horrifying reality for many people living in Alameda County, California.

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President Trump’s executive order on immigration has elicited strong reactions on both sides of the issue. One week after the order was issued, public opinion was nearly evenly split with 51% disapproving and 45% approving of the order.  The order has created  confusion at airports, sparked several large demonstrations across the world, and resulted in [...]

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Recapping JETLaw’s 2017 Symposium!

By lpowell On February 6, 2017 · Leave a Comment

Disruptive Technologies: The Transformation of Intellectual Property & Enterprise on the Horizon

 

On February 2, 2017 the Vanderbilt Journal of Entertainment & Technology Law hosted its annual Symposium. This year’s event, entitled Disruptive Technologies: The Transformation of Intellectual Property & Enterprise on the Horizon, consisted of three panels discussing how disruptive technologies impact patent [...]

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Should phone apps be able to track your location and share information without asking for these permissions? Even if they ask for these permissions should they be allowed to use this information considering most people do not read the content associated with the agreements they sign?

 

Meitu, a photo-editing app, has been in the [...]

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Our country tis of thee,

Sweet land of liberty,

Of thee I tweet

On the first day of his presidency, the newly-inaugurated Donald Trump tweeted out from his personal account @realDonaldTrump (using a reportedly unprotected Android phone): “I am honered to serve you, the great American People, as your 45th President of the United States!” [...]

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In the last twenty-four hours, have you logged onto Facebook or Google and uploaded a picture?  Walked into a retail store or past a billboard advertisement on the streets? If you have, chances are a company may have collected personal data with the use of facial recognition technology without you even knowing. Facial recognition technology [...]

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