From the monthly archives: February 2013

Google Tweaks YouTube: Pay-To-View Channels

On February 28, 2013 By Jonathan Hoffmann

Last month, The Wall Street Journal reported that Google is in the process of changing up YouTube.  The new model would allow individuals who create and post videos to charge viewers to see content.  This move would help raise revenue for all parties involved.  For YouTube, this may mean increased postings and thereby [...]

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Chubby Checker, also known as “The King of the Twist,” recently filed a lawsuit that could help prevent him from becoming known as The King of Inappropriate and Pointless Smartphone Apps.

The lawsuit was filed against Hewlett-Packard and its subsidiary, Palm, Inc., for $500 million, in light of an app called [...]

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Preserving Privacy with Domestic Drones

On February 26, 2013 By John Craven

The Federal Aviation Administration currently approves the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), or drones, in U.S. airspace on a case-by-case basis.  The FAA Modernization and Reform Act, which was signed into law last year, requires the FAA to create six test ranges in the United States in order to work toward integrating unmanned [...]

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“You stole my design, you [auto]cad!”

On February 25, 2013 By Joel Slater

A few years ago, a JETLaw author noted in this blog that 3D printers had become relatively small and affordable. That particular author projected, along with many others, that this exciting technology would soon begin to have large IP law implications.

It’s happening. 3D printing has been around for a while, but it was [...]

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Monday Morning JETLawg

On February 25, 2013 By Brandon Trout

Yet Another Court Says IP Addresses Are Not Enough To Positively Identify Infringers. Fox sues Dish again over the Hopper, this time over place-shifting, not ad-skipping. Apple patent app describes flexible, wearable, watch-like AMOLED device. White House threatens trade sanctions for countries found cyber-snooping. Google [...]

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A few weeks back, Cecilia Kang at the Washington Post reported that the FCC plans to propose universal free WiFi.  Kang added that, on one side, the wireless industry “has launched a fierce lobbying effort to persuade policymakers to reconsider the idea,” and on the other side, Google and Microsoft [...]

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Don’t Make Me Do Math!

On February 21, 2013 By Joanna Collins

I recently had the mortifying experience of looking back at my torts notes from 1L year.  In the section about apportioning damages, I wrote “Calculating Pure v. Modified Comparative Fault,” followed by approximately 20 question marks.  I know I am not the only law student to ever tense up at the sight of numbers, [...]

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From Olympic Hero to Murderer?

On February 20, 2013 By Jeremy Gove

Famed South African sprinter Oscar Pistorius became the first double amputee to participate in the Olympics, when in London in 2012 he ran in the 400 meter race, and was a member of South Africa’s 4×400 meter relay team.  Because of this triumph, and his success in the 2012 summer paralympics, Pistorius became an [...]

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Remembering Professor Ronald Dworkin

On February 19, 2013 By Jeffrey W. Sheehan

Practitioners and scholars who deal with areas of law in which facts quickly get ahead of settled law should pause for a moment to acknowledge the passing of Professor Ronald Dworkin. Professor Dworkin died on Thursday at the age of 81, and the tributes from admirers, friends, and students [...]

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What’s in a Name?

On February 18, 2013 By Jake Raff

Dan Snyder, owner of the Washington Redskins, is in a bind. Sure, Snyder has the distinct fortune of presiding over one of the most iconic (and valuable) national football franchises in history. Yet…his football team has the most patently offensive name in professional sport. In fact, the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board found just that [...]

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