Should the U.S. Regulate Loot Boxes?

On November 13, 2018 By amprati

Purchasable randomized rewards, commonly known as “loot boxes,” are a contentious topic in the video game industry. Although many argue that loot boxes resemble a form of unregulated gambling targeted at minors, the number of games containing loot boxes has continued to grow. Over the last two years alone, more than twenty major [...]

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Guest post by Casey J. Snyder

Climate change is a reality. What happens climatically over the upcoming centuries is undoubtedly dependent on the comprehensiveness of a global response. However, within a century, forecasts predict a 1-meter sea level rise that could have grave implications to our society: the loss of an incalculable extent [...]

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Do you own your virtual property?

On November 3, 2018 By erpeterson

In 2005, Chinese gamer Qiu Chengwei was sentenced to life in prison for murdering his competitor Zhu Caoyuan. A dispute arose between the two over a virtual sword used in the online video game Legend of Mir 3. After investing significant time and resources to obtain the virtual sword, Qiu lent it to Zhu. [...]

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No one ever said that you had to attach your identity to your online postings. In fact, many websites function based on the assumption that users have a right to speak anonymously. For example, Reddit, Twitter, and WordPress are often used by anonymous speakers based on this very assumption. Many of these topics benefit from—or [...]

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On July 20, 2018, the Federal Circuit decided the matter of Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe and Allergan v. Mylan Pharmaceuticals Inc., where the petitioners (Allergan) attempted to terminate an inter partes review (IPR) challenge in the USPTO by asserting tribal sovereign immunity. In St. Regis, Allergan, a pharmaceutical company, moved to dismiss Mylan’s IPR challenge [...]

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Airbnb’s two slogans “live like a local” and “belong anywhere” give a sense of the company’s unique value proposition, that instead of checking into a corporate hotel, travelers can nestle their way in a new city among the natives. Airbnb, a home-sharing app and website founded in 2008, has revolutionized the way people [...]

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Notorious “Pharma Bro” Martin Shkreli, the former hedge fund manager who infamously raised the price of Daraprim from $13.50 to $750 per pill, is currently serving a seven-year sentence for securities fraud. His sentencing also included a Continue Reading

“In order to preserve the character and quality of the “product,” athletes must not be paid, must be required to attend class, and the like.”

In 1984, the Supreme Court scrutinized the actions of the NCAA in the television market, declaring that the NCAA’s “monopsomy” on broadcasting rights was a violation of the Sherman Antitrust [...]

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