After a startling revelation on the first day, the trial of Ross Ulbricht, the alleged Dread Pirate Roberts continues this week. On day one of the trial, Ulbricht’s defense attorney conceded that yes, Ross Ulbricht did indeed start the notorious Silk Road market.

Silk Road was intended to be, as portrayed by Ulbricht’s defense counsel, [...]

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Tomorrow morning, JETLaw will welcome faculty, staff, students, CLE participants, and web viewers to its 2014-2015 symposium: Beyond Regulation: The US Government as Funder, Creator, and User of Intellectual Property. The event will begin promptly at 9:00 AM on Friday, Jan. 23rd, at Vanderbilt Law School, and it will focus on the [...]

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San Jose Strikes Out Again in Suit Against MLB

On January 22, 2015 By Andrea Scheder

The city of San Jose lost its appeal in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday. They were challenging Major League Baseball’s (MLB) long-held exception to federal antitrust laws. The Oakland Athletics are looking to make a location move and had their sights set on San Jose. However, the MLB’s constitution requires clubs [...]

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Last week, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) released a plan for electric monitoring and reporting in its Southeast fisheries, marking a significant step towards regulatory agencies embracing technology to better protect and manage the environment. The plan’s goal is to provide more timely, accurate, and comprehensive data for fisheries management and science.

Successful [...]

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While Google started as a lowly search engine, the company has evolved into an email service, online shopping, and even a Facebook-competitor in Google+. Now the company is pushing further and is revolutionizing internet service. Google Fiber is reported to run a hundred times faster than regular broadband connections, and runs through fiber-optic cables [...]

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On January 12, 2015 the White House announced its intention to press for new legislation that would increase consumers’ protection on the web. The Personal Data Notification & Protection Act is intended to “clarif[y] and strengthen[] the obligations companies have to notify customers when their personal information has been exposed . . . .” [...]

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Microsoft recently announced that it would allow its digital content to be purchased with bitcoins. The change is limited in that it only opens Microsoft’s Windows, Windows Phone, and Xbox platforms to the new payment method, there is a daily exchange cap, and only US-based customers can make bitcoin payments. This means that Microsoft [...]

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On July 11, the Federal Circuit released its decision in Digitech v. Electronics for Imaging, the court’s first case involving the boundaries of patent eligible subject matter under Section 101 of the Patent Act in the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision in Alice Corp v. CLS Bank. The Federal Circuit applied the [...]

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