Trademark rights protect the use in commerce of a distinctive “mark” recognized by the public as indicative of the source of a product. Trademark protection is intended to facilitate communication between sellers and buyers, by providing a means for buyers to readily identify the business responsible for the good or service they are interested in [...]

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Artificial Intelligence and Copyright

On March 15, 2017 By cobrien

Have you ever listened to a song written by artificial intelligence? While recorded music has relied more and more on technology to perfect the voice of your favorite artists, AI has been developing rapidly towards creating technology capable of autonomous creation.

The term “Artificial Intelligence” was coined in 1956 at the Dartmouth Conference. In [...]

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In 2012, the 13-3 San Antonio Spurs traveled to Miami to face the 10-3 Miami Heat for a late November game in what was supposed to be a preview of a a possible NBA Finals matchup — they indeed met in the finals in June 2013, with the Heat winning an epic series in 7 [...]

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The Cost of Being Free

On February 23, 2017 By ckerr

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!

On February 6, 2017 By lpowell

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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