As more people turn to online and mobile sources for news and entertainment, the advertising industry has followed. Instead of focusing on traditional advertising methods, many brands now engage in “influencer” marketing campaigns. Paying celebrities to endorse your products on their social media pages is not a new practice, but now typical celebrities are not [...]

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Should Disney Just Let It Go?

On October 24, 2016 By jrowan

In 2014, a lawsuit was filed that alleged several of the largest animation companies in the United States had conspired with each other to create anti-poaching policies. These policies prevented each company from pursuing employees currently working at another company, thus suppressing wages and salaries. This behavior echoed that investigated by the Department of [...]

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With the recent news that NFL owners are seeking to extend their Collective Bargaining Agreement with the NFL Players Association, the question becomes whether the players are interested in such an extension, and what concessions might the players seek from team owners in return for coming to the negotiating table.

One issue that has [...]

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Copyrighting Costumes

On October 21, 2016 By jdclark

Halloween is just around the corner which means all across the country people are buying, selling, and creating at home a multitude of costumes, from the new Stars Wars: The Force Awakens characters to whatever this is. But, does dressing up as your favorite TV, movie, or comic book character infringe the author or [...]

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Killing the Cable Box

On October 17, 2016 By dpaulson

FCC Chairman Thomas Wheeler wants to change the way consumers watch TV by eliminating mandatory set-top box rentals.  So far, however, his cable box free future has remained elusively out of reach.

After seven months of debating, the FCC was scheduled to vote on the proposal on September 29, but ultimately removed it from [...]

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Space Tourism: Get Ready for the Ride of Your Life

On October 17, 2016 By eahlzadeh

What do you want to be when you grow up? Historically, one of the most popular responses to the previous question has been astronaut. With the ending of the Space Shuttle program, this dream seemed to be more unattainable than ever. Fear not, for “when one door closes, another opens,” enter: Space Tourism.

While you [...]

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Record Labels Sue YouTube Audio-Ripping Website

On October 17, 2016 By dsowder

Record labels, in their continuing fight against music pirating, have taken aim at an audio-ripping website that undercuts the legal purchase of music. Several major music labels, including Universal, Capitol, Warner Bros, and Sony, have filed a lawsuit against the website Youtube-mp3.org (“YTMP3”) alleging that the site is responsible for direct, contributory, and vicarious [...]

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But First, Let Me Take a Selfie

On September 29, 2016 By epiepenburg

After proudly exercising your right to participate in the electoral process, you want to share your excitement with the world. What better way than with a quick voting booth selfie for social media? Democracy always gets a lot of likes.

In the age of smartphones and social media, it’s no surprise that “ballot selfies” are [...]

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Regulatory Hurdles for Wireless Emergency Alerts

On September 29, 2016 By ckerr

On Monday, September 19, millions in the New York metropolitan area received the familiar emergency message most often used for inclement weather or abductions. However, this message neither warned of severe weather nor described an automobile—it instead identified Ahmad Khan Rahami, the man allegedly responsible for the recent explosions in Manhattan and New Jersey, as [...]

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The Internet of Things: Cyber Dangers in a Wireless World

On September 29, 2016 By cchristian

Apple’s launch of the new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus was met with early enthusiasm, despite the controversy surrounding Apple’s removal of the 3.5 mm headphone jack and a glitch with the wired Lightning EarPods included with the phone. Apple also released a new wireless headphones called Apple [...]

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