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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Domestic Drones – An Industry Waiting in the Wings

On November 20, 2014 By Joshua Sureck

Drone technology has vast potential. Drones have already impacted recent wars, and their use in this arena continues to receive praise and criticism for both effectiveness and morality.  On the home front, drones could be utilized to accomplish many things more effectively and efficiently than current means; before long this will likely be a reality. [...]

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Obama Weighs in on Net Neutrality

On November 19, 2014 By Elizabeth Mulkey

President Obama wants the internet to be regulated as a utility…mostly. In a November 10th video statement, Obama laid out a new plan for addressing net neutrality. He proposed that FCC reclassify broadband providers as utilities under Title II of the Telecommunications Act, like traditional phone service providers. However, Obama also wants the agency [...]

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This week, Taylor Swift shocked her fans and the music industry by removing all of her songs from Spotify. The move was seen as an effort to drive up sales of her new album, 1989, but the decision also appears to reflect her belief that artists should be able to set their price points for [...]

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If #AlexfromTarget Heads to Court

On November 17, 2014 By Lauren Ostberg

Before November 2, Alex Lee (Alex LaBeouf?) was a Texas teenager who happened to work at Target. Today, he is #alexfromtarget, a meme, and a microcelebrity with nearly 750,000 twitter followers. It is difficult to account for the precise mechanism that made Alex, or any meme, go viral. According to most [...]

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Online Voting – The Wave of the Future?

On November 14, 2014 By Reed Nixon

With attack-ads blaring and social media abuzz, millions of Americans dutifully flocked from far and wide to their polling station last Tuesday to participate in the national election. However, it is being increasingly suggested that this biennial ritual is becoming an anachronism in today’s age of ever-present technology. Indeed, a Continue Reading

Since 1996 Section 230 Communications Decency Act (“CDA”), as interpreted by the courts, has given website hosts and creators a broad immunity for claims against them of libel that traditional publishers have not been afforded.

For example say a third-party posted something libelous or unflattering about you or your family member on a Continue Reading

Modification and optimization of human behavior is one of the law’s fundamental aims. Criminal law schemes contemplate deterrence and utilitarian rationales; the law of torts is designed to internalize externalities, compensate for damage, and otherwise incentivize efficient actions; the laws of contracts and corporations are structured to facilitate more efficient transactions, and so on. On [...]

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A Scandal in the Public Domain

On November 11, 2014 By Doruk Onvural

Case closed, or so it appears, as the Supreme Court refused to grant cert to the Seventh Circuit’s holding that classic characters Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson are in the public domain.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle published his first Sherlock Holmes story in 1886. Fans loved the character so much, the author couldn’t even [...]

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