Starbucks’ Next Top Model: It Could Be You

On April 6, 2016 By ehicks

In today’s world, cameras are everywhere.  People use their phones to capture details of their everyday lives for social media apps like Instagram or Snapchat.  Tourists take pictures of city streets and attractions, inevitably capturing the surrounding crowd.  When you think about it, all of us have probably appeared in these types of pictures just [...]

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As explored in Part 1, street art is entitled to both legal protection under copyright law, but also legal use by others under the fair use doctrine. In the case of celebrity pastor Rich Wilkerson Jr. and Vous Church though, the assumption of fair use has officially landed them in the courtroom. To recap, [...]

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The sharing economy has now entered into the commercial real estate industry with the evolution of office co-sharing. The basic idea behind office co-sharing is that multiple businesses and/or individual professionals work in the same physical office space doing away with the need to sign annual (or longer) leases. These spaces work great for start-ups, [...]

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Oculus Rift: The Future of Virtual Reality?

On April 4, 2016 By Sara Hunter

The tech world is buzzing following the official launch of virtual reality headset, Oculus Rift, on Monday, March 28. The Rift is a large headset that uses customized optics designed for virtual reality along with a constellation tracking system to make the user feel like he is actually there. It is this sense of presence [...]

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The Future of Policing

On March 24, 2016 By jlukasiewicz

The police department of Fresno, California has been using the software program, Beware, for the last year now. It has recently decided to continue the use of the program after an initial free trial period. The makers of Beware, Intrado, wanted to develop a “tool to help
first responders understand the [...]

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Dennis Nicholl, a 63-year- old Chicago man was arrested on Tuesday and charged with a felony for the unlawful interference with a public utility. His bail was just set at $10,000. His crime? Using a cell phone jammer on the subway.  Nicholl, dubbed the “the cellphone police,” at his bond hearing is [...]

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The Ninth Circuit Does Not Feel the Burn

On March 17, 2016 By Katherine Dutcher

Bikram Choudhury’s famous sequence of twenty-six yoga poses and two breathing exercises—which is performed over ninety minutes in a humid, 105-degree room—is not copyrightable, says the Ninth Circuit. Choudhury, the self-proclaimed “Yogi to the stars,” popularized this form of “hot yoga” after emigrating to Beverly Hills in the early 1970s, and he detailed the [...]

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The Seattle City Council recently passed a law that allows for-hire drivers (that are classified as independent contractors by Uber and Lyft) to form unions. This ordinance ended up triggering the U.S. Chamber of Commerce (“Chamber”) to file a lawsuit against the city of Seattle because of the potential effects it could have [...]

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This week, one of the last remaining big-name free agents in baseball signed a one-year, $8 million deal.  To the average person that would be a life changing sum of money.  However, to Ian Desmond that represents far less than he, or industry experts, would have expected him to receive.  Desmond over the past [...]

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In today’s social-media focused Internet age, many new doting parents will flood friends’ Facebook news feeds with pictures of their newly arrived chubby-cheeked children. At first glance, this behavior seems innocuous – but the French police earlier this week warned citizens that Internet predators, identity thieves, and other unscrupulous individuals could view those pictures [...]

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