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Anonymous Declares Cyber War on ISIS

By ckring On November 25, 2015 · 1 Comment

The world may have gained another ally in the fight against ISIS since the attacks that shook Paris, and the rest of the world on November 13, 2015. The “hacktavist” group Anonymous declared war on the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (“ISIS”) in a series of videos. ISIS utilizes social media like Twitter and [...]

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The atmosphere at the University of Missouri was undoubtedly tense last week in the midst of student-led protests regarding race relations on campus. While the student protesters made headlines, anonymous posters on the Yik Yak app sent additional shockwaves through the university by making threats regarding students’ safety on campus. The fallout was [...]

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Epigenetics – The Missing Causal Nexus – An Analogy through PTSD

By gmiraglia On November 23, 2015 · Updated November 25, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Human behavior is the product of our genes and our environment. Law courses, such as Mental Health: Deprivations of Life and Liberty and Law and Neuroscience, depend on this adage to illustrate the role of scientific evidence in the criminal justice system.

For decades, the link between genes and the environment has been unknown. But [...]

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Prior to 2013, Silk Road was a popular online marketplace founded by Ross Ulbricht, known at the time as Dread Pirate Roberts. Rooted in anonymity and truly free exchange, law enforcement authorities targeted the site for facilitating an alleged trade in illegal drugs. After being raided by the FBI and other agencies in 2013, those agencies [...]

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On November 19, 2014, Rolling Stone magazine published an article titled “A Rape on Campus: A Brutal Assault and Struggle for Justice at UVA” that detailed the story of a University of Virginia freshmen named “Jackie,” who endured a horrific gang-rape at the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity house during a date function. It was alleged [...]

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In Internet Patents Corp v. Active Network, the Federal Circuit considered yet another case involving a claim of patent ineligibility under 35 U.S.C. 101. The patents at issue were owned by Internet Patents Corporation, a non-practicing entity, and essentially related to “the use of a conventional web browser Back and Forward navigational functionalities [...]

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On Tuesday, November 10th, New York Attorney General Eric Schniederman classified daily fantasy sports sites such as Draftkings and FanDuel as illegal gambling and ordered them to cease all operations in New York.

For those who are not familiar with daily fantasy sports sites, they are websites where players compete against other each other [...]

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Artists Beware: Pitfalls of Increasingly Popular Song Registration Services

By jpalmer On November 16, 2015 · Updated November 19, 2015 · Leave a Comment

This is the digital age of music. From hip-hop and R&B to techno and dancehall genres, artists more frequently create music using programs rather than people. Even artists who create music using traditional acoustic instruments frequently convert their sound to electronically marketable media. The result is an immense collection of intellectual property. Accordingly, artists would [...]

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