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Bad Boys, Whatcha Gonna Do When the Police Cam Catches You?

By William Roberts On January 30, 2015 · Updated January 30, 2015 · 1 Comment

With more and more police departments purchasing body cameras and adopting policies that officers wear these cameras at all times when on duty, one is left wondering what will the effects on the criminal justice system be?

Departments that have implemented the use of body cameras have achieved staggering results.  The police department in [...]

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Government Settles in DEA Facebook Impersonation Controversy

By Sarah Robbins On January 29, 2015 · Updated January 29, 2015 · Leave a Comment

A recent case involving the United States Drug Enforcement Administration ended in a settlement this past Tuesday. As discussed in a previous blog post, the federal government has been repeatedly criticized for using controversial impersonation methods in connection with criminal investigations. In this case, a woman whose identity was allegedly used by a [...]

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Nickelodeon’s Kids v. Google

By Doruk Onvural On January 28, 2015 · Updated January 28, 2015 · 2 Comments

From the desk of all things data privacy and Big Brother: Viacom and Google beat a class action lawsuit that aimed to punish the digital giants for data collection of information on children’s (under the age of 13) computers conducted in the interest of selling advertising.

The issue came about from Viacom and Google’s [...]

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Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System has been getting a lot of media attention lately. Unfortunately, the coverage hasn’t totally been focused on reliable and affordable clean energy.

The facility, located in the Mojave Desert, is the largest solar “power tower” system in the world. Among its advertised benefits, the company’s website promises to avoid [...]

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The Silk Road: An Insight Into the Future of Internet Regulation?

By Wayman Stodart On January 26, 2015 · Updated January 26, 2015 · Leave a Comment

After a startling revelation on the first day, the trial of Ross Ulbricht, the alleged Dread Pirate Roberts continues this week. On day one of the trial, Ulbricht’s defense attorney conceded that yes, Ross Ulbricht did indeed start the notorious Silk Road market.

Silk Road was intended to be, as portrayed by Ulbricht’s defense counsel, [...]

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JETLaw Symposium on Intellectual Property Tomorrow

By Brenan Salgado On January 22, 2015 · Updated January 22, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Tomorrow morning, JETLaw will welcome faculty, staff, students, CLE participants, and web viewers to its 2014-2015 symposium: Beyond Regulation: The US Government as Funder, Creator, and User of Intellectual Property. The event will begin promptly at 9:00 AM on Friday, Jan. 23rd, at Vanderbilt Law School, and it will focus on the [...]

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The city of San Jose lost its appeal in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday. They were challenging Major League Baseball’s (MLB) long-held exception to federal antitrust laws. The Oakland Athletics are looking to make a location move and had their sights set on San Jose. However, the MLB’s constitution requires clubs [...]

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Last week, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) released a plan for electric monitoring and reporting in its Southeast fisheries, marking a significant step towards regulatory agencies embracing technology to better protect and manage the environment. The plan’s goal is to provide more timely, accurate, and comprehensive data for fisheries management and science.

Successful [...]

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