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Cyberspace is the new “Wild West,” according to President Obama, but the government can’t be the only sheriff in town. President Obama addressed these remarks to a crowd of tech industry leaders at a White House cybersecurity summit last week. He also signed an executive order on February 13, outlining a path for [...]

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China’s anti-trust investigation of the American chip maker Qualcomm came to an end when the chip giant agreed to pay a record fine of about $975 million last Monday. According to the decision issued by China’s National Development and Reform Commission, the royalties Qualcomm collected from Chinese smartphone manufactures were “unfair” and “excessively [...]

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Who Rightfully Owns the Village People’s YMCA?

By Victoria Roessler On February 23, 2015 · Updated February 23, 2015 · Leave a Comment

The Village People are back in the spotlight, but not in costume this time. A trial has recently begun to determine the rightful songwriter behind twenty-four of the Village People’s biggest hits, including “YMCA” and “Macho Man.” In May 2012, Victor Willis, the original Village People singer-songwriter (or for those of your familiar with [...]

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Partisan bickering is nothing new in Washington. This time, however, the bickering may come at a price for free speech and election campaigning as it currently exists. Under current Federal Election Commission (FEC) regulations, content published by individuals via blog or other free means is almost totally unregulated if it is available via the internet. [...]

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Copyright law and popular music can sometimes appear to be strange bedfellows. The Founders were not likely to have intended this tension, given the fact that “promot[ing] the . . . useful Arts,” is followed by a phrase that limits the exclusive right to use, only “securing [it] for limited Times to Authors and Inventors.” [...]

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What to Expect After Teva v. Sandoz?

By Emily Gabranski On February 18, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Less than a month ago, the Supreme Court reversed the Federal Circuit’s en banc decision in Teva v. Sandoz, holding that the Court of Appeals must apply a “clear error” standard of review to all factual findings made in patent claim construction. The proper standard of review has been hotly debated for sometime, [...]

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New York City Councilman Mark Levine Proposes Accepting Bitcoin for Fines and Fees

By Chris Martucci On February 16, 2015 · Updated February 16, 2015 · 1 Comment

Councilman Mark Levine (D-Manhattan) is introducing a bill that would allow New York City to accept the digital currency Bitcoin as payment for fines and fees, including parking tickets and court fees.

Levine expressed several justifications for the bill, citing its popularity among young, tech-savvy individuals. “Today you can buy almost anything [...]

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Revisiting Professional Sports’ Stance on Betting

By Sara Whaley On February 16, 2015 · Updated February 23, 2015 · Leave a Comment

While professional sports leagues have tried their best to pretend that gambling does not exist, the fact of the matter is that illegal gambling is everywhere. Professional sports betting is a major business, estimated to be a $3.8 billion industry; however, only about $100 million will be bet legally. This large boom in sports gambling [...]

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