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On March 16, 2017, Lyft Inc. and over 200,000 current and former drivers reached a $30 million settlement in a class action lawsuit. The plaintiffs, all current and former Lyft drivers, alleged that they were “employees” and not “independent contractors” under California law, and that in some cases, they had not earned the minimum [...]

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Cybersecurity for Autonomous Vehicles

By jdclark On March 20, 2017 · Leave a Comment

Autonomous vehicles promise to be extraordinarily safer than human drivers because ninety-four percent of crashes can be attributed to human error. However, a less discussed danger is the threat of data breaches and other nefarious electronic hacking of cars as they increase in technological sophistication. Wikileaks recently released documents showing the intelligence community has [...]

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Trademark rights protect the use in commerce of a distinctive “mark” recognized by the public as indicative of the source of a product. Trademark protection is intended to facilitate communication between sellers and buyers, by providing a means for buyers to readily identify the business responsible for the good or service they are interested in [...]

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Artificial Intelligence and Copyright

By cobrien On March 15, 2017 · Leave a Comment

Have you ever listened to a song written by artificial intelligence? While recorded music has relied more and more on technology to perfect the voice of your favorite artists, AI has been developing rapidly towards creating technology capable of autonomous creation.

The term “Artificial Intelligence” was coined in 1956 at the Dartmouth Conference. In [...]

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In 2012, the 13-3 San Antonio Spurs traveled to Miami to face the 10-3 Miami Heat for a late November game in what was supposed to be a preview of a a possible NBA Finals matchup — they indeed met in the finals in June 2013, with the Heat winning an epic series in 7 [...]

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The Cost of Being Free

By ckerr On February 23, 2017 · Leave a Comment

Since 2013, Zenefits, one of Silicon Valley’s “unicorns,” has been offering its software for a remarkably low price: free. Zenefits is a cloud-based human resources software-as-a-service (SaaS) company; or, in English, it is an insurance broker. That’s how Zenefits can afford to offer its software for free to its user—it makes yearly commissions of [...]

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Since this past August, the Department of Justice has been locked in a battle with music licensors over the concept of fractional licensing.  As the DOJ recalibrates under Jeff Sessions, it is unclear whether it will continue the fight that the Obama administration picked with many established music industry interests.

In August 2016, the Department [...]

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How would you feel if you were arrested in your home or registered as a sex offender, not for anything you had done, but because of a malfunction in the computer software used by your local county court? That unlikely nightmare has become a horrifying reality for many people living in Alameda County, California.


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