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On January 19, 2015 By Matthew Gaske January 19, 2015
On January 12, 2015 the White House announced its intention to press for new legislation that would increase consumers’ protection on the web. The Personal Data Notification & Protection Act is intended to “clarif[y] and strengthen the obligations companies have to notify customers when their personal information has been exposed . . . .” [...]Continue Reading →
On October 31, 2014 By Jackson Sattell October 31, 2014
With new technology come new products, new opportunities, and—unfortunately—new problems. Few technologies pose quite the excitement, and potential for legal complication, as 3D printing. 3D printing, a technique that manufactures goods using thin layers of plastic based on written computer programs, has the potential to revolutionizeevery major industry in the world. However, as Yoshitomo Imura [...]Continue Reading →
The newly-enacted Chamber of Digital Commerce (CDC), a bitcoin lobbying group, brought more than thirty professionals from the bitcoin industry to Capitol Hill on August 29 in an effort to spread awareness about the digital currency.
The CDC’s goal is to provide information to lawmakers and the general public about the bitcoin technology in [...]Continue Reading →
On April 1, 2014 By Andrew Solinger April 8, 2014
If you are anything like me, bargains are always a welcome sight. One of the most popular venues for bargain shoppers nationwide are the slew of outlet malls that have popped up in suburban areas and near popular vacation locales. Outlet stores advertise extensively that they offer upwards of 75 percent off [...]Continue Reading →
This past month, the House Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet held yet another hearing to discuss copyright reform. Aptly titled “The Scope of Copyright Protection,” it offered testimony from some of the most renowned scholars in the field. Yet, although the House and Senate conduct hearings and discuss intellectual property policy [...]Continue Reading →
On February 19, 2014 By Zachary Loney January 14, 2015
In less than two weeks, the Supreme Court will hear the first patent case of this session, which raises the question of when to award attorney’s fees in patent cases under 35 U.S.C. § 285. The statute provides for the award of attorney fees only in “exceptional cases.” Under the rule established in Brooks [...]Continue Reading →
Will that be debit, credit, or bitcoin? Could bitcoin become that ubiquitous? Those wily Winklevoss twins and the rest of the Bitcoin community have been working to remove the stigma of illegitimacy from the virtual currency, but they want to do so without any additional “draconian” regulation that might interfere with its spread and use. [...]Continue Reading →
For several years, net neutrality has been a major issue among consumer groups, startup companies, and many others who value the open nature of the internet. In the early days of the internet, internet service providers (ISPs) relayed data between websites and users indiscriminately, operating as a mere conduit. In the last few years, however, [...]Continue Reading →
Upon Congress’s prompting, the U.S. Copyright Office has begun a study on the desirability of bringing sound recordings fixed before February 15, 1972, under federal jurisdiction. In a notice of inquiry, the Copyright Office has requested written comments from all interested parties.
Sound recordings were protected solely under state law [...]Continue Reading →
You’ve probably heard by now that a federal court issued a temporary injunction earlier this week, precluding the federal government from funding any research project involving embryonic stem cells. This post attempts to break down the legal basis for the ruling, and what it means for the Obama administration’s plans for stem cell [...]Continue Reading →
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