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Net Neutrality Rules Hit Another Wall

On January 24, 2014 By

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, […]

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The Copyright Office Tunes In

On November 4, 2010 By

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 […]

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Breaking Down The Stem Cell Ruling

On August 26, 2010 By

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 […]

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While the trade and purchase of “conflict” diamonds has been well-publicized, other minerals are routinely mined and traded in war-torn countries such as Congo. Surprisingly, or at least not as well publicized, many of these minerals play an integral role in the development of cell phones.

Four minerals commonly used in cellphones […]

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Monday Morning JETLawg…

On June 28, 2010 By

In the news…

Federal court finds senatorial candidate Charles DeVore’s political campaign advertisements utilizing Don Henley’s music are not Fair Use.

Congress has driven a stake through the heart of movie box office futures trading — banning the practice.

Federal Trade Commission settles with Twitter in privacy case.

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Monday Morning JetLawg

On April 19, 2010 By

In the news…

Doctor charged in connection with Michael Jackson’s death, Conrad Murray, refuses to negotiate a plea; legal team begins developing defense strategy.

Rapper Jay-Z sues David Ortiz of the Boston Red Sox over name of Dominican nightclub.

Truth in Caller ID Act of 2010 makes it a crime […]

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Monday Morning JetLawg

On March 28, 2010 By

In the news . . .

If Sandra Bullock’s stable presence helped husband Jesse James obtain full custody of his daughter, what would divorce mean for young Sunny?

U.S. Cyber Command from Department of Defense ready to take over defense against cyberattacks.

File-sharing site Rapidshare attempts to legitimize its […]

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NASA Sends Astronauts to Space Station for No Good Reason

On February 12, 2010 By

After weather-related delays last Sunday, the space shuttle Endeavour and its six-member crew began its journey to the space station before dawn Monday. Their mission is to deliver the last major module to the space station, […]

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FOX Near-Blackout Calls Attention to Cable Regulation

On January 7, 2010 By

Hell hath no fury like a Gator scorned. Last week, Fox Broadcasting Company threatened to drop its signal from Time Warner Cable and Bright House on the eve of some of the nation’s most anticipated college bowl games. Even members of Congress and the FTC were urged to get involved. Happily, […]

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Congress Doing A Safety Dance Around Privacy

On February 26, 2009 By

Two congressmen have proposed a bill that would require ISPs, businesses, and individuals to maintain all users’ Internet-usage records for two years. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) and Representative Lamar Smith (R-TX), presented identical bills– S.436 in the Senate and H.R.1076 in the House– in order to aid the fight […]

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