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Melissa Jefferson–the budding, body-positive, female singer and rapper assuming the stage name Lizzo–has skyrocketed in popularity in 2019. Her song “Truth Hurts” has just marked its seventh week at the top of Billboard’s charts, tying Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy” for the longest reigning #1 hit by a female rapper. However, intellectual property claims made to […]

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Most people think of video games as being a complex, challenging, and creative source of entertainment that has become a major part of the entertainment industry over the past decade. However, this growth, which has led to major breakthroughs in video game technology, has brought with it the unforeseen evil of loot boxes.

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National Football League (NFL) star wide receiver Antonio Brown has been a constant topic of conversation in the sports world for months, but the publicity has really ramped up in the past few weeks. Over the past few weeks, the media reported Brown’s Week 1 suspension during his time as an Oakland Raider, then clarified […]

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Do you own your virtual property?

On November 3, 2018 By

In 2005, Chinese gamer Qiu Chengwei was sentenced to life in prison for murdering his competitor Zhu Caoyuan. A dispute arose between the two over a virtual sword used in the online video game Legend of Mir 3. After investing significant time and resources to obtain the virtual sword, Qiu lent it to Zhu. […]

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Notorious “Pharma Bro” Martin Shkreli, the former hedge fund manager who infamously raised the price of Daraprim from $13.50 to $750 per pill, is currently serving a seven-year sentence for securities fraud. His sentencing also included a Continue Reading

Are Inclusion Riders Legal?

On September 30, 2018 By

On March 4, 2018, actress Frances McDorman ended her Best Actress speech at the Oscars with the words “inclusion rider.” This term was coined by Dr. Stacy L. Smith, an associate professor at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, in a Hollywood Reporter op-ed in 2014. An inclusion rider is a […]

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As the annual Game Developers Conference (GDC) comes to a close, the discussion around one of the most polarizing roundtables continues to gather steam. In a discussion coordinated by the International Game Developers Association the pros and cons of unionization were tensely debated. Although the video game industry is estimated to be $36 billion, the […]

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The #MeToo movement of 2017 suddenly thrust sexual harassment—an underlying and harmful workplace norm—into the spotlight. Over the past few months, a wide range of employers and industries have come under fire for overlooking sexual harassment.

The fact that sexual harassment represents an especially pervasive problem in the fashion industry should come as a surprise […]

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On August 18, 2014, Taylor Swift dropped her pop hit “Shake It Off,” the first single off of her fifth full-length album, 1989. Despite her lyrics telling listeners who do not classify themselves as “Swifties” that she would “shake it off,” the haters still hate, hate, hated her new single. But some did more than […]

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Ezekiel Elliott and NFL Arbitration Appeal

On September 22, 2017 By

As many fans and fantasy football GMs know, the NFL commonly suspends players for off the field misconduct. Players may challenge their suspensions through the NFL’s arbitration process. Some players, such as Tom Brady and Ezekiel Elliott, will appeal the arbitrator’s decision in court. While this process can leave some with their hopes deflated, Elliot’s […]

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