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Electronic Arts, Inc. (“EA”), the premier video game developer and publisher, is going on the offensive. Its latest hit, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, was a phenomenal success, selling 8 million copies in the first month of its release. EA wants to enjoy the hefty profits being produced and make sure that [...]Continue Reading →
By now you’re familiar with all the dangers: weight gain, desensitization, feelings of estrangement, and the wholesale degradation of America’s youth.
I’m not talking about illicit drugs. I’m talking about—users beware!—violent video games. In Oklahoma, State Representative William Fourkiller, a Democrat, is waging war against gory games. Last week, he introduced a bill [...]Continue Reading →
On January 24, 2012 By Lauren Gregory January 23, 2012
A ban on cameras in federal court hasn’t stopped WOIO-TV in Cleveland, Ohio from giving viewers a firsthand look at the scandal and intrigue unfolding during a local politician’s corruption trial. But the coverage isn’t coming from your average television reporter — instead, the station is using a fuzzy, buck-toothed squirrel puppet.
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On October 7, 2011 By Michael Walker October 6, 2011
On Wednesday, the Supreme Court of the United States heard oral arguments on the much-awaited Golan v. Holder, a case that asks whether Congress may seize works from the public domain and restore their copyright protection.
At issue in Golan is the constitutionality of Section 514 of the Uruguay Round Agreements Act [...]Continue Reading →
On September 16, 2011 By Marina Visan September 15, 2011
After the vast publicity surrounding the suicides of cyberbullying victims, such as Phoebe Prince and Tyler Clementi, legislators began focusing on solving this problem and deterring future occurrences of these devastating tragedies. They believed the solution to be in the form of cyberbullying laws, which could make online statements subject to academic [...]Continue Reading →
On September 8, 2011 By Nadia Mozaffar September 7, 2011
Last month I blogged about Missouri’s Amy Hestir Student Protection Act, a law which prohibits private communications between teachers and students on social media websites. Several readers shared their concerns about the vagueness and breadth of the Act in the comments. It seemed that the law was clearly running afoul of several Constitutional provisions. [...]Continue Reading →
On August 31, 2011 By Whitney Boshers August 29, 2011
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Ubisoft’s “Call of Juarez: The Cartel” has once again sparked debate over violent video games, but this time there’s a twist: players get to participate in a bloody street war that is actually occurring in their own backyard. The controversy surrounding the game is not only based on its glorification [...]Continue Reading →
In the news. . .
J.R.R. Tolkien estate threatens lawsuit over upcoming book featuring Tolkien as a character.
Literary “scout” sues over right to be paid for discovering “Twilight.”
Boarders bankruptcy petition lists creditors that include Sony Music Entertainment and Universal Music Group.
Congress wants to shut down “rogue” [...]Continue Reading →
To foster a free and independent press, most states protect the confidentiality of a journalist’s sources through “shield” laws. When these statutes were drafted decades ago, they had “journalists” of traditional media outlets in mind. But in the information age, is a blogger a “journalist”?Continue Reading →
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