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Last week, a handful of Nashville songwriters ventured to Washington, DC to advocate for changes in the structure of compensation under copyright law.  The Songwriter Equity Act, introduced in both the House and Senate, aims to change the mechanics by which the government calculates songwriter pay. Currently, under U.S. Copyright law, [...]

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He’s Back!

On March 14, 2014 By Richard Saunders

It appears no one is safe from Carl Icahn, not even Silicon Valley.

The infamous activist investor is at it again, and this time eBay is the object of his disaffection.  In what has become a very public battle over recent weeks, Icahn has described eBay’s Chief Executive, John Donahoe, as [...]

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Since the leaks from whistleblower Edward Snowden revealed that the US government has been running an unprecedentedly enormous data gathering effort on basically all Americans, Congress has been slow to remove what many see as an unforgivable overreach of government power.  In fact, today’s Congress is barely even capable of Continue Reading

The popular 1980s sitcom Three’s Company revolves around three single roommates: Janet, Chrissy and Jack. When Janet develops a sudden interest in having a baby, Jack and, Chrissy hold hilarious interviews, looking for a “father” for hire. If this sitcom took place today, Janet, Jack, and Chrissy could forgo the interviews and team [...]

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Google Mapping Global Temperatures

On February 18, 2014 By Emma Stephens

In a winter where “polar vortex” has become a part of everyday vocabulary and debate over the Keystone XL pipeline has encouraged discussion of climate change, the University of East Anglia’s Climactic Research Unit has shared a data set on Google Maps (it can also be viewed on Google Earth) that Continue Reading

Exceeding Authorized Access

On February 7, 2014 By Jonathan Hoffmann

Last week the US District Court for the Northern District of California dismissed a case under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA), 18 U.S.C. § 1030, thereby contributing to an ever-growing debate [PDF] about the meaning of the words “exceeding authorized access.”

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The Target: Protecting Consumers’ Data

On January 22, 2014 By Rebecca Loegering

Over the holiday season, Target suffered a highly publicized data breach affecting between 70 and 110 million customers, one of the largest breaches of retail data in history. This personally identifiable data was hacked, according to Target executives, by malware installed on point-of-sale devices in Target’s checkout lines. The malicious software — [...]

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Using Antitrust to Fight PAEs

On November 19, 2013 By Shannon Han

Due to its nature as a right to exclude, a patent can have a powerful effect on the market. Though in theory the patent is meant to serve a defensive function, some have chosen to use it as a more offensive tool: obtaining questionable royalties from inadvertent infringers, or raising a competitor’s operating costs. It [...]

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There was a lot going on this week, so the Monday Morning JETLawg has been broken down into topics. Monday is cybercrime and cybersecurity; Tuesday is copyright, intellectual property (IP) policy generally, government technology, and government IP; Wednesday is surveillance and censorship; Thursday is sports, entertainment, and the arts; and Friday is e-currency, e-discovery, [...]

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There was a lot going on this week, so the Monday Morning JETLawg has been broken down into topics. Monday is cybercrime and cybersecurity; Tuesday is copyright, intellectual property (IP) policy generally, government technology, and government IP; Wednesday is surveillance and censorship; Thursday is sports, entertainment, and the arts; and Friday is e-currency, e-discovery, [...]

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