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In the past few years, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has received numerous trademark applications for phrases created from political and social movements. Currently, the USPTO is considering two trademark applications for “Je Suis Charlie,” a phrase created in response to the terrorist attack on the French satirical newspaper, Charlie Hebdo, in [...]

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Cyberspace is the new “Wild West,” according to President Obama, but the government can’t be the only sheriff in town. President Obama addressed these remarks to a crowd of tech industry leaders at a White House cybersecurity summit last week. He also signed an executive order on February 13, outlining a path for [...]

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Partisan bickering is nothing new in Washington. This time, however, the bickering may come at a price for free speech and election campaigning as it currently exists. Under current Federal Election Commission (FEC) regulations, content published by individuals via blog or other free means is almost totally unregulated if it is available via the internet. [...]

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Last week, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler announced in an op-ed his plan proposing that the FCC use its Title II authority to “implement and enforce open Internet protections.” This plan follows closely the one described in President Obama’s net-neutrality statement released last November which recommended the use of Title [...]

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Last year, when Comcast announced its plan to purchase Time Warner Cable, the deal came under heavy scrutiny from consumer advocates. Senator Al Franken of Minnesota, one of the Senate’s most liberal members, called the proposed deal “a disaster.” In a letter to the Department of Justice, the Federal Trade Commission, and the [...]

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While Google started as a lowly search engine, the company has evolved into an email service, online shopping, and even a Facebook-competitor in Google+. Now the company is pushing further and is revolutionizing internet service. Google Fiber is reported to run a hundred times faster than regular broadband connections, and runs through fiber-optic cables [...]

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Obama Weighs in on Net Neutrality

On November 19, 2014 By Elizabeth Mulkey

President Obama wants the internet to be regulated as a utility…mostly. In a November 10th video statement, Obama laid out a new plan for addressing net neutrality. He proposed that FCC reclassify broadband providers as utilities under Title II of the Telecommunications Act, like traditional phone service providers. However, Obama also wants the agency [...]

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This week, Taylor Swift shocked her fans and the music industry by removing all of her songs from Spotify. The move was seen as an effort to drive up sales of her new album, 1989, but the decision also appears to reflect her belief that artists should be able to set their price points for [...]

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Since 1996 Section 230 Communications Decency Act (“CDA”), as interpreted by the courts, has given website hosts and creators a broad immunity for claims against them of libel that traditional publishers have not been afforded.

For example say a third-party posted something libelous or unflattering about you or your family member on a Continue Reading

On September 30th, eBay announced that it will adopt a new business strategy—break up the company by spinning off PayPal.  This comes six months after one of eBay’s investors, Carl Icahn, first suggested this strategic move.  After the breakup is complete, PayPal will be a separate publicly traded company, free to [...]

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