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The “Right to be Forgotten”

On October 21, 2013 By John Craven

California Senate Bill 568 (the “Bill”), adopted on September 23, 2013, establishes expansive privacy rights for minors in the digital world. The Bill is divided [PDF] into two main parts. The first part prohibits certain products and services from directing advertising toward minors, who are defined as natural persons under the age of 18. [...]

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The Future of TV-over-Internet Services

On September 13, 2013 By Brenan Salgado

As people look for more and more ways to control their consumption of broadcast television, new avenues open up for companies that do not create their own content. One such avenue, TV-over-internet, capitalizes on free, over-the-air television by capturing and relaying it to users over the internet. This provides users with more control over how [...]

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California Seeks to Criminalize “Revenge Porn”

On September 10, 2013 By Thomas McFarland

In today’s digital world it has become quite common for jilted lovers to publish intimate photos and videos of their ex-significant other on the web in the aftermath of a contentious breakup. The growth in popularity of so-called “revenge porn” has led to the emergence of pornographic websites wholly dedicated to the material. These [...]

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For the past five years, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)’s Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR) has been discussing proposed exceptions to the copyright reproductions rights that would help the visually impaired and those with other print disabilities. The problem is obvious: there are millions of individuals across [...]

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Redefining the Birthday Suit

On June 20, 2013 By Caitlin Buckstaff

Ever wonder why restaurants sing their own versions of “Happy Birthday” or why you rarely see “Happy Birthday” sung by characters in a movie or TV series? The reason: they could be fined $150,000 for unauthorized use of the song . . . at least, that is what Warner Music Group [...]

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Breaking the Barrier

On April 15, 2013 By Caitlin Buckstaff

The National Hockey League (NHL) and the National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) are back in the spotlight. This time, however, the newspaper headlines are not begging for them to compromise, end a lockout, and save the second half of the hockey season. Instead, the NHL and NHLPA captured the attention of media, fans, and [...]

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Your Phone Just Called. It’s Tracking You.

On April 9, 2013 By Tim Van Hal

Just last week, a new report published in Nature’s Scientific Reports confirmed what many already knew and some feared: mobile devices can be used to identify people regardless of whether the information was “anonymized.” That is right: your phone and its data, even if it is touted as “anonymous,” can be used to [...]

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Blurry Future for Google Glass

On April 3, 2013 By Michael Silliman

Google’s new augmented reality device “Google Glass” is promising, to say the least. The head-mounted computer boasts the ability to take pictures, record videos, start Google Hangouts, and get turn-by-turn directions, all through a visual overlay controlled by voice commands. (For more on the technology itself [...]

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A recent opinion of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York declared the Associated Press the victor in a copyright dispute.  The defendant was Meltwater, a service that provides “clips” of online news.  An article described this situation as a battle between copyright protection [...]

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Baby Got… A License

On January 30, 2013 By Caitlin Angelette

Confession time: I am a total sucker for acoustic covers of non-acoustic songs. Obadiah Parker’s cover of “Hey Ya” by OutKast is life-changing. If you’ve never heard it, seek it out from a legal source and enjoy. I’ll wait.

Welcome back. Now clearly, Obadiah Parker created his brilliant version legally through a license. He arranged [...]

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