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Last week, four executives of Shenzhen QVOD Technology Inc., a Chinese online peer-to-peer video-hosting platform, stood trial in Beijing. It was alleged that the company allowed pornographic websites to access its streaming technology and approximately 21,000 pornographic materials have been distributed on three servers run by QVOD. The four executives, who pleaded not guilty, [...]

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Cyber Security Bill Passes Senate in Landslide Vote

On November 26, 2015 By rmcleod

The Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA) passed the Senate with a vote of 74-21, and will now be merged with two other similar bills before reaching President Obama.

The CISA is intended to reduce the amount of corporate data breaches by permitting companies to share data regarding potential cyber threats with the Department of [...]

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In Internet Patents Corp v. Active Network, the Federal Circuit considered yet another case involving a claim of patent ineligibility under 35 U.S.C. 101. The patents at issue were owned by Internet Patents Corporation, a non-practicing entity, and essentially related to “the use of a conventional web browser Back and Forward navigational functionalities [...]

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Migrants fleeing persecution from the Middle East, Africa, and South Asia are streaming into Europe and have presented European policymakers with their biggest challenge since the debt crisis. The International Organization for Migration estimates that over 464,000 migrants have crossed into Europe during the first nine months of 2015. Syrians fleeing their [...]

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On October 6, the Office of Inspector General issued a Policy Reminder entitled “Information Blocking and the Federal Anti-Kickback Statute.” The purpose of this reminder was to ensure the public understands how information blocking can affect safe harbor protection under the Federal anti-kickback statute (42 U.S.C. 1320a-7b(b)) and to encourage the public to report [...]

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For emerging tech companies like Uber or Lyft and established behemoths like Amazon alike, maintaining their classification of a subset of their workers as independent contractors is crucial. Such classification allows these corporations to keep their costs down and limit their liabilities. For the former, in fact, their business model virtually depends on this arrangement.

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Can You Copyright Apparel?

On October 27, 2015 By zcrane

On August 19th, 2015, an en banc panel on the Sixth Circuit ruled that cheerleading uniforms are eligible for copyright protection. This decision prompted the losing party, Star Athletica, to request that the panel overturn the decision, citing “immense practical implications” for the apparel industry. The split Sixth Circuit panel found that stripes, chevrons and [...]

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As Halloween approaches on October 31, so does the end of National Cyber Security Awareness Month. Unfortunately, to the horror of many consumers nation-wide, October also appears to have been Corporate Cyber Theft Month, with no fewer than four large national corporations reporting data security breaches with the potential to compromise sensitive consumer information.

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With finite stores of fossil fuels and rapidly evolving alternative energy sources like solar panels and wind turbines, renewable energy figures to play an increased role in future electricity markets.  However, these renewable electricity sources lack the necessary consistency and efficiency to compete with traditional energy production.  In addition to problems like cloudy days and [...]

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Introduction

For more than sixty years, celebrities have used their right of publicity to prevent others from making unauthorized commercial uses of their personas, most commonly in the form of a celebrity’s portrait, photograph or signature. Despite its importance to celebrities seeking to tightly control the appropriation of their likeness, the right of publicity occupies [...]

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