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We Were There, Where Were You?

Our 2014 Symposium, Innovation without Regulation: How Necessary is Intellectual Property Protection? took place Friday November 21, 2014. Below are a few pictures from the event. Please stay tuned for a video of the symposium in the coming week!

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ICANN’s gTLD Expansion: Internet Innovation, Hijinks, and IP Headaches

Last month registration opened for web addresses using the new generic top-level domain (gTLD) .nyc, and more than 50,000 domain names have been registered, making it the most prolific city-based gTLD after .berlin. In fact, someone has already registered and redirected the domain to a satirical law school website. Other New Yorkers have taken more »

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Saving Face, Not Players: The NCAA’s Concussion Settlement

The NCAA reached a $75 million settlement this summer regarding a concussion lawsuit arising from the NCAA’s policy of allowing individual schools to create their own concussion protocols, which plaintiffs claimed put players at risk. While former college athletes still have the ability to personally take legal actions against the NCAA or their school, the more »

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Recognizing the Perfect “Monkey Selfie”

Back in 2011, an Indonesian macaque snapped a grinning self-portrait. Naturally, it became an Internet sensation. The camera owner, British wild-life photographer Daniel Slater, is now suing Wikipedia for copyright infringement, as the non-profit organization had posted the image to Wikimedia Commons, an online repository of free-use media. In case the monkey’s rights were unclear, the more »

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Botnet Mitigations by the FBI, DOJ, and Microsoft Stop Cyber Attacks But May Trample on User Rights

Of all the software tools associated with cybercrime, botnets have perhaps the most widespread impact on commerce and on the operation of American businesses. The term “bot” has many meanings, but in criminal law it refers to a type of malicious software that infects a user’s computer and receives instructions from a criminal’s “command-and-control” server. more »

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Is Our Thirst for Knowledge Being Slaked?: An Overview of Knowledge Commons Governance

A desert watering hole attracts all kinds, with many predators foregoing easy meals in exchange for the water’s precious benefits. Arguably, sharing the water provides a net benefit to the community well beyond each party’s individual costs. Taking a lesson from nature, innovators are increasingly sharing their knowledge rather excluding others from their advancements. Resource more »

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