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Blockchain Variations: Sidechains, Slidechains and the Potential of the Fork

As the blockchain avalanche continues, and ever-increasing numbers of blockchain-based patent applications seek issuance, savvy inventors and practitioners continue probing for patent-eligible space. Blockchain apps ultimately…more
 /  Finance & Banking, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

Getting the Brand Back Together: Are Dead Trademarks Free to Use?

It’s Monday, and you’re at the local coffee stand with your work buddies sipping pour-overs made from freshly roasted fair trade beans. Brad from accounting is telling everyone about the new show he just binged on Netflix…more
 /  Intellectual Property

Would You Like Malware with Your Grumpy Cat Meme?

Social media companies like Facebook and Twitter have written “white papers” and devoted considerable resources to projects intended to create services that encourage trust and a sense of familiarity on the part of users…more
 /  Communications & Media Law, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

The Tricky Art of Assessing Damages for Infringement of Software-Related Patents

What is it worth to be able to block employees from using social media while on the job? And how should one determine that value, exactly? While it might be easy to determine the value of a stand-alone invention, it is much more…more
 /  Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

One Hashtag at a Time: Twitter’s Versatile Tool Is Put to Work in the Legal Industry

We have previously examined the evolving role of the hashtag in intellectual property law, particularly trademark law. While the nuances of the symbol’s existence and use protections continue to be ironed out by the courts and…more
 /  Communications & Media Law

Debtors Beware: Social Media Knows Where Your Assets Are Buried

If there’s a golden rule for the online age we live in, it’s “Always assume anything you post online will be visible to all.” Just like the original Golden Rule, it’s a maxim ignored often enough to bear repeating and frequent…more
 /  Business Organizations, Civil Procedure

Deepfakes, Privacy Rights and an AI-Powered Blurring of the Lines

Recent developments in deep learning artificial intelligence have enabled almost anyone to superimpose facial features—including an entirely different face—into a preexisting video with relatively minimal effort. Until very…more
 /  Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

News of Note for the Internet-Minded – Bots, Bots and More Bots

Bots get purged, bots hijack the IoT, bots come to your emotional rescue and more! (There is some non-bot news, as well.) Burger King goes political (and viral) with a video weighing in on the debate over Net Neutrality…more
 /  Communications & Media Law, Science, Computers, & Technology

Artificial Intelligence: All Our Patent Are Belong to You 3.0

Three years after Elon Musk announced in his famous “All Our Patent Are Belong To You” blog post that Tesla would be opening all of its patents to the public, he tweeted a recommendation of Max Tegmark’s recent book Life 3.0:…more
 /  Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

Boeing Decision Forges New Balance Between NLRA Rights and Social Media Policies

Under Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), all employees have a right to engage in protected concerted activity, even if they are not unionized. Such activities include those performed for the mutual aid or…more
 /  Labor & Employment Law

The Algorithm Did It: The Evolving Legal Landscape of the Internet’s Favorite Tool

In a time where “fake news” is common parlance and tensions rise in response to the smallest media slight, is it time for algorithms to take the place of humans in moderating news? This New York Times article seems to think so…more
 /  Communications & Media Law, Science, Computers, & Technology

Can a Software Developer Copyright the Output of Its Software?

As technology becomes increasingly advanced and complex, it seems that a new software emerges every day to perform some novel function. Whether it is computer generated imagery (CGI) or deciphering a code in a bible, software…more
 /  Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

News of Note for the Internet-Minded – Harry Potter Go?, Chatbot, Esq., DARPA

Niantic looks to the Potterverse for its next potential AR blockbuster, Instagram’s ToS don’t travel so well in Germany, Google gives VR and AR app developers a new tool, holograms may help our memories outlive us, and…more
 /  Communications & Media Law, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

Can Cloned Video Games Survive the Battle Royale?

Cloning is the process of creating a video game that is significantly motivated or inspired by an existing popular video game or series. Developers have been cloning popular video games since the 1980s, including Tetris, Doom,…more
 /  Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

Framing It Another Way: Tweets, Copyright and the De Minimis Doctrine

When it comes to finding ways of making money, no corner of a capitalistic society shall go unmined. This applies to obvious goods and services but also comes into play with our very thoughts and how we express them. In the age…more
 /  Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology
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