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Packingham Ruling Likely Not Instructive to DMCA

Photo source by spaxiax Another Supreme Court First Amendment decision this past Monday was a source of excitement for parties who consistently argue that copyright enforcement in cyberspace cannot help but infringe First Amendment rights.  I’ll say at the outset that … Continue reading

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Slants Trademark Decision May Have Other IP Implications

In 2010, the Oregon-based, Asian-American band had its application for a trademark in the name The Slants rejected by the US Patent and Trademark Office. The denial was based on a statute in the 1946 Lanham Act prohibiting registration of … Continue reading

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EU Court of Justice Ruling – A New Chapter?

Photo by alexskopje Pond5 This week, the Court of Justice of the European Union concluded what any rational observer would conclude about websites that make large volumes of unlicensed copyrighted works available to the public — that their owners know exactly what … Continue reading

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DCA Report: Users Demand Some Accountability For Platforms

On December 31, 2016, in a post called The Morning After or Social Media is a Humbug, I wondered whether or not 2017 would be the year when users, advertisers, and even the major web platforms would begin to demand … Continue reading

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Out of the Fire and Into the Matrix

  Photo source by orlaimagine One of the first articles I ever published (for a magazine that no longer exists) was about cogeneration.  This is the process whereby the waste heat produced by a power plant is captured and used to … Continue reading

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