Volume 15

How ReDigi, Apple, and Amazon Will Use the Cloud and the Digital First Sale Doctrine to Resell Music, E-Books, Games, and Movies

Volume 15, Issue 3 (Mar 2014)

ReDigi is a cloud based internet company that facilitates the buying and reselling of pre-owned digital music. A recent ruling against ReDigi by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York seemed to cast doubt upon its business model. This article analyzes the decision in Capitol Records, LLC v. ReDigi Inc. and

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John T. Soma and Michael K. Kugler, Why Rent When You Can Own? How ReDigi, Apple, and Amazon Will Use the Cloud and the Digital First Sale Doctrine to Resell Music, E-Books, Games, and Movies, 15 N.C. J.L. & Tech. 425 (2014), available at http://ncjolt.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/Soma-Final.pdf.

Google Search Results: Buried if Not Forgotten

Volume 15, Issue 3 (Mar 2014)

The right to be forgotten or mandatory deletion of online information squarely confronts the First Amendment right to free speech. But the underlying problem provoking advocates of a right to be forgotten is only increasing: harmful information posted online has the real potential to destroy a person’s reputation or livelihood. In addition, the way Internet

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Allyson Haynes Stuart, Google Search Results: Buried if Not Forgotten, 15 N.C. J.L. & Tech. 463 (2014), available at http://ncjolt.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/Stuart-Final.pdf

Counterattacking the Comment Crew

Volume 15, Online Edition (Jan 2014)

Presidential Policy Directive 20 authorizes the United States government to counterattack state-sponsored hackers who target America from overseas, such as recent malefactors from Syria and China. However, despite actively legislating in the field of cybersecurity, no act of Congress authorizes or rejects Presidential Policy Directive 20. Because an execution of the directive could cause collateral

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Nicholas Ryan Turza, Recent Development, Counterattacking the Comment Crew: The Constitutionality of Presidential Policy Directive 20 as a Defense to Cyberattacks, 15 N.C. J.L. & Tech. On. 134 (2014), available at http://ncjolt.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/Turza_final.pdf.

Wind Turbines and Migratory Birds: Avoiding a Collision Between the Energy Industry and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act

Volume 15, Online Edition (Jan 2014)

Wind energy is gaining prominence as a source of pollution-free electrical energy. An old environmental statute, however, may act as a roadblock for this clean, renewable energy. The Migratory Bird Treaty Act prohibits the killing or taking of nearly all birds found in the United States. While this legislation has been a boon for the

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Kyle Evans, Recent Development, Wind Turbines and Migratory Birds: Avoiding a Collision Between the Energy Industry and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, 15 N.C. J.L. & Tech. On. 32 (2014), available at http://ncjolt.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/Evans_final.pdf.

Mutual Pharmaceutical Co. v. Bartlett Continues to Alter the True Costs and Risks of Generic Drugs

Volume 15, Online Edition (Jan 2014)

Over the last few decades, the generic drug market has grown substantially. Today, generic drugs account for four of every five drugs sold. The affordability of generics has been a welcome change for drug purchasers throughout the value chain, but thinning protections for generic drug consumers are causing many reasons for concern. Recent Supreme Court

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Brittany Croom, Recent Development, Buyer Beware: Mutual Pharmaceutical Co. v. Bartlett Continues to Alter theTrue Costs and Risks of Generic Drugs, 15 N.C. J.L. & Tech. On. 1 (2014), available at http://ncjolt.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/Croom_final.pdf.

Leaving the Back Door Open: How Export Control Reform’s Deregulation May Harm America’s Security

Volume 15, Online Edition (Jan 2014)

A convoluted system regulating arms-related technology exports has frustrated U.S. defense manufacturers for decades. The Obama Administration is implementing sweeping reforms and relaxing export controls to address these concerns. While described as an attempt to bolster national security by aiding the U.S. private sector’s dominance of defense technology markets, these reforms pose a substantial risk

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David R. Fitzgerald, Recent Development, Leaving the Back Door Open: How Export Control Reform's Deregulation May Harm America's Security, 15 N.C. J.L. & Tech. On. 65 (2014), available at http://ncjolt.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/Fitzgerald_final.pdf.

The Fight Against “Patent Trolls:” Will State Law Come to the Rescue?

Volume 15, Online Edition (Jan 2014)

Patent trolls are companies that do not invent or manufacture any products. These companies acquire patents for routine activities, such as scanning documents to email. They then send out thousands of letters to potential infringers, demanding exorbitant fees for a license to engage in the patented activity, and threatening suit if the recipient fails to

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T. Christian Landreth, Recent Development, The Fight Against “Patent Trolls:” Will State Law Come to the Rescue?, 15 N.C. J.L. & Tech. On. 100 (2014), available at http://ncjolt.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/Landreth_final.pdf.

Patenting Abstractions

Volume 15, Issue 2 (Jan 2014)

This Article explores whether abstract ideas can and should be patentable. Historically, the patent system’s scope has been restricted to protecting tangible products or processes as opposed to abstract ideas. Ongoing advances in information technologies, however, have blurred the boundaries of the traditional doctrine, and many recently issued patents appear to protect abstractions. A recent

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Miriam Bitton, Patenting Abstractions, 15 N.C. J.L. & Tech. 153 (2014), available at http://ncjolt.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/Bitton_Final.pdf.

Neutral Litigants in Patent Cases

Volume 15, Issue 2 (Jan 2014)

Patent cases at the district court level are one of the most complex, time-consuming, and contentious forms of civil litigation. As an alternative to the conventional, two-sided adversarial process, this Article proposes a structural change to the manner of conducting patent litigation in the district courts: the addition of a neutral litigant who, as the

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Jeremy W. Bock, Neutral Litigants in Patent Cases, 15 N.C. J.L. & Tech. 233 (2014), available at http://ncjolt.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/Bock_Final.pdf.

Reproduction-Powered Industry: Coordinating Agency Regulations for Synthetic Biology

Volume 15, Issue 2 (Jan 2014)

The products of synthetic biology may improve medicine, national security, environmental protection, and the economy, but under-regulated development could catastrophically compromise these endeavors. Considering the dangers exhibited by existing microorganisms and public access to tools of synthetic biology construction, the field’s untested novelty implicates human health and safety. Further, social justice concerns are raised by

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Brendan Parent, Reproduction-Powered Industry: Coordinating Agency Regulations for Synthetic Biology, 15 N.C. J.L. & Tech. 307 (2014), available at http://ncjolt.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/Parent_Final.pdf.

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