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Derailing the Packet Train: Capitol Records v. ReDigi, Inc.

As the “Malaco Soul Brother” Chuck Brooks once sang, “you can’t be in two places at the same time.” This is the underlying logic behind ReDigi Inc.’s argument to the Second Circuit that their “packet train” file transfer system does not violate the Copyright Act. ReDigi, Inc. was conceived as an online marketplace for digital

Hardly Stoked: The Harsh Reality of Patent Law in the Cannabis Industry

Without a doubt, the legal marijuana business has been booming ever since recreational use became legal in the United States in 2012. Currently, nine U.S. states as well as the District of Columbia allow both recreational and medical use of marijuana, twenty-one states allow medical use only, and sixteen allow the medical use of as

Could Democratic Control of the House Bring Back Net Neutrality?

The House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet Chairman Henry Johnson has a lengthy history of supporting net neutrality. Unfortunately for Rep. Johnson, this decision was left in the hands of Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai. In December 2017, the FCC voted to repeal Obama-era net neutrality rules, which officially took

As Congress Turns to Reinsurance, Reinsurance Turns to Technology

As climate change poses escalated disaster risk, more and more countries are turning to the reinsurance sector for risk transfer protection. At the same time, the reinsurance sector is turning to technology to increase efficiency and accuracy of the reinsurance policies. This collision of disaster risks and technology-based solutions has situated the government with a

Escalating Deregulation: Acting EPA Administrator Issues Letter Proposing Ease on Mercury Rule

On December 28, 2018, the Acting Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew R. Wheeler signed a notice, in response to the United States Supreme Court decision in Michigan v. EPA, announcing the EPA’s intent to rescind the National Emission Standard for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAPs) for coal- and oil-fired electric utility steam generating units (EGUs),

Russia Moves to Ban “Fake News”

“Fake news” is deliberate disinformation spread throughout traditional mass media. It is a relatively popular term that garnered major usage among Americans around 2017, when Donald Trump often used it to describe major news outlets. But to be honest, I had never heard the phrase before the president began using it. I was surprised to

Getting to the Source of the Opioid Epidemic: Who Is Responsible for This Crisis?

As opioid deaths continue to rise to over 130 people a day, the state of Massachusetts is beginning to take legal action on the companies and individuals responsible for fueling the epidemic. In a complaint launched on January 31, 2019, Attorney General Maura Healey charged Purdue Pharma Inc. and seventeen others with engaging in deadly,

Indicting Chinese Hackers: Why Bother?

In 2015, China’s President, Xi Jinping, entered into an agreement with U.S. President Barack Obama whereby China agreed to refrain from hacking the United States and American based corporations. The agreement sparked a new wave in what seemed to be an increase in Chinese cyber intrusions. However, despite the short-term effects of that deal, Chinese

Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Smartphones: Tech Giants In Court Over Copyright Battle

The showdown before the Supreme Court is unprecedented: Oracle Corp. has come head-to-head with Google. And what exactly are these two tech giants fighting about? Smartphone software. Oracle is suing Google for using pieces of the Java software language in the Android platform, alleging copyright infringement. Such a decision regarding the intersection of copyright law