Poor Judgment Ends in Ohio Attorney Owing $300,000

Tuesday, November 13, 2012, by Amanda Jones A lawyer in Ohio must pay $300,000 to the families of two girls whose picture he used to create images that looked like child pornography.  Dean Boland, an attorney and self-proclaimed computer expert, used the images of two children to create sexually explicit photos that he subsequently presented

EPA Releases a Report on its RE-Powering America’s Land Initiative

Sunday, November 11, 2012, by Drew Hargrove The Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) recently posted a report, documenting an increase in the number of renewable energy projects installed on contaminated land. The report is associated with EPA’s RE-powering America’s Land Initiative, which provides incentives for renewable energy on contaminated land, such as landfills, mines, Brownfields, and

Voting Booth Procedures: Smartphones and Social Media Photos

Wednesday, November 7, 2012, by Kaitlin Powers Election day in the United States on November 6th resulted in a deluge of social media postings including photographs of ballots cast. But what may seem to be merely proud expressions of voters exercising their right to vote may actually violate the law. In North Carolina, voters are

Fracking: A Federal or a State Concern?

Wednesday, November 7, 2012, by Lev Gabrilovich Slick water hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” may not have been a big issue in the presidential election, but information regarding it has been plastered on news aggregation sites and the walls of bohemian coffee shops for over a year now. Put simply, fracking operations involve injecting pressurized water

More Developments in NCAA Likeness Case

Tuesday, November 6, 2012, by Michael Frongello In July 2009, former UCLA basketball star Ed O’Bannon filed a lawsuit on behalf of other former NCAA Division I football and basketball players against the NCAA and the Collegiate Licensing Company (CLC) challenging whether it was legal for the NCAA and other entities to use the student-athlete’s “likeness”

New Zealand’s Three Strike Policy and Striking Back

Thursday, November 1, 2012, by Catherine Clodfelter The issue of illegal file sharing prosecution is near and dear to my heart. I am, I admit, an accused, though innocent, violator. While some internet users are willing and able to mount defenses to accusations of copyright infringement due to illegal file sharing, many of us might

“The FCC Won’t Let Me Be”: Indecency in Media

Wednesday, October 31, 2012, by Teresa Cook It can happen to anyone. Sometimes our mouths say things before our brains can warn us that it might not be appropriate. The latest victim was Academy Award winner Tom Hanks who let the “F-word” slip on Good Morning America.  At the 2011 Academy Awards, winner Melissa Leo

Wiley v. Kirtsaeng: Will the Supreme Court Illegalize Your Library?

Tuesday, October 30, 2012, by Lauren Powers On October 29, 2012 the United States Supreme Court began hearing arguments in a case that pits the corporate publication industry against an independent student textbook seller.  A ruling in favor of the publisher could produce radical changes in United States Copyright Law, potentially halting business created by