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Computer Algorithm Can Draw Congressional District Lines Without Bias

The issue of congressional redistricting has been the source of much debate. In fact, earlier this year, a federal court ruled that three Texas Congressional Districts were illegally drawn. In the official opinion, the court stated that “the political motive does not excuse or negate that use of race; rather, the use of race is

CRISPR – Where Does The Law Step In?

The big technological innovation that continues to dominate the headlines is CRISPR (clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats). If you are not already familiar with CRISPR it is time to take notice. The following article provides a brief breakdown of CRISPR, for those of us without a science background, and is followed by a discussion

Gambling on the Legality of Daily Fantasy Sports

In 2016, roughly 5.6 million users pumped over three-billion dollars into daily fantasy sports tournaments online. For a fee that can range anywhere from one dollar to thousands of dollars, users get the chance to select the professional or collegiate athletes from a sport of their choice that will perform the best over a specified

Hookd on the Music: How YouTube’s New Music Licensing App is a Game Changer

For most Internet users, YouTube is a ubiquitous platform that is a “go-to” for content.  Whether it be for entertainment, educational purposes, news, or to watch the world’s most talented dog perform tricks, YouTube is a platform that has a little bit of something for everyone.  In an estimated month, the site is said to

Equifax an Unfortunate Reminder of the Inadequate Remedies and Protections for Identity Fraud

Identity fraud is undoubtedly something to fear, as a consumer. Stories of the difficulties in getting one’s life back are likely familiar to most, possibly from TV commercials or personal relations with victims. And of course, no one wants it to happen to themselves. But with the increasingly digital nature of the world, data hacks

From Global to Local: When Laws Limit the Free Flow of Data

Last month, LinkedIn decided it was time to remove Russia from its professional network. The company refused to comply with the Russia’s law requiring all online sites to store personal data on local servers, instead abandoning its 6 million Russian users. This full desertion comes after the site was blocked last fall for its initial

Does Spotify Actually Have the Rights to the Music It Streams?

Copyright protections in music are in place so that an owner of a song can enforce that ownership in the courts if needed. The copyright process is rather simple. Songwriters can follow these simple steps to get their music copyrighted if they so choose. Then, if someone uses your music without your permission, you should

Russian-Funded Ads and Facebook: Is It Time for the FEC to Revisit Regulations for Advertising Through Social Media?

Facebook announced on September 6, 2017 that it received approximately $100,000 for politically divisive ads between June 2015 and May 2017 from accounts “that were likely operated out of Russia.” However, in July 2017 the tech company said, “ seen no evidence that Russian actors bought ads…in connection with the election.” In the announcement,