Using Technology to Bridge the Gap Between the Public and Private Sector

Monday, October 15, 2012, by Samantha Surles In early October, the Digital States Survey for 2012, conducted by the Center for Digital Government, gave North Carolina a B- in government technology practices. The Digital States survey is released every two years and stands as the longest-running measure of state use of technology. The criteria used

NC Business Court Judge Rejects the First Attempt to Litigate Under N.C. Gen Stat. § 62-350

Wednesday, October 10, 2012, by Katherine Street NC Business Court Judge Rejects the First Attempt to Litigate Under N.C. Gen Stat. § 62-350 Communications companies, such as those providing telephone, cable television, and internet services, have used electric utility infrastructure for decades to access their customers. When the communications services are provided via transmission through

The Case for Regulating Bitcoin

Wednesday, October 10, 2012, by Eli Timberg Bitcoin is the most unique, and arguably the most important, of new online currencies that are growing in popularity.  The fast ascension of Bitcoin, a currency unregulated by either a government or corporation, brings with it a new frontier for online consumers; a world free from credit card

No Copyrighting Yoga Poses, Football Games, or Acupuncture Procedures?

Friday, October 5, 2012, by Seiko Okada An exercise or a posture is not copyrightable under the Copyright Act.  Whether specific sequences of movements are copyrightable has not, however, been entirely clear. The Copyright Office now has taken an official stance in an effort to resolve that question. Bikram Choudhury, the founder of Bikram Yoga,

The Battle for Bandwidth: The FCC Proposes Auction to Transfer Airwaves from TV to Wifi

Tuesday, October 2, 2012 by Kaitlin Powers On Friday September 28, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued a release announcing that it unanimously approved a proposal to shift use of public airwaves currently allocated for broadcast television to the realm of high-speed wireless broadband networks. The FCC is now seeking comments and additional suggestions by

Texas Court Gives TransCanada Permission to Build Keystone XL Pipeline

Monday, October 1, 2012 by Cara Richards There has been an ongoing battle in Texas between landowners and pipeline companies. A large amount of oil in Texas needs to be moved to refineries on the gulf coast and the most effective way of transporting the oil is through pipelines. In order to construct these pipelines,

Judge Refuses to Order YouTube to Remove Anti-Islam Video

Saturday, September 29, 2012, by Anu Madan The controversial anti-Islam film trailer, “Innocence of Muslims,” has spawned violent protests and unrest spread throughout the Muslim world.  The fourteen-minute trailer, which depicts Muhammad as a womanizer, fool, and child molester, remains posted on YouTube, despite objections from White House administrators.  YouTube has refused to take down

Who’s Behind the Wheel? California Legalizes Autonomous Vehicles

Friday, September 28, 2012, by Ashley McAlarney Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill, SB 1298, into law this Tuesday that allows the operation of “driverless cars” in the California for testing purposes. The state Department of Motor Vehicles is now required to develop safety regulations for the cars by 2015, which will include the stipulation