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Whose Energy Freedom?

Wednesday, March 27, 2013, by Catherine Clodfelter Apple is now proudly announcing that its data center in Maiden, North Carolina, is running off of 100% renewable energy.   Apple has an energy goal that does not stop in Maiden, but extends to every data center and every Apple facility.  Accounting for all facilities worldwide, Apple says

Creating a Small Claims Proceeding for Intellectual Property Right Enforcement

Wednesday, March 27, 2013, by Seiko Okada The United States Copyright Office is seeking public comments as to whether the U. S. should establish a copyright small claims adjudication system.  Concurrently, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) is seeking public comments as to creating a small claims proceeding for patent enforcement. Ideas behind

Senate Considering Bill that Increases Email Privacy

Sunday, March 24, 2013, by Neil M. Barnes Traditionally, the US government has taken a serious interest in protecting the correspondences of its citizens. Opening mail addressed to another before the other person has had a chance to receive the mail carries heavy penalties. Even the government does not have limitless access to mail. Typically,

Congress Members Reintroduce Legislation to Require Warrants for GPS Tracking

Saturday, March 23, 2013, by Ashley McAlarney Three lawmakers re-introduced legislation on Thursday, March 21 that “require police to get a warrant before using GPS to actively track suspects’ whereabouts.” The Geolocation Privacy Surveillance Act, known as the GPS Act, directs police to obtain a warrant before they can acquire a person’s location history from

No Hopping Around Copyrights: Fox Seeks Another Preliminary Injunction Against Dish’s “Hopper” Technology

Friday, March 22, 2013, by Virginia Wooten Automatically skipping over advertisements may sound like heaven to many television viewers, but for the major television networks this ad-skipping technology seems like a potential nightmare.  As of February 2013, Fox Broadcasting Company is seeking a preliminary injunction against the second-generation of Dish Network’s Hopper technology.  It is

De-Extinction and the Endangered Species Act

Wednesday, March 20, 2013, by Dylan Novak In 1996, animal cloning became a prominent topic throughout the world when Dolly the sheep was successfully cloned. While Dolly was not the first cloned animals, she was the first animal cloned from an adult cell, not an embryo. Since Dolly, many more animals have been successfully cloned

3D Printing and Firearms – Time for Regulation?

Thursday, March 7, 2013, by Anu Madan From human cartilage to car parts, and football shoes to musical instruments, 3D printing promises to change the way we manufacture every-day items.  Essentially, 3D printing technology turns a simple blueprint into a physical object.  Last week, Cody Wilson, a University of Texas law student, and his nonprofit,

Copyright Conflict: Newspapers Unite Against Media-Monitoring Company

Wednesday, March 6, 2013, by Kelly Anderson Last February, The Associated Press (AP) filed suit against Meltwater Group of San Francisco, a paid news subscription company that monitors the media for its corporate clients who in turn use the acquired information to evaluate the effectiveness of their public relations and marketing strategies.  In the complaint,

Would Mechanically Recovered Meat Residue by Any Name Still Taste as Sweet?

Sunday, March 3, 2013, by Jonathan Ambrose Fans of the horse meat scandal will be happy to hear that the European meat processing industry was recently implicated again for the mislabeling of ingredients. This time it appears that the correct species was involved, at least. The BBC reported on Wednesday that it had learned that