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

Bringing IP to the Runway: The Push for Fashion Copyrights

Sunday, October 28, 2012, by Holly Bannerman On September 20, 2012, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved the Innovative Design Protection Act of 2012 (S. 3523) (“IDPA”).  IDPA would protect apparel such as undergarments, outerwear, gloves, footwear, headgear; handbags, purses, wallets, tote bags, and belts; and eyeglass frames. The protections afforded to fashion designs in the

Ineffective Updates: Efforts at Updating Children’s Online Privacy Rule Leads to More Circumvention

Wednesday, October 24, 2012, by Laura Arredondo-Santisteban As people’s reliance on technology and Internet services for their daily tasks increases, pushes for greater Legislative involvement to take steps at protecting users personal information online have also increased. The Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), is just one of the various widely publicized online privacy measures,