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Dec
30

In 2010, Congress enacted the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act requiring video program owners to provide closed captioning for television programming streamed online. Although broad, these regulations do not apply to all video content streamed through online distributors, leaving the deaf and hearing-impaired without full accessibility to online programming. The Massachusetts District Court

Dec
30

Many patent cases turn on the meaning of terms in the patent claims. Although the standards for interpreting claims are somewhat fluid, there is a need for some degree of rigidity so inventors can protect their inventions. This Recent Development examines how the court in InterDigital Communications, LLC v. International Trade Commission applied various doctrines

Dec
30

Following months of polarized debates, the North Carolina legislature has legalized hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling through the enactment of the Clean Energy and Economic Security Act. Public discourse has primarily tracked concerns over energy security, environmental protection, and public health. What the dialogue has failed to adequately consider is the extent to which private

Dec
30

In 1976, Congress revised the Copyright Act, extending protection to computer programs. The scope of this protection, however, has remained unclear. While all courts agree that source code is protected from direct copying, they disagree as to the extent of protection for nonliteral elements, such as the code’s structure, sequence, and organization. Oracle America, Inc.

Nov
21

An information technology project “Apps.Gov” was announced by the Federal Government on September 15th, 2009. Google, Inc. is the principal contractor and is building a special data center facility for the project. In December, Google discovered a breach at another one of it data centers, which led to public concerns about cyber security and even

Nov
21

Although recent decades have seen a boom in the development of technologies that manipulate the human reproductive cycle, many states have been slow to adopt laws regulating third-party reproduction. While a handful of states recognize the validity of gestational surrogacy contracts, others find such contracts to be against public policy. Most states’ statutes, however, are

Nov
21

Several metered-usage pricing schemes for broadband Internet are struggling or have already failed, with each experiencing large amounts of end-user backlash. The problem with price experiments is the severity of user backlash in response to even minimal tests of new schemes. Users often perceive pricing tests as threats to low-cost broadband, but Internet Service Providers

Nov
21

Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. v. FCC (1997) set the standard of review for challenges by cable television operators who claim that federal laws such as the Cable Television Consumer Protection and Competition Act of 1992 violate their First Amendment right to free speech. That standard, intermediate scrutiny, holds that a content-neutral law will be upheld

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