ICANN’s gTLD Expansion: Internet Innovation, Hijinks, and IP Headaches

Last month registration opened for web addresses using the new generic top-level domain (gTLD) .nyc, and more than 50,000 domain names have been registered, making it the most prolific city-based gTLD after .berlin. In fact, someone has already registered NYUlaw.nyc and redirected the domain to a satirical law school website. Other New Yorkers have taken the opportunity to vent their frustrations, registering GlobalAmbassador.nyc and directing it to a video lampooning the city’s appointment.. Read More

Saving Face, Not Players: The NCAA’s Concussion Settlement

The NCAA reached a $75 million settlement this summer regarding a concussion lawsuit arising from the NCAA’s policy of allowing individual schools to create their own concussion protocols, which plaintiffs claimed put players at risk. While former college athletes still have the ability to personally take legal actions against the NCAA or their school, the settlement prevents future class action suits and provides no money for injury settlements. This is largely attributed to.. Read More

Recognizing the Perfect Monkey Selfie

Back in 2011, an Indonesian macaque snapped a grinning self-portrait. Naturally, it became an Internet sensation. The camera owner, British wild-life photographer Daniel Slater, is now suing Wikipedia for copyright infringement, as the non-profit organization had posted the image to Wikimedia Commons, an online repository of free-use media. In case the monkey’s rights were unclear, the U.S. Copyright Office timely released an updated Compendium of U.S. Copyright Office Practices that explicitly rejects photographs taken.. Read More

Botnet Mitigations by the FBI, DOJ, and Microsoft Stop Cyber Attacks But May Trample on User Rights

Of all the software tools associated with cybercrime, botnets have perhaps the most widespread impact on commerce and on the operation of American businesses. The term “bot” has many meanings, but in criminal law it refers to a type of malicious software that infects a user’s computer and receives instructions from a criminal’s “command-and-control” server. Accordingly, the cyber-criminal can instruct the software to perform automated tasks such as sending requests, spam, or another.. Read More

Is Our Thirst for Knowledge Being Slaked?: An Overview of Knowledge Commons Governance

A desert watering hole attracts all kinds, with many predators foregoing easy meals in exchange for the water’s precious benefits. Arguably, sharing the water provides a net benefit to the community well beyond each party’s individual costs. Taking a lesson from nature, innovators are increasingly sharing their knowledge rather excluding others from their advancements. Resource sharing in the natural environment is known as a commons. Drawing from this nomenclature, a commons in the.. Read More

Is Close Enough Good Enough?: “Comic Con” vs. “Comic-Con”

Today comic conventions are large, multi-day events that fans buy tickets a year in advance for. The comic conventions of 2014 have come a long way from the one-day event, which included only two guest stars, that was held in San Diego on March 21, 1970. From those humble beginnings, the San Diego Comic Convention has grown into a four-day event, offering attendees the opportunity to meet numerous celebrities and attend exclusive panels… Read More

Nuclear Fusion, Again

Lockheed Martin’s famed Skunk Works, renowned for developing advanced weaponry like the U-2 spy plane and the F-117 stealth fighter, has filed multiple patents relating to a new nuclear fusion reactor design. For those who follow this sort of news, you may be overwhelmed with a kind of muted excitement. Why is this? For decades, scientists and engineers from around the world have promised fusion power “in the next ten years,” while time.. Read More

What Does Termination of the “Redskins” Trademarks Mean for Washington’s Football Team?

The name was never a label. It was, and continues to be, a badge of honor. – Daniel Snyder Merrit Meets the Enemy. Victory over our Frontier Foes. Thirty-Seven Redskins Sent to the Happy Hunting Grounds. The Indian Problem Reaching a Conclusion. – Rocky Mountain News, October 8, 1879 Since the 1960s, Native American activists have pushed for schools, colleges and sports teams to end the use of Indian-themed names and mascots, which.. Read More