Online Subscriptions: The Key to Fighting Piracy in the Internet of Tomorrow?

I recently came across The New York Times article “How the Internet Is Saving Culture, Not Killing It,” by Fahrad Manjoo. Being that I’m fascinated by the idea that the Internet is the manifestation of consciousness and culture is the expression of it, I was immediately intrigued by an analysis of the relationship between the two. The article begins by acknowledging how business sectors in the past few decades have suffered at the.. Read More

Why It’s Time to End the Federal Prohibition on Sports Gambling

An estimated $90 billion will be bet on NFL and NCAA football games during the 2016-2017 season—yet only $2 billion will be done so legally. This discrepancy is a testament to the failure of the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 (PASPA), a federal statute that outlawed sports gambling in the United States. Four states—Nevada, Oregon, Delaware, and Montana—were able to avoid this prohibition due to exemptions in PASPA that allowed.. Read More

Automated copyright infringement detection systems and their effect on music producers worldwide

  Weeks ago, Apple and Spotify announced they had reached agreements with the music royalty analysis company Dubset. Dubset’s services include the ability for streaming providers to easily and legally allow users to upload music, even if those particular pieces of music contains copyrighted material. Dubset then analyzes the copyrighted material within the song using an automated scanning technique and distributes royalties based on prior royalty agreements. This specific service is known as.. Read More

#Trademarks: Are hashtags protected by trademark law?

On August 23, 2007, Chris Messina asked a new and growing Twitter audience, “How do you feel about using # (pound) for groups. As in #barcamp [msg]?” The former Googler and current Uber executive is often credited with inventing the “hashtag,” a word or phrase preceded by the # symbol. Hashtags categorize topics, making it easier for social media users to organize and search for particular content. Although the hashtag first gained popularity.. Read More

The Potential Implications of the Instagram Regram

Instagram has become one of the most widely used social networking applications today. Its interface is based entirely off of user-generated content by allowing its users to share photos, videos, and network with other members either publicly or privately on the application. As of June 2016, the mobile photo-sharing network has reached 500 million monthly active users, meaning that a whopping 20% of all Internet users use Instagram. Users post both their own.. Read More

The Growth of League of Legends, And the Need for Collective Bargaining

eSports has become more prominent over the past decade. In 2015, the global revenues for all eSports games combined reached $325 million, with North America accounting for a third of that total. The trend shows that such revenue will reach $1 billion by 2019. In terms of viewership, statistics show a global audience of 226 million viewers in 2015, trending towards 450 million viewers by 2019. In mainstream media, eSports has also grown.. Read More

Chasing YouTube: How Europe Plans to Hold Web Platforms Accountable

As the Internet gravitates toward social media and viral content, claims of ownership over online content become more and more difficult to enforce. Songs and music videos are posted illegally on dozens of sites, and even news articles are often compiled by aggregators before finding their way to large segments of the public. Record labels that previously enjoyed sizable profits on the music they produced have now seen their revenues decline sharply over.. Read More

The Companies Behind the #WTFU

If you follow vloggers like Nostalgia Critic or Honest Trailers, you might be familiar with the hashtag #WTFU. No, it’s not an acronym for a rude phrase—it stands for “Where is The Fair Use?” Here’s the lowdown: YouTube videos that use clips or sound bites from other work have been facing an flurry of takedown notices for alleged copyright infringement. The problem is that these videos are only using bits and pieces of.. Read More

Place Your Bets: States Take on Daily Fantasy Sports

One of the biggest new trends in digital applications is daily fantasy sports. Dominated by two leading companies, DraftKings and FanDuel, the daily fantasy sports industry swelled in size in 2015, with the two companies collecting a combined $50 million in weekly fees from about 7.5 million users during the NFL season. However, the industry is receiving considerable backlash from many state governments, who argue that daily fantasy sports services are illegal online.. Read More

The Engelberg Center and IPNY present Blogologues

The Engelberg Center on Innovation Law & Policy presents Blogologues. Professor Chris Sprigman, NYU School of Law, will interview Jen Jamula and Alli Goldberg, the creators of Blogologues, a New York City live comedy sketch show that takes its material word for word from the Internet and imagines a back story that makes us laugh and expands the world of modern story telling.

Date: Thursday, November 12, 2015
Time: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Location: Classroom 110, Vanderbilt Hall
RSVP: Anne Hassett, annemarie.hassett@nyu.edu