App Happy: The Rise of a New Technological Industry and Why Intellectual Property May Have Very Little To Do With It

With over one million mobile applications available to download on smartphones, generating over one billion dollars in revenues, it is clear that the field of mobile application development is currently a hotbed of technological innovation. The United States grounds its innovation policy in the intellectual property clause in the Constitution, where it grants Congress the power to “To promote the progress of Science and the Useful Arts, be securing for limited Times to.. Read More

Fallout from the 9th Circuit’s “Innocence of Muslims” Ruling

Approximately one month ago, the 9th Circuit released its decision in Garcia v. Google, Inc. In Garcia, a writer/producer by the name of Mark Basseley Youssef cast Cindy Garcia in a minor role in his film. As far as Garcia knew, she was acting in an adventure film set in ancient Arabia called “Desert Warrior.” However, it turned out that [a dubbed over version of] Garcia’s scene was actually used in an anti-Islamic.. Read More

Privacy Under the Federal Trade Commission: Enforcement Actions of the FTC

Congress created the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in 1914 to prevent unfair methods of competition in commerce. In 1938, Congress gave the FTC the grant to enforce the prohibition on “unfair and deceptive acts or practices”, which, in the area of privacy, has largely centered on false and misleading statements concerning companies’ privacy policies and data collection processes. The FTC develops policy in the field of privacy by issuing opinions in its enforcement.. Read More

On the Offensive: College Athletes Seek to Unionize

Earlier this year, a group of Northwestern University (NU) football players led by team quarterback and captain, Kain Colter, took a bold and unprecedented step toward forming a labor union to represent college athletes. Colter, along with Ramogi Huma and Luke Bonner, both former collegiate athletes, founded the College Athletes Players Association (CAPA) and, just last week, concluded arguments before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) where CAPA implored the NLRB to allow.. Read More

Black, white, and watched all over: classic films and the public domain

A few weeks ago, there was an article by Nicolas Rapold in the New York Times about classic films that have fallen into the public domain. The article was essentially a run down of film titles and their current copyright status, a grouping of older films by directors such as Stanley Kubrick, Alfred Hitchcock, D.W. Griffith and Howard Hawks. As the article explained, under current copyright law, the current “patchwork” of copyright law.. Read More