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  • YouTube’s Demonetization Debate: How Smaller YouTubers are Disproportionately Affected

    I have been vaguely aware of YouTube’s practice of “demonetization” for some time, that which has something to do with ad revenues. However, it wasn’t until a recent tragedy at YouTube’s headquarters that I began to comprehend emotional and symbolic challenges smaller YouTubers (i.e. creators/owners of small YouTube channels) face because of demonetization. In this blog post, I briefly introduce… read more

  • Machine Learning, Blockchain and an Inefficient Patent System

    The digitalization of information and the implementation of computer-based processes in society has fundamentally changed how humans interact with the world and one another. Now, almost everyone in the US has access to an enormous pool of information in some form or another. While this is touted as the necessary step towards information equality, it is not without its problems.… read more

  • Is Using a Shared Netflix Password a Federal Crime?

    Following the Ninth Circuit’s ruling in United States v. Nosal, 844 F.3d 1024 (9th Cir. 2016) (“Nosal II”), several commentators in the media queried whether using a borrowed password for streaming video on demand (SVOD) services such as Netflix and HBO Go constitutes a criminal violation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (“CFAA”), 18 U.S.C. § 1030. Time reported,… read more

  • Life in the Fast Lane? The Death of Net Neutrality 

    On Feb. 22nd, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) published a new rule overturning net neutrality. Aptly named the “Restoring Internet Freedom” order, it directly repealed the previous “Open Internet Order” put in place in 2015 raising alarm bells all across the country. Reactions ranged from heralding the coming of Doomsday for the internet to celebration over the “freeing”  of the… read more

  • How the Sausage Gets Made: The 2011 NFL Collective Bargaining Agreement

    This past year was a dramatic one for the NFL, and not solely because of the spectacular on-field play. On August 11, 2017, Dallas Cowboy’s running back Ezekiel Elliott, the NFL’s leading rusher in 2016, was suspended for the first six games of the 2017 season for violating the personal conduct policy. Five days later, Ezekiel Elliot, through the NFL… read more

  • Music Modernization Act: A Bill to Help Songwriters Pay Their Bills?

    In the past twenty years, the state of the music industry has changed dramatically. Between 1998 and 2014, the industry was in crisis. Total revenue from U.S. music sales and licensing dropped from $15 billion to $7 billion. CD sales were on the decline, pirating was on the rise, and even when consumers purchased their music legally, they tended towards… read more

  • Spotify’s IPO!

    Spotify (SPOT), the music streaming service, is expected to begin trading on April 3. This IPO is one to watch by all fans of music, technology, and finance.   What is Spotify?   Spotify is a music, podcast and video streaming service from Stockholm, Sweden. It came to the United States in 2010 and has been booming ever since.  Spotify… read more

  • Self-Driving Cars: Negligence, Product Liability, and Warranties

    Nearly 1.3 million people die in car accidents each year, amounting to an average of roughly 3,287 deaths a day. Hopefully, with the advent of self-driving cars, that number will begin to drop precipitously. Unlike human beings, the technology behind these autonomous vehicles yields the safest results in every thought out scenario, by using complex algorithms. People can drive drunk,… read more

  • Has AI Killed the Copyright Star?

    For over 300 years, copyright law has been central to innovation and design, protecting artists, innovators, and creators. Rapid technological development over the past few decades has necessitated new interpretations and applications of the law in order to maintain this function. Although complex in application, the copyright framework has managed to integrate these new technologies. Fast-developing Artificial Intelligence (AI), however,… read more

  • Inclusion Riders: What Are They? And Can They Fix Hollywood’s Diversity Problem?

    With the rise of the #MeToo movement and the Time’s Up initiative, Hollywood is beginning to truly reflect on the problems within the entertainment community.  Diversity, or the lack thereof, has been a long running issue in Hollywood and is finding itself in the spotlight once more. In her acceptance speech for the Best Actress Award at the Oscars, Frances… read more