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Autonomous Vehicles Today

By Vaheh Manoukian Whether it’s Tesla, Google, or Uber, technology companies are racing to advance the technology and policies to promote the autonomous vehicle (“AV”) movement. Waymo, a project originated by Google, is leading the way in this $6 billion industry.[1] Waymo’s current mission includes safely improving and scaling AVs through robust testing. Its Arizona–based… Keep Reading

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How the Compulsory Licensing System Has Impacted Sampling in Today’s Music Industry and Potential Calls for Reform

By Bruce Fan Sting recently sued up-and-coming rapper Juice WRLD for copyright infringement because Juice WRLD’s hit song “Lucid Dreams” used samples from Sting’s “Shape of My Heart.” Sampling occurs when composers “manipulate a recorded fragment of sound from a pre-existing recording and then use it as a part of a new composition.”[1] Juice WRLD’s… Keep Reading

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Predicting the Legal Personhood of AI through the Fate of Two Chimpanzees in the Matter of Nonhuman Rights Project, Inc. v. Lavery

By Eun Suk Yang Often, a “best friend” inherits a fortune.[1] Thus, some may imagine a future in which people will wish to bequeath their fortune to a humanoid robot whom they consider their “best friend.” Thinking that “[w]ell you seem like a person, but you’re just a voice in a computer,” one may think… Keep Reading

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Don’t Copystrike This Article: How YouTube’s System for Handling Copyright Continues in Contention with Its Creators

By Krisha Mae Cabrera YouTube creators Ethan and Hila Klein, together known as “h3h3,” have over 6.2 million subscribers on their main channel “h3h3Productions,” 2.1 million subscribers on their secondary  “Ethan and Hila” channel, and an additional 1.8 million subscribers for their podcast channel.[1] The creators attribute their rise to fame to their parodies, skits,… Keep Reading

Posted on in Business Organizations/Capital Markets/Technology

The AT&T and Time Warner Merger: A Microcosm of a Changing M&A Industry

By Conner Morris An Introduction to the AT&T and Time Warner Merger and the DOJ Appeal  On June 12, 2018, a federal judge approved AT&T and Time Warner’s $85 billion merger, one of the largest mergers in the media and telecom industry history.[1] The merger will combine Time Warner’s content (HBO, CNN, Warner Bros, etc.)… Keep Reading

Posted on in Cybersecurity/Social Media/Technology

The Digital Gold Rush

By Johnson Fu  Personal information holds economic value incentivizing private companies to collect information on customers. Many businesses—from grocery chains, to investment banks, to the United States Postal Service—employ a “predictive analytics” department that investigates a consumer’s shopping habits in order to uncover information they then use to target their advertising.[1] But problematic in this… Keep Reading

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Instagram Influencer Contracts: How FTC Regulations Have Spurred a Growing Legal Industry

By Alexandra Howerton   Imagine that a company sends teenagers free products to promote on their social media accounts. The teenagers, happy to receive free goods, post pictures on Instagram, tagging the company and captioning the pictures: “Check out my new stuff! #loveit =).” The next month, the company and the teenagers find out they are… Keep Reading

Posted on in Government/Public Policy/Technology

Politicizing User Information: How Partisan Divisions in Congress Affect Personal Liberties Online

By Jonathan Kwortek Recently, scandal involving Cambridge Analytica, a political data firm, dominated the news cycle for weeks on end. Cambridge Analytica’s misuse of personal information from Facebook to target individuals with political advertisements[1] compelled Congress to invite Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg to testify. While Republicans’ questioning displayed an interest in the social network’s handling… Keep Reading

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Should the Crypto-Industry be Self-Regulated?

By Conner Morris  Why the Cryptocurrency Market Is Worth Regulating Currently, the market capitalization of all cryptocurrencies is around $500 billion, after a significant increase to $630 billion in January 2018.[1] While the industry has been growing steadily over the last few years, in 2017 the digital asset industry exploded – the number of cryptocurrencies… Keep Reading

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