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ACA Connects v. Bonta: 9th Circuit Upholds State Net Neutrality Laws

By Emily Shah - Edited by Pablo A. Lozano
In December 2017, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to repeal its 2015 Open Internet Order, which had imposed net neutrality federally. Net neutrality requires internet service providers (ISPs) to treat all online traffic equally by, for example, prohibiting providers from blocking or slowing the transmission of legal content or from preferencing content or consumers. In 2017, the FCC repealed...
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Reports Federal Circuit Comment Telecommunications
The Journalism Competition and Preservation Act: Opportunities and Risks for News Content Creators

By Emily Shah - Edited by Anastasia Pyrinis
The troubles of modern news businesses are well publicized. Since 2004, more than 20% of US newspapers have closed and more than half of journalists working at US newspapers have been laid off. Even as a few national news organizations and broadcast television channels have increased subscriptions and grown their audiences, many counties have been left without any local paper...
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FTC Signals Move Towards Tighter Data Privacy for Healthcare Apps

By: Mariah Bellamoroso - Edited by: Anastasia Pyrinis
On September 15, 2021, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) issued a policy statement clarifying that the 2009 Health Breach Notification Rule, 16 C.F.R. Part 318 (“the Rule”) covers health information collected by digital applications and wearable devices. Under the Rule, healthcare vendors must notify consumers if a data breach compromises “unsecured identifiable health information.'' The Rule was originally intended to...
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Tesla v. Rivian: Electric Competition Over Trade Secrets

By Samantha Strimling - Edited by Pablo A. Lozano
Tesla needs no introduction. Though the first electric cars were introduced more than a hundred years ago, Tesla was the first to prove their commercial viability. With $12 billion in revenues (as of June 30), they still lead the field by a wide margin. However, in recent years, Tesla has faced stiff competition from upstarts in China, the EU, and...
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Review of Cross-Border Tech Transactions Expands as Committee Struggles to Define Crucial Term

By Christopher Murray - Edited by Pablo A. Lozano
In August 2020, President Trump ordered social media company ByteDance to divest from TikTok. The President’s action left many wondering, “Can he do that?” The order kicked off a flurry of legal battles, ultimately putting TikTok’s future in the US in an odd sort of holding pattern. The incident perhaps marked a low point in what was already rapidly shrinking...
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Reports Privacy
Lemmon v. Snap, Inc.: Ninth Circuit Chips Away at Tech Companies’ Section 230 Immunity

By: Wyatt Larkin - Edited by: Anastasia Pyrinis
This summer, Snapchat removed its built-in speedometer, known as the “Speed Filter,” from the platform. A recent Ninth Circuit ruling was likely a major reason why, and the court’s decision could have significant implications for the broad immunity from civil liability traditionally enjoyed by internet companies. Lemmon v. Snap, Inc was filed in the aftermath of a fiery high-speed car...
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Reports Federal Circuit Comment
Stalkerware: An Overlooked Harm Draws the Attention of the FTC

By: Beth Findley - Edited by: Anastasia Pyrinis
The Stalking Prevention Awareness & Resource Center estimates that 1.5 million Americans are stalked through some form of technology every year. The term “stalkerware” has emerged to describe a particularly malicious type of software that can be used to secretly spy on someone’s device while remaining hidden in the background or disguised as something more mundane, like a calendar app...
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Cybersecurity Reports Privacy
DNA-Encoded Music: Gesamtkunstwerk or Gimmick?

Vrushab Gowda
Bristol-based Massive Attack has a well-deserved reputation for pushing the envelope due to its pioneering role in electronic music, herculean effort in almost single-handedly bringing trip-hop into the mainstream, experimental music videos, and biting social commentary. What’s more, Massive Attack is led by multi-instrumentalist Robert Del Naja, widely suspected as the true identity of Banksy or at least a close...
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Copyright Reports
Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement (CASE) Act

By Cynthia Ahmed – Edited by Falicia Elenberg
H.R.2426 — CASE Act of 2019 Full Text of Bill; GovTrack.us Summary On October 22, 2019, the House passed the Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement (CASE) Act. In December 2020, the CASE Act was included as part of an omnibus COVID-19 Relief Bill, which was signed into law on December 27, 2020. The CASE Act created a three-judge tribunal, the...
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Copyright Reports
France.com, Inc. v. The French Republic: Fourth Circuit Holds France Immune From Trademark Infringement Claims

By Jess Tong – Edited by Vandana Apte
France.com, Inc. v. The French Republic, No. 20-1016 (4th Cir. Mar. 25, 2021) On March 25, 2021, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit held that the French Republic was entitled to sovereign immunity against France.com, Inc.’s trademark infringement suit, reversing the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. The Fourth Circuit first stated that sovereign immunity...
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