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Can Cloned Video Games Survive the Battle Royale?

USA - October 2 2017 Cloning is the process of creating a video game that is significantly motivated or inspired by an existing popular video game or series. Developers…

Framing It Another Way: Tweets, Copyright and the De Minimis Doctrine

USA - September 26 2017 When it comes to finding ways of making money, no corner of a capitalistic society shall go unmined. This applies to obvious goods and services but…

When Ripples Become Waves: The Equifax Cybersecurity Incident

USA - September 21 2017 Since September 7, 2017, Equifax, one of three credit rating agencies in the United States, has been dealing with the fallout from one of the largest…

Disclose or Else: FTC Steps Up Prosecution of Social Media Influencers

USA - September 14 2017 Last week, the FTC brought its first action against a social media influencer for failing to make appropriate disclosures on sponsored posts. While it…

The Doxing Dilemma: A Popular Tactic of Social Activists and Cyber Bullies Alike Remains Mostly Legal

USA - August 21 2017 After counter-protests ended in tragedy, a small group of social media users took to Twitter to expose the identities of the white supremacists and…

Employers of Freelancers Everywhere Should Pay Attention to New York City’s New Law

USA - August 15 2017 Freelance writers are as integral to online content generation as migrant workers are to the harvesting of seasonal crops (and in many cases, about as…

Fake and Consequences: Weathering the Reputational Risks and Financial Fallout of “News” that Abuses

USA - August 14 2017 In today’s political climate, the phrase “fake news” gets bandied about quite a bit. In addition to its more traditional meaning—news that is false…

Stumbling “Blocks”: When Is Social Media Moderation a First Amendment Violation?

USA - August 7 2017 As we previously discussed in our post “The ‘Commander-in-Tweet’ and the First Amendment,” the POTUS was criticized by the Knight First Amendment…

Keeping Up with Cayla: Concerns over Interactive Toys Spur an FTC Update of COPPA Guidelines

USA - July 24 2017 “Pleeeease?!” Buying a quick gift or giving in to your child’s pleas for a new toy is quickly becoming a more serious decision. In the age where toys…

But Is It Okay to Google His Name? T-Pain Not Guilty of Genericide

USA - July 11 2017 “Baby it’s okay, you can Google my name.” This line from T-Pain’s hit, “Bottlez,” became a focus in a recent Ninth Circuit trademark case on my…