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  • Vermont Takes A Leap: First State To Pass Law To Combat Patent Trolling

    Patent trolls have been in the spotlight of national attention in the past year, as President Obama addressed the problem in his Fireside Hangout and a White House report attempted to quantify the impact of abusive litigation. Officially known as Patent...

  • Internet Governance in the Age of Surveillance

    If the Internet international archives will register 2013 as the year of Edward Snowden and the disclosure of National Security Agency (NSA) surveillance programs by the media, 2012 was all about the mobilization against a...

  • The Copyright Alert System After Its Roll-Out: First (Non)Reactions

    The Copyright Alert System (CAS) was rolled out in late February 2013. CAS constitutes the United States realization of the international concept of “graduated response programs:” frameworks for media owners to address alleged online copyright...

  • BTLJ Spring Patent Reform Roundup

    With spring in the air, it is time to take another look at current news in the world of patent troll litigation. By now full-fledged media darlings, patent infringement lawsuits filed by non-practicing entities are...

  • Bitcoin: FBI and FinCEN Weigh In

    Bitcoin, an anonymous currency imagined by a mysterious individual with a secret identity, is on everybody’s mind. The cryptographic digital currency, operating through a decentralized peer-to-peer network, is both an opportunity for criminals and entrepreneurial...

  • Design Patents in the Modern World

    Design Patents in the Modern World

    A recent conference at Stanford Law brought together top-flight litigators, intellectual property scholars, representatives from USPTO and WIPO, and in-house counsel for a rousing discussion of emerging issues in design patents. In contrast to an ordinary...

  • Network Copyright Wars: "The Hopper," Ad-Skipping DVR, In and Out of Court

    The embittered battle between Dish Network and American Broadcasting Companies has given a public face to the struggle between the entertainment and technology industries over the role of copyright in media. In this battle, however,...

  • Online Gambling in America

    Three states have recently passed legislation authorizing online gambling within their borders.  Proponents of online gambling are drafting similar legislation in other states and even in Congress.  In addition to examining these recent legalization efforts,...

  • 2013 Symposium: “With Untired Spirits and Formal Constancy”: Berne-Compatibility of Formal Declaratory Measures to Enhance Title-Searching

    BTLJ is excited to welcome Jane C. Ginsburg of Columbia Law School on April 18–19, 2013 to the 17th Annual BTLJ/BCLT Symposium: Reform(aliz)ing Copyright for the Internet Age?. This is a summary of Professor Ginsburg’s topic of...

  • 2013 Symposium: Land Recording and Copyright Reform

    BTLJ is excited to welcome Molly S. Van Houweling of Berkeley Law on April 18–19, 2013 to the 17th Annual BTLJ/BCLT Symposium: Reform(aliz)ing Copyright for the Internet Age?. This is a summary of Professor Van Houweling’s...

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