Academic Writing

EFF to Supreme Court: Don’t Turn US Patents Into Worldwide Patents

Author(s): 
Daniel Nazer
Publication Date: 
April 2, 2018
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

The general rule in patent law is that each country has its own patent system. If you want damages for sales in the United States, you need a U.S. patent. If you want damages for sales in New Zealand, you need to get a New Zealand patent, and so on. A case currently before the U.S. Supreme Court threatens to disrupt this system by allowing worldwide damages for infringement of U.S. patents.

The new rules for the internet - and why deleting Facebook isn’t enough

Author(s): 
Ben Scott
Publication Date: 
April 1, 2018
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

While being pessimistic about the depressing tableau of Silicon Valley malfeasance is easy, let us not forget that the internet has brought tremendous value to our society. Therefore, the answer is not to lock down the open internet or even to delete Facebook (however satisfying that might feel, with 2.2-billion users it is embedded in our society). Instead, we urgently need new democratic rules for the internet that enhance the rights of citizens, protect the integrity of our public sphere and tackle the structural problems of our current digital economy.

Here are seven ideas:

Northern Ireland's Brexit Problem

Author(s): 
Henry Farrell
Publication Date: 
March 29, 2018
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Next month, the Irish and British people should be celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement. The agreement serves as the cornerstone of the power-sharing deal between Northern Ireland’s unionists and nationalists that helped bring an end to years of violence.

Is Tricking a Robot Hacking?

Author(s): 
Ryan Calo
Publication Date: 
March 28, 2018
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Abstract

The term “hacking” has come to signify breaking into a computer system. A number of local, national, and international laws seek to hold hackers accountable for breaking into computer systems to steal information or disrupt their operation. Other laws and standards incentivize private firms to use best practices in securing computers against attack.

First Amendment and FX Triumph in “Feud” Right of Publicity Case

Author(s): 
Daniel Nazer
Publication Date: 
March 26, 2018
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

In a big win for free speech, the California Court of Appeal has rejected Olivia de Havilland’s right of publicity and false light claims against FX. The court’s ruling [PDF] explains that the First Amendment protects creative works about celebrities whether the work in question is fact, fiction, or a combination of both. While Hollywood will breathe a sigh of relief, the ruling should also protect other speech by ensuring that right of publicity claims are subject to meaningful First Amendment limits.

How Self-Driving Car Policy Will Determine Life, Death and Everything In-Between

Author(s): 
Brett Frischmann
Publication Date: 
March 23, 2018
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Self-driving cars are here. More are on their way. Major automakers and Silicon Valley giants are clamoring to develop and release fully autonomous cars to safely and efficiently chauffeur us. Some models won’t even include a steering wheel. Along with many challenges, technical and otherwise, there is one fundamental political question that is too easily brushed aside: Who decides on how transportation algorithms will make decisions about life, death and everything in between?
 

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