The Meme Ban That’s Breaking the Internet

By: Nashrah Ahmed In September 2018, the European Union parliament voted in favor of a controversial copyright directive presented by Günther Oettinger, the previous Digital Commissioner.[1]  Titled the EU Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market (hereinafter “Directive”), this has been called “the upload filter,” or even the “meme ban.”[2]  The most controversial part […]

Can Businesses do the “Right” Thing Without Being Bound to International Law?

By: Faiza Chappell Starting the week of October 15, 2018, the Fourth Session of the Open-Ended Intergovernmental Working Group (hereinafter “OEIGWG”) on transnational corporations and other business enterprises with respect to human rights of the United Nations Human Rights Council will take place at the United Nations (“U.N.”) headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.[1] The OEIGWG introduced […]

You Are “Tariffed!”

By: Sofya Bakradze President Trump’s unilateral tariff initiative against China raised a lot of eyebrows in 2018, with legal and trade professionals across the country questioning the validity and common sense of such action. It is evident from the U.S. Constitution that it is within Congress’s power to “lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and […]

Qatar Fights Back Against Saudi Arabian Piracy

  By: Marie Claire O’Leary   On October 4, 2018 Qatar accused Saudi Arabia of supporting and encouraging the Saudi Arabian broadcast company beoutQ in illegally distributing Qatari sports broadcasts.[1]  In early August 2017, beoutQ began broadcasting Qatari broadcasts stolen from the Qatari company, beIN.[2]   Saudi Arabia willfully ignored all of beIN’s requests for an […]

Earning Their Stripes: How Skechers Came Out Victorious Over Competitor Adidas

By Jenna Herr Last May, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals successfully ended the lengthy battle between sportswear rivals Adidas AG (hereinafter “adidas”) and Skechers USA Inc. (“Skechers”), but the court failed to answer a major question in the law: exactly how do you measure “irreparable harm” in order to win a preliminary injunction?[1] In […]

Apple May Escape an Exclusion Order, but the ITC Remains a Powerful Business Management Tool

By Jonathan Huie (LinkedIn: On September 28, 2018, in an ongoing intellectual property (IP) squabble between Apple and Qualcomm[1], an administrative law judge at the US International Trade Commission (ITC or Commission) found that Apple infringed one of Qualcomm’s patents.[2]  At the ITC, if there is a finding of infringement, an exclusion order follows […]

Regulating the Automotive Industry as Drivers Become Co-Pilots

By Halie B. Peacher The sleek driverless vehicles that excited audiences when watching Will Smith in I, Robot[1] and Michael Keaton in Batman[2] will soon become our reality.  From automotive companies to tech conglomerates, there is a race to see who can create a driverless car with the least amount of risk to consumers.[3]  One […]

Live-Streaming Strikes Out

By Kathleen Duffy It’s the bottom of the ninth inning, two outs, with runners on base, everyone watches anxiously as “live streaming” steps up to the plate!  This scene accurately describes how everyone in the stadium feels about the legal intersection of streaming live sports today and its increasing popularity.[1]  In our world of live […]