What are the Intellectual Property Ramifications of Brexit?

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While the “Leave” result of the June 23 referendum will not have an immediate impact on intellectual property, the eventual British exit (“Brexit”) from the European Union could have long-term implications for IP protection and filing decisions in Europe. On June 23, the United Kingdom voted in favor of leaving the European Union, raising questions

Time to Reboot? Rethinking the Digital Millennium Copyright Act

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It is trite to say that the Internet has changed the world of intellectual property. The Internet’s impact on copyright law, in particular, has been revolutionary. The Internet allowed artists and authors of creative expression to distribute their works to millions of users. Equally dramatic, the Internet has provided users the ability to share these

Goodwill Indemnity: Another Approach to “Competition” between Franchisors and Franchisees

Franchising is a growing business model in the U.S. As franchising grows, however, franchisors can compete with their franchisees over the right to goodwill generated by the franchisee. I have recently completed a dissertation in Temple’s doctoral program that examines legal mechanisms to address expropriation of goodwill generated by franchisees, and proposes an alternative solution.

The Supreme Court Protects Broadcasters from Competition, for now: ABC v. Aereo

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In ABC v. Aereo, the Supreme Court, in a 6-3 decision, held that Aereo, Inc.’s subscription service – which gave subscribers access over the Internet to a miniature TV antenna and a miniature DVR housed in Aereo’s facility, allowing them to record over-the-air broadcast television signals (like the ones transmitted by your local ABC affiliate)