Denying Black Musicians Their Royalties Has a History Emerging Out of Slavery

Professors Olufunmilayo Arewa of Temple Beasley School of Law, and Matt Stahl of Western University examine racialized contracting and accounting in the recording industry. Their work traces the origins of industry-wide discriminatory practices back to the days when African American slaves were systematically oppressed, controlled, and denied their rights of ownership to any form of property, be it tangible or intangible.

Blockchain’s Promising Future in Battling Counterfeit Luxury Goods

Luxury brands spend copious amounts of time, money, and resources to protect their brands, trademarks, and intellectual property. But even so, the counterfeit market keeps growing, and annual losses from counterfeit goods reach well into the billions. Leading luxury retailers are now turning to blockchain technologies in an effort to douse the flames. By providing accurate, transparent, and verified data directly to consumers, blockchain might allow luxury brands to radically change the playing field.

China Passes Landmark New Foreign Investment Law

Professor Tarrant Mahony discusses the recent passage of the “Foreign Investment Law of the People’s Republic of China” (the “FIL”). The FIL consolidates many recent changes to China’s foreign investment regime, allows for the establishment of foreign investment projects without prior government approval, and addresses issues of intellectual property rights protection and forced technology transfer.

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

Competition Law for a Post-Scarcity World

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Talk of a post-scarcity society can easily sound like the stuff of science fiction, or techno-utopianism, or worse, blithe ignorance of the billions of people on the planet for whom real scarcity of basic needs is very much an entrenched difficulty of the present. Nevertheless, the convergence of a series of technological developments has convinced

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