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Once upon a time in music, songwriters had difficulty protecting their work from being stolen and monetized by someone else. A record industry in its infancy, plus the social dynamics of the day, meant struggling writers were often left with little to no recourse for justice. Over time, songwriters gained the ability to use copyright […]

February 19th, 2020|Intellectual Property|0 Comments

Fourth Amendment and Blockchain Technology

Due to the speed with which blockchain technology is advancing, courts will soon have to contemplate extending the Fourth Amendment to to information stored within a blockchain. With the increased use of blockchain technology and significant government control, the need for privacy protection for blockchain users is warranted. A blockchain is a decentralized ledger, where […]

January 14th, 2020|Fourth Amendment, Intellectual Property|0 Comments

An End to Corporate Abuse of Personal Information?

By: Christian Batallas, Member-Candidate, J.D. Candidate, May 2020, St. Thomas University School of Law.

On June 28, 2018, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA). This revolutionary privacy regulation is the most extensive and comprehensive privacy regulation to date will come into effect January 1, 2018.  The ”CCPA” now grants consumers […]

December 21st, 2018|Intellectual Property, Media Law, Technology|0 Comments

Social Media: An Unregulated Platform for Questionable Content

By: Brian Saenz, J.D. Candidate, May 2018, St. Thomas University School of Law.

We all know the feeling. Scrolling through Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, or Google Plus. Just kidding about Google Plus, I don’t know anyone who actually uses that. Anyway, we all know the feeling when scrolling through social media and we see a post or video […]

Spotify: The Music Industry’s Latest Adversary

By: Adriana Obeso, J.D. Candidate, May 2018, St. Thomas University School of Law.

Those who are involved in the music industry should be wary of entering into royalty agreements with Spotify, the music streaming company.  As of late, Spotify has earned a reputation for failing to pay artists mechanical royalties they are owed. Mechanical royalties can be […]

The Twilight Zone: Puerto Rico’s Treatment under the Internal Revenue Act

By: Ansell Fernandez, Articles Editor, J.D. Candidate, May 2018, St. Thomas University School of Law.

The Commonwealth of Puerto Rico has been an U.S. territory since the Treaty of Paris ended the Spanish-American War in 1899. All of its residents are U.S. citizens, and many serve in the United States Armed Forces. Military installations pocket the island, […]

Thank You for the Music: Additional Compensation for Songwriters Under Congress’s Proposed Music Modernization Act

By: Amanda Spencer, Senior Articles Editor, J.D. Candidate, May 2018, St. Thomas University School of Law.

Imagine you’re a baker, and a consumer comes into your shop wanting to buy a loaf of bread. The posted price on your display is $4.00, but the consumer tells you he only wants to pay $0.03. You’d refuse, right? You’d […]

Three Reasons Why Patent Disputes Should Not Be Decided By A Jury

By: Jennifer Weiss, J.D. Candidate, May 2018, St. Thomas University School of Law.

On August 24, 2012, seven women and two men gathered in San Francisco, California, to deliberate what would become one of the most significant patent cases in United States history: Apple v. Samsung. The trial involved more than 700 questions regarding alleged patent infringement […]

October 19th, 2017|Blog, Business, Cases, Intellectual Property|0 Comments

Trademark Registrations Yield to Free Speech Concerns

By: Amanda Spencer, Senior Articles Editor, J.D. Candidate, May 2018, St. Thomas University School of Law.

In a unanimous decision this summer, the Supreme Court overturned a decision of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) denying registration of the trademark “the Slants,” on the basis that the mark violated the disparagement clause of the Lanham […]

September 21st, 2017|Blog, Intellectual Property|0 Comments

Wake up and Smell the Trademark

By: Marc Rapaport, J.D. Candidate, May 2017, St. Thomas University School of Law.

Trademark owners may soon be able to protect another “non-traditional” mark, this time through the protection of scents. Non-traditional, also known as non-conventional trademarks, are those which do not currently belong to any pre-existing category of marks. These non-traditional marks make the trademark registration […]

March 21st, 2017|Blog, Intellectual Property|0 Comments