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June 5 / Article, Technology

Liability of Tesla’s Autopilot System Under California Tort Law

Abstract: Imagine riding across the country in the comfort of your own car and from it, admiring the country’s most beautiful cityscapes, beaches, natural forests, and mountain ranges without even having to get behind the wheel. Imagine not having to spend countless, frustrating hours trying to brake in response to the dozens of cars weaving in and out of the lanes around you, and instead, being able to catch up with friends and family over drinks, meals, and movies while your car drives itself. None of this is too good to be true. Many car manufacturers like Ford and Toyota are racing to develop the first fully autonomous vehicle by 2020.

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February 7 / Blogs, Other Intellectual Property, Technology

Friend or Foe: Legal Rights of Artificial Intelligence

Abstract: As technology develops around the world, various forms of artificial intelligence are beginning to appear in every aspect of our daily lives. Robotic technology, such as drones and driverless cars, assist us in the transportation, military, and security sectors. Scientists predict that human jobs will be outsourced to machines and robots in the near future. Consequently, certain questions have arisen about the legal status of robots and whether robots may require constitutional rights. If robots are given legal rights, should they also be held liable for any illegal acts that they commit? If not, then who should be held liable for their conduct? In anticipation of these questions, certain countries have initiated the process of drafting and proposing legislation regarding robots and other types of artificial intelligence. It is likely advantageous for other countries to follow this lead because artificial intelligence, specifically robots, will be intertwined with humanity in the near future.

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February 7 / Blogs, Computing, Other Intellectual Property, Technology

Selfies in Court: Snapchat as Admissible Evidence

Abstract: Social media is now a widely accepted and important medium of evidence in court. Yet Snapchat, a new and popular image messaging app among the youngest generation of smartphone users threatens to upend the field of social media evidence. Snapchat is unique among social media platforms because it functions to avoid permanence. Such is the appeal to today’s teenagers: a normal “snap” (a picture or video captured through the app) can only be viewed for a maximum of ten seconds before it deletes. Users may also choose to upload a snap to their “Story,” which posts the picture or video for all their contacts to view multiple times within a twenty-four hour period. The deleting function unique to Snapchat presents inherent difficulty in saving images taken through the app. In fact, recipients of snaps are left with only one method of saving the images they see: the “screenshot.” A screenshot is a smartphone function not related to Snapchat which captures what the viewer sees on their phone screen at that moment and can be saved. While it has been these screenshots which have allowed Snapchat to enter the world of admissible evidence, it is now use of the app itself as evidence which have signaled courts’ acceptance of Snapchat and its greater value to justice in the near future.

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March 31 / Blogs, Copyright, Technology

Who’s Fault is it Anyway? The Modern State of 3D Printing Copyright Liability

Abstract: When new technology arises, lawmakers struggle to keep up: how do I perform the balancing act of managing risk through regulation without stymying innovation. An ongoing struggle is the 3D printer and its copyright liability. 3D printers take a complicated manufacturing process and puts in our homes instead of a factory. The ease in which a person can create an object at home is an incredible feat, but it comes with consequences. Specifically, owners of copyrighted images are weary of their products being reproduced at home and sold in a secondary market. This article briefly describes the source of their concerns and reviews the copyright issues that arise in the world of 3D printing.

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November 25 / Blogs, Computing, Technology

Obama’s Broadband Plan

Abstract: This January, President Barack Obama announced a federal government initiative to expand broadband infrastructure. Given the widespread use of technology in today’s society, the President believes that broadband access is an essential piece of infrastructure that needs improvement.

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November 25 / Article, Other Intellectual Property, Technology

Telemedicine & The Courts: Teladoc v. Texas Medical Board as a Case Study

Abstract: Using varied technology platforms to leverage healthcare accessibility has become a principal goal for the venture capitalists that fund tech startups. Today, health
insurance companies such as Aetna and United Healthcare have partnered with telemedicine companies in order to provide the service for its members. Teladoc, Inc., which markets itself as the first and largest telehealth provider in the United States, is one such company. Of all of business generated by Teladoc’s 11.5 million members, one quarter comes from Texas.

Over the course of the past year, however, Teladoc’s ability to continue its services in the state has been on legally tenuous ground due to repeated steps taken by the Texas Medical Board to oust the company from its state. The Teladoc, Inc. v. Texas Medical Board case exemplifies the collision between emerging technology and healthcare law, and serves as a useful study of the treatment such a dispute receives from the court system.

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