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The Presidential Debates Failed Us -- Here's How to Fix Them

(1) Comments | Posted October 22, 2012 | 2:00 PM

No doubt the presidential debates have produced great drama and theater. And, as Peggy Noonan writes in the Wall Street Journal, the debates may end up having a much greater impact on the presidential race than in years past. The conventional wisdom is that Mitt Romney wouldn't even...

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Can Copyright or YouTube Save Cindy Lee Garcia From "Innocence of Muslims" Video Fallout?

(1) Comments | Posted October 2, 2012 | 3:20 PM

Cindy Lee Garcia is desperate. The actress wants to clear her name and to disassociate herself from the controversial anti-Islam video "Innocence of Muslims," which provoked violent protests in Egypt, Libya, Pakistan, and other parts of the world. Garcia agreed to be a part of the 13-minute video,...

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Did UCLA and NYT Overreact to Student's "Asians in the Library" Video?

(98) Comments | Posted March 22, 2011 | 1:22 PM

Just a little over a week ago, Alexandra Wallace, a UCLA college student, posted a short, 3-minute video blog on YouTube that would end up changing her life. In the video, the self-described "polite, nice American girl," a junior political science major, ranted about the customs and manners...

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Golan v. Holder: Supreme Court to Review Copyrighting Works in Public Domain

(1) Comments | Posted March 9, 2011 | 10:50 AM

One of the most valuable lessons I learned as a lawyer I learned from, of all people, a musician. Richard Kapp was his name and orchestral conducting, his lifelong profession and passion. A renowned conductor in New York and producer of acclaimed recordings of Shostakovich's String Quartets, Kapp...

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Why Malcolm Gladwell Should Apologize to Social Media

(6) Comments | Posted February 13, 2011 | 8:20 PM

Malcolm Gladwell is a gifted writer. An author of four best-selling books and many articles for The New Yorker, Gladwell likes exposing little recognized phenomena and debunking popular views. His style is more breezy than academic or scientific, yet his anecdotes often sound rather compelling.

One of Gladwell's recent...

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Why a Google-Groupon Deal Makes Sense

(2) Comments | Posted November 30, 2010 | 3:31 PM

The internet is abuzz with rumors of Google's bid to buy Groupon, the Chicago-based startup company that is already the leader in the growing market for daily group coupons. Groupon, though only 2 years old, reportedly brings in monthly revenues of over $50 million. WSJ's All Things Digital...

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Camille Utterback and the Technology of Interactive Art

(0) Comments | Posted November 4, 2010 | 2:45 PM

If Picasso were living in our digital age, one can only wonder what he would have thought. A founder of cubism at the start of the twentieth century, Picasso was perhaps best known for abstracting objects into geometric shapes, but then reconstructing and depicting them on the canvas with the...

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Is Facebook a Friend or Bully?

(12) Comments | Posted August 27, 2010 | 5:55 PM

"Social" media giant Facebook just became less social. It filed a lawsuit this week against a small startup site called Teachbook, based in Northbrook, Illinois. Teachbook bills itself as "a professional, online community for teachers" where they "can create, share, and search a database of lesson plans and...

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Copyright and Remixing Kanye Tweets and New Yorker Cartoons

(3) Comments | Posted August 4, 2010 | 3:40 PM

Something momentous is happening today on the Internet. Remix culture just won a major victory. A comedy singing group named Paul and Storm took a bunch of New Yorker cartoons and remixed their captions with tweets from Kanye West. The remixed cartoons were hilarious -- the Kanye captions...

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Copyright Office Rules in Favor of Fair Use and Consumer Freedom

(3) Comments | Posted August 3, 2010 | 12:20 PM

It is not everyday that the U.S. government sides with jailbreakers. But, last week, the Librarian of Congress and Copyright Office did just that. Although the "jailbreaking" involved converting one's iPhone or other mobile device to allow it to run both mobile service and third-party applications of the consumer's choice,...

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On Being Justin Bieber in the Age of YouTube

(4) Comments | Posted July 1, 2010 | 3:52 PM

Walk down the magazine aisle of any grocery store, and you will find a similar scene: a bevy of teen, heart-throb magazines all plastered with the same kid on their covers--Justin Bieber, the musical prodigy with his brushed-forward, Zac-Effronesque haircut.

First discovered at the age of...

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