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How far should the ‘life story right’ as property go? Casey Anthony Bankruptcy Trustee demand to sell rights to life story.

April 10, 2013 3:41 pm SBarocas 0
By: Akiva Miller The trustee in the bankruptcy proceedings of Casey Anthony, former murder suspect, has demanded to sell the rights to Casey Anthony’s life story as an asset in bankruptcy: http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/04/09/17670492-florida-judge-delays-decision-on-selling-rights-to-casey-anthonys-life-story?lite Individuals’ life stories are often treated like property, with book publishers and filmmakers commonly paying individuals for the rights to use their life stories, and litigation arising when works based on a person’s life story are created without their permission (example of such disputes can be found here and here).…
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Everyone can now mine open sources and social network information (but the government may have a new too for doing it too).

February 13, 2013 5:50 pm SBarocas 0
Posted by: Akiva Miller It was recently published that defense giant Raytheon has developed a system called “Rapid Information Overlay Technology” (RIOT), designed to powerfully mine information from social networks, including photos and the location information associated with them. RIOT reportedly has the ability to predict behavior based on people’s online habits.…
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Chief Justice John Roberts doesn’t read EULAs either

October 24, 2010 4:01 pm SBarocas 0
In a recent appearance at Canisius College, Chief Justice John Roberts addressed two interesting questions from the floor.  One concerned the issue of televised oral arguments.  Roberts expressed concern about the hesitation some might feel when answering questions on camera for an invisible and potentially limitless audience. …