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Controlling our DNA: the legal implications of CRISPR-Cas9

In 1928, Alexander Fleming discovered that a mold had contaminated one of his petri dishes and killed the bacteria growing in it. This mold defeated previously fatal infections and created one of the largest paradigm shifts in medical history. Howard Markel, The real story behind penicillin, PBS.com (Sept. 27, 2013), http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/the-real- story-behind-the-worlds-first-antibiotic. Today, medical science…
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“These Are Not the Actors You Are Looking For”: Right to Likeness in the Age of CGI

New advances in computer generated image technology have opened a Pandora’s Box of issues relating to the portrayal of public figures after death. Such post-mortem use of public figures’ images has become prominent in pop culture since the release of “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” in 2015. The film features the performance of an…
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 Hypothetical #1

Imagine that you are a lawyer for the Tesla motor company in the year 2032. Unfortunately, you learn that one of the company’s employees was testing a new autopilot feature for the Model T Tesla motor vehicle when the program deviated from its programming for an unknown reason. The vehicle drove itself and the employee…
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Samsung’s Legal Issues

In the last century, Samsung has grown from a small Korean business to an influential multinational corporation. It is now one of the leading electronics companies prevalent in the world. As successful as Samsung has become, it has also met with its fair share of issues. In recent years, the increase in competition between Apple…
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“Fake News”: Real Legal Implications

“Fake News” has spread like a virus through the media popping up on newsfeeds all over the internet, spreading fictitious information for the public to unknowingly consume and regurgitate. Fake News is a broad definition that could be articulated as misleading or factually untrue information disguised as news. A survey conducted by Pew Research Center…
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Drinking While Flying Your Drone

Either as a weapon or a tool, drones are becoming more prevalent. Small drones are now sold in major department stores. Therefore, like automobiles, a drone is susceptible to accidents and collisions. Therefore, the law must address the civilian use of unmanned aviation systems (UAS) such as drones. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is the…
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UBER’S AI Taxis In Pittsburgh: Complications in Automotive Torts For Self-Driving Vehichles

Introduction In Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Uber has deployed a small test fleet of self-driving taxis. Anthony, Pittsburgh your Self-Driving Uber is arriving now, Uber (2016), (last visited Jan 22, 2017); Signe Brewster, Uber starts self-driving car pickups in Pittsburgh, TechCrunch (2016), (last visited Jan 22, 2017); Nathan Ingraham, I drove around Pittsburgh in a self-driving Uber,…
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