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Internet Activist’s Death Prompts Scrutiny of Computer Hacking Laws

January 24, 2013

By Ryan Conley, staff writer – January 24, 2013 The online world is reeling from the suicide of an Internet pioneer and political activist, and his death may result in significant changes to federal anti-hacking laws. Aaron Swartz, who took his own life on January 11, 2013, at the age of 26, was a co-creator…

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Whether Tragedy Will Lead to Change in Gun Laws Remains to Be Seen

January 10, 2013

By Brendan Conley, staff writer – January 10, 2013 As 2012 drew to a close, Americans were still reeling from the tragic shooting deaths of 26 people, 20 of them children, in Newtown, Connecticut. In the new year, as the 113th Congress introduced a flurry of gun-related bills and a newly-reelected President promised swift action,…

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Raising Medicare Eligibility Age for Fiscal Cliff Deal Could Be Costly

December 12, 2012

By Kristen Friend, staff writer – December 12, 2012. President Obama and House Speaker Boehner met privately on Sunday to discuss a deal aimed at addressing a series of expiring tax breaks and mandatory spending cuts, dubbed the “fiscal cliff,” scheduled to begin next month. Since Sunday, both parties have advanced new proposals. The President…

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Textbook Copyright Case Questions the Nature of Ownership

December 6, 2012

By Ryan Conley, staff writer – December 6, 2012 The US Supreme Court is expected to rule early next year on a pivotal intellectual property case between a textbook publisher and a college student who profited from reselling textbooks purchased cheaply abroad. The case could fundamentally change what it means to purchase a copyrighted work.…

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Supreme Court to Review Contested Provision of the Voting Rights Act

November 20, 2012

By Kristen Friend, staff writer – November 20, 2012. The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a challenge to the 1965 Voting Rights Act, a signature piece of civil rights legislation aimed at ensuring equal access to the polls. The Court’s decision to take the case came just three days after the 2012 presidential election.…

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Social Media Activity Continues To Stoke Free Speech Debate

November 13, 2012

By Barbara Atkinson, staff writer – November 13, 2012 Will the law ever draw the line in the sand when it comes to the limits of protected speech? The internet’s uncanny ability as a tool to push the limits of protected speech is once again in the news, as a number of recent high-profile incidents…

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Simpson-Bowles Makes A Comeback But Details Remain Unpopular

October 16, 2012

By Kristen Friend, staff writer – October 16, 2012. Simpson-Bowles is back in the spotlight as the 2012 presidential campaign stretches into its final weeks and the so-called fiscal cliff still looms in the distance. The plan, or a grand bargain based upon its principles, is still the poster child for “inside the Beltway thinking”…

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In Vitro Fertilization, Presidential Candidates and Patent Trolls Strike Again – News Center Podcast

October 15, 2012

In vitro fertilization was a success in 1978. Today the legal definition of “parent” is debatable. There are more than two candidates running for President. Who are they? Patent trolls take after Amazon, LinkedIn and Facebook – again. [powerpress]

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Third Party Presidential Candidates Face Barriers To Election

October 4, 2012

By Brendan Conley, staff writer – October 4, 2012 More than two people are running for U.S. President. People who are unaware of this may be forgiven, as there has not been a lot of talk about it. Although the electoral system in many countries features multiple parties, the United States has been dominated by…

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Samsung’s Copyright Infringement Went Even Deeper than Apple Knew

September 11, 2012

By Kerrie Spencer, staff writer – September 11, 2012 In one of the most significant copyright infringement cases in recent history, Samsung Electronics was handed a massive defeat in court for infringing on six Apple patents. The initial cost to Samsung is $1.05 billion in damages and an injunction on the sales of Samsung products.…

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