From Actors to Social Media Influencers: Where do Children’s Rights Fit in?

(Source)   Macaulay Culkin, Drew Barrymore, the Olsen twins – these are just a few of the myriad of child actors who have starred in iconic films and shows. The most successful actors have gained international fame and millions of dollars through television shows, movie deals, and advertising contracts. Their legal rights are well-established and

Incentivizing Pharmaceutical Pediatric Data with Patent Extensions

(Source)   Patent exclusivity provides lucrative market incentives for companies in the biopharma space to innovate. Companies that receive a patent for their drug from the U.S. Patent and Trade Office (USPTO) have a limited monopoly for 20 years from the date of filing the patent. The economic incentives are so lucrative that Amgen built

Is an Executive Order on AI Enough?

(Source)   President Biden’s Executive Order 14110 President Biden signed an executive order on October 30, 2023 about the safe development of AI. However, this is not the first AI-related guidance this administration has published. They previously issued a Blueprint for an AI Bill of Rights and an AI Risk Management Framework. But both the

Rub Some Dirt in It: An Analysis of Coaching Abuse in Collegiate Athletics

(Source)   College athletics are often seen as an asset to both universities and students. For universities, athletics programs generate revenue and influence student enrollment. For student-athletes, participating in athletics can provide financial assistance through scholarships and may be a pathway towards continuing to professional sports. Additionally, even if students-athletes don’t aspire to continue on

Time To End the Backlog

(Source)   Unfortunately, it is common to read or hear about heinous crimes in the news. What may be more shocking, though, is how frequently stories announce that the offenders’ DNA was later found in untested rape kits, sitting on shelves in warehouses, or police evidence rooms for years, or even decades. When these kits

More Informed Consumers are Still at Risk of Bad Business Opportunities

(Source)   Multi-level marketing schemes (MLM), also often referred to as Direct Sales or Network Marketing, are presented as “business opportunities” targeted primarily at women—especially those struggling with traditional employment; military spouses, mothers with young children, and low-income communities. Throughout the last century, cosmetics and kitchenware companies like Tupperware, Mary Kay, and Avon birthed an

Unpack the Plastic Packaging Law

(Source)   We have produced more than 8.3 billion metric tons of plastic. More than enough to cover the entire country of Argentina. But why should we care? It seems like the victims of this plastic crisis are just the turtles, seals, birds, and whales. Ocean plastics indeed have a devasting effect on these animals,

Unionizing Post-Cemex

(Source)   Just earlier this month, SAG-AFTRA approved a deal to end the monumental strike that lasted over 100 days. Actors, writers, and other media professionals were on strike to protest the companies represented by the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP). Some of the most critical issues SAG-AFTRA was fighting for included

Discovering Discovery: Analyzing the arguments for automatic discovery of Police Disciplinary Records

“Slides Box Paperwork” by cdsessums is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0. To view a copy of this license, visit   Dedication This article is dedicated to my friends at the Steuben County Public Defender’s Office, who this summer were awarded the Jonathan E. Gradess Service of Justice Award for their work in upholding New

Protecting Users in the World of Generative-AI Music

(Source)   It has been six months since Ghostwriter977’s release of AI-Drake and AI-Weeknd’s “Heart on My Sleeve.”  The one-minute snippet was completely generated by artificial intelligence that modeled Metro Boomin’s distinctive beats and both Drake and the Weeknd’s voices. Approximately two weeks after, the infringing work was taken down based on a copyright claim

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