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The Fair Use Of Hip-Hop Sampling In Copyright Law

Sampling isn’t about hijacking nostalgia wholesale. It’s about inserting yourself into the narrative of a song while also pushing that story forward. —Mark Ronson[i] What Is Sampling? Sampling is procedure that transfers the analog signal from an original song to a set of binary numbers representing an audio waveform.[ii] The signal is then put into…

Fan Fiction Features: The Film Industry’s Final Frontier?

For most creators, gaining adoring fans is one of their chief goals. Perhaps the most adoring fans are those who are so inspired by creators’ works, that they attempt to continue the storylines through fan fiction. Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary characterizes fan fiction as fan-written stories involving popular characters, often posted online, but fan fiction predates…

Sketching out a regulatory framework for DFS

Sketching out a regulatory framework for DFS While watching the NFL this season, you may have wondered why ads for DraftKings and FanDuel are occasionally interrupted by actual football. The meteoric rise of Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) has taken the sporting world by storm. Eilers Research, which studies the industry, estimates that DFS will generate…

Myth and Reality: Trying to Make Sense of Conflicts between College Athletes and the College Sports Establishment

A small but aggressive movement against the National Collegiate Athletic Association (N.C.A.A.) and its Division I member universities has received two judicial body blows in the last four months. The recent decisions reveal a fierce and seemingly insurmountable disagreement around whether or not college athletes deserve to be paid. They also show how the conflict…

Streaming in the Modern Age of Technology

On Demand streaming services provide traditional copyright owners, such as broadcasters, the possibility of offering targeted content to an increasingly broad audience.  However, at the same time, such copyright owners are under threat of copyright infringement.  Since these services have been offered, there have been a broad and growing range of copyright infringements with unlawful…