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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…

Presidential Candidates Rockin’ In The Free World Should Not Be Free

This article deals with the lawful usage of music in political campaigns, a hot topic affecting the United States music industry. Recently, presidential candidate Donald Trump used lyrics from Canadian singer Neil Young’s “Rockin’ in the Free World”, fueling the debate to the extent that ASCAP has intervened and issued guidelines to tackle the issue.…

The Estate of Marilyn Monroe: A New Win for Celebrity Trademarks

Since Marilyn Monroe’s mysterious death, her estate (Monroe Estate) has fought aggressively to protect its intellectual property rights. Despite denial of post-mortem publicity rights in California, the Monroe Estate has continued to litigate in other jurisdictions. Recently, the US District Court for the Southern District of New York held that the Monroe Estate could proceed…

Why Self-Imposed Sanctions are Ineffective and How the NCAA Should Respond

In recent years, universities that were found to be in violation of NCAA policies preemptively imposed self-sanctions before the NCAA handed out its own set of punishments. In many cases, these self-imposed sanctions significantly influenced the NCAA in its penal determinations, and resulted in less severe sanction packages for schools that enacted them. 1 However,…