The Information Transparency and Personal Data Control Act

Carolyn Wimbly Martin and Kavya Rallabhandi

The Information Transparency and Personal Data Control Act (“ITPDCA”) was introduced to Congress in March 2021 by Representative and former Microsoft executive, Suzan DelBene. The ITPDCA seeks to implement a uniform federal standard for consumer data privacy regulation and drive global data privacy policy. Data privacy is vital to both companies and the individual. Data […]

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NFTs: A 2021 Internet Craze or a Fundamental Shift in How We Think of Digital Property and Copyright Law?

Non-fungible tokens (NFTs) have existed since 2017, but in March 2021 they became a household word. In the following weeks a number of issues came to light, which may suggest that the future of NFTs will not live up to the initial hype. An NFT is a digital property existing on a secure network of […]

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EU Proposes Artificial Intelligence Regulations: What Does This Mean for the U.S.?

On Wednesday, April 21, the European Union (EU) officially set forth the “Proposal for a Regulation laying down harmonized rules on artificial intelligence,” more commonly referred to as the Artificial Intelligence Act (hereinafter, “the Regulation”). This set of rules would govern the use of artificial intelligence (AI) within the jurisdiction of the EU. The Regulation […]

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Artificial Intelligence and Historical Research: Unlocking Ancient Secrets

Artificial intelligence is transforming historical research in profound ways, unlocking secrets contained in centuries-old documents and enabling technological and historical analysis at a level not previously thought possible. The Great Isaiah Scroll The Dead Sea Scrolls are considered the oldest manuscripts of the Hebrew Bible, dating from the 4th century BCE. The first discovery of […]

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Andy Warhol Decision Spells Stronger Rights for Photographers Fighting Infringers

The March 26, 2021 decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. v. Goldsmith, Case No. 19-2420 (2d Cir. 2021) should strengthen the arguments of photographers fighting infringements of their works by narrowing the scope of the fair use defense that can be […]

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Pandemic Silver Lining? Attention and Resources for the Preservation of Dying Languages

Language, along with the storytelling and traditional knowledge for which it is the vehicle, reflects the ways in which indigenous populations look at their worlds. As stated by United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres, almost half of the world’s estimated 6,700 languages, which are mostly indigenous, risk extinction and “[w]ith every language that disappears, the world […]

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Curtailing Bias in Facial Recognition Technology

Carolyn Wimbly Martin and Kavya Rallabhandi

In the wake of injustice, you take to the streets with your peers and allies to exercise your constitutionally protected rights to free speech and protest. While marching, an argument breaks out nearby, and due to the heightened presence of law enforcement, you decide to head back home. The next morning, more than 50 police […]

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How Strong Is Virginia’s New Privacy Law?

On March 2, 2021, Governor Ralph Northam signed the Consumer Data Protection Act (CDPA) into law, making Virginia the third U.S. state to pass its own data privacy regulations. The CDPA, which will take effect in 2023, is generally viewed as less robust than the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), which passed in 2018. As […]

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U.S. Copyright Office Final Rule – Recording Notices of Termination

Carolyn Wimbly Martin and Kavya Rallabhandi

The multi-year modernization initiative of the U.S. Copyright Office (“Office”) includes updating rules and practices for recording notices of termination to improve the efficiency while also easing authors’ burden of complying with the complex statutory and regulatory formalities required to reclaim ownership of their works. The Office launched an online electronic system pilot program in […]

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Protecting Privacy: A Nonprofit’s Guide to Data Privacy Breaches

Carolyn Wimbly Martin and Kavya Rallabhandi

Picture yourself waking up on a Saturday morning to the smell of coffee and breakfast. As you tumble downstairs to pour yourself a cup, you notice a pile of mail on the kitchen counter and start rifling through. One envelope in particular, labeled CONFIDENTIAL in all capital letters, catches your eye. As you read the […]

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