In the News: Digital Millennium Copyright Act & the Fight of the Century

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May 2 marked the long awaited “Fight of the Century” between Floyd Maywether and  Manny Pacquiao. Viewers took to Twitter to express their disappointment in the boxing match claiming it lacked excitement and not worth the $100 pay per view price tag.

While social media provided users a platform to discuss their opinions on the event, it also allowed thousands to watch the 12 round match via live streaming apps like Periscope and Meerkat and avoid the pay-per-view fee.  This work around is now fueling a new battle, this time between the fight promoters and the streaming services.

Some who used this workaround had tried to buy the fight and failed. Others just didn’t want to pay to watch,

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In the News: Immigration Reform

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Fixing Our Broken Immigration System Through Executive Action – Key Facts from the Department of Homeland Security

Statue-of-Liberty“The President asked Secretary Johnson and Attorney General Eric Holder to undertake a rigorous and inclusive review to inform recommendations on reforming our broken immigration system through executive action. This review sought the advice and input from the men and women charged with implementing the policies, as well as the ideas of a broad range of stakeholders and Members of Congress from both sides of the aisle. Our assessment identified the following ten areas where we, within the confines of the law, could take action to increase border security, focus enforcement resources, and ensure accountability in our immigration system.”

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In the News: Physician-Assisted Suicide

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On Friday, February 6th, Canada’s supreme court overturned the ban of physician-assisted suicide in the country. The court said the law denies people the right “to make decisions concerning their bodily integrity and medical care” and leaves them “to endure intolerable suffering.”

The ruling includes several provisions:

  • Patients must be competent adults who clearly consent to terminating their life.
  • They must be suffering from “a grievous and irremediable medical condition … that causes enduring suffering that is intolerable.”
  • Physicians cannot be compelled to assist those who want to die.

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Canada isn’t the only one looking to pass legislation on this topic.

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In the News: U.S.-Cuba Relations

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December 17th, 2014 marked a pivotal moment in the history of the United States and Cuba. President Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro announced that the two countries would restore diplomatic ties for the first time in 53 years.

 

Letting go of past differences, new policies between the U.S. and Cuba include:

  • Establishing diplomatic relations with Cuba
  • Adjusting regulations to more effectively empower the Cuban people
  • Facilitating an expansion of travel under general licenses for the 12 existing categories of travel to Cuba authorized by law
  • Facilitating remittances to Cuba by U.S. persons
  • Authorizing expanded commercial sales/exports from the United States of certain goods and services
  • Authorizing American citizens to import additional goods from Cuba
  • Facilitating authorized transactions between the United States and Cuba
  • Updating the application of Cuba sanctions in third countries
  • Pursuing discussions with the Cuban and Mexican governments to discuss our unresolved maritime boundary in the Gulf of Mexico
  • Initiating a review of Cuba’s designation as a State Sponsor of Terrorism
  • Addressing Cuba’s participation in the 2015 Summit of the Americas in Panama
source: whitehouse.gov

Use HeinOnline to trace the history of the relationship between the United States and Cuba

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