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May 1, 2020
This Week in Tech Law – May 1st, 2020
Host Veronica Bognot '21 discusses Amazon’s alleged misuse of seller data, the most recent salvo in Facebook's suit against NSO Group, and the Supreme Court's ruling on whether explanations of the law are copyrightable.
Apr 27, 2020
This Week in Tech Law – April 26th, 2020
Host Yexi Xu (LLM '20) tells us all about police drones in Baltimore, how Facebook and Twitter are dealing with the President's LIBERATE tweets, and Intel freeing up its IP during the crisis.
Apr 22, 2020
This Week in Tech Law — April 22nd, 2020
Host Elizabeth Fu '21 covers Facebook's Libra project's newest iteration, an exemption for Nuro that paves the way for driverless deliveries, and delays in the trial of Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes.
Apr 17, 2020
This Week in Tech Law — April 18th, 2020
Host Joseph Kroon '22 discusses the new Apple/Google COVID-19 contact network system, the Supreme Court's first foray into broadcasting its proceedings, and a ruling regarding copyright and third parties on Instagram.
Apr 15, 2020
This Week in Tech Law – April 15th, 2020
Host Debbie Mosley '22 talks N95 mask price gouging, Telegram's cryptocurrency woes, and copyright over basketball players' tattoos in NBA 2K.
Apr 11, 2020
This Week in Tech Law – April 11th, 2020
Host Dan Noel '21 explores some of the privacy and cybersecurity issues arising from the novel coronavirus crisis by looking at one of the actors that's been implicated the most: Zoom.
Apr 6, 2020
This Week in Tech Law – April 7th, 2020
We're back, because as hard as it may try, early 2020 can't hold BTLJ down. Host Andy Zachrich '22 discusses the CFAA, the new T-Mobile, and location data tracking as a result of the coronavirus crisis.
Nov 30, 2019
Net Neutrality with Berkeley Law Profs. Erik Stallman and Tejas Narechania (Big Conversations)
We sat down with Berkeley Law professors (and former FTC attorneys) Erik Stallman and Tejas Narechania for an overview of the issue of net neutrality and to discuss the D.C. Circuit's recent major decision about the issue. Hosts: Dan Noel '21 and Allan Holder '21
Nov 27, 2019
This Week in Tech Law – November 28th
In the last episode of Issue 35:1, we discuss Russiaware on new Russian electronics, Uber's self-driving car accident, and claims that DoorDash is pocketing tips. Hosts: Joseph Kroon '22 and Allan Holder '21
Nov 20, 2019
5 Minutes in Tech Law – November 21st
This week, we discuss a ruling on border searches, Apple being accused of not playing fair with its chips, and... personal jurisdiction. Hosts: Barbora Studihradová LLM '20 and Dan Noel '21
Nov 13, 2019
5 Minutes in Tech Law – November 14th
This week, we discuss super warrants, foreign agents inside tech companies, and a wrist slap over data throttling. Hosts: Yexi Xu LLM '20 and Debbie Mosley '22
Nov 6, 2019
5 Minutes in Tech Law – November 7th
This week, we discuss reservations about TikTok, DNA collection of non-U.S. detainees, and alleged discrimination on Facebook ads. Hosts: Veronica Bognot '21 and Joseph Kroon '22
Oct 30, 2019
5 Minutes in Tech Law – October 31st
This week, we discuss tech and constitutional rights at the U.S. border, a JEDI at the Department of Defense, and Facebook's recent interactions with both the judiciary and the legislature. Hosts: Andy Zachrich '22 and Allison Talker '22
Oct 24, 2019
5 Minutes in Tech Law – October 25th
For the week of October 25th, we discussed India's future plans for social media platforms, Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, and cybersecurity for law firms. Hosts: Yexi Xu LLM '20 and Maximin Orsero LLM '20
Oct 9, 2019
5 Minutes in Tech Law – October 10th
This week we discuss net neutrality, deepfakes, and the UK reviving an iPhone cookies case from earlier this decade. Hosts: Barbora Studihradová LLM ’20 and Veronica Bognot ’21
Oct 2, 2019
5 Minutes in Tech Law – October 3rd
This week, we discuss free public TV, Amazon preparing its own legislative proposals, and who gets sued if your Tesla gets into an accident as it drives toward you. Hosts: Debbie Mosley ’22 and Andy Zachrich ’22
Sep 25, 2019
5 Minutes in Tech Law – September 26th
This week, we cover developments on the right to be forgotten, Led Zeppelin, and Elon Musk’s proposed paycheck. Hosts: Maximin Orsero LLM ’20 and Dan Noel ’21
Sep 18, 2019
5 Minutes in Tech Law – September 19th
In the first episode of the series and of Issue 35, we cover recently announced tech antitrust investigations and some new California’s bills that will affect the tech giants. Hosts: Allison Talker ’22 and Allan Holder ’21
Feb 16, 2019
A Night Out With BTLJ at the Internet Archive
Last month, for the first time in decades, new copyrighted works entered the public domain and can now be freely accessed and used by anyone. The BTLJ Podcast went to the Internet Archive to find out more about the reopening of the public domain and why it matters.
Jan 9, 2019
Inventive Applications and Patent Eligibility: A Conversation with Prof. Peter Menell
In this episode, we talk to Berkeley Law professor Peter Menell about patent law and new challenges to patent eligibility. Professor Menell discusses the effects of recent Supreme Court decisions and new calls for legislative action to address patent eligibility.
Nov 23, 2018
Citizen Clinic @ UC Berkeley
Today we’re welcoming Sean Brooks and Steve Trush to the show. Sean Brooks is the Director and Steve Trush is the Deputy Director of the Citizen Clinic, a public-interest cybersecurity clinic here at UC Berkeley. Established in 2015, the clinic supports politically-vulnerable organizations’ efforts to defend themselves against online threats and implement implement new policies and technical controls that enhance their cybersecurity.
Nov 11, 2018
2 Minutes in Tech: Nov. 12
The BTLJ Podcast team presents 2 minutes in Tech: Monday, November 12.
Oct 28, 2018
I Need Some Space: An Interview with Brian Israel
The Berkeley Technology and Law Journal Podcast interviews Brian Israel, General Counsel of Planetary Resources, an asteroid mining company. Brian is an expert in space law, and talks about his work managing the US State Department’s space portfolio as well as space law in private industry.
Apr 23, 2018
Tribal Intangible Cultural Property: IP or Something More?
Origin stories, sacred songs, and other types of sacred traditional knowledge are intangible cultural property belonging to tribes or indigenous people. Intangible cultural property is not merely information–it is essential to tribal way of life. Despite its importance, there are currently no federal laws protecting others from appropriating sacred traditional knowledge. This type of knowledge should seemingly be protected by intellectual property or cultural property laws. Intellectual property laws offer protection for a limited time for works of authorship or inventions as a way to incentivize creation. Cultural property laws, such as the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), offer limited protection for some types of tangible cultural property. Neither IP laws nor NAGPRA protect tribal intangible cultural property. This lack of protection leaves tribal intangible cultural property open to appropriation. Professor Rebecca Tsosie, Regents Professor of L…
Apr 19, 2018
When someone purchases a book they have an immediate understanding of what they can do with it. They can loan it, toss it, or resell it. When someone purchases digital media, many are surprised to find out that the same rights don’t apply. Trends in the technology and media landscape have elevated the use of licenses in lieu of outright ownership. What are courts to do when consumers and providers lock horns on this issue? Should courts endorse a concept of digital exhaustion and allow consumers to resell copies of digital works without a need for permission from the copyright owner? Or is that not what the seller bargained for? Lothar Determann, a Berkeley Law professor and Baker & McKenzie partner suggests that the old world may provide solutions. Tony Bedel and Christian Chessman sit down with Lothar to discuss his forthcoming BTLJ article, Digital Exhaustion – New Law from the Old World. We thank Chante Westmoreland and Miranda Rutherford for production help on the episode.
Mar 18, 2018
Ground Control to Major Tom: This is Your Lawyer Speaking
What laws apply in space? Gabriel is an attorney with 11 years of experience in the US State Department’s Office of the Legal Advisor. He works on several issues, including international law and space law. This podcast discusses several hot topics in space law including: privately-funded space exploration, weapons in space, liability issues in space, and the future of space law.
Mar 8, 2018
New Technology and Warfare: A Conversation with John Yoo
In 2005, the U.S. and Israel allegedly used a computer virus (Stuxnet) to hobble the Iranian nuclear program. The U.S. is believed to operate over 7,362 unmanned aerial systems (UAVs). Many decry Russia’s “weaponization” of the internet and social media to interfere with elections. What’s in store for the future of technology and warfare? How do these weapons change how we think about the costs and benefits of military intervention? Professor John Yoo recently co-authored a new book: Striking Power: How Cyber, Robots, and Space Weapons Change the Rules for War. The book explores how these new weapons change the rules of warfare. Professor Yoo notes that these weapons may become a better solution than other alternatives because new weapons can be more effective and minimize harm. Professor Yoo is currently the Emanuel S. Heller Professor of Law at the University of California, Berkeley. He was also appointed as the Deputy Assistant U.S. Attorney General during the Bush Administ…
Feb 5, 2018
Video Games and the Law
How does the law handle the latest video games? Niko Plassaras is a litigation associate at Fenwick & West, LLP. His practice focuses on intellectual property litigation and counseling. Niko works closely with video game clients. This practice area requires attorneys to confront intellectual property issues that are unique to video games. For example, which aspects of a game are protected by copyright, patent, trademark or something else? How do video game creators use the law to keep games interesting? Do those click-wrap agreements matter? To find out, listen to this conversation about Niko’s study of how the law and video games intersect and what new lawyers need to consider.
Nov 26, 2017
Shussh and Save Your IP: Trade Secret Law with Matt Caplan
Matt Caplan, a partner at Cooley LLP, and our hosts (Tony Bedel ’18 and Chante Eliaszadeh ’20) discuss how to protect intellectual property with trade secrets. Matt explains how trade secrets are an essential tool for startups and new ventures. The podcast also explores the recent Waymo v. Uber trade secret litigation.
Nov 12, 2017
Do Robots Dream of Electric IP?
Can a robot get a copyright for its works? If not who owns the property? It would have been difficult for our constitutional framers to envision the rise of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning. AI and machine learning are already creating valuable properties, but how to protect those properties requires careful planning because they do not fit well into our current intellectual property (IP) regimes. Hosts Tony Bedel and Chante Westmoreland (JD Candidates ’18) discuss with White & Case Partner Carrie LeRoy these conflicts. Special thanks to the Berkeley Center for Law and Technology for putting us in touch.
Oct 29, 2017
Disparaging the Disparagement Clause: Simon Tam
Special Thanks to the Berkeley Law chapter of the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy for assistance with this podcast episode! Simon Tam found himself at the Supreme Court because of his rock band’s name: “the Slants.” Simon and his band mates chose the name as a way to reclaim a racial slur. The band members, including Simon, are of Asian descent, and wanted to use the name to reframe cultural identities and fight stereotypes. But when the band attempted to get a registered trademark from the federal government, their application was rejected for being offensive. So Simon went to court, and fought it all the way to the Supreme Court, where finally he prevailed. All nine justices supported his argument! See Matal v. Tam, 137 S. Ct. 1744 (2017). In this podcast, Tony and Chante (JD Candidates ’18) discuss why Simon Tam found himself in the Supreme Court to defend his “offensive” trademark. The group discusses trademark laws’s defunct non-disparagement prohi…
Oct 15, 2017
Don’t You (Forget About the GDPR)
Tony Bedel & Chante Westmoreland (JD Candidates ’18) interview Daphne Keller, Director of Intermediary Liability at the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School. This discussion focuses on Europe’s new privacy regime, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the right to be forgotten. Under the GDPR companies around the world will be required to keep data private, but how companies should comply with the right for individuals to delist information is less clear. The fast-approaching GDPR implementation date (May 25, 2018) behooves the discussion. Production help from Liz Freeman Rosenzweig (JD Candidate ’20).
Apr 17, 2017
The CFAA and You(r Cat Feeder)
Chante Westmoreland (JD Candidate ’18) interviews Jamie Williams of the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Jamie discusses how the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) interacts with the “Internet of Things,” and why the CFAA needs to be reformed.
Apr 3, 2017
To Have and To Own
Chante Westmoreland (J.D. Candidate ’18) interviews Associate Dean and Professor, Molly Van Houweling about her path to Berkeley Law and her recent piece, Authors Versus Owners.
Mar 19, 2017
Trade Secret Triage
Chante Westmoreland (JD Candidate ’18) interviews Tom Counts (Partner, Paul Hastings) and Danielle Decker (Associate, Paul Hastings) after their BCLT Sponsored Lunch Talk. Tom and Danielle explain their client-centered approach for helping corporations protect trade secrets and working to remedy a possible leak in information.
Mar 5, 2017
The Three-Legged Horse
Chante Westmoreland (JD Candidate ’18) interviews Todd Bontemps from Cooley, and discusses how brands receive trademark protection and how branding strategies may change from country to country and over time.
Feb 19, 2017
Data Collection by Design?
Chante Westmoreland (JD Candidate ’18) and Patrick Johnson (JD Candidate ’19) interview Chris Hoofnagle of the UC Berkeley School of Law and School of Information. Chris discusses how consumers unknowingly expose their data to companies, the consequences of exposure, and provides some tips on how consumers can better protect their information.
Feb 4, 2017
Copyright in the Digital Age
Chante Westmoreland (JD Candidate ’18) and Patrick Johnson (JD Candidate ’19) interview Fred VonLohmann, Copyright Counsel at Google to learn about his work at Google, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, and YouTube’s “Content ID” service.