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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.


6 Feb 2018

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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


7 Nov 2019

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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 Administration.


9 Mar 2018

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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.


17 Feb 2019

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Digital Exhaustion

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.


20 Apr 2018

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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.


24 Nov 2018

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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


3 Oct 2019

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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


19 Sep 2019

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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


14 Nov 2019

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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


10 Oct 2019

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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.


29 Oct 2018

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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.


19 Mar 2018

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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.


10 Jan 2019

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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


31 Oct 2019

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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


26 Sep 2019

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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


25 Oct 2019

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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.


27 Apr 2020

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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.


15 Apr 2020

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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.


11 Apr 2020

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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.


7 Apr 2020

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