Welcome to JHTL

at Suffolk Law

JHTL is student-run by an Editorial Board of past JHTL staff members. Students who become JHTL staff members are able to receive academic credit for working on a piece for publication, cite-checking, and writing a book review. The Editorial Board coordinates and supervises the research and writing development for all JHTL staff members. Staff members are selected through the summer write-on competition, and membership is open to all students who qualify, not just those concentrating in Intellectual Property.

A unique feature of JHTL as a Suffolk Law Honor Board is its ability to publish all articles online, which allows members to publish their materials while still at Suffolk. Making articles available on Westlaw, Lexis, and the JHTL Web site allows members of the legal community direct access to our timely articles, notes, and case comments.

For more information about the JHTL, please contact us at jhtl@jhtl.org.

If you are interested in submitting an Article for publication, please review our policy on Article Submissions.

Welcome to JHTL

Deepfakes and the Threat of Fake Videos

The spread of fake videos was the unintended consequence of advances in image editing technology. With such unprecedented growth, governments will need to act swiftly to ensure false information is not spread to confuse and manipulate the general public.

A Wave of Change: Michigan’s Civil Discovery Rules Will Get Their Biggest Change in 30+ Years

Beginning on January 1, 2020, the state of Michigan will introduce new changes to its discovery rules. As a result, the Michigan State Bar has undergone a major education initiative in anticipation of the coming changes.

Content Creators and Copyright Claims—How YouTube is Seeking to Expand the ‘Fair Use’ Doctrine

As YouTube has grown and content has expanded YouTube has had to take greater care of making sure the content available on its site was not subject to copyright claims so as to avoid facing legal consequences for violations of copyright law. As a result, YouTube has implemented many devices, namely, it’s Content ID Match System’ and ‘Manual Claiming Tool’ as a means to catch videos that pose a potential copyright violation. However, the use of these systems has begun to threaten content-creators’ profitability on their videos. This blog will address the changes YouTube plans to make in response to creators’ concerns for these minuscule copyright claims while also adhering to the intellectual rights of copyright holders.

Google Cloud Required to Follow Federal Law

Google’s “Project Nightingale” which is a partnership between Google and a Catholic health system, Ascension. The two companies are analyzing patient data and giving care providers new insights into patient care. However, the major question is whether the new partnership violates patients’ privacy rights according to HIPAA.

Book review

2015 – 2016

Anticipating Child Exploitation due to Blurred Boundary Lines by Media and Society

Written by Holly A. Smith and reviewed by Angelica Diaz

e-Discovery: The Untold Story of my Quest for Justice

Written by Laura A. Zubulake and reviewed by Caroline Murphy

Podcasts

In conjunction with Suffolk Law’s Intellectual Property Concentration, and under the guidance of Professor Andrew Beckerman-Rodau, JHTL produces a series of podcasts on topical issues of law, technology, and IP:

Introduction Podcast

Welcome to the JHTL Podcast 2015-2016 series! In this episode we introduce the creators and interviewers Jerry Chapin, Andrew Glenny, and Olivia Vaché, all students at Suffolk University Law School interested and/or studying technology in law.

JHTL Blog
  • Deepfakes and the Threat of Fake Videos
    The spread of fake videos was the unintended consequence of advances in image editing technology. With such unprecedented growth, governments will need to act swiftly to ensure false information is not spread to confuse and manipulate the general public.
  • A Wave of Change: Michigan’s Civil Discovery Rules Will Get Their Biggest Change in 30+ Years
    Beginning on January 1, 2020, the state of Michigan will introduce new changes to its discovery rules. As a result, the Michigan State Bar has undergone a major education initiative in anticipation of the coming changes.
  • Content Creators and Copyright Claims—How YouTube is Seeking to Expand the ‘Fair Use’ Doctrine
    As YouTube has grown and content has expanded YouTube has had to take greater care of making sure the content available on its site was not subject to copyright claims so as to avoid facing legal consequences for violations of copyright law. As a result, YouTube has implemented many devices, namely, it's Content ID Match System’ and ‘Manual Claiming Tool’ as a means to catch videos that pose a potential copyright violation. However, the use of these systems has begun to threaten content-creators’ profitability on their videos. This blog will address the changes YouTube plans to make in response to creators' concerns for these minuscule copyright claims while also adhering to the intellectual rights of copyright holders.
  • Google Cloud Required to Follow Federal Law
    Google's “Project Nightingale” which is a partnership between Google and a Catholic health system, Ascension. The two companies are analyzing patient data and giving care providers new insights into patient care. However, the major question is whether the new partnership violates patients’ privacy rights according to HIPAA.
  • Asleep at the Wheel – Corporate Missteps at WeWork
    WeWork has been ridiculed after removing the filing of their IPO in September. Their now former-CEO Adam Neumann, has been exposed as a wild man, with ridiculous spending habits, and terrible judgement on how to run a company.
  • Musk Must be Stopped? How Tesla may be Using their Micro-Monopoly to Drive Away from California Labor Laws
    The focus of this blog is to discuss the recent ruling in California that stated Tesla violated labor laws when Musk tweeted what was regarded as a threat to any employees who are in favor of establishing a union.
  • Cult-favorite Skin Care Company Smooths Out Major Wrinkle with FTC Settlement
    Texas-based skin care company Sunday Riley was issued a settlement order which put to rest charges brought by the FTC for deceptive trade practices. The company had been instructing its employees to create fake Sephora accounts and leave positive reviews for Sunday Riley products under the guise of ordinary consumers. For two years, Sunday Riley had been engaging in these practices in order to boost product ratings and increase its sales. The no-money, no-fault settlement entered into by the FTC and Sunday Riley has garnered criticism due to its lack of punishment for the company’s federal law violations.
  • “Caller Unknown”: The FCC and Phone Companies Work to Crack Down on Robocalls to Consumer’s Cell Phones, but Will Have Control Over What Calls Come Through to Your Cell Phone
    There is a current debate between cell phone customers and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on whether or not phone companies can block robocalls or spam calls as they come in the consumers' phones. The tension comes from the FCC and Congress wanting to crack down on these types of calls, and while some consumers are on board, they hesitate to say that the range of calls that would be blocked by the government is too broad and will ultimately give the government and the cell phone companies too much authority over what calls make it through to a consumer's cell phone.
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