Category: School of Law

The Conversation US – Wendy Gordon

March 17th, 2015 in 2015, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors, School of Law, The Conversation US, Wendy Gordon 0 comments

How the jury in the 'Blurred Lines' case was misled

Wendy Gordon, Boston University

Last week, a jury in California decided that Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke should pay $7.4 million to the family of Marvin Gaye, finding that Williams’ and Thicke’s 2013 song “Blurred Lines” unlawfully copied Gaye’s 1977 hit “Got to Give It Up.”

At play here is whether or not the composition of “Got to Give It Up” (ie, what can be reflected in sheet music) was too closely copied in the music produced by Thicke and Williams. It’s a different question from comparing the recorded tracks, which do have some obvious similarities. For example, “Blurred Lines” and “Got to Give It Up” are both dominated by falsetto male voices that are high, shrill and happy. But Gaye’s copyright registration was on hand-lettered sheet music that directs neither an upbeat mood nor use of a falsetto vocal technique.

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Free Market Should Apply To Banks Of All Sizes

March 16th, 2015 in 2015, Centers & Institutes in the News, Cornelius Hurley, Newsmakers, School of Law 0 comments

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Cornelius Hurley, School of Law, Center for Finance, Law & Policy

Add to capital reserves or slim your operation down, And this time, we mean it, courtesy of your own shareholders…

Expert quote:

“Over a short period that amount of retained earnings becomes larger, to the point where shareholders demand that the company right-size itself. Only then can that reserve be monetized for shareholders.”

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How argument used against Affordable Care Act might now save it

March 14th, 2015 in 2015, Abigail Moncrieff, Newsmakers, San Francisco Chronicle, School of Law 0 comments

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Abigail Moncrieff, School of Law

It would be a historic irony if the argument the U.S. Supreme Court adopted in 2012 to derail federally enforced expansion of Medicaid — leaving nearly 4 million low-income Americans without health coverage — now came to the rescue of government-subsidized insurance for 7.7 million Americans…

Expert quote:

“I realized how important it might be as a way to sway conservative judges. It was a way for Justice Kennedy and Chief Justice Roberts to stand by their conservative credentials while nevertheless preserving the statute.”

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Professors Issue Conflicting Views of Patent Reform

March 12th, 2015 in 2015, Michael Meurer, Newsmakers, School of Law 0 comments

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Michael Meurer, School of Law

Dozens of academics have signed letters to Congress outlining contrasting concerns about pending patent reform legislation…

Expert quote:

“We don’t in our letter endorse particular reforms. All that we contend is that there is clear harm to innovation caused by excessive patent litigation and the rewards for effective reform could be great.”

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House Bill Would Quantify Taxpayer Support of Banks

March 11th, 2015 in 2015, Centers & Institutes in the News, Cornelius Hurley, Newsmakers, School of Law 0 comments

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Cornelius Hurley, School of Law, Center for Finance, Law & Policy

Financial institutions that are “too big too fail” should be required to detail just how much they financially benefit from taxpayer support, so says one of the authors of federal legislation that is trying to do just that…

Expert quote:

“As banks become overcapitalized, market discipline in the form of shareholders’ pressure to more efficiently deploy their capital will drive the bus, not the Fed.”

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Uprooted by Israel, abandoned by the world: the plight of Palestine’s refugees

March 10th, 2015 in 2015, Newsmakers, School of Law, Susan Akram 0 comments

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Susan Akram, School of Law

Hisham has spent his 23 years in Aida refugee camp in the occupied West Bank. He lives there with his parents, and has watched all but one of his seven siblings grow up, marry and make their own lives and homes…

Expert quote:

“UNRWA has no mandate to implement durable solutions. So Palestinian refugees are left entirely outside the international protection regime for refugees.”

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7 scary facts about antibiotic-resistant superbugs

March 10th, 2015 in 2015, Kevin Outterson, Newsmakers, School of Law 0 comments

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Kevin Outterson, School of Law

Scientists and public-health officials are a careful bunch who don’t often use terms like “nightmare,” “apocalypse,” and “catastrophe.”…

Expert quote:

“It’s almost unimaginable how going back to a pre-antibiotic era would affect US health care.”

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The Little Bill that Could Take Down TBTF

March 10th, 2015 in 2015, American Banker, Centers & Institutes in the News, Cornelius Hurley, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors, School of Law 0 comments

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By Cornelius Hurley, School of Law, Center for Finance, Law & Policy

A House bill clocking in at a mere 341 words could accomplish what the unwieldy Dodd-Frank Act has failed to do: use market discipline to rightsize “too big to fail” banks. The legislation takes direct aim at the “financial benefits” of being “too big to fail.”…

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From McDonald’s To Obama To Prizes, Efforts Ramp Up To Save Antibiotics

March 9th, 2015 in 2015, Kevin Outterson, Newsmakers, School of Law, WBUR 0 comments

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Kevin Outterson, School of Law

You know the antibiotics issue is really getting serious when even the biggest fast food chain in the world gets on the bandwagon — joining the president of the United States, among a great many others…

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Banks face real stress tests this week

March 8th, 2015 in 2015, Centers & Institutes in the News, Cornelius Hurley, Newsmakers, School of Law, Washington Examiner 0 comments

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Cornelius Hurley, School of Law, Center for Finance, Law & Policy

Big banks face a major test this week, when the Federal Reserve carries out the second and more consequential part of its annual stress tests…

Expert quote:

“You have to put a lot of weight on the stress test because whether you pass the stress test or not determines how you manage your company.”

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