NC Sets Sail for the Supreme Court: “Blackbeard’s Law” and Modern Day Piracy

By: Killoran Long At the beginning of this year, a North Carolina videographer escalated a copyright fight with the State of North Carolina to the U.S. Supreme Court. Rick Allen, co-owner of Fayetteville based Nautilus Productions, LLC, is alleging the State of North Carolina and the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources are guilty of copyright infringement regarding images related to the recovery of the Queen Anne’s Revenge.

The Queen Anne’s Revenge (“QAR”) was Blackbeard’s flagship vessel and was commandeered and then used by the infamous English pirate to conduct his activities during the early 1700s. While Blackbeard operated from the eastern coast of the American colonies, down to the West Indies, he is particularly notorious throughout North Carolina history for his exploits along the coast. It was believed that Blackbeard ran the QAR aground off the coast of Beaufort, North Carolina in the summer of 1718, which was confirmed in 1996 when a private research firm found the wreckage. Continue reading »

Symposium Spotlight: Jose Vega

By: Killoran Long

Wake Forest Professor of Law, and a Wake Forest Law alumnus, José Vega (‘07) will be joining the Journal of Business & Intellectual Property Law at their annual spring symposium this Friday, March 8, 2019.

The Symposium will be held in Room 401 of the Benson University Center and will run from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM.  This year’s symposium, “Lawyering in the Future: The Impact of Technology on the Law,” will feature four panels covering a range of topics from legal design to practice management or new tips and tricks of the trade.

Professor Vega, along with fellow Wake Law Professors, Lateek Willie and David Levine will be presenting a panel “Data & Cybersecurity,” with Associate Dean Simone Rose moderating the discussion.  The “Data & Cybersecurity” panel is scheduled to run from 1:00 – 2:30 PM, and the speakers intend to provide an overview on key cybersecurity concepts, threats, legal issues, and then highlight how all of these concepts/issues have come together in recent data breaches.

Beyond the Symposium, Professor Vega and Professor Willie are team-teaching a course on Cybersecurity at the Law School this spring, and together, they hope to bring some of the topics addressed in the classroom to the symposium this Friday.  Professor Vega hopes to approach the “Data & Cybersecurity” panel from a pragmatic, or boots on the ground, perspective.  Professor Vega also aims to discuss cybersecurity issues and best practices from the viewpoint of a businessman and practitioner who deal with these issues as part of their daily routines. Professor Vega’s extensive background in litigation and compliance provides him with a unique perspective in advising clients in rapidly evolving areas of law such as data privacy and security.

Beyond the classroom and after his time at Wake, Professor Vega has developed an extensive background in litigation and compliance provides him with a unique perspective in advising clients in rapidly evolving areas of law such as data privacy and security. In his years after leaving Wake, he has accrued over a decade of experience representing commercial businesses and financial institutions in litigation matters throughout the country.

Having Professor Vega join us at the Symposium is particularly exciting, as while at Wake Forest, Professor Vega served as a Staff Editor to the Journal of Business & IP Law.

U.S. Government: Back in Business?

By: Killoran Long

After a thirty-five-day partial shutdown, the U.S. government is finally getting back to business. What started on December 22, 2018, as a disagreement over border security funding, became a shutdown, showdown between President Trump and Congress that finally came to an end on January 25, 2019. The thirty-five-day shutdown became the longest shutdown in modern history, surpassing the previous shutdown record of twenty-one-days that was set in the mid-nineties.  Continue reading »

Federal Drone Program Coming to an Airspace Near You

By: Killoran Long, Summer Blogger

Last October, the White House announced plans to “Make American Aviation Great Again” through a drone integration program to be run by the Department of Transportation (DOT). Officially dubbed the “Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Integration Pilot Program,” the program is described as “an opportunity for state, local, and tribal governments to partner with private sector entities, such as UAS operators or manufacturers, to accelerate safe UAS integration.”

The primary purpose of the Program is to improve airspace safety by updating outdated aviation regulations, while also identifying low-altitude airspace interests given the increasing number of drones – the more commonly used term for UAS – in operation. Beyond safety, however, the DOT believes the program could also create opportunities for commerce in industries like photography, emergency management, public safety, agriculture, and beyond. The selected participants will work with the DOT to collect drone data over the next two to three years related to: night flights, flights over people, flights beyond the pilot’s line of sight, package delivery, detect-and-avoid technology, and reliability and security of data links between pilot and aircraft. Continue reading »