Miami Law in the News week of 7 October 2016


Bloomberg News quoted Michael Froomkin on four states’ fight against the U.S. government’s plan to cede internet oversight to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers. Froomkin said the property claim is baseless because the government doesn't own the root zone file. “What's at issue is the right to make authoritative changes to the root zone file, not to own the contents.”

Law360 ran a story about the Second Circuit's Commisa v Pemex ruling and the Dubai Court of Cassation's reversal of a surprising decision not to enforce a UK award being the main topics of discussion at a signing event for Marike Paulsson's new book on the New York Convention in Washington, DC.

Vocativ quoted Mary Anne Franks in an article about Photoshopped porn. “By definition, manipulated images are not true, so a private-information approach is not a good fit,” Franks said. “The harm done to the victim of manipulated sexual imagery derives from its falsity, not its truth.”

Diverse Issues in Higher Education Mary Anne Franks in a piece about proposed federal legislation aimed at combating revenge porn would impact college campuses. “A federal criminal law is necessary not only to provide a single, clear articulation of the relevant elements of the crime, but also to signal society’s acknowledgment and condemnation of this serious wrongdoing,” Franks, who helped draft the bill.

The Miami New Times reports on decades-old toxic dumping in Miami’s Overtown neighborhood and the seeming double standard applied to reporting to affected residents, quoting Anthony Alfieri. "Right-to-know laws in Florida are inadequate to meaningfully inform residents about environmental hazards in their communities," Alfieri said. "And in part as a result of the Jim Crow history of the Miami metropolitan area, and in part because of discrimination by municipal and county officials, minority communities have been disparately treated."

ZDNet published a review of Michael Froomkin’s Robot Law book. Robot Law, edited by Calo, Froomkin, and University of Ottawa professor Ian Kerr, is a collection of academic legal papers, largely drawn from the first four annual We Robot conferences, which they launched in 2012 to inspire scholarship to consider and suggest solutions for the likely areas of legal conflict.

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