Who should be held Liable if a Self-Driving Car has an Accident?

Jurisdiction – USA Due to lack of legislations and judicial precedents, there is no clear answer to this question. This article will analyze the different approaches that can be adopted for attributing liability in collisions involving autonomous cars. Different Approaches Last year, there were two reported instances of Tesla’s cars being involved in accidents while…

Should the Government Censor Internet Content During Riots/Protests?

During riots, protests and times of unrest, governments around the world censor content on the internet. Common victims of such censorship are political blogs, videos and social media websites. This censorship is premised on the assumption that the internet can be used as a tool for furtherance of the unrest. It allows for dissemination of rumours,…

Can Big Data be used to Predict Outcomes of Court Cases?

Studies indicate that outcomes of court cases can be predicted using big data. This area of practice, however, is still nascent. Currently the predictions are unlikely to be completely accurate; but as the practice evolves, it is likely that outcomes of court cases will be predicted with a high degree of certainty. About Big Data…

Who would own copyright in a poem written by AI?

Jurisdiction – USA What is AI? Artificial Intelligence (AI) is intelligence exhibited by machines which allows them to ‘think’ and perform cognitive functions like humans. Machines use this ability to learn, solve problems and improve themselves with minimal human intervention. Popular examples of AI are self-driving cars, Amazon Echo and AlphaGo. Based on their sophistication…

What is Chilling Effect?

Jurisdiction – USA, India Chilling effect is a phenomenon whereby legitimate exercise of rights – commonly free speech – is discouraged due to the threat of legal action.[1] The Effect leads to indirect censorship by restricting freedom of expression even before the legality of the content has been determined. For instance, user ‘A’ puts up the…

Can 3D Printing Lead to Copyright Infringement?

A few months ago, I co-authored a paper with Amulya Chinmaye titled “Printing a Revolution: The Challenges of 3D Printing on Copyright“ which was published by the George Washington Law Review. In this paper, we argue that while 3D printing is going to revolutionize the world, our copyright laws are woefully inadequate to deal with…