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Adapting copyright laws to today’s dynamic digital age

Sep. 21, 2007—High tech trends like online music sharing, podcasting, blogging and streaming Internet video services seem to be evolving faster than you can click a mouse. But how are laws and business models changing to keep pace with these innovations?

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What chimpanzees can teach us about economics

Sep. 21, 2007—In a long standing enigma of economics and psychology, humans tend to immediately value an item they've just received more than the maximum amount they would have paid to get it to begin with. This tendency, known as endowment effect, is something some economists consider a fluke, but new research finds that humans aren't the only ones exhibiting an endowment effect.

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Ten years after new law, fewer state convictions ruled unconstitutional; Vanderbilt study finds fewer convictions and sentences overturned

Aug. 21, 2007—A new study led by Nancy King, Lee S. and Charles A. Speir Professor of Law at Vanderbilt University, finds that fewer state convictions and sentences are being ruled unconstitutional by federal courts.

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The new Wal-Mart effect

Aug. 8, 2007—Most of America's low-cost stores have much of their merchandise made in foreign countries, like China. What's become better known, because or recent news reports, are the serious safety and environmental concerns that can arise from these foreign suppliers.

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TIPSHEET: Vanderbilt professors are ready to talk about upcoming Supreme Court decisions

Jun. 26, 2007—The United States Supreme Court is set to make decisions on a number of hotly debated cases and a diverse group of Vanderbilt University experts is ready to talk about those cases.

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Major airline taps Vanderbilt ‘business boot camp’ for creative ideas; American Airlines has students focus online

Jun. 12, 2007—One of the country's most successful airlines is challenging students in the Vanderbilt Accelerator Summer Business Institute to focus their creativity on an area most young people in the "Y-Generation" know better than the back of their hand, the Internet.

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TIPSHEET: Vanderbilt expert can talk about developments in the war crimes case surrounding a young Guantanamo detainee

Jun. 4, 2007—A military judge Monday threw out a war crimes case against Guantanamo detainee Omar Khadr. He is accused of the 2002 grenade killing of a U.S. Army soldier in Afghanistan. Khadr was 15 at the time of the alleged attack. Judge Peter Brownback found that the charge sheet did not meet a two-step process defined in the Military Commissions Act.

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TIPSHEET: Vanderbilt economist helps sway Supreme Court to overturn telecom antitrust lawsuit

May. 22, 2007—The Supreme Court followed the advice of a Vanderbilt University professor and 25 other top antitrust economists and overturned the decision made by the Second Circuit Court of Appeals on the telecom antitrust lawsuit Bell Atlantic Corp. v. Twombly.

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Shut up and work! Vanderbilt professor examines the erosion of free expression in the workplace

May. 17, 2007—An employee is fired for having a political bumper sticker on his car. Another is let go for complaining about co-workers on a MySpace page. A third person didn't receive a call-back on a prospective job because of the sermon he gave on his church's podcast. Are these violations of free speech? Are private companies breaking the law by firing or not hiring these people?

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Illegal immigration hurts African Americans; Vanderbilt professor believes Congressional Black Caucus is ignoring the issue

Apr. 30, 2007—New research by a Vanderbilt professor of law and political science found that illegal immigration is hurting African Americans and the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) is not doing enough about it.

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Investing in college: How to pick the right school at the right price; Vanderbilt professor sorts through the confusion of choosing a college

Apr. 23, 2007—College is clearly an investment in a person's future. But how do you pick the right school for you and which school will give students and parents the best return on their investment?

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The brain’s role in violence; Vanderbilt researcher examines how brain science could affect legal responsibility

Apr. 19, 2007—A man with no prior history of sexual misconduct was caught trying to molest a child. A brain scan found that he had a large tumor pressing on his right frontal cortex. When the tumor was removed, he no longer wanted to molest children. A suicidal man tried to kill himself with a crossbow. When the arrow went into his skull, the damage done to his prefrontal cortex reversed his anti-social tendencies.

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