A.J. Afkari

  • Dear Police, Recording You in Public is Not a Crime

    The Short Version: Despite numerous court decisions upholding individuals' right to film the police in public, police officers nationwide continue to arrest citizens for doing so, often charging them with either violating their state's wiretapping law or obstruction of justice. However, in all states except Massachusetts and Illinois, state wiretapping laws cannot be use ...

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  • (Re-)Writing a Cyberbullying Law

    In December 2010, Marquan M., a 15-year-old student of Albany, New York's Cohoes High School, created a Facebook page under the pseudonym, "Cohoes Flame," on which he began to anonymously post pictures of his male and female classmates that were accompanied by, among other personal information, derogatory remarks about these students' alleged sexual practices and preferences.

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  • Disrupting Disruptive Innovation: Are Uber Drivers Employees of Uber? Part I

    The Short Version: Part of the success of companies flourishing through facilitation of the gig economy is a result of their being able to create companies offering services that are performed by workers classified as independent contractors–not employees–to whom the companies are subject to neither minimum wage and health insurance requirements nor liability for their worker's misdeeds.

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  • Four Steps to Not Get Sued for Posting Online Reviews

    The Short Version: Consider who you are reviewing before clicking submit. Small business, new businesses, and business professionals, such as doctors and lawyers, are more likely to defend their reputation in court than their larger or more established counterparts. Color your review with language that makes it clear that your review conveys your opinion.

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  • Is Rapping on Facebook a Crime? The Unsympathetic Case of a Wanna-Be Eminem

    The Short Version: The Supreme Court has decided to hear the appeal of Anthony Elonis, a Pennsylvania man sentenced to 44-months in prison for making threatening Facebook posts about his wife and others that he claims were merely rap lyrics inspired by Eminem. The basic legal question surrounding the case is whether a person can be found guilty of threatening another per ...

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  • The Debate on Net Neutrality in 500 Words or Less

    The Precap: Allowing Internet service providers (ISPs) to charge websites a premium because their content uses a lot of bandwidth is like allowing electricity companies to charge air conditioning manufacturers a premium during the summer because their product uses a lot of electricity. You pay for electricity just like you pay for broadband, and these companies should no ...

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