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By Eric Lanter

"We Shall Overcome" Copyright Case Moves Closer to Trial

The famous civil rights anthem "We Shall Overcome" is the subject of a lawsuit which challenges the validity of the song's copyright. A nonprofit group called the We Shall Overcome Foundation brought the lawsuit seeking to have the anthem declared to be part of the public domain. The publisher of the song, The Richmond Organization, is defending the anthem, saying that it underwent slight modifications in the Civil Rights Era, which caused it to enjoy the protection of copyright.

Facebook is Creating Censorship Tool to Re-enter China Market

According to confidential sources within Facebook, the company developed a tool that will enable foreign governments, like China, to hide certain content from Facebook users in parts of their countries. Mark Zuckerberg, the founder and head of the company, defended the development of the tool. Critics pointed out that Facebook's mission statement "to make the world more open and connected" appears to conflict with the use of a censorship tool. However, the development of the tool indicates that Facebook is eager to have unfettered access to the 1.4 billion Chinese market.


Notre Dame Appealing Cheating Ruling

Notre Dame announced that it will file an appeal of the National Collegiate Athletic Association's (NCAA) ruling that it must vacate all of the football team's wins in the 2012 and 2013 seasons after finding that a trainer completed coursework for football players. The university released a statement in response calling the NCAA's action unprecedented.


Law Firms Cull Partner Ranks

Some of the largest law firms in the country are downsizing their partner ranks by demotions and delaying promotions to partnership status. This comes as firms are recognizing a lessening demand for legal services. As profits have gradually fallen in recent years, and the number of partners has grown, the shares of equity have declined. While at some firms it is possible to de-equitize partners without their consent, other firms are forced to reduce partner compensation by effectively encouraging partners to resign their positions.


Olympics History is Being Rewritten with New Doping Tests

The retesting of urine samples from the 2008 Beijing Olympics and 2012 London Olympics resulted in revelations of the extent of doping that occurred in those two Olympic Games. Over 75 athletes who competed in those Games have been found to dope, and a majority of those who competed won medals. Following their disqualification, those who fell short of the podium in 2008 and 2012 have been receiving the medals. Even some who finished in sixth place are finding that they have won bronze medals for their efforts. These re-testing efforts are possible because Olympics officials store the urine samples provided for as long as 10 years.


How to Avoid Drug Testing in Russia: Radio Silence and Secure Perimeters

At the most recent World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) board meeting, Rob Koehler spoke about the challenges in working with Russia while trying to verify that doping is not occurring in that country. He detailed the measures that Russian athletes have gone to in avoiding the screening, such as not providing updates as to where they are training or training inside military areas. This came after WADA detailed doping violations by Russian athletes in the weeks leading up to the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.


"Hamilton" Cast's Appeal to Vice President-Elect Pence Ignites Showdown with President-Elect Trump

At the conclusion of a recent performance, the cast of the Broadway hit "Hamilton", delivered a message to audience member Vice President-elect Mike Pence. They urged him and President-elect Donald J. Trump to "uphold our American values" and "work on behalf of all of us." Mr. Trump responded on Twitter stating that the cast harassed and criticized "our wonderful future VP Mike Pence." One group of individuals came to the defense of Mr. Trump, arguing that it was not the appropriate forum for such a message, while others denounced Mr. Trump for responding through social media in a way that was unbecoming of a president-elect. There were also concerns raised about the role that a Broadway cast should have in political discourse, which was complicated by the fact that "Hamilton" is a deeply political Broadway show.


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