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  • Innovation and Economic Growth
  • Intellectual Property
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  • Networks, the Internet, and Cloud Computing
  • Privacy and Security

TAP Highlights

How to Design Rewards for Crowdsourcing

Crowdsourcing, calling on the public for help solving difficult tasks, is not yet well understood. In “Managing Innovation in a Crowd,” economist Daron Acemoglu and his coauthors show how managers can use prices to manage crowdsourced workers effectively.

What Is Happening to Section 230’s Broad Immunity?

Internet and IP law scholar Eric Goldman points out: “Publicity rights law is a doctrinal mess. Courts routinely struggle with how to apply publicity rights laws to ad-supported editorial content that references or depicts a plaintiff.”

A New Intellectual Property Right for Business Models

Firms hesitate to experiment when competitors can imitate successes without risk. In “Orphan Business Models: Toward a New Form of Intellectual Property,” law professor Michael Abramowicz shows how to protect firms from imitators without unnecessarily harming competition.

The Complex Economics of Privacy

In “The Economics of Privacy,” economist Alessandro Acquisti and his coauthors survey studies of privacy. Whether and when privacy or use of personal data benefits consumers and firms varies widely depending on the context. Technological change drives strong interest in clarifying privacy ground rules.

New TAP Blog Posts

Facebook Defeats Lawsuit Over Failure to Remove User Pages – Cross v. Facebook

Posted on August 11, 2017
Santa Clara High Tech Law Institute Director Eric Goldman discusses the anti-SLAPP ruling in a case where the plaintiff wanted negative Facebook posts about his business removed.

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