Steven Seidenberg

legal affairs reporter

Location icon United States

Steven Seidenberg is a freelance reporter and attorney who has been covering law-related matters for more than 20 years. He is based in the greater New York City area.

Intellectual Property Watch
Do Patent Trolls Exist?

Two academic papers reach radically different conclusions.

ABA Journal
Lies and Libel: Fake news lacks straightforward cure

Words matter. Just ask James Alefantis, owner of the Comet Ping Pong restaurant in Washington, D.C. Starting Nov. 5, Alefantis and the employees at his pizzeria received hundreds of death threats via texts, Facebook messages and Twitter.

ABA Journal
Yesterday's (Fake) News

Fake news has a long history in America. Benjamin Franklin intentionally published stories alleging that the British paid Native Americans to scalp men, women and children in the rebellious colonies. During the contentious election of 1800, Federalist newspapers tried to keep people from voting for Thomas Jefferson by running fake stories of his death.

ABA Journal
Who's to blame when self-driving cars crash?

On May 7, 2016, Joshua Brown made history. The Canton, Ohio, resident became the first person to die in a self-driving car. Brown, 40, had turned on Autopilot, the autonomous driving system of his Tesla Model S, and set the cruise control at 74 miles per hour.

Intellectual Property Watch
US High Court OKs Bigoted Trademarks

When the US Supreme Court issued its decision in Matal v. Tam, trademark applicants celebrated, hailing it as a victory for free speech and trademark rights. But some trademark owners will become very unhappy about the ramifications of the Court's 19 June ruling.

Intellectual Property Watch
US Ends Post-Sale Patent Rights

On 30 May, the US Supreme Court handed down yet another in a long series of rulings that cut back on the rights of patent owners. This time, the high court made it far more difficult for patentees to impose post-sale restrictions on the use or resale of their patented goods.

ABA Journal
Patent Tension

The Federal Circuit and the Supreme Court continue their tug-of-war over interpretations of patent law.

Intellectual Property Watch
The Shaky Rationale For TPP's Copyright Term

The TPP's copyright term is antithetical to the goals of copyright law, according to many experts -- including the US Copyright Office.

ABA Journal
Pay to Play

Three court rulings give musicians and recording companies surprising new rights under state copyright laws.

Intellectual Property Watch
US Cracking Down on Software Patents

Thanks to the US Supreme Court’s recent decision in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank, it is open season on software patents.

ABA Journal
Sinking the Vote

With the Supreme Court's OK, states begin imposing new laws to limit the vote.

InsideCounsel Magazine
Seeing Gray

Copyright owners will struggle to keep their cheaper, foreign-made goods out of the US.

ABA Journal
21st Century Slavery

Slavery still haunts the modern world, but efforts to eradicate it are growing.

InsideCounsel magazine
Buying Off Competitors

A court ruling reignites the debate over pay-for-delay.

Waning War

Content industries try a less confrontational approach to suppress file-sharing.

ABA Jouirnal
Brave New World?

Congress provides a powerful new way to challenge patents, but will anyone use it?

ABA Journal
Where’s the Revolution?

Drastic changes in land use law were predicted after the Supreme Court's Kelo ruling, but four years later, things don't look that different.

ABA Journal
Unequal Justice

U.S. Trails High-Income Nations in Serving Civil Legal Needs

InsideCounsel magazine
Seize and Desist

Controversial tactic allows trademark owners to attack websites.

InsideCounsel magazine
Bad Medicine

A pharmaceutical company's battle with the FDA may produce a new way of forestalling generic competition.

ABA Journal
The Record Business Blues

The recording industry has tried different tactics to fight file-sharing. Why haven't any of them worked?

ABA Journal
Battle on the Home Front

A proposed change in bankruptcy law fails in Congress, but proponents say it's the missing weapon in fighting home foreclosures.

JD Alumni Magazine (Univ. of Maryland Law School)
China: From the Ground Up

Changes in China's legal system are producing important cultural and social changes.

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