3L Maya Fe Holzhauer (’18) Wins Prize in BPLA Writing Competition

Maya Fe Holzhauer ’18 has been awarded second prize in the BPLA Writing Competition for her essay “Copyright and Social Media: What Does it Meme?”  Judges considered the merits of each paper based on: (i) contribution to the knowledge respecting intellectual property law; and (ii) the extent to which it displayed original and creative thought or information not previously published or available. In addition to the accolades and honor, this award comes with a cash prize.

Congratulations Maya Fe from all of us at CLIC!


Minority Report – fifteen years later

The movie Minority Report was released in 2002.  Fifteen years later, how many of the security technologies depicted in that movie have been built?  Professor Matwyshyn’s InfoSec Law class asked this question and reached a startling conclusion:  almost all of them.

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Social Influencers: Copyright, Publicity and Contracting


Come join CLIC and the New England Chapter for the Copyright Society of America for this panel on Social Influencers on Monday, October 30, 2017.

For flier: NUSL-CLIC-Social-Influencers

Amanda Schreyer, Esq., Morse Barnes-Brown Pendleton
Maria Guerra, Executive VP, Influence Central

You know social influencers – people who have established credibility and a following on social media who can persuade others to click, watch, and buy. They offer advice, reviews and personal feedback to inform everyday consumption and purchases. Who are these people? How do they form business relationships with brands? And what does intellectual property and internet law have to do with it?

Come hear attorney Amanda Schreyer and influencer agent from Influence Central Maria Guerra speak about this new and important feature of law, business and society today.

Monday, October 30, 5:30-7 pm
Dockser Hall Room 250
Northeastern University School of Law
65 Forsythe Street, Boston, Massachusetts

Co-Sponsored by the New England Chapter of the Copyright Society of the USA and Northeastern’s Center for Law, Innovation and Creativity

Atlantic Council event discussing Prof. Matwyshyn’s work in progress – “The Internet of Bodies”

On September 21, 2017, the Atlantic Council organized an event to discuss to the issues introduced by Prof. Matwyshyn in her law review article in progress – “The Internet of Bodies.   Panelists included FTC Commissioner Terrell McSweeny, Internet Association General Counsel Abigail Slater, and biohacker Janine Medina.  A description of the event is available here:   http://www.atlanticcouncil.org/events/webcasts/cyber-risk-thursday-internet-of-bodies

Interested in voting security? Check out the CLIC timeline on voting security reporting.

The students in Prof. Matwyshyn’s Information Security Law class made a timeline of reporting on voting security during the 2016 election.

For best viewing, view the timeline full screen here: https://cdn.knightlab.com/libs/timeline3/latest/embed/index.html?source=10P4CyS4ORh0kRIU6JhUkH9QUFX5_mjVmlat_mFM7ojI&font=Default&lang=en&initial_zoom=2&height=1250

Films CLIC <3s: AlphaGo


This riveting documentary directed by a sports documentarian chronicles the dramatic competition that pitted humans against machines in the ultimate game challenge – Go. AlphaGo takes us on an exciting journey through the eyes of the technologists of Google’s DeepMind and world champion Go players.  Along the way, it asks tough questions about the future co-existence of machines and humans.


Did you miss the CLIC Connected Futures Conference? Watch our archive!


Jessica Silbey, Professor of Law, Northeastern University School of Law

James Bean, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, Northeastern University 

  1. Panel 1
    The Internet of Future Bodies

    As the Internet of Things evolves into the Internet of Bodies, what we mean by “connected health” will also evolve. While the first generation of connected health questions focused on data processing and privacy, the next generation of technology-mediated treatment involves internet-enabled implanted devices and 3D-printed body parts. The intellectual property issues that have arisen in the context of traditional medical devices have already started to move into these new technology-reliant treatment spaces. But, these new technologies bring with them new versions of hard ethical questions that threaten to upset traditional lines in intellectual property law.

    Andrea Matwyshyn, Professor of Law, Northeastern University School of Law

    Phoebe Li, Senior Lecturer in Law, University of Sussex
    Jay Radcliffe, Senior Security Consultant and Researcher, Rapid7
    Abigail Slater, General Counsel, The Internet Association 
    Frank Pasquale, Professor of Law, University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law
    Gretchen Stubenvoll, IP and Corporate Counsel

  2. Panel 2
    Ubiquity of the Copy: Impact of IP on Architecture and Urban Life

    Although copying, reference and imitation are all central to the history of innovation across disciplines, including architecture, these concepts are increasingly contested in academic and legal circles. Following the passage of Architectural Works Copyright Protection Act (AWCPA) of 1990, American buildings, and not simply drawings, are now subject to copyright protections. Are these relatively new legal protections inhibiting or fostering creativity within architecture? Whose interest are they serving? And how do we navigate the real differences in disciplinary terminology among lawyers and architects to best serve the public?

    Elizabeth Hudson, Dean, College of Arts, Media and Design, Northeastern University

    Amanda Reeser Lawrence, Associate Professor, School of Architecture, College of Arts, Media and Design

    Ana Miljački, Associate Professor, School of Architecture, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Jay Wickersham, Partner, Noble, Wickersham & Heart
    Kevin Collins, Professor of Law, Washington University School of Law
    Cammy Brothers, Associate Professor, School of Architecture, College of Arts, Media and Design, Northeastern University

  3. Introduction:
    Carla Brodley, Dean, College of Computer and Information Science, Northeastern University

    Keynote Speaker:
    Sarah Jeong, Journalist and Lawyer, Vice Motherboard
  4. Panel 3
    The Gig Economy: Algorithms and the Communities We Create

    Labor relations, systems management and logistics are merging in the “gig economy” where categories of “employees,” “contractors,” “customers” and “users” all blur. In managing employee-employment relations, including equal employment opportunities and discrimination between company and consumer, our legal system lags behind the machine-based and modular mechanisms that structure services and goods today. With increased efficiency and democratized access we may also be sacrificing equal opportunity, fair wage standards and cohesiveness among communities that helps sustain them. But the companies that thrive in this economy claim they share these values. How can the law protect workers in the gig economy?

    Rashmi Dyal-Chand, Professor of Law, Northeastern University School of Law

    Jason Jackson, Future Faculty Fellow, Political Science, Northeastern University
    Veena Dubal, Associate Professor of Law, UC Hastings College of the Law
    Sushil Jacob, Associate, Tuttle Law Group
    Christo Wilson, Assistant Professor of Computer Science, College of Computer and Information Science, Northeastern University

  5. Panel 4
    Renewable Energy, Resilience and Innovation 

    Energy systems around the world are in the midst of major changes, as renewable energy expands and related infrastructures come to include multi-scale networks of distributed generation and storage devices.  This energy transition involves new forms of connectivity, communication and engagement.  When coordinated through a “smart grid,” participants perform interactive and interdependent roles as both energy producers and consumers.  Differing governance approaches offer competing visions of centralized or decentralized ownership and control, and widely varying views on the potential uses of digital technologies in automating or engaging participants in energy decision-making.

    Uta Poiger, Dean, College of Social Sciences and Humanities, Northeastern University

    Lee Breckenridge, Professor of Law, Northeastern University School of Law

    Jennie Stephens, Dean’s Professor of Sustainability Science and Policy and Associate Director, Global Resilience Institute, Northeastern University
    Josh Castonguay, Vice President of Innovation and Generation, Green Mountain Power
    Jon Klavens, Principal, Klavens Law Group
    Ann Berwick, Director of Sustainability, City of Newton; Chair of the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities, 2010-2015

    Closing Remarks

    Dean Jeremy Paul, Northeastern University School of Law