About Kira O'Connor

Kira graduated from of U.C. Berkeley with a degree Mass Communications and Media Studies and will graduate from the University of Oregon School of Law in May 2012. Kira has worked in entertainment and media since high school, and during college she worked at Universal Music Group and the Cal Berkeley television station. In law school, her focus has been on sports, entertainment, and intellectual property law. When her face isn’t buried in case law, she enjoys triathlons, adoring baby animals, and taking jumping pictures. Follow her on Twitter @kiraoconnor
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Keep Calm and Get a Trademark: The IP Woes of “Keep Calm and Carry On”

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Keep Calm and Get a Trademark: The Intellectual Property Woes of “Keep Calm and Carry On”
You’ve all probably seen one of iconic red “Keep Calm and Carry On” posters. In London, these posters are everywhere — especially in souvenir shops. You can also find posters and other memorabilia with text based on the original — “Keep Calm and Eat A Cupcake”, bedding with “Keep Calm and Sleep On”, “Keep Calm…
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Over 100 million people use and love Instagram. Will we all submit to the new terms or will this be a successful consumer revolution?

Is It Even Legal? Instagram’s New ‘Terms of Service’ Has The Internet Up in Arms

A few days ago, Instagram posted a little notice to all of their users. This notice was about changes to their ‘Terms of Service (“TOS”)’. If you were like me, you took small note of it and decided to read it later. And perhaps that is what Instagram was hoping everyone did because the changes…
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Be Careful What You Search For: Google Searches Can Be Criminally Damning

Be Careful What You Search For: Google Searches Can Be Criminally Damning

In the last few days, it has been brought to the attention of the media that there was some damning evidence in the Casey Anthony Murder case that never made it to trial. In an autobiography by one of the defence attorneys on the case, Jose Baez, it is noted that the prosecution failed to…
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General Petraeus was forces to resign as a result of an affair that came to light through Internet evidence

All is Fair in Love and Social Media: Petraeus Affair Puts a Spotlight on Technology, Fidelity and Divorce Courts

Who doesn’t love a good sex scandal? Thanks to former CIA director, General Petraeus, we were all able to feast on someone else’s fall from grace. While this is not the first time a public official has flown too close to the sun of extramarital lust, this was a man in charge of the secretive…
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Twitter Transparency: A Lesson in Starting a Conversation about IP Issues

Twitter Transparency: A Lesson in Starting a Conversation about IP Issues

The Internet is a haven for copyright infringements, and how a website deals with copyright violations will vary. Previously, Twitter would take down a tweet that violated the rights of a copyright holder. This week, however, Twitter announced that it would no longer “disappear” these rule-breaking tweets. Instead, they will replace the tweet with a…
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