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 IP Woes of “Keep Calm and Carry On”
Beyond the popular puns and mass production, there are some parts of the story you might not know -- for example, the intellectual property battle taking place behind the scenes. The “Keep Calm” slogan, however, is stirring up debate on what and whom the law should protect versus what and whom the law actually protects…
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Is It Even Legal? Instagram’s New ‘Terms of Service’ Has The Internet Up in Arms

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 were quite drastic. But, despite the uproar, it is most certainly legal…
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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

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 bring up Google searches that were traced to Ms. Anthony’s computer. These searches include the phrase “foolproof suffocation”…
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All is Fair in Love and Social Media: Petraeus Affair Puts a Spotlight on Technology, Fidelity and Divorce Courts

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

This was a man in charge of the secretive operations of the United States of America. If the director of the most advanced spy agency in the world can’t conduct an affair in secret, what hope does this leave for the rest of the extramarital affair seekers?…
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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 place holder…
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