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    01.28.14 BLS Journals Highlight Citizenship, Drones, and Copyright Infringement Issues
    Practicum

    Among the timely topics featured in Brooklyn Law School journals is birthright citizenship, published Spring 2013. The piece, written by Professor D. Carolina Nuñez of Brigham Young University Law School, discusses recent proposals to deny U.S. citizenship to children born in America of undocumented immigrants. Moving beyond analysis of the Fourteenth Amendment, which grants citizenship to all those born on U.S. soil, Professor Nuñez broadly examines the concept of territorial birthright citizenship and the history of U.S. citizenship law.

    Also, in an article for Practicum, the online companion to the Law School’s scholarly journals, Amanda Lui ’14 calls for an overhaul of current copyright laws – with last year’s hit song “Blurred Lines” a prime case study. The family of Marvin Gaye claims that the tune rips off “Got to Give It Up,” released in 1976. Lui suggests bringing an updated Lay Listener Test, as described by Professor Jamie Lund, into the courtroom as a way to measure similarities between two songs where there are claims of infringement.

    Practicum recently featured another article on the expanding ubiquity of the usage of drones, from military strikes to police surveillance to deliveries of Amazon purchases. Sabrina Margret Bierer '14 explores the way the courts are currently handling drones as a violation of the Fourth Amendment and how today's decisions will affect issues of surveillance and privacy in the future.

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