Monday, December 13, 2010 4:54 pm | By Kelsey Zahourek
This morning the US Supreme Court announced it will not hear the appeal challenging New York state's high court ruling that favored Columbia University's expansion into West Harlem under the guise of eminent domain.
The appeal brought on by business owner, Nick Sprayregen, would have been a much needed challenge to the dreadful 2005 Supreme Court decision in Kelo v. City of New London which ruled the government may use the power of eminent domain to expropriate property for private to private transfer under the ambiguous title of “economic development." As a result of the 2005 decision, the government’s power of eminent domain has become almost limitless, providing victimized citizens with few means to protect their property.
Several states have independently passed legislation to limit their power to eminent domain, and the Supreme Courts of Illinois, Michigan, and Ohio have barred the practice under their state constitutions. Unfortunately, New York will continue to go unchecked as one of the worst states in the nation when it comes to eminent domain abuse.
Citizens Continue to Stand Up Against Eminent Domain Abuse
Wednesday, November 17, 2010 4:51 pm | By Katerina Bricker
Can it Really Be True?
Thursday, October 21, 2010 10:35 am | By Katerina Bricker
Recently, China has stated that they are going to start cracking down on pirated software. For those who have been keeping up with all the problems of counterfeiting and piracy, you would know that China is one of the biggest markets for pirated software.
According to China’s official news service their government is starting a new campaign to fight counterfeit and pirated software and DVDs. This campaign will last six months, beginning at the end of October. Xinhua News Agency said that it will “focus on pirated publications, software, DVDs and designs, as well as violations of trademarks and patents, and on the import and export of fake goods”. The Chinese government has been ordered to use only authorized software and updates.
This decision was made at one of the regular State Council meetings on Tuesday, October 19, 2010. Premier Wen Jiabao led this meeting and their decision will hopefully help to implement an agreement reached by President Barack Obama and himself. This seemed to have started last month when Obama raised concerns over the IPR issue during a meeting with Premier Wen during his serious of U.N meetings in New York.
This is such a huge step forwards. China has been one of the biggest markets for counterfeit products for such a long time. Piracy has made them tons of money. Can they really be cracking down on this? Can China really stop their habit and try to do more to attack this problem? This campaign is supposedly suggesting how serious China is about combating this. Only in time we will see.