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Fixing electronics devices doesn’t need to be difficult. Krashenitsa Dmitrii/Shutterstock.com

Why can’t we fix our own electronic devices?

Many companies are working to prevent customers from fixing broken smartphones and tractors. By doing so, they're missing out on an opportunity to build customer loyalty and boost profits.
Rock and roll legend Chuck Berry performs in 1980. AP Photo

Was Chuck Berry the lone genius he’s made out to be?

In 2000, Berry's longtime piano player sued him, claiming he never got any credit for songs he had co-written. Even though the case was dismissed, a St. Louis lawyer decided to investigate further.
The Grand Tour, starring Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May, available on Amazon’s pay-to-view service is reportedly now the most illegally downloaded program. Amazon Prime

Blocking access to illegal file-share websites won’t stop illegal downloading

A court has ruled that internet service providers in Australia should block access to some illegal file-sharing websites. But is there a better way to beat the priates?
Cheerleaders and smartphones are in the Supreme Court’s hands. Stephan Savoia/AP

What do cheerleader uniforms and smartphones have in common?

The Supreme Court is considering two cases stemming from the merger of design and function that could reshape intellectual property law. Can we protect innovation without impeding fair competition?
Think twice before copying Tyson’s tattoo. Mario Anzuoni/Reuters

Who owns your tattoo? Maybe not you

Copyright and trademark law mean that the body art inked into your skin may leave you open to an infringement lawsuit.
Nigeria’s Nollywood ranks second to India’s Bollywood in terms of films produced each year. Reuters

The who and how of pirates threatening the Nollywood film industry

The world's third-largest movie industry in Nigeria is in danger of collapse. It is not to do with patrons staying away from the films. It is caused by a menace right in the heart of the industry.

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