Presentation on Drones, Media Hacking & Just-in-Time Media

Attorney Shannon Brown presented a continuing education program (CLE) for lawyers addressing emerging technologies issues such as drones, hacking, and just-in-time news reporting. The presentation was for the 21st Annual Media Lawyers Conference sponsored by the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association.

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Send in the Drones—Flying in the Face of Danger?

Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS—the current, official FAA designation), Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), or drones. All describe remote-controlled aerial vehicles of various configurations and various sizes. Current FAA regulations and FAA guidance prohibit the commercial use of UASs without a FAA Special Airworthiness Certificate–Experimental Category (SAC-EC). Considerable controversy surrounds the use of drones and privacy, financial liability, regulatory authority, and Constitutional issues remain.

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Greenhouse Gas Regulation (CO2), Local Land Use Authority, and 42 USC 7431

Synopsis Student Note exploring a potential limitation (42 USC 7431) on the preemption of local land use regulations by federal greenhouse gas regulations (CO2). The Note argues that federal law might not preempt, per se, regulations by local authorities related to global warming because 1) land use…

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