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Can the Taste of Cheese be Copyrighted?

Can the taste of cheese be copyrighted? The European Union’s highest court has ruled: No.  A Dutch cheese company tried to argue that the taste of its spreadable cheese could be copyrighted.  The EU Court of Justice found that taste cannot be protected by law because it is “an idea” not an “expression of an…

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“Toddlers play in sandboxes. Adults play by the rules!” Will proposed fintech sandboxes be effective?

The Treasury Department recently released proposals for regulating financial technology that could greatly influence the emerging industry.  The recommendations endorse “regulatory sandboxes,” which would allow companies to experiment with new services that push the boundaries of current law.  New York’s Department of Financial Services Superintendent Maria Vullo has blasted this charter and the regulatory sandboxes.  These proposals…

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In an unusual line-up, the Supreme Court holds that states may collect sales taxes from online consumers via online retailers.

States will be able to force more people to pay sales tax when they make online purchases under a Supreme Court decision Thursday that will leave shoppers with lighter wallets.  Retail trade groups praised the ruling, saying it levels the playing field for local and online businesses.  The losers are online-only retailers, especially smaller ones, who will…

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