Washington Journal of Law, Technology & Arts

Volume 14  | Spring 2019  | Number 2

Animal Healthcare Robots: The Case for Privacy Regulation

Sulaf Al-Saif
14 Wash. J.L. Tech. & Arts  77

6/18/2019

Corporate & Commercial

Animal healthcare robots are a form of healthcare or wellness devices that possess the appearance of animals or pets and that collect data on the user. The appearance, use, and nature of data collected by these robots illustrate two types of devices for which privacy regulation falls short: Internet of Things (“IoT”) devices and healthcare devices. This paper surveys the animal healthcare robots currently in the market, details the special privacy concerns associated with such robots, examines the current state of potentially relevant privacy laws, and makes recommendations for privacy regulation in the future.

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Science and Privacy: Data Protection Laws and Their Impact on Research

Mike Hintze
14 Wash. J.L. Tech. & Arts  103

6/18/2019

Constitutional & Regulatory

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Transformative Variations: The Uses and Abuses of the Transformative Use Doctrine in Right of Publicity Law

Matthew D. Bunker and Emily Erickson
14 Wash. J.L. Tech. & Arts  138

6/18/2019

Corporate & Commercial

In 2001, the California Supreme Court embarked upon a novel experiment in its right of publicity jurisprudence. The court imported a single element from copyright's fair use analysis. That element—transformative use—has since become an enormously important defense for publicity defendants. Unfortunately, the transformative use doctrine is notoriously protean, and has resulted in significant confusion in publicity law that almost certainly chills protected speech. Many courts seem to lack a clear idea of what a sophisticated transformative use analysis should even look like. This article unpacks these issues and proposes improvements to this difficult legal area.

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