DC Council Bill Infringes on Property Rights, Threatens Airbnb Hosts
By Elizabeth McKee

With over 2 million listings in 34,000 cities, Airbnb has been lauded as one of the most successful companies operating in the sharing economy, and has an estimated valuation of $30 billion. More importantly, the company’s platform has changed the life of thousands of homeowners, who collectively earned $53 million through Airbnb from October 2015 to October 2016.  

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How to Remove Barriers to Women’s Property Rights
Tuesday, February 7, 2017 12:13 pm | By Elizabeth McKee

Kosovo recently announced a major reform in the country’s property rights protections, pledging to support a woman’s right to inherit and own property by clearly defining formal ownership. Although women are not legally excluded from land ownership, the predominance of informal land transfers and lack of a formal inheritance process in Kosovo allow women to be unfairly excluded from property ownership.

The US Ambassador to Kosovo, Greg Delawie, remarked in a speech, “only 19 percent of women in Kosovo own land – and less than 4 percent of women inherit property.  Only 2 percent have a bank loan secured by property.  And Kosovo’s economy is suffering because of it.” 

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2017 Set to Become Pivotal Year for War Plain Packaging
Friday, January 27, 2017 2:59 pm | By Philip Thompson

As French revelers brought in the New Year at the iconic Avenue des Champs-Elysées a disturbing anti-smoking law went into effect- plain packaging. According to the Canadian Cancer Society France is the third country following the U.K. and Australia to completely remove branding from cigarette packs, Hungary will be fourth setting 2018 to be their logo quit date. As the year starts 14 other countries are considering plain packaging legislation before release of a pivotal WTO report. No doubt health activists will use 2017 to push plain packaging mainstream, at the cost of intellectual property rights.  

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