Copyright law and the Happy Birthday song as your research topic

“Happy Birthday to you. Happy Birthday to you. Happy Birthday dear (name). Happy Birthday to you.” Believe it or not, those four repetitive words earned Warner/Chappell, the publishing branch of the huge Warner Music Group, $2 million a year in royalties. A legal battle brewed over the rights to the song when filmmaker Jennifer Nelson challenged copyright laws to the popular birthday music.

The Happy Birthday song is worth millions of dollars in licence fees every year to music publishing company Warner/Chappell. (Credit: Will Clayton/Flickr)

The Happy Birthday song is worth millions of dollars in licence fees every year to music publishing company Warner/Chappell. (Credit: Will Clayton/Flickr)

Interesting research paper topics would be to write about the history and the copyright law on the “Happy Birthday to You” song. Read more

Panama Papers and income inequality as your economics research topic

Details are still trickling out about the leaked documents from Mossack Fonseca. Known as the Panama Papers, the 2.6 terabytes of data reveal a trove of information about tax havens and money laundering perpetrated by some of the world’s wealthiest citizens.

Find out more about the leaked Panama Papers here. (Credit: BBC)

Find out more about the leaked Panama Papers here. (Credit: BBC)

Not only does this recent event provide multiple research paper topics in terms of tax evasion and other economic issues, it also shines a light on income inequality. Read more

Discuss LGBT rights and marriage equality in your next research paper

The history of LGBT rights and marriage equality in the United States offers many areas to explore in a research paper.

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Learn more about LGBT rights. (Credit: RAC.org)

The latest comes courtesy of the North Carolina state legislature, which, in a special session, overruled previous anti-discrimination legislation established earlier in the year in Charlotte, North Carolina. Read more

U.S., Cuba relations as your political science research topic

President Obama and his family have made a historic trip to Cuba. It’s the first visit by a sitting U.S. president since Calvin Coolidge. Despite President Obama’s efforts to improve U.S.-Cuba relations, the American embargo is still in place and the island nation’s record on human rights violations continues to be a significant issue.

Cuba President Raul Castro and President Barack Obama meet. (Credit: Mandel Nga—AFP/Getty Images)

Cuba President Raul Castro and President Barack Obama meet. (Credit: Mandel Nga—AFP/Getty Images)

Both areas offer many research paper topics to consider for classes in political science, economics, history and more. Read more

Questia Reading Room: What do you know about ethics?

A popular topic that we oftentimes use on a daily involves ethics. From religion to business to education, there are so many areas you can learn more about.

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Check out our next set of reading room books on ethics. (Credit: EFPA)

We are offering an assortment of books on ethics for you to enjoy – FREE for the next month. Read more

Democratic Socialism and other economics systems for your research paper

On March 9, 2016, Bernie Sanders was declared the Democratic Party winner of the Michigan Primary. The win came as a surprise to most observers who have long cast Hillary Clinton as the foregone Democratic candidate for President. Because of his adherence to Democratic Socialism, even staunch Democrats think that a Sanders win would be unlikely in November.

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Find out more about what Democratic Socialism is. (Credit: Bernie Sanders Video)

For his part, Donald Trump relishes the idea of a race against a “communist/socialist maniac.” Clearly, exposing the truth about Democratic Socialism and economic systems would be a very informative research paper. Read more

Discuss Benghazi in your next political science research paper

After almost four years, the Benghazi controversy still generates headlines. Last fall, Hillary Clinton testified before Congress yet again about the terrorist attack in Libya. More recently, the release of the movie by Michael Bay, 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi, once again revived interest in what really happened at the U.S. embassy.

Find out more about the Benghazi controversy in 13 Hours. (Credit: ComingSoon.net)

Find out more about the Benghazi controversy in 13 Hours. (Credit: ComingSoon.net)

The causes that led up to the deaths of four Americans, as well as the aftermath for Libya and the world make intriguing research paper ideas to explore. Read more

Research paper topics related to areas of law and legal issues

If you’re aiming at a career in law, you already know that it is divided into two main areas: civil law and criminal law. Research paper topics within these two areas include common law, advertising law and consumer protection. Looking to current events could inspire you to explore elections and election laws as possible research topics.

Find out more about the many categories of law here. (Credit: MM Attorneys at Law)

Find out more about the many categories of law here. (Credit: MM Attorneys at Law)

Here are more ideas and tips on creating your next research paper on the law. Read more

Flag desecration bill challenges first amendment as your research topic

Interesting research paper topics would be to discuss the 2006 bill in Congress that would have made flag burning and other desecration against the American flag a crime. In 1989, the Supreme Court ruled in Texas v. Johnson that burning the flag is a form of free speech, which is protected under the First Amendment.

Learn more about flag desecration for your next research paper. (Credit: Heartland)

Learn more about flag desecration for your next research paper. (Credit: Heartland)

Yet while incidents of people burning the U.S. flag in America are rare, Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) sponsored the Flag Desecration Amendment, which would give Congress the power to prohibit the physical desecration of the flag of the United States. For your term paper, you can discuss the pros and cons of a burning American flag amendment and its challenge to freedom of speech. Read more

Law enforcement term paper topics

Local and federal law enforcement challenges and events are always in the news and make good term paper topics.

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Learn more on the topic of law enforcement. (Credit: Ulets.net)

Here are three good research paper topics in the field of law enforcement: the Oregon standoff, use of body cameras on police officers and women in law enforcement agencies. Read more