From the monthly archives: August 2011

If someone left 8000 notes on your doorstep with threatening messages, you probably would have already called the police.  But what about when someone posts the messages from a Twitter account?

William Lawrence Cassidy has been indicted and now arrested on charges of online stalking for publishing nearly 8000 posts about [...]

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Jay-Z’s “Big Pimpin” Lands Him in Court

On August 30, 2011 By Jeremy Gove

As summer winds down, and the leaves begin to change colors, barbecue playlists are being shelved in exchange for the melancholoy beats of fall. That means putting away one of the most popular pool songs of the past decade- Jay-Z’s “Big Pimpin.” However, Jay-Z might be getting ready [...]

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Monday Morning JETLawg

On August 29, 2011 By JETLaw

Google contemplates adding more partners to its Google TV service.

Is litigation arguably the best means of patent valuation?

Does a survey released by the National Center on Addiction & Substance Abuse suggest that Facebook is doing immeasurable harm to today’s youth, or are the results overstated?

AT&T [...]

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Last week the first wrongful death lawsuit was filed as a result of the Indiana State Fair stage collapse, on behalf of 42 year old Tammy VanDam, naming Mid-America Sound Corp, Live Nation Worldwide, and Lucas Entertainment Group as defendants, in allegations that organizers “did not reasonably exercise due care in the design, set-up, [...]

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Mr. Goodell Takes Over for the NCAA

On August 26, 2011 By Alex Payne

On Monday August 22, the NFL held its supplemental draft, wherein former Ohio State star quarterback Terrelle Pryor was selected by the Oakland Raiders with their 2012 3rd Round pick.  Regardless of prognostications regarding Pryor’s future as an NFL-caliber signal caller, Pryor cannot be expected to make an immediate contribution for Al [...]

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Hurricane Scandal Brings Storm of Controversy

On August 25, 2011 By Ryan Sawyer

Numerous Miami players may face criminal charges as a result of the emerging scandal.

Just as coverage of the “memorabilia for tattoos” scandal that rocked Ohio State football has finally quieted, a new college football program has emerged as the focus of a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) investigation and media frenzy. In a [...]

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YouTube has signed a major music licensing deal with a group of music publishers, the National Music Publishers Association (NMPA), that filed a class-action against the video-sharing website in 2007.  Indeed, the deal, which requires YouTube to pay licensing fees, allows the company to monetize user-generated videos that include music written [...]

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When deciding whether to utilize technology to block cell phone service, should public safety concerns or First Amendment freedoms be paramount? For San Francisco’s Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) officials, it seems “safety”, perhaps better described as fear, trumped other considerations on August 11, 2011. The BART officials’ decision to cut off cell phone service [...]

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Monday Morning JETLawg

On August 22, 2011 By JETLaw

The first lawsuit related to the Indiana State Fair stage collapse was recently filed.

Federal government contemplates shift to cloud computing solutions.

Priceline.com founder intends to sue other companies for patent infringement.

Kodak begins selling some of its patent portfolio.

Rapper arrested after initiating a disruptive [...]

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Taking Back Song Copyrights

On August 18, 2011 By Edwin Chadwick

Starting a process that might completely shake-up copyright law in the next few years, Mr. Victor Willis, the former lead singer of the Village People, is filing to regain control and ownership of several of the group’s earliest songs, including the renowned song ‘Y.M.C.A.’

Thirty-five years ago, when Congress re-wrote the copyright [...]

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