From the monthly archives: June 2012

Monday Morning JETLawg

On June 18, 2012 By JETLaw

Popular webcomic ‘The Oatmeal’ gets sued for $20,000 for copyright infringement. It decides to raise the money via donations, and then donate it to charity instead. Currently, it’s raised more than $150,000. Daniel Moore wins trademark infringement suit, doesn’t have to pay for paintings that depict college athletic jerseys. Amazon Continue Reading

For those of us who are completely directionless, Google Maps is a lifesaver.  Not only does it tell us how to get from point A to point B, but it also shows us actual pictures of the streets to help us identify landmarks that will aid us on our once hopeless and winding journeys.

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(Not very) Funnyjunk.com

On June 14, 2012 By Joel Slater

In 2011, Matthew Inman, an internet cartoonist and author of the popular cartoon and website The Oatmeal, posted a public complaint on his blog. Basically, Inman was frustrated that the website Funnyjunk.com had taken several of his copyrighted comics and hosted them on its website without attribution and often with his website URL photoshopped [...]

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Google’s efforts to digitize books have hit legal roadblocks over the past few years.  Several French publishers brought copyright suits against Google, which had been digitizing and making publicly available portions of many copyrighted works apparently despite publishers’ requests not to do so.  In fact, Google was actually found guilty of copyright [...]

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Getting a Piece of the Radio Pie

On June 12, 2012 By Hunter Branstetter

A lot goes into making a song that’s only a few minutes long.  For your average studio song, key players include songwriters, lyricists, musicians, and a plethora of engineers along with the record companies and publishers who help organize, coordinate, and bankroll the entire operation.  And these different players get compensated differently; a studio musician [...]

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UK court is Third Billy Goat Gruff

On June 11, 2012 By Samara Pals

Internet trolls use the anonymity of the Internet to inflame emotions, tarnish reputations and possibly damage careers. In Internet slang, troll refers to someone who participates in a range of actions from attacking total strangers and celebrities to bullying.  Recently trolls received worldwide attention for their attacks on Nicola Brookes and [...]

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Monday Morning JETLawg

On June 11, 2012 By JETLaw

Complaint unifying multiple NFL head injury lawsuits filed. See our previous post on the issue. Google, in its mission to not be evil, decides to start alerting its users when it thinks they may be the target of a state-sponsored cyberattack. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit rules [...]

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War is changing. From President Obama’s “kill list” to the domestic use of military drones for surveillance and law enforcement, the world of combat is looking more and more like a dystopian science fiction movie. While much of the changing face of warfare is marked with impersonal, often anonymous and sometimes reckless brutal [...]

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Vilma Fights Back in Bounty Issue

On June 6, 2012 By Mike Ritter

On March 2, the NFL rocked the football community when it released a statement indicating that it had evidence of a New Orleans Saints “bounty program,” which included “payments to players for inflicting injuries on opposing players that would result in them being removed from a game.”  After weeks of suspense and [...]

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The Internet provides an unparalleled platform for excessive product consumption, often driving the most conservative of web-surfers to abandon frugal spending practices in exchange for the thrill of a “1 click” shop-a-thon. However, a recent study sheds interesting light on a market many net users aren’t buying into: software.

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