From the monthly archives: July 2012

University of Alabama Crimson Tide football coach Nick Saban, who has been hailed as one of college football’s great coaches, is in the news again.  And no, not over allegations of oversigning, oversigning again, using medical scholarships, or just generally being reviled by LSU fans [...]

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Can’t Buy EMI?

On July 18, 2012 By Caitlin Angelette

Students of Antitrust law take note: a 4-3 merger of the smallest into the largest of the four biggest recording companies is underway.  Universal Music Group is attempting to purchase EMI, the home of the Beatles.  Universal Music Group is itself owned by Vivendi, a French company.

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Apple has decided to settle its ongoing dispute with Chinese company Proview about the trademark for “iPad.” (See Jeremy Gove’s blog for the background of the lawsuit.)  The $60 million court-mediated agreement may seem steep at first, especially given the [...]

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Monday Morning JETLawg

On July 16, 2012 By JETLaw

Fujifilm sues Motorola over camera and phone patents. (Complaint) Research in Motion (maker of Blackberry phones) gets hit with a $147.2 million jury verdict for patent infringement.  (Verdict) Competition concerns may lead to the DoJ blocking Verizon’s acquisition of wireless spectrum from cable companies. Woman accused of [...]

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The Defense Advances Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has set its latest challenge for researchers–create a new approach to the “identification of people, places, things and activities from still or moving defense and open-source imagery.”  With all the intelligence information pouring into the defense network, innovative technology is needed to cull through vast [...]

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A Happy Day for the Happy Days Cast

On July 12, 2012 By Francie Kammeraad

Happy Days, the infamous sitcom which ran from 1974 to 1984, represents an era with classic American values–a simpler, happier time.  However, it also reflects a time when both actors and studios did not fully understand or adequately contract around publicity rights.

Publicity rights are the rights to a celebrity’s image [...]

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Imagine that, while in a public computer lab, you see that one of your colleagues has left herself logged into her email account.  Not only that, but you see an email thread featuring your very own name.  What do you do?  Do you tell the person?  Do you click on the private email to [...]

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The Early Bird Really Does Get the Worm

On July 10, 2012 By Jeremy Gove

Larry Bird may be one of the most well known basketball players of all time: from playing in the highest rated college basketball game of all time, to his inclusion on maybe the most famous basketball team of all time, but his most recent contribution is something that happened years ago [...]

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Monday Morning JETLawg

On July 9, 2012 By JETLaw

Manhattan can keep its own version of a heart attack burger, rules a U.S. District Court Judge. MGM sues to block a sequel to the 1980 classic “Raging Bull.” Delaware is in the process of passing a law that will ban public and private schools from requiring students to allow access [...]

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Cybercrime rates are rising. That part you probably knew. What you may not have known is that Congress is attempting to heighten public companies’ disclosure requirements for cyber security breaches. In October 2011, the SEC released guidance for cyber security reports intended to encourage companies to report “material risks” of concern to investors. However, [...]

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