From the monthly archives: January 2013

Dropping “N-Bomb” Could Get You Arrested

On January 31, 2013 By Cal Albritton

If you are accustomed to going to the gas station for a quick snack or a Coke, you may have seen substances called “Scooby-Doo,” “Mr. Miyagi,” or “Spice” for sale by the register. Despite the cartoonish names, these substances are drugs. These may not be the drugs you’re familiar with. They are synthetic drugs, created [...]

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Baby Got… A License

On January 30, 2013 By Caitlin Angelette

Confession time: I am a total sucker for acoustic covers of non-acoustic songs. Obadiah Parker’s cover of “Hey Ya” by OutKast is life-changing. If you’ve never heard it, seek it out from a legal source and enjoy. I’ll wait.

Welcome back. Now clearly, Obadiah Parker created his brilliant version legally through a license. He arranged [...]

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NLRB Protects Social Net Speech by Employees

On January 29, 2013 By Brooke McLeod

As an increasing number of employees use social media like Facebook and Twitter to communicate with their coworkers, the NLRB has recently issued a series of rulings and advisories that seek to protect employee rights in a social media context. Employers often seek to discourage employees from posting comments that reflect negatively on [...]

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On Martin Luther King Day, an employee of a Nashville music venue, Rocketown, that bills itself as a Christian-based non-profit youth outreach facility wore a band t-shirt to work.  This shirt, designed by a band that had played at Rocketown, also voiced support for same-sex marriage.  That same day, he was fired . [...]

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Monday Morning JETLawg

On January 28, 2013 By Brandon Trout

Steve Jobs threatened patent suit to enforce no-hiring plicy. Court approves Kodak financing, could exit bankruptcy by mid-2013. Google stands up for Gmail users, requires cops to get a warrant. Online gamers say “gaymer” trademark has to go. FCC approves new “secret” wireless network for [...]

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For over 100 years, the U.S. beer company Anheuser-Busch and Budejovicky Budvar, a Czech competitor, have been fighting over the use of the trademark “Bud” or “Budweiser”. This contest went to Anheuser-Bush when the General Court of the European Union dismissed Budvar’s claims that Anheuser-Busch should not be able to use the mark “Bud” in [...]

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At the Behest of a Bequest

On January 24, 2013 By Avery VanPelt


A wealthy art collector dies, leaving his much-valued and quite extensive collection of artwork to a museum in his will. What happens if the museum does not want the artwork–or only wants a portion of the collection? Alternately, what happens if an eccentric art lover leaves his collection to a museum with restrictive conditions [...]

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Te’o KO’d by Alleged Online Hoax

On January 23, 2013 By Andrew Solinger

When news broke mid-week—after an in-depth investigation by online sports website—that Manti Te’o was allegedly the target of a cruel online hoax involving a fictitious girlfriend, the media pounced and has been abuzz ever since.  What has become clear since the Deadspin investigation and public statements from Manti Te’o and [...]

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When an organization’s computer systems come under attack, it usually wants to minimize the damage as quickly as possible. For some types of attacks, like SQL injection or cross-site script injection, the clear path forward is to identify and close the vulnerability that allowed the attack in [...]

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“Doc, where’s my flat screen TV?”

On January 21, 2013 By Swathi Padmanabhan

Since the Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act, policymakers and hospital management professionals have sought to curb rising health care costs while simultaneously offering care to more individuals nationwide. The idea is that more efficient health care will reduce costs, thereby enabling the government to use the surplus funds in the national health [...]

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