• Le Monde claims France has its own NSA-style spy program, collecting much of the same kind of data. Its legality is unclear: the paper calls the effort “a-legal” and “beyond any serious control.” [H/T Orin Kerr]
  • Apple trademarks iWatch, looks set to join the smartwatch game.
  • Fighting over the title of “The Butler” goes public after arbitration. Is The Weinstein Company really going to keep using the prohibited name and just pay the $25,000 daily fine? Would other studios do the same if fortunes were reversed?
  • A U.K. court rules that an original Monty Python producer is owed royalties from the 2005 spinoff.
  • Former unpaid interns for MSNBC sue for back pay, hoping to join a number of other interns that have recently won FLSA judgments against their “employers.”
  • Florida federal judge’s dicta: Abercrombie & Fitch’s press release offering Jersey Shore star “The Situation” $10,000 to not wear their product on TV was an offer he could have accepted. Oh, and the main ruling: “The Sitch” also can’t keep A&F from offering its line of “The Fitchuation” clothing.

–Brad Edmondson

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