From the monthly archives: November 2013

Thanks to our authors for a great semester full of legal analysis across intellectual property, entertainment, and technology law. This will be our last regularly scheduled post of the semester. We head into final exams right after the Thanksgiving break. Good luck, everyone!

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Instant Replay for Baseball — and Squad Cars

On November 22, 2013 By Ryan Loofbourrow

An umpire’s job is to get the call right. However, when a manager disagrees with a call that a Major League Baseball (MLB) umpire makes, he has no recourse. Managers are often seen running out of the dugout, yelling at the umpire, kicking dirt on the umpire’s shoes, and, all too often, getting themselves [...]

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On Monday, November 11, the National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA) sent take-down notices to fifty music lyric sites. After an October report by David Lowery, University of Georgia researcher and founder of rock bands Cracker and Camper Van Beethoven, the NMPA had reason to believe that those fifty sites were publishing lyrics without first [...]

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Using Antitrust to Fight PAEs

On November 19, 2013 By Shannon Han

Due to its nature as a right to exclude, a patent can have a powerful effect on the market. Though in theory the patent is meant to serve a defensive function, some have chosen to use it as a more offensive tool: obtaining questionable royalties from inadvertent infringers, or raising a competitor’s operating costs. It [...]

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Google Books is Fair Use

On November 18, 2013 By Erin Shackelford

 

This week, Google dodged a multi-billion dollar bullet. After a nine-year legal battle, Google secured a victory against the Authors Guild and the Association of American Publishers. The author’s advocates filed a copyright infringement suit against Google in 2004 after it announced its “Google [...]

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Monday Morning JETLawg

On November 18, 2013 By Bradlee Edmondson

German newspaper Der Spiegel reports that British intelligence hacked into a Belgian telecoms firm using fake LinkedIn and other web pages. [H/T SANS] Wikileaks apparently publishes a leaked document detailing the intellectual property section of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a trade agreement the US Trade Representative is negotiating in secret.[H/T Google News] Twitter now Continue Reading

Snapchat: Handing Over Unopened Snaps to Police

On November 15, 2013 By Mary Fletcher King

Snapchat, the photo-sharing mobile application that initially had a reputation for facilitating “safe” sexting due to the timed deletion of sent images, has been a prominent subject in both technological and legal news. From warnings to users that recipients could screenshot and save the photographs to arrests of teachers engaging in racy snap exchanges [...]

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Bitcoin security, Liberty Reserve money laundering, open source law and legal information, and tech industry

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ExxonMobil v. FX Networks: Battle of the X’s

On November 14, 2013 By Andrea Scheder

Two little letters have caused a major controversy between corporate giants, culminating in a lawsuit filed by ExxonMobil against FX Networks LLC and its studio affiliates, Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp. and Twenty-First Century Fox Inc. In September, FX launched its new network FXX, complete with a new logo featuring [...]

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There was a lot going on this week, so the Monday Morning JETLawg has been broken down into topics. Monday is cybercrime and cybersecurity; Tuesday is copyright, intellectual property (IP) policy generally, government technology, and government IP; Wednesday is surveillance and censorship; Thursday is sports, entertainment, and the arts; and Friday is e-currency, e-discovery, [...]

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