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, and the technology industry.


  • The class action request in the O’Bannon lawsuit (over players’ rights to receive compensation for use of their likenesses) moves forward as Judge Willken partially certifies the requested class. While the players won the right to pursue claims against future revenue, their claims for (potentially) billions of dollars in past damages were not certified.


  • New filings in the lawsuit over Robin Thicke’s Blurred Lines allege that Thicke copied Marvin Gaye material (specifically, After the Dance) while writing Love After War — and that even more of Thicke’s songs may be the subject of future suits. The Gayes also counterclaimed, adding [PDF] the publishing company EMI April to the suit, claiming that it had failed in its representation of the Gayes’ rights due to the fact that it had ties with both parties.
  • An actress suing IMDb to prevent the film information database from publishing her actual date of birth appeals her loss in district court.
  • Kim Kardashian sues ex-YouTuber Chad Hurley for violating a confidentiality agreement by posting a video of her engagement to Kanye West. Apparently there is a photo of Hurley holding the NDA he had just signed before being allowed to attend, so… good luck with that.


  • A German magazine reports that authorities in that country seized a collection of modern art worth $1 billion from a single apartment filled with masterpieces stolen by the Nazis. The treasure trove of masterpieces contained paintings by Picasso and Matisse, and they may be given back to the estates of their original owners.
  • Noted British street artist (graffiti artist) Banksy visits New York City and unveils a new work every day for a month. Banksy also donated a “defaced” ordinary landscape painting to an auction supporting Housing Works. Called “The Banality of the Banality of Evil,” the “oil on oil on canvas” painting now features a Nazi guard sitting on a bench looking out into the landscape. After the highest bidder defaulted on his (or her — the only authentication required was a credit card) $615,000 bid, the painting was shopped around to several next-highest bidders and ultimately sold for an undisclosed sum.

–Brad Edmondson

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