In a case of first impression, the Tennessee Middle District Court recently confronted the issue of racial discrimination in reality television.  Plaintiffs Nathaniel Claybrooks and Christopher Johnson—two African American men who were denied the opportunity to be cast as The Bachelor in ABC’s reality-based dating show of the same name—filed [...]

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Ending Revenge Porn Through Copyright

On April 3, 2014 By Philip Houten

The growth of interactive internet sites over the past couple decades has lead to the blossoming of an industry specializing in user-generated pornography. This phenomenon has become known as “Porn 2.0,” and has provided users an outlet to post photos and videos not only of themselves, but also of people who have [...]

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#McConnelling, not Coordinating

On April 2, 2014 By Jeffrey W. Sheehan

#McConnelling is here to stay. Senate Minority Leader, Mitch McConnell is cool with it. No word on how Mary Kate and Ashley feel about “Uncle Mitchy.” The meme took root when Jon Stewart called attention to a video put out by Mitch McConnell for Senate. Stewart turned McConnell’s B-roll footage to his [...]

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If you are anything like me, bargains are always a welcome sight.  One of the most popular venues for bargain shoppers nationwide are the slew of outlet malls that have popped up in suburban areas and near popular vacation locales.  Outlet stores advertise extensively that they offer upwards of 75 percent off [...]

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Monday Morning JETlawg

On March 31, 2014 By Brenan Salgado

Antitrust

US District Court Judge Denise Cote grants class certification to plaintiffs suing Apple over its alleged e-book price-fixing.

Copyright

A jury issues a verdict against MP3tunes founder to the tune of $41 million for copyright violations. The Supreme Court holds that companies in a similar “zone of [...]

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ISPs See Power Shift in the European Union

On March 31, 2014 By Dustin Kovacic

In a decision released on March 27th, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) ruled that Internet Service Providers (ISPs) within the EU can now block piracy sites that contain copyrighted material.

The decision comes from Constantin Film and Wega v. UPC Telekabel Wien, a case referred to the CJEU by the Austrian [...]

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Software Patents at the Supreme Court

On March 30, 2014 By Parker Hancock

Is software patentable? This simple question, despite over 40 years of judicial wrestling, remains unanswered. Many in the business world are hostile to software patents. After all, much of the vibrant software startup culture seems to operate just fine in an atmosphere of uncertainty. For example, just last month, Facebook acquired software startup [...]

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The world-famous magician Teller has secured a major victory in a Nevada Federal Court, winning his copyright suit against a copycat magician.  Teller filed his copyright suit against Gerard Dogge, a Dutch magician who uploaded YouTube videos of himself performing Teller’s famous, and copyrighted, performance of “Shadows.”  While this is not [...]

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Although Pandora may have won a single battle against the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP), the recent decision has left many questions about music royalties unanswered. Pandora originally filed suit against ASCAP in the Southern District of New York, petitioning the court to set “reasonable” licensing fees through 2015. The [...]

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The Vanderbilt Journal of Entertainment & Technology Law has published its Winter 2014 issue, Volume 16, Issue 2. This year’s previous issue, Volume 16, Issue 1, is also available online. Hard copies of the journal will be available soon.

Articles:

Richard F. Dole, Jr., “Statutory Royalty Damages under the Uniform Trade [...]

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