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Producers Cited with Willful Safety Violations Following On-Set Tragedy

By Erin Shackelford On September 19, 2014 · Updated September 19, 2014 · Leave a Comment

The Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) has cited Midnight Rider producers for safety violations, stemming from the tragic on-set death of twenty-seven year old camera assistant Sara Jones.

Jones was tragically killed last February on the set of Midnight Rider while the crew [...]

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This past March, a grand jury indicted Baltimore Ravens player Ray Rice on third-degree aggravated assault charges after video surfaced of Rice hitting his then fiancé outside a casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Rice pleaded not guilty, avoided trial, and ultimately ended up being sentenced to complete a pre-intervention program. In terms of [...]

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Late last month, a Wolverhampton judge in the United Kingdom sentenced a man to 33 months in jail for distributing a pirated copy of Fast and Furious 6. Phillip Danks covertly recorded the movie from his seat in the back of the theater, and then posted his recording online under [...]

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Microsoft Acquires Maker of Minecraft for $2.5 Billion

By Zac Parsons On September 16, 2014 · Updated September 16, 2014 · 1 Comment

The era of console gaming is probably coming to an end. At least it seems Microsoft thinks so. Yesterday, the company announced the acquisition of a little-known game publisher called Mojang. It should not be very surprising if you haven’t heard of them, as they have not published many hit games. The one [...]

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Monday Morning JETLawg

By Brenan Salgado On September 15, 2014 · Updated September 15, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Consumer Protection

California Gov. Jerry Brown signs AB 2365 into law preventing businesses from including provisions that waive “the consumer’s right to make any statement regarding the seller or lessor or its employees or agents, or concerning the goods or services.”

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Last week, you may have noticed the above “wheel of death” at the top of one of your favorite websites, like Reddit or Netflix. The goal of the “Internet Slowdown Day” was to drive visitors to the Federal Communications Commission to comment on the FCC’s proposed rules for net [...]

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A Break in the Cloud: Recent Breach of Celebrity Privacy Stirs Up a Security Storm

By Ryan Dewey On September 12, 2014 · Updated September 14, 2014 · 1 Comment

US Magazine and People are no longer the only sources revealing intimate details about the private lives of celebrities. Over the holiday weekend, hundreds of nude celebrity photos were made available to a few million more than their intended audience. Among the stars hacked were Kate Upton, Kirsten Dunst, and most notably, Jennifer Lawrence.

The [...]

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Copyright Office Decides Monkeys Can’t Be Authors

By Thomas Hayden On September 11, 2014 · Updated September 14, 2014 · 1 Comment

Last week, the Copyright Office issued new guidance to clarify that it will only register copyrights for creative work produced by humans. Animals and computers (without human intervention) don’t possess “creative powers of the mind” in the same way that humans do. You’re likewise out of luck if you’re a “divine [...]

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