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Jay-Z Fights One-Syllable Infringement Lawsuit

By Kelsey Zottnick On September 23, 2014 · Updated September 23, 2014 · Leave a Comment

A single syllable could hold major implications for the future of music sampling.

The disputed syllable, “oh,” is the subject of a recent lawsuit filed against rapper Jay-Z, Atlantic Records, and Roc-a-fella. The suit alleges that Jay-Z took the micro-sample from bluesman Eddie Bo’s “Hook & Sling Part I” for use [...]

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Should the NFL Take a Page from the ABA’s Disciplinary Playbook?

By Samara Shepherd On September 22, 2014 · Updated September 22, 2014 · Leave a Comment

The NFL is constantly under scrutiny. This time it is the players’ treatment of family members—rather than the league’s treatment of players—attracting unwanted attention. In the wake of separate scandals involving Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson, the NFL has had to determine the appropriate punishment for players’ actions off [...]

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Monday Morning JETLawg

By Brenan Salgado On September 22, 2014 · Updated September 23, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Copyright

Make-up and YouTube star Michelle Phan pursues counterclaims against Ultra alleging abuse of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act by misrepresentation during the takedown process. Nontra Records files a lawsuit against Jamie Foxx alleging that Foxx’s “Party Ain’t a Party” lyrics are identical to lyrics sung by [...]

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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 · 1 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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