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The Ninth Circuit Does Not Feel the Burn

On March 17, 2016 By Katherine Dutcher

Bikram Choudhury’s famous sequence of twenty-six yoga poses and two breathing exercises—which is performed over ninety minutes in a humid, 105-degree room—is not copyrightable, says the Ninth Circuit. Choudhury, the self-proclaimed “Yogi to the stars,” popularized this form of “hot yoga” after emigrating to Beverly Hills in the early 1970s, and he detailed the [...]

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Louis C.K. Pays His Dues

On March 1, 2016 By Alison Morris

Louis C.K., well-known for his often self-deprecating and dark humor may have some new material for his upcoming stand-up routines. After a damages decision on Tuesday, the funny man will be saddled with $163,000 worth of attorney fees and costs – on top of tens of thousands of dollars in lapsed union dues.

C.K., whose [...]

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The 88th Annual Academy Awards, otherwise known as the Oscars, take places next Sunday, February 28th. This year’s Oscars have already been ripe with controversy, but the problems haven’t stopped yet. Earlier this week, the Academy sued Lash Fary, founder of Distinctive Assets, for trademark infringement in California federal court. Distinctive Assets is [...]

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After securing his second Super Bowl win and arguably his legacy, Peyton Manning is seemingly prepared to retire as one of the most prolific quarterbacks of all time. His squeaky-clean image throughout the course of his professional career has resulted in lucrative endorsement deals that will undoubtedly carry forward into his retirement. However, just as [...]

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And the 2015 award for most influential class of wage equality spokeswomen goes to — Hollywood actresses.  Patricia Arquette’s passionate Oscar acceptance speech this past February demanding gender wage equality was met with cheers, standing ovation, and increased conversation on the topic around the country.  More recently, the Sony hack revealed a huge pay [...]

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Potential Legal Liability From Breaking Cardinal Rules

On October 29, 2015 By pmartin

“I couldn’t make this up if I wanted to,” Katina Powell, a self-described former escort and co-author of the recently released book, Breaking Cardinal Rules: Basketball and the Escort Queen, recently told ESPN’s Outside the Lines. “I have no reason, or have no need to lie to anyone. Everything I’m saying is 100 percent [...]

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Earlier this month, presidential candidate Donald Trump received a cease and desist letter on behalf of Aerosmith frontman Stephen Tyler demanding that Trump stop using “Dream On” at campaign events. The letter sought to disclaim any political endorsement by Tyler, stating in part, “We are unaware of any public performance license granting Trump [...]

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This past week, University of Florida quarterback Will Grier was suspended for failing a routine drug test.   Per NCAA regulations, Grier was suspended for 365 days.  In addition, student-athletes who fail PED tests also lose one full year of eligibility.  Essentially, this means that Grier gets five years to play three.  Due to this [...]

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Introduction

For more than sixty years, celebrities have used their right of publicity to prevent others from making unauthorized commercial uses of their personas, most commonly in the form of a celebrity’s portrait, photograph or signature. Despite its importance to celebrities seeking to tightly control the appropriation of their likeness, the right of publicity occupies [...]

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Guest Post: Tweeting Away Patient Privacy

On August 13, 2015 By Edmund Semmes

In July, HIPAA made sports headlines and even trended on Twitter when New York Giants’ defensive end, Jason Pierre-Paul, sought treatment at a Miami hospital after wounding his hand while handling fireworks. This became common knowledge after ESPN reporter Adam Schefter tweeted a photo taken of Paul’s medical record with a caption stating that [...]

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