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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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Taylor Swift removed her entire music catalogue from Spotify.  A few months later, Jay-Z bought a Swedish music streaming service for $56 million. If streaming services and record companies didn’t rush to the war room, it wasn’t for lack of notice. Clearly change was coming.

On Monday, Jay-Z announced the launch of Tidal, [...]

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Recently, the soap opera The Young and the Restless has been in the spotlight for drama that has unfolded off camera. That drama has manifested itself as a legal battle between Sony Pictures Television, Bell Dramatic Serial Company, Bell Philip Television Production Inc., and CBS Corporation and Victoria Rowell, actress and fourteen-year veteran on [...]

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Who Rightfully Owns the Village People’s YMCA?

On February 23, 2015 By Victoria Roessler

The Village People are back in the spotlight, but not in costume this time. A trial has recently begun to determine the rightful songwriter behind twenty-four of the Village People’s biggest hits, including “YMCA” and “Macho Man.” In May 2012, Victor Willis, the original Village People singer-songwriter (or for those of your familiar with [...]

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This week, Taylor Swift shocked her fans and the music industry by removing all of her songs from Spotify. The move was seen as an effort to drive up sales of her new album, 1989, but the decision also appears to reflect her belief that artists should be able to set their price points for [...]

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