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Whether it is the high-profile media circuit surrounding the second-newest member of the Kardashian crew, Chicago West, or the expanding need for alternative childbearing measures—with later marriages, women entering more professional tracks, and growing legal acceptance of same-sex couples, ‘Assisted Reproductive Technology’ (AKA surrogacy) is on the rise. With that comes uncomfortable [...]

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On August 18, 2014, Taylor Swift dropped her pop hit “Shake It Off,” the first single off of her fifth full-length album, 1989. Despite her lyrics telling listeners who do not classify themselves as “Swifties” that she would “shake it off,” the haters still hate, hate, hated her new single. But some did more than [...]

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Have you ever thought about who owns the copyright to a tattoo? Not many people have, but it is a current topic that needs to be settled by the courts. Currently, the video game company Take-Two is being sued for copyright infringement in regards to its NBA 2k games. Solid Oak Sketches claims to [...]

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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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