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There was a lot going on this week, so the Monday Morning JETLawg has been broken down into topics. Monday is cybercrime and cybersecurity; Tuesday is copyright, intellectual property (IP) policy generally, government technology, and government IP; Wednesday is surveillance and censorship; Thursday is sports, entertainment, and the arts; and Friday is e-currency, e-discovery, [...]

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No Publicity Rights for the ‘Soul Man’

On November 6, 2013 By Doruk Onvural

On Halloween Thursday, Sam Moore, a Grammy-winning musician, lost his four-year litigation battle against The Weinstein Co. over the 2008 film Soul Men. Moore claimed that the film was a thinly-veiled rip-off of his music career and that the film’s accompanying soundtrack violated his trademark to “Soul Man.”

In 2012, a Tennessee judge dismissed both claims, [...]

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Led by actress Halle Berry, celebrity parents scored a major victory last week against tabloid photographers when California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law a bill that increases penalties for “harassment” of children due to their parents’ jobs. To drive home the message of the new legislation, the bill amended the current law’s definition of [...]

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About a Beauty Queen and a RAT

On August 23, 2013 By Zachary Loney


Cassidy Wolf, the current Miss Teen USA, recently came forward claiming to be the victim of the latest and highest profile “sextortion” attempt to hit the media. Sextortion is a form of exploitation that employs non-physical coercion to extort sexual acts and favors from the victim. [...]

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Does Oprah “Own Your Power?”

On June 5, 2013 By Jonathan Hoffmann

Surprisingly, there may be more than one person trying to make sure you Own Your Power. Forgetting for the moment what those words may mean or how some may go about owning their power, the Second Circuit has revived the debate over who owns the right to exploit those words–for the time [...]

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“Johnny Loophole”?

On April 5, 2013 By Talor Bearman

Johnny Manziel (AKA “Johnny Football”), the reigning Heisman Trophy winner, has been living it up in the off-season.  Social media has documented Manziel at the Super Bowl, Mardi Gras, courtside at NBA games, partying on Spring Break, flashing fistfuls of cash at a casino in Oklahoma, and hanging out [...]

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It turns out that magicians, masters of illusion and sleight of hand, may use their skills of evasion to avoid being served with a lawsuit. At least that is evidenced by the latest, strange development in a case involving one mysterious magic trick, the boundaries of copyright law, and shadows on a screen.



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Chubby Checker, also known as “The King of the Twist,” recently filed a lawsuit that could help prevent him from becoming known as The King of Inappropriate and Pointless Smartphone Apps.

The lawsuit was filed against Hewlett-Packard and its subsidiary, Palm, Inc., for $500 million, in light of an app called [...]

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Twittersphere is buzzing with allegations that the popular TV show, Glee, ripped off the work of singer-songwriter Jonathan Coulton. The episode in question was aired on January, 24, 2013, and featured a glee-ified rendition of Sir Mix-a-Lot’s rap, “Baby Got Back.”

According to Coulton’s angry fans, Glee‘s arrangement of Sir Mix-a-Lot’s rap is [...]

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Elton John is Still Standing

On November 8, 2012 By Erin Reimer

Boy meets girl.  Boy and girl fall in love.  Boy and girl can never be together because of the Cold War.  It’s a story old as time, or at least that’s what the Northern District of Illinois has recently ruled.

While Sir Elton John may be unhappy to hear the court refer [...]

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