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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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Martha Stewart Once Again in Trouble with the Law

On September 20, 2012 By Emily Green

Less than a decade after being convicted for obstructing justice and spending five months in jail, Martha Stewart once again faces charges–this time for allegedly selling counterfeit German knives.

The lawsuit was brought in Florida Federal Court by the Chamber of Industry and Commerce Wuppertal-Solingen-Remscheid, a German trade association that [...]

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Racing to Claim Jurisdiction

On September 3, 2012 By Katharine Skinner

As many people know by now, seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong has decided not to fight the USADA’s doping charges against him through the agency’s arbitration process, thus allowing the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) to impose sanctions for the alleged violations. This will likely mean that Armstrong will [...]

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UK court is Third Billy Goat Gruff

On June 11, 2012 By Samara Pals

Internet trolls use the anonymity of the Internet to inflame emotions, tarnish reputations and possibly damage careers. In Internet slang, troll refers to someone who participates in a range of actions from attacking total strangers and celebrities to bullying.  Recently trolls received worldwide attention for their attacks on Nicola Brookes and [...]

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Jurors in the now infamous prosecution of John Edwards began deliberations on Friday.  The government alleges that Edwards used large donations to his 2008 presidential campaign from two wealthy supporters, Fred Baron and Rachel “Bunny” Mellon, to cover up his relationship with Rielle Hunter.  He is charged with conspiracy to violate the [...]

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The children of Ray Charles did not inherit the rights and interests to his musical compositions; rather, these intellectual property rights were given to The Ray Charles Foundation.  The Ray Charles Foundation, created in 1986, by the renowned singer-songwriter, is a non-profit organization that provides funding to [...]

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