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Shufflin’ to the Courthouse

On February 26, 2014 By Chastity Bobo

Who knew “shufflin’” could be such a problem? LMFAO’s catchphrase — “every day I’m shufflin’” — from the 2010 smash hit “Party Rock Anthem” is the source of a lawsuit filed by Rick Ross. Ross claims the song is an unauthorized derivative work under 17 U.S.C. § 106 (2) and alleges LMFAO [...]

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No Hugs for a Friend

On February 24, 2014 By Chastity Bobo

Four years after audiences left the theater with damp handkerchiefs and thoughts of their favorite childhood toys, Disney is embroiled in a legal battle over the rights to the huggable villain who was set on thwarting Woody and Buzz’s return to their best friend Andy in Toy Story 3. New Jersey’s Diece-Lisa Industries (DLI), which holds [...]

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This past month, the House Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet held yet another hearing to discuss copyright reform. Aptly titled “The Scope of Copyright Protection,” it offered testimony from some of the most renowned scholars in the field. Yet, although the House and Senate conduct hearings and discuss intellectual property policy [...]

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Monday Morning JETLawg

On February 17, 2014 By Bradlee Edmondson

Surveillance & Censorship:

The Washington Post reports that documents leaked by Edward Snowden show that the NSA received intelligence from Australia’s signals intelligence division on Chicago-based law firm Mayer Brown in relation to the firm’s representation of the Indonesian government in a trade dispute. In response, Indonesia’s foreign minister Continue Reading

Judging by the amount of media attention directed at Dumb Starbucks over the past few says, it is clear that comedian Nathan Fielder accomplished his main goal–getting noticed. No matter that the store was closed by the Los Angeles County Health Department on Monday, February 10. Fielder hosts a Comedy Central show called “Nathan for [...]

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Who Owns Superman?

On January 28, 2014 By Emily Green

Few comic book characters or superheroes are as well-known or well-loved as Superman. At least nine different films, from as far back as 1948 and as recently as 2013, boast Superman as their main character — and that does not even include television. Thus, it should come as no surprise that the Superman “brand” is a [...]

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Aereo Heads to the Supreme Court

On January 16, 2014 By Brenan Salgado

On Friday, January 10, the Supreme Court granted cert to the major broadcasters’ challenge to Aereo. This follows on the heels of a recent ruling questioning the legality of Aereo’s (and, increasingly, other TV-over-internet service providers’) business models.

Aereo’s TV-over-internet technology captures over-the-air digital television broadcasts and relays them as [...]

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I had originally planned on making this a video post. I thought it might be interesting to discuss how media portrayals of crime have changed, using a video of Rockstar Game’s Grand Theft Auto V to ground my commentary. However, when I uploaded the video to YouTube, it got flagged for copyright [...]

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On Monday, November 11, the National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA) sent take-down notices to fifty music lyric sites. After an October report by David Lowery, University of Georgia researcher and founder of rock bands Cracker and Camper Van Beethoven, the NMPA had reason to believe that those fifty sites were publishing lyrics without first [...]

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