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Tweet Trimming

On September 30, 2015 By Robyn Taylor

What does the number 140 mean to you? It may mean nothing, or, for all you Twitter followers, it may be the annoying limit that forces you to truncate tweets. One way Twitter has helped facilitate this 140 character count is by using Twitter link shorteners. These shorteners reduce the length of posted links. [...]

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#Hacked: Ashley Madison Fallout

On September 23, 2015 By nkalkines

A mere two months ago, in July of 2015, it was revealed that the dating website Ashley Madison had been hacked. The hackers referred to themselves as the “Impact Team,” and threatened to publish user information if the website was not shut down. In August, the hackers made good on their word and Continue Reading

My body is frozen. It will not move an inch. My lethargic state is preventing me from reaching my goal—walking 10,000 steps a day. Thanks to Fitbit’s step counting technology, it is now possible to determine exactly how lazy I really am. However, Jawbone is contesting Fitbit’s fitness tracking technology.

Jawbone filed suit in [...]

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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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San Jose Strikes Out Again in Suit Against MLB

On January 22, 2015 By Andrea Scheder

The city of San Jose lost its appeal in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday. They were challenging Major League Baseball’s (MLB) long-held exception to federal antitrust laws. The Oakland Athletics are looking to make a location move and had their sights set on San Jose. However, the MLB’s constitution requires clubs [...]

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Since 1996 Section 230 Communications Decency Act (“CDA”), as interpreted by the courts, has given website hosts and creators a broad immunity for claims against them of libel that traditional publishers have not been afforded.

For example say a third-party posted something libelous or unflattering about you or your family member on a Continue Reading

Washington Redskins Trademark Hail Mary

On November 5, 2014 By Travis Gray

Last Monday night the Washington Redskins football team needed a field goal in overtime to beat the Dallas Cowboys. When it comes to the team’s ongoing trademark litigation, however, they may need a Hail Mary to beat the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

Earlier this year, the United States Patent and Trademark Trial [...]

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Facebook has 1.23 billion monthly users. From among these users, 7.5 million are children. To many children, Facebook is a medium to share their thoughts and photos without oversight or restraint from their parents. In fact, in their use of Facebook, many children even refuse to be “friends” with their parents. But for [...]

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Un-”like”-ly Property Interests

On September 26, 2014 By Philip Houten

As social media has become as ubiquitous in Americans’ lives as commuting or sunsets, disputes over these new concepts have challenged the legal system to adapt archaic legal concepts to govern their use.  One such concept is a Facebook “like,” which allows a user to publicly display his or her affection for a photo, [...]

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