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Monday Morning JETLawg

On July 23, 2012 By JETLaw

‘Three’s Company’ lawyers object to the play 3C. A federal appeals court suggested Friday that it may affirm its previous ruling that human genes can be patented. Twitter will appeal a subpoena that it must turn over messages from an Occupy supporter. Romance novelists sue [...]

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SHIELD Act or Horse and Buggy?

On July 20, 2012 By Nick Barry

The Secure High-voltage Infrastructure for Electricity from Lethal Damage Act (SHIELD Act, HR 668), aims to protect America’s electric grid against an Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) event.  There are essentially only two static events that could cause significant EMP damage: 1) a coronal mass ejection (CME) (or solar storm) or 2) Continue Reading

(Not very) Funnyjunk.com

On June 14, 2012 By Joel Slater

In 2011, Matthew Inman, an internet cartoonist and author of the popular cartoon and website The Oatmeal, posted a public complaint on his blog. Basically, Inman was frustrated that the website Funnyjunk.com had taken several of his copyrighted comics and hosted them on its website without attribution and often with his website URL photoshopped [...]

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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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Early this past fall, a user of Reddit, an online message board of user-submitted content, posed the question “Could I destroy the Roman Empire during the reign of Augustus if I traveled back in time with a modern U.S. Marine infantry battalion or MEU?” A few hours later, a user going by the name [...]

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For the social networking crowd, Pinterest is an explosive (and admittedly addictive) new fad. The wildly popular website panders to the millennial generation’s fascination with online soul-baring by replacing traditional social networking profiles with more aesthetically pleasing user pinboards. These boards allow Pinterest members to flaunt their favorite recipes, vacation destinations, home decor, and anything [...]

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Anonymous, the “hacktivist” group famous for using its technological savvy to target powerful entities, is at it again. On January 19, Anonymous claimed credit for the cyber-attacks against the MPAA, RIAA, Universal Music, and even the U.S. Department of Justice for “ignoring the voice of the people.” Wielding [...]

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Taking Back Song Copyrights

On August 18, 2011 By Edwin Chadwick

Starting a process that might completely shake-up copyright law in the next few years, Mr. Victor Willis, the former lead singer of the Village People, is filing to regain control and ownership of several of the group’s earliest songs, including the renowned song ‘Y.M.C.A.’

Thirty-five years ago, when Congress re-wrote the copyright [...]

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In the recent Captain America movie, Captain America responds to Dr. Abraham Erskine’s question “Do you want to kill Nazis?” with “I don’t want to kill nobody. I don’t like bullies; I don’t care where they’re from.” But alas, Captain America was not available to save the day for his creator’s estate [...]

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Just over a year ago today, script writer Martin Alexander filed a lawsuit against ABC’s Emmy award-winning television show Modern Family, claiming that the defendants illegally copied the concept for the show from his copyrighted pilot for the sitcom Loony Ben. While Alexander’s Loony Ben bears several similarities to the hit show, a New [...]

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