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Working for Free?

On July 10, 2013 By Emily Green

Following a landmark case that found Fox Searchlight’s unpaid interns were actually employees under the definitions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and New York Labor Laws (NYLL), Hollywood now faces many similarly situated “unpaid interns” headed to court for justice.

Most recently, two former interns who worked for MSNBC’s Saturday Night Live [...]

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Monday Morning JETLawg

On July 8, 2013 By Bradlee Edmondson

Le Monde claims France has its own NSA-style spy program, collecting much of the same kind of data. Its legality is unclear: the paper calls the effort “a-legal” and “beyond any serious control.” [H/T Orin Kerr] Apple trademarks iWatch, looks set to join the smartwatch game. [...]

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A “black swan event” is one that comes as a surprise and has a significant effect.  An “intern” is often defined as a student or graduate undergoing some type of supervised training or work.  What is not included in the dictionary definition, however, is that they are–more often than not–unpaid. [...]

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Monday Morning JETLawg

On June 17, 2013 By Bradlee Edmondson

In the Ninth Circuit, Google argues that the Wiretap Act does not prohibit interception of unencrypted wireless transmissions. The Supreme Court unanimously rules in Myriad that isolated DNA is not patentable, while cDNA is. [H/T PatentlyO; SCOTUSBlog] Monsanto keeps farmers who were worried about inadvertent infringement out of court. [...]

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Behind the Lines Productions, in an attempt to feed off of the wildly successful “Twilight” movie franchise, created a parody film, “Twiharder.” The brooding Edward Cullen is now Bedford Mullen, while Bella Swan becomes Stella Pond. The trailer, which can be viewed here, highlights the movie’s attempts to poke fun at Kristen Stewart’s [...]

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Aereo Plans Aggressive Expansion

On June 4, 2013 By Brooke McLeod

 

Invigorated by its win in April, Aereo has filed for summary judgment in the case that examines the legality of its services in addition to filing suit against broadcasters that have been trying to halt its growth outside of the New York market.

Aereo is a technology company, currently limited to the New [...]

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Monday Morning JETLawg

On June 3, 2013 By Bradlee Edmondson

Oprah Winfrey must once again defend her use of “Own Your Power.” JETLaw contributor and Senior Publications Editor Jonathan Hoffman analyzes the case here (forthcoming). Team Antitrust and Team IP duke it out: the makers of a Twilight parody film allege anticompetitive conduct against Lionsgate Google wins yet another [...]

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Cheesy Poofs.  Oceanic Airlines.   Sabor de Soledad.  Dunder Mifflin.  The Cornballer.  Sex Panther.

Each of these product or brand marks had a similar beginning–as a fictional product in a fictional world.  And with one exception, these marks have continued to exist only in [...]

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Monday Morning JETLawg

On May 20, 2013 By Bradlee Edmondson

Disney withdraws bid to trademark ”Dia de los Muertos” in connection with an upcoming movie. It’s uncertain whether it could have succeeded in trademarking the phrase, but it probably could have trademarked a stylized logo incorporating it. Federal law enforcement agencies propose sweeping real-time wiretap overhaul. Several leading information security [...]

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Chalk up another win for the innovators of media distribution. In a 2-1 decision, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the lower court’s denial of a preliminary injunction against startup Aereo. While trial seems likely given broadcasters’ desire to stop the new business model entirely, Aereo is using the momentum to move forward. Rumors [...]

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