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Monday Morning JETLawg

On April 8, 2013 By Bradlee Edmondson

Bank not liable to cyber-heist victim company that had expressly declined to use the additional security controls it offered A federal district court hears arguments about whether the FBI’s use of a “stingray” device, which pretends to be a cell phone tower so that it can collect information from phones and [...]

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When a judge issues an order demanding your appearance in court to explain why he shouldn’t throw you in jail, you know you’ve had a bad day. When you just add that to your list of required Rule 11 hearings, you know you work for Prenda Law.

For those who haven’t been following the [...]

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Google Tweaks YouTube: Pay-To-View Channels

On February 28, 2013 By Jonathan Hoffmann

Last month, The Wall Street Journal reported that Google is in the process of changing up YouTube.  The new model would allow individuals who create and post videos to charge viewers to see content.  This move would help raise revenue for all parties involved.  For YouTube, this may mean increased postings and thereby [...]

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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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Baby Got… A License

On January 30, 2013 By Caitlin Angelette

Confession time: I am a total sucker for acoustic covers of non-acoustic songs. Obadiah Parker’s cover of “Hey Ya” by OutKast is life-changing. If you’ve never heard it, seek it out from a legal source and enjoy. I’ll wait.

Welcome back. Now clearly, Obadiah Parker created his brilliant version legally through a license. He arranged [...]

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Last Thursday, President Obama signed a bill allowing Facebook and other social media users to choose to automatically share the videos they have watched on sites like Netflix.

Facebookers could already share playlists, articles, and other web activities, but the Video Privacy Protection Act (VPPA) banned the sharing of any [...]

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Can casting directors discriminate based on race (or possibly any other basis)?  Under the First Amendment, they can.  The U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee recently addressed this question in Claybrooks v. ABC, Inc. In the case, the plaintiffs, two African-American men, alleged discrimination in the casting decisions of the [...]

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Last Tuesday, Los Angeles County voters approved Local Measure B, also known as the “Safer Sex in the Adult Film Industry Act,” covering the adult film industry with another layer of regulation.  The measure follows similar regulations enacted by the City of Los Angeles earlier in 2012 by requiring actors in adult films produced [...]

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For many Woody Allen fans, “Midnight in Paris” is a delightfully novel fantasy, deserving of the finest cinematic accolades.  The William Faulkner estate, however, sees things very differently.  According to Faulkner Literary Rights, LLC, the Academy Award-winning film infringes the estate’s copyright to one of Faulkner’s most famous quotes–and misleads [...]

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Regardless of the political spin surrounding the “Innocence of Muslims,” a legal battle continues in the United States.

In an interesting twist, Cindy Lee Garcia, an actress who appeared in the anti-Muslim film that led to protests around the world, sought an emergency injunction.  Garcia’s request to have the video removed from YouTube [...]

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