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Monday Morning JETLawg

On February 21, 2011 By JETLaw

In the news. . .

J.R.R. Tolkien estate threatens lawsuit over upcoming book featuring Tolkien as a character.

Literary “scout” sues over right to be paid for discovering “Twilight.”

Boarders bankruptcy petition lists creditors that include Sony Music Entertainment and Universal Music Group.

Congress wants to shut down “rogue” [...]

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Is a blogger a “journalist”?

On February 16, 2011 By Jordan Teague

To foster a free and independent press, most states protect the confidentiality of a journalist’s sources through “shield” laws.  When these statutes were drafted decades ago, they had “journalists” of traditional media outlets in mind.  But in the information age, is a blogger a “journalist”?

The New Jersey State Supreme Court recently heard arguments [...]

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Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder is angry. No, not about the fact that the Redskins have a losing record under his ownership. No, not about the Donovan McNabb deal that went south. Not even about the Albert Haynesworth fiasco. What’s really got Snyder up in arms is a local paper’s criticisms [...]

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Monday Morning JETLawg

On February 7, 2011 By JETLaw

In the news. . .

The King’s Speech involved with American Humane Society over impermissible use of their trademarked phrase “No animals were harmed” during the film’s credits.

The Future of Music Coalition kicks off new study to determine all the ways musicians can generate revenue in today’s music landscape.

Court [...]

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But They Will Never Take. . .Our Internets!

On February 3, 2011 By Andrew Ralls

Amid growing protests of President Mubarak’s thirty-year autocratic rule, the Egyptian government has shut down the nation’s Internet and wireless networks, as well as stripped Al Jazeera of its broadcasting license and press cards. The President’s presumed goal is to abate protest organizations’ recruitment and assembly efforts via social websites and to limit [...]

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A new California law has gone into effect, which imposes criminal liability on:

any person who knowingly and without consent credibly impersonates another person through or on an Internet Web site or by other electronic means for purposes of harming, intimidating, threatening, or defrauding another person.

Any person found guilty of [...]

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Several days ago, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted unanimously to approve the Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act (COICA), a bill that would allow the Justice Department to use an expedited process to shut down websites that primarily provide access to counterfeit goods or copyrighted material [...]

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Holy Justice Batman!

On November 25, 2010 By Alexandra Pichette

The Justice League of America enjoyed some American Justice on November 17, 2010, when District Court Judge Dean D. Pregerson issued a preliminary injunction preventing the City of Los Angeles from selectively removing costumed superheroes from the street in contravention of their First Amendment Rights.

The street performers in question regularly dress as [...]

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Monday Morning JETLaw

On November 22, 2010 By JETLaw

In the news. . .

LiveNation sues former CEO for $5 million over dispute involving contract and use of 360 Deals.

Famous Hollywood Boulevard Superheros back on the street after federal judge rules First Amendment protects their activity.

Senate approves legislation that allows domain-name seizure for websites pirating copyrighted [...]

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As the world is realizing, and as a top-grossing movie recently highlighted, Facebook is an Internet giant. With over half a billion users and advertising revenue figures that reach the billions, it is a powerhouse that other sites want to emulate. . .or at least mock. In response to Facebook’s growing popularity, Lamebook [...]

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