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GUEST POST BY: JEAN-LOUP RICHET

Last year, an interesting report by Gady Epstein for The Economist offered social, political, commercial, technical, and international perspectives on the muddled past, present and future of Chinese internet censorship. Its publication led the China Digital Times to refer to China’s internet connections, the third-most-restrictive in the world Continue Reading

FTC Hits Road Block in Patent Troll Reform

On February 4, 2014 By Mark Foley

In the wake of President Obama’s admonition of the increasing costs of patent litigation in his State of the Union, a notorious patent troll has further illuminated the need for reform. After learning that the FTC planned to file a complaint alleging deceptive trade practices, MPHJ Technology Investments preemptively Continue Reading

Anonymous Yelp-ers Face a New Challenge

On January 20, 2014 By Torrey Samson

Since Yelp launched in 2004, thousands of unhappy customers have aired their grievances there anonymously. However, Hadeed Carpet Cleaning of Alexandria, Virginia pushed back, bringing a defamation suit against several of its negative reviewers and claiming that their Yelp submissions were completely fabricated. The company is arguing the reviewers were not actual customers, and has [...]

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No Publicity Rights for the ‘Soul Man’

On November 6, 2013 By Doruk Onvural

On Halloween Thursday, Sam Moore, a Grammy-winning musician, lost his four-year litigation battle against The Weinstein Co. over the 2008 film Soul Men. Moore claimed that the film was a thinly-veiled rip-off of his music career and that the film’s accompanying soundtrack violated his trademark to “Soul Man.”

In 2012, a Tennessee judge dismissed both claims, [...]

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A Minnesota designer of satirical t-shirts has filed suit [PDF] against the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security for their attempts to take down his merchandise. Federal agencies have a reputation for being aggressive in Continue Reading

Halloween Laws and Sex Offenders

On October 31, 2013 By Jacqueline Meyers

This Halloween, children across the country will participate in the longstanding tradition of trick-or-treating. American children have donned costumes and collected candy from neighbors since the 1940s. By the 1960s, tales of poisoned and tampered-with treats made headlines and added an extra spook-factor to the holiday. In recent [...]

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Where’s Atticus When You Need Him?

On October 25, 2013 By Philip Houten

Harper Lee, the 87-year-old author of To Kill a Mockingbird, is suing a museum in her hometown of Monroeville, Alabama to stop it from selling souvenirs with her name and the title of her Pulitzer Prize-winning book. The complaint alleges that the museum seeks to capitalize on [...]

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No Comment. Have a Magical Day!

On October 16, 2013 By Chastity Bobo

For many, the phrase “The Happiest Place on Earth” conjures images of colorful rides through their favorite fairytales and fond memories of meeting their favorite princess, but Randy Moore’s new indie flick presents a decidedly different image of the vacation destinations families all over America love to visit.

If you’ve heard of Escape [...]

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Aggressive DMCA Take-Downs Stifling Internet Speech?

On September 24, 2013 By Zachary Altman

The Digital Millennium Copyright Act was passed by Congress in 1998 to provide relief for copyright holders dealing with infringement in the new age of digital media where the internet has made reproduction and distribution of information so easy. Unfortunately, current application of the DMCA verges on chilling the free speech [...]

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Monday Morning JETLawg

On September 23, 2013 By Bradlee Edmondson

Patent trolls, NSA, FTC, oh my!

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