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In a case of first impression, the Tennessee Middle District Court recently confronted the issue of racial discrimination in reality television.  Plaintiffs Nathaniel Claybrooks and Christopher Johnson—two African American men who were denied the opportunity to be cast as The Bachelor in ABC’s reality-based dating show of the same name—filed [...]

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Although Pandora may have won a single battle against the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP), the recent decision has left many questions about music royalties unanswered. Pandora originally filed suit against ASCAP in the Southern District of New York, petitioning the court to set “reasonable” licensing fees through 2015. The [...]

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No Hugs for a Friend

On February 24, 2014 By Chastity Bobo

Four years after audiences left the theater with damp handkerchiefs and thoughts of their favorite childhood toys, Disney is embroiled in a legal battle over the rights to the huggable villain who was set on thwarting Woody and Buzz’s return to their best friend Andy in Toy Story 3. New Jersey’s Diece-Lisa Industries (DLI), which holds [...]

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Soap Wars

On February 11, 2014 By Chastity Bobo

When ABC Super Soap Weekend 2008 turned out to be the last, soap fans never dreamed it was a glimpse into a future without their favorite shows. For over 40 years, America tuned in every weekday to visit the residents of Pine Valley and Llanview. Stars such as Grey’s Anatomy’s Chandra Wilson recorded their [...]

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Instant Replay for Baseball — and Squad Cars

On November 22, 2013 By Ryan Loofbourrow

An umpire’s job is to get the call right. However, when a manager disagrees with a call that a Major League Baseball (MLB) umpire makes, he has no recourse. Managers are often seen running out of the dugout, yelling at the umpire, kicking dirt on the umpire’s shoes, and, all too often, getting themselves [...]

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Punishing Prenda

On November 11, 2013 By J.P. Urban

Many of you are quite familiar with the “world’s most famous porn pirate hunters,” but if you need a refresher, check out Parker Hancock’s post from earlier this year before reading on. Since that post, the law firm that tried to shame those pornography consumers has had a tough time in court.

First, internet [...]

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Facebook: Moving Forward with Violence

On October 28, 2013 By Sarah Robbins

Facebook announces a more “holistic” approach to removing violent media (despite outright ban on nudity/drugs/etc.).

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The “Right to be Forgotten”

On October 21, 2013 By John Craven

California Senate Bill 568 (the “Bill”), adopted on September 23, 2013, establishes expansive privacy rights for minors in the digital world. The Bill is divided [PDF] into two main parts. The first part prohibits certain products and services from directing advertising toward minors, who are defined as natural persons under the age of 18. [...]

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The Future of TV-over-Internet Services

On September 13, 2013 By Brenan Salgado

As people look for more and more ways to control their consumption of broadcast television, new avenues open up for companies that do not create their own content. One such avenue, TV-over-internet, capitalizes on free, over-the-air television by capturing and relaying it to users over the internet. This provides users with more control over how [...]

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California Seeks to Criminalize “Revenge Porn”

On September 10, 2013 By Thomas McFarland

In today’s digital world it has become quite common for jilted lovers to publish intimate photos and videos of their ex-significant other on the web in the aftermath of a contentious breakup. The growth in popularity of so-called “revenge porn” has led to the emergence of pornographic websites wholly dedicated to the material. These [...]

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