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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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Despite a notorious history of ‘big player’ domination, concentration of ownership in recorded music reached a peak Friday, September 12, 2012, when the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) approved the merger of Universal Music Group (“Universal”) and EMI Recorded Music (“EMI”).  Despite the FTC’s finding that the merger will not substantially lessen competition in [...]

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Even as a child, it seemed to be a given that there was freedom of religion, speech, and press.  We are taught that these are universal and fundamental rights—memorialized, rather than created, by the Bill of Rights.  Yet many would argue that a recent Russian judicial decision serves as a reminder that that the [...]

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It seems for now that the record labels have the upper hand.  They have the upper hand on content pirates and artists.

In 2008, Swedish prosecutors filed charges against four individuals that predominately ran the Pirate Bay: Svartholm Warg, Peter Sunde, Fredrik Neij, and financier Carl Lundström.  The defendants were found [...]

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Can’t Buy EMI?

On July 18, 2012 By Caitlin Angelette

Students of Antitrust law take note: a 4-3 merger of the smallest into the largest of the four biggest recording companies is underway.  Universal Music Group is attempting to purchase EMI, the home of the Beatles.  Universal Music Group is itself owned by Vivendi, a French company.

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The NBA season may be over, but the action is just heating up in one New York court.  On Thursday, Tony Parker, a veteran point guard for the San Antonio Spurs, filed this lawsuit in the Supreme Court of New York  in New York County, a [...]

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Monday Morning JETLawg

On June 18, 2012 By JETLaw

Popular webcomic ‘The Oatmeal’ gets sued for $20,000 for copyright infringement. It decides to raise the money via donations, and then donate it to charity instead. Currently, it’s raised more than $150,000. Daniel Moore wins trademark infringement suit, doesn’t have to pay for paintings that depict college athletic jerseys. Amazon Continue Reading

UK court is Third Billy Goat Gruff

On June 11, 2012 By Samara Pals

Internet trolls use the anonymity of the Internet to inflame emotions, tarnish reputations and possibly damage careers. In Internet slang, troll refers to someone who participates in a range of actions from attacking total strangers and celebrities to bullying.  Recently trolls received worldwide attention for their attacks on Nicola Brookes and [...]

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The children of Ray Charles did not inherit the rights and interests to his musical compositions; rather, these intellectual property rights were given to The Ray Charles Foundation.  The Ray Charles Foundation, created in 1986, by the renowned singer-songwriter, is a non-profit organization that provides funding to [...]

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Every attorney hopes for a sympathetic client . . . and this was one of those cases.  A man donated half a million dollars to a local hospital to name a women’s center in honor of his mother who died of cancer, but the hospital never built the women’s center.  Oh, and did I [...]

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