Copyright

  • 425G - Remembered to lift the seat

    Civil Rights, Copyright, Gay Marriage, Non-Sequiturs, SCOTUS, Securities and Exchange Commission, Securities Law, Sex, Supreme Court, Video games

    Non-Sequiturs: 03.27.13

    * First the law school rankings, now urine-based video games? It’s been a whirlwind week of heavy journalism for U.S. News. [U.S. News]

    * Did you ask for a diorama of the Supreme Court? Because I did… [Washington Post]

    * What do SCOTUSblog and “Girls” share in common? If you guessed that Tom Goldstein spends most of his day at the office naked, you’re (probably) wrong. [Peabody Awards]

    * Casinos have systematically driven men out of the bartending and cocktail serving market. They use a fig leaf to protect themselves from Title VII… apparently literally. [Workplace Prof Blog]

    * Dartmouth professor Sonu Bedi argues that same-sex marriage is really about the separation of church and state. You say potato, I say egregious denial of basic rights. [Huffington Post]

    * UBS trying to get out of an SEC case. Color me surprised. [Dealbreaker]

    * Central New Mexico Community College does not want to hear that sex talk. It makes Sol the Suncat sad. [Popehat]

    * As mentioned before, there’s a new legal dispute over whether or not Sherlock Holmes has lapsed into the public domain. Alex Heimbach of Slate puts the case under the proverbial magnifying glass. [Slate]

    0 Comments / / Mar 27, 2013 at 5:01 PM
  • Copyright, Frank Easterbrook, Non-Sequiturs, Politics, Religion, Women's Issues

    Non-Sequiturs: 03.25.13

    * Prosecutor charges America’s official groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, for failing to accurately predict the weather. Good to know Pennsylvania prosecutors are on top of the groundhog beat after messing up the “sexual predator coaching a football program” beat for about a decade. [Washington Times]

    * UPDATE: Judge Easterbrook is getting hitched to former Anchorage City Clerk Barbara Gruenstein on May 12. [Anchorage Daily News]

    * Tattoo convention discusses copyrights. As long as I don’t have to remove the giant butterfly tat on the small of my back I’m cool. [Washington Post]

    * “Pope Francis changes Holy Thursday plans to celebrate Mass in prison.” OK, ready yourself for the Pope Francis “Man in Black” phase. [Catholic News Service]

    * Defending yourself from solicitation charges counts as “Official Senate Business?” Actually, that sounds about right. [Lowering the Bar]

    * UChiLawGo sums up the end of law school. [UChiLawGo]

    * Sad news, “Mississippi State Rep. Jessica Upshaw (R), an attorney who had been a lawmaker since 2004, was found dead at the home of former state Rep. Clint Rotenberry (R) in Mendenhall, Mississippi…Mississippi Bureau of Investigation spokesman Warren Strain said it did not appear to be a natural death.” This is the fifth Mississippi lawmaker to die in five months. The other four all died of natural causes…so they say. [Jezebel]

    * David and Elie will be showing up at Georgetown this Thursday afternoon. RSVP at the linked ACS site. [ACS]

    5 Comments / / Mar 25, 2013 at 5:25 PM
  • Copyright, Football, Guns / Firearms, Intellectual Property, Non-Sequiturs, Richard Epstein, SCOTUS, Sports, Supreme Court

    Non-Sequiturs: 03.21.13

    * I’ve got a feeling “Bart Simpson” isn’t going to get a fair trial from this judge. [Lowering the Bar]

    * The Supreme Court strikes a blow for copyright sanity by telling publishers that they can’t go after people reselling books published overseas. Now the only incentives to move your publishing operation overseas are the cents per hour wages and the lax health and safety standards. [Volokh Conspiracy]

    * The only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is… the same bad guy with a gun. [Legal Juice]

    * Following up yesterday’s link to Professor Richard Epstein’s AMA, Ken White of Popehat exposed himself to the same onslaught. [Reddit]

    * About 11 years too late, the NFL rescinded its ridiculous “Tuck Rule,” which was always hard to understand, but basically ruled that an otherwise obvious fumble allowed the player to ditch his actress baby momma and marry a Victoria’s Secret model. [USA Today]

    * This guy is VERY specific about what gigs he’s willing to play. And he’s also, apparently, a registered sex offender. [Lawyers, Guns & Money]

    1 Comment / / Mar 21, 2013 at 5:24 PM
  • harlem shake RF

    Copyright, Intellectual Property, Music

    Did You Honestly Expect the Harlem Shake to Be Free of Copyright Violations?

    Come on, of course there are intellectual property violations here.

    7 Comments / / Mar 11, 2013 at 1:14 PM
  • Romance Novel

    Adoption, Books, Copyright, D.C. Circuit, Environment / Environmental Law, Kids, Lindsay Lohan, Non-Sequiturs, Sandra Day O'Connor

    Non-Sequiturs: 03.01.13

    * Court rules that overlapping elements between romance novels do not amount to infringement. I mean, there’s only so many ways to phrase “throbbing member.” [Courthouse News Service]

    * Pinellas County, Florida (Tampa Bay area) returns to using fluoridated water after a governmental sea change brought on by the issue. Don’t they understand the Communist plot to sap and impurify our precious bodily fluids? [Tampa Bay Times]

    * In fairness, I think pro se litigants generally have a pretty good ineffective assistance claim. [Lowering the Bar]

    * The D.C. Circuit managed to irritate both environmentalists and industry by affirming Fish and Wildlife’s designation of polar bears as “threatened.” It’s a nice middle ground. You know who else would appreciate some middle ground? A polar bear clinging to a shrinking ice floe. [Volokh Conspiracy]

    * Former Justice Sandra Day O’Connor thinks kids need a healthier respect for the American democratic process. It would be unfortunate if the will of a democratic majority could get hijacked by five partisan hacks. [Courthouse News Service]

    * Following up on yesterday’s profile of Lindsay Lohan’s attorney Mark Heller, the judge declared him “incompetent.” Fair enough. [TMZ]

    * Oh, but trust him, he’s a doctor (of law). [The Economist]

    * To quote the inimitable Spencer Hall, “Fine, here, cry.” [New York Times]

    3 Comments / / Mar 1, 2013 at 5:13 PM
  • 220px-Teller_Rio-RF

    Copyright, Intellectual Property, Quote of the Day, Service of Process

    Teller Silenced In Court By Elusive Defendant

    Teller is trying to sue another magician for stealing a trick he created in 1983. But the defendant has a few tricks up his sleeve too.

    12 Comments / / Feb 27, 2013 at 4:06 PM
  • zzgratianblogbest

    Celebrities, Copyright, Federal Government, Lindsay Lohan, Non-Sequiturs, Nude Dancing, Pets, Rape, SCOTUS, Supreme Court

    Non-Sequiturs: 02.26.13

    * For any Catholics hitting up PaddyPower to lay down money on the conclave, you’ve probably had some restless nights wondering if Pope Gregory XIV’s edict per the Ius Decretalium still applies. It doesn’t. That’s a load off. [Canon Law Blog]

    * A number of strip clubs are challenging San Antonio’s new regulations. One key to their argument: “the presentation of expressive dance performances is a beneficial social activity which creates an improved self image for the dancer….” Yeah, good luck with that argument. [KEGL]

    * If you’re looking for emotional distress damages, maybe lay off the “I’m just embarrassed to be seen with him now” arguments. [Lowering the Bar]

    * To challenge the law letting the government tap your communications in secret, you need to have full knowledge that the secret recording is happening. Thanks Joseph Heller. [Volokh Conspiracy]

    * Lindsay Lohan can’t catch a break with her legal counsel. Hey, LiLo! Next time check Avvo to find a higher rated lawyer. [Perez Hilton]

    * The new Copyright Alert System goes into effect, allowing copyright holders to make your service provider slow your Internet to a crawl if you’re identified as a repeat violator. I don’t see what the big deal is, but then again, I’m still using a Prodigy account. [Gawker]

    * MC Hammer is softening, but still a tad miffed after police booked him for an expired registration after he told them, “U Can’t Touch This.” [Los Angeles Times]

    * Are you kidding? University of North Carolina’s “Honor Court” is threatening to expel a student for “intimidating” her attacker by discussing that she was raped — without identifying her attacker. This is why North Carolina can’t have nice things. [Feministing]

    6 Comments / / Feb 26, 2013 at 5:30 PM
  • techdirt-RF

    Copyright, Intellectual Property, Technology, Video games

    Historical Hypocrisy: Donkey Kong, King Kong, & The Public Domain

    A trip down memory lane to the early days of video game intellectual property. Dare I say, Techdirt goes ape for this story?

    3 Comments / / Feb 22, 2013 at 11:28 AM
  • Billable Hours, Copyright, Football, Intellectual Property, Non-Sequiturs, Sports, Technology

    Non-Sequiturs: 02.19.13

    * A new lawsuit asks, “Who owns Sherlock Holmes?” That sounds like a mystery suitable for… ugh, I can’t bring myself to finish that gag. [Courthouse News Service]

    * The well-oiled train wreck that is the NCAA finds itself in hot water for ignoring legal advice and going after Miami using privileged information. Lawyers are often maligned by non-lawyers, so let’s enjoy this article from a sports columnist explaining why lawyers can be awesome. [EDSBS]

    * There’s a new iTunes app to keep track of your hours! I’m assuming it has a Biglaw feature to pad hours. [Herald Online]

    * A trilogy of articles about California’s prison “realignment,” described as “The Best Trilogy Since Star Wars.” I’m certainly hoping this isn’t a reference to Episodes I-III. [PrawfsBlawg]

    * The previously discussed proposal to allow Arizonans to bypass law school and take the bar exam has been cut down. It was always ironic that the state most wrapped up in “they took our jobs!” rhetoric wanted to open the legal profession to everyone. [Verde Independent]

    * The third in an ongoing series of posts covering the trial of DC superhero Firestorm. Too bad he doesn’t have that split personality defense to fall back on. For the three of you who got that joke, you’re welcome. [Law and the Multiverse]

    2 Comments / / Feb 19, 2013 at 5:31 PM
  • 220px-Birthday_girl_in_hat-RF

    Copyright, Intellectual Property, Larry Lessig, Music

    New Birthday Song To Make You Even More Depressed To Get Older

    A new copyright-free birthday song. You get what you pay for.

    8 Comments / / Feb 19, 2013 at 2:55 PM
  • porn-keyboard1-e1353342581720-RF

    Benchslaps, California, Copyright, Intellectual Property, Pornography

    Judge Threatens Alleged Copyright Troll With Jail Over Porn Complaints

    A federal judge thinks lawyers might have produced porn to troll for copyright violators. He’s not happy.

    18 Comments / / Feb 12, 2013 at 12:47 PM
  • booksLegalResearch

    Akin Gump, Biglaw, Confirmations, Copyright, Gender, Jed Rakoff, Law Professors, LexisNexis / Lexis-Nexis, Morning Docket, Partner Issues, Securities and Exchange Commission, State Judges, Westlaw

    Morning Docket: 02.12.13

    * This guy could teach a master class in how to stand by your (wo)man. Mary Jo White’s husband, John White, will relinquish his equity partner status at Cravath upon her confirmation as the head of the Securities and Exchange Commission. [Am Law Daily]

    * Macho, macho man: it looks like we’ll never know if Dechert actually has a “macho culture,” because the FMLA and paternity leave case that questioned the very existence of this Biglaw subculture was settled out of court. [National Law Journal]

    * Why you gotta go and ruin Valentine’s Day for everyone at O’Melveny and Akin Gump? Apple’s request to speed up the Greenlight Capital case was approved, with arguments now scheduled for February 19. [CNET]

    * Despite her nomination being crapped on by the Senate, Jenny Rivera, the CUNY School of Law professor, was recently confirmed as an associate judge of the New York Court of Appeals. [New York Law Journal]

    * Remember the lawyer who sued Westlaw and Lexis for copyright infringement? Judge Jef Rakoff dismissed it for reasons yet to be disclosed, but probably for legal dumbassery. [Thomson Reuters News & Insight]

    * “Behold, the instrument of your liberation!” Survivors of the Aurora movie massacre are being harassed by conspiracy theorists, and the DA asked the judge to scrub their names from the record. [Courthouse News]

    0 Comments / / Feb 12, 2013 at 9:09 AM
  • Copyright, Intellectual Property, Law Professors, Trademarks

    Non-Sequiturs: 02.11.13

    * DC Comics didn’t take kindly to a garage selling replica Batmobiles without permission. A federal court agreed. But if we outlaw Batmobiles, only outlaws will have Batmobiles! [Comic Book Resources]

    * Mistrial in Philadelphia after the witness lost (part of) his head on the witness stand. [Philly.com]

    * Taser or Lightsaber? I never thought that would be a serious question. [Legal Juice]

    * A quick refresher from that “Law and the Vatican” course you took as a 3L. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * A compilation of some bad courtroom (and quasi-courtroom) behavior including our friend from last week, Penelope Soto. [LOL and Smile]

    * The Bratz case is so totally over. The result? A whole lot of nothing — much like the Bratz movie. [The Recorder]

    * Shorter version of this article: Morpheus explaining, “But when you’re inside, you look around, what do you see?…The very minds of the [nice legal academics] we are trying to save. But until we do, these [law professors] are still a part of that system and that makes them our enemy.” [Inside the Law School Scam]

    * New Mexico is considering a new law against bullying — but does it go too far? Does it? Answer me, you little wuss! [Volokh Conspiracy]

    1 Comment / / Feb 11, 2013 at 5:31 PM
  • Antigua & Barbuda 1 United States 0

    Copyright, Intellectual Property, International Law

    Where U.S. Copyrights Go To Die

    Antigua has earned the right to violate the hell out of U.S. copyrights up to the value of $21 million a year. Does that seem illogical? Welcome to the WTO.

    7 Comments / / Jan 31, 2013 at 12:20 PM
  • Techdirt RF

    Copyright, Intellectual Property, Music, Technology

    Court Says Trial Needed To Determine If Universal Music Violated DMCA With Dancing Baby Takedown

    What’s going on in the the Stephanie Lenz / dancing baby / fair use case?

    / Jan 25, 2013 at 4:46 PM
  • 50 cent RF

    3rd Circuit, Copyright, New Jersey, Quote of the Day, Rap, State Judges

    Quote of the Day: As 50 Cent Would Say, ‘That Ain’t Gangsta’

    Rapper 50 Cent would also note that you a wanksta, and you need to stop frontin’.

    3 Comments / / Jan 16, 2013 at 4:18 PM
  • 'If they take my stapler then I'll set the building on fire...'

    3rd Circuit, Andrew Cuomo, Basketball, Biglaw, Celebrities, Copyright, Crime, Guns / Firearms, Law Professors, Law Schools, Morning Docket, Rap, Sports, State Judges

    Morning Docket: 01.16.13

    * “It’s very hard to copyright a story about an individual growing up in the ghetto and getting involved in crime.” Go Third Circuit, it’s your birthday, we gon’ affirm that like it’s your birthday. [New Jersey Law Journal (reg. req.)]

    * I believe you have my stapler? A former Fried Frank staffer has been accused of stealing more than $376K worth of copy machine ink from the firm and selling it on the black market for office supplies. [Am Law Daily]

    * Governor Andrew Cuomo nominated Jenny Rivera, a CUNY School of Law professor, to fill a vacant New York Court of Appeals seat. If confirmed, she’ll be the second Hispanic to sit on the court. [New York Law Journal]

    * This’ll please the gun nuts: Governor Cuomo’s gun-control bill was passed by the legislature and signed into law, officially making New York the state with the toughest gun restrictions in the nation. [New York Times]

    * And this right here is the lawsuit equivalent of half-court heave. A lawyer is suing the San Antonio Spurs because the team’s coach sent all of its best players home to rest without the fans’ prior knowledge. [ESPN]

    13 Comments / / Jan 16, 2013 at 9:01 AM
  • RIP, Turk.

    Animal Law, Boalt Hall, Copyright, Crime, Environment / Environmental Law, Law Schools, Legal Ethics, Lunacy, Morning Docket, State Judges, State Judges Are Clowns, Violence

    Morning Docket: 12.28.12

    * “I’m sorry Ms. Jackson, I am for real. Never meant to make your planet cry, I apologize a trillion times,” is likely what Barack Obama told Lisa Jackson when he found out she was stepping down as EPA administrator. [New York Times]

    * Cook County, Illinois, is experiencing problems wherein the kookiest of judges get “electoral mulligans” every six years. Public humiliation and harsh ratings might be a great way to finally put an end to this practice. [Chicago Magazine]

    * Another way to get revenge against the schools that screwed grads with their allegedly misleading employment stats: disciplinary action for ethical violations committed by those licensed to practice law. [WSJ Law Blog (sub. req.)]

    * What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas, unless you’re accused of being a murderer birderer. Boalt Hall law students Justin Teixeira and Eric Cuellar have now been criminally charged for their alleged roles in the decapitation of an exotic bird. [Las Vegas Sun]

    * Harvard Law is offering a free online copyright class, and anyone can enroll — even 13-year-olds. This may be your only chance to take a course at an Ivy League school, so hurry up and apply. [National Law Journal]

    * George Zimmerman and his lawyer are being sued by a private detective for failure to pay $27K for security services, which included a detailed escape plan to get the murder defendant into a hidey-hole. [Boston Herald]

    1 Comment / / Dec 28, 2012 at 9:16 AM

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