Copyright

  • 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
  • juggalo-law-sports-RF

    Baseball, Basketball, Copyright, Football, Guns / Firearms, Sports

    Sports Law, Spaw, Lorts: Assault Weapons and the 2-3 Zone

    In today’s sports law column: Jim Boeheim’s slam dunk on gun control, Raanan Katz’s crazy copyright claim, and other sports figures in legal hot water.

    6 Comments / / Dec 21, 2012 at 12:31 PM
  • 50 shades RF

    Books, Copyright, Pornography, Sex, Trademarks

    Because No One Saw This Coming: A Copyright Suit Over ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Porn

    “I’m completely shocked that there’s Fifty Shades of Grey-inspired porn,” said no one ever. Let’s get to the bottom of this copyright suit.

    11 Comments / / Nov 30, 2012 at 1:55 PM
  • facebook devil

    Copyright, Facebook, Intellectual Property, Privacy, Social Media, Social Networking Websites, Technology

    Facebook Laughs as Peon Users Attempt to Reclaim Their Privacy and Copyright Interests

    Facebook’s privacy rules are changing, and people are attempting to use status updates to override the system. That doesn’t exactly compute with the real world…

    21 Comments / / Nov 27, 2012 at 1:05 PM
  • ATL-Lawyer-Meme

    Attorney Misconduct, Biglaw, Copyright, Disasters / Emergencies, Food, Intellectual Property, Law School Deans, Law Schools, Legal Ethics, Morning Docket, Trademarks

    Morning Docket: 11.14.12

    * “[T]here is only so far you can go when representing clients.” David Tamman, the ex-Nixon Peabody partner who was “thrown under the bus” by the firm, was found guilty of helping a client cover up a $20M Ponzi scheme. [Thomson Reuters News & Insight]

    * You surely must remember former UT Law dean Larry Sager and his controversial $500K forgivable loan. Well, as it turns out, the school is now condemning the practice as inappropriate, and calling for its permanent suspension. [Texas Tribune]

    * Someone finally sued a power company over its horrendous response to Hurricane Sandy. Long Island Power Authority should’ve seen this lawsuit coming, but was woefully unprepared. Figures. [Bloomberg]

    * I can haz copyright infringement? Internet memes are all the rage — we even had our own contest — but you may find yourself wading into dangerous intellectual property waters with improper use. [Corporate Counsel]

    * Papa John’s is facing a $250M class-action lawsuit for spamming its customers with text messages advertising deals. With share prices dropping, it must suck to be Peyton Manning right now. [CNNMoney]

    3 Comments / / Nov 14, 2012 at 9:07 AM
  • Kim Koopersmith

    Akin Gump, Biglaw, Copyright, Crime, Intellectual Property, Music, Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 10.15.12

    * A Chicago firm allegedly said “F**k you” (literally) to a disabled veteran, then suggested his wife should divorce him, called him a crummy soldier, and said he should have died. I can’t imagine this is going to end well. [Simple Justice]

    * How do criminal defense attorneys defend those people and sleep at night? [Katz Justice]

    * … Well, sometimes, those people just might be innocent. Errol Morris wrote a new book (affiliate link) on one such case. I interviewed the Oscar-winning filmmaker about it last month, and Morris just published another grim update. [New York Times]

    * Congratulations to Kim Koopersmith, who has been chosen to succeed Bruce McLean as the new leader (and first female chairperson) of Akin Gump. [Thomson Reuters]

    * In a further display of total isolation from reality, music publishers have now sued websites that post lyrics to popular songs. Because God forbid fans sing along to their favorite tunes. [IT-Lex]

    * By the way, did you know those folks who illegally share music also purchase significantly more music than everyone else? Like, with real money. Something to chew on for a minute or 15. [TorrentFreak]

    2 Comments / / Oct 15, 2012 at 5:50 PM
  • John Steele lawyer

    Copyright, Intellectual Property, Pornography, Technology

    How Porn Copyright Lawyer John Steele Has Made A ‘Few Million Dollars’ Pursuing (Sometimes Innocent) ‘Porn Pirates’

    If you download pornography illegally, watch out. You may be pursued by this man….

    14 Comments / / Oct 15, 2012 at 4:46 PM
  • diversity

    American Bar Association / ABA, Bankruptcy, Biglaw, Books, Copyright, Dewey & LeBoeuf, Education / Schools, Edwards Wildman, Federal Judges, General Counsel, Google / Search Engines, Morning Docket, Partner Issues, State Judges, State Judges Are Clowns, Texas

    Morning Docket: 10.05.12

    * Dewey know when Judge Martin Glenn will issue his ruling on the failed firm’s proposed partner contribution plan? If all goes according to plan, we can expect to learn if the PCP’s been approved or rejected as early as next week. [Am Law Daily]

    * Hot on the heels of Google’s digital-book settlement, the company announced that it would be appealing its copyright infringement jury verdict in the Oracle trial. One thing’s for sure: Judge Alsup will be angered terribly by this. [Bloomberg]

    * David Askew, formerly the director of Edwards Wildman’s pro bono program, will now lead the National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms as CEO and general counsel. [Corporate Counsel]

    * The American Bar Association submitted an amicus brief in support of using race as a factor in college admissions, because diversity in college education is a must for diversity in law schools, duh. [ABA Journal]

    * Remember the family law judge who got caught beating his daughter in a video that went viral? Now he wants the Texas Supreme Court to reinstate him, over his ex-wife’s objections. Good luck with that. [CNN]

    8 Comments / / Oct 5, 2012 at 9:11 AM
  • megaupload-song-hits-big-on-the-web-umg-tries-to-take-it-down-300x1761111

    Copyright, Cyberlaw, Department of Justice, Entertainment Law, Technology

    MegaMeltdown: New Zealand’s Prime Minister Apologizes to Kim Dotcom

    Kim Dotcom strikes another victory, this time in the form of a personal apology from New Zealand’s prime minister.

    14 Comments / / Sep 27, 2012 at 4:30 PM