Intellectual Property

  • 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
  • Supreme Court SCOTUS photo by David Lat

    Crime, Immigration, Intellectual Property, Patents, SCOTUS, State Judges, Supreme Court

    Today at the Supreme Court: Mistakes Were Made

    What are the consequences for various kinds of screw-ups? That’s the theme of today’s opinions from the Supreme Court.

    4 Comments / / Feb 20, 2013 at 12:44 PM
  • 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
  • 220px-Casablanca,_Trailer_Screenshot-RF

    Federal Circuit, Intellectual Property, Patents, SCOTUS, Supreme Court, Technology

    Monsanto Tells Supreme Court The True Value Of A Hill Of Beans

    The Supreme Court will hear arguments to determine if secondhand seeds are worse than secondhand smoke.

    9 Comments / / Feb 19, 2013 at 1:11 PM
  • 'They stole it from us. Sneaky little ABA. Wicked, tricksy, false!'

    American Bar Association / ABA, Attorney Misconduct, Bankruptcy, Biglaw, Bonuses, California, Dewey & LeBoeuf, Federal Judges, Law Schools, Legal Ethics, Money, Morning Docket, Munger Tolles & Olson, Partner Issues, Patents, Privacy, SCOTUS, Stephen Breyer, Supreme Court, Travel / Vacation, United Kingdom / Great Britain

    Morning Docket: 02.18.13

    Ed. note: Due to the Presidents’ Day holiday, we will be on a reduced publication schedule today. We will be back in full swing tomorrow. We hope that you will enjoy your day off, but please feel free to lament your lack thereof in the comments.

    * “[T]hey don’t want to hear nothing.” Vedel Browne, the man accused of robbing Stephen Breyer at machete-point while the justice was vacationing in his home in the Caribbean, now claims that he’s innocent, mon. [St. Kitts-Nevis Observer]

    * You know what, the farmer in the Super Bowl commercial probably didn’t have to deal with bullsh*t like Monsanto’s seed patents, but today’s farmers do, and they’ll argue their case before the Supreme Court this week. [New York Times]

    * “I’m a betting man. And I would bet and give odds that Sullivan & Cromwell has never said that publicly.” Who dares question S&C’s stance in the hot mess that is Herbalife? None other than Carl Icahn. [Am Law Daily]

    * Here’s an important Biglaw math lesson that’s been provided to us via California-based firms like Irell & Manella, Munger Tolles, and Orrick: a little revenue minus a lot of partners equals profitability. [Recorder]

    * Amid a flurry of filings on Valentine’s Day, love must’ve been a battlefield for the embattled Dewey & LeBoeuf refugees who were in desperate search of their once promised 2011 bonuses. [WSJ Law Blog (sub. req.)]

    * From the department of things that suck: having to defend your office’s alleged “underhanded tactics” in a $150 million wrongful conviction case while you’re trying to get re-elected as district attorney. [New York Times]

    * We got bitches in the office lawyerin’ on, and they ain’t leavin’ till six in the mornin’ — unless they want to be fired. An ex-Travers Smith trainee claims she was canned for leaving the firm “early”… at 6:30 a.m. [Telegraph]

    * If it weren’t for Cosmo, this woman wouldn’t have known her landlord was an alleged creeper. A Maryland lawyer now faces criminal charges for allegedly filming his female tenants in the nude. [Washington Post]

    * “We wants it, we needs it. Must have the precious!” The ABA officially put Florida A&M on notice that its law school accreditation may be in jeopardy if they don’t shape up in terms of bar passage. [Orlando Sentinel]

    * What do you do the second you step off a cruise ship that’s been described as “a floating toilet, a floating petri dish, a floating hell”? You grab the very first lawyers you see, and sue! [Nation Now / Los Angeles Times]

    15 Comments / / Feb 18, 2013 at 9:17 AM
  • techdirt RF

    Intellectual Property, Patents, Technology

    President Obama Admits That Patent Trolls Just Try To ‘Extort’ Money; Reform Needed

    Now we’ve got the big guns working on the patent troll problem.

    / Feb 15, 2013 at 1:03 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
  • Peter Kalis RF

    Ask the Experts, Biglaw, Books, Movies, Partner Issues

    The ATL Interrogatories: 10 Questions with Peter Kalis of K&L Gates

    K&L Gates managing partner Peter Kalis shares insights and experiences about the legal profession and careers in law, as well as about himself.

    / Feb 6, 2013 at 1:31 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
  • balloons

    Art, Bloomberg, Career Alternatives, Entertainment Law, Intellectual Property, Patents, Videos, YouTube

    Career Alternatives for Attorneys: Professional Balloon Twister

    From lawyer to balloon twister — yes, like the kind of you see at children’s birthday parties. But how many have twisted balloons at the White House for two presidents?

    3 Comments / / Jan 30, 2013 at 3:29 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
  • DaNae Couch

    Andrew Cuomo, B for Beauty, Biglaw, Department of Justice, FTC, Google / Search Engines, Law Schools, Morning Docket, New York Times, Patents, State Judges, Wall Street Journal

    Morning Docket: 01.04.13

    * The Department of Justice has reached yet another settlement in the Deepwater Horizon oil spill case, this time with Transocean Ltd. for $1.4 billion in civil and criminal penalties and fines. [National Law Journal]

    * “[W]ith success comes regulatory scrutiny.” Google convinced the FTC to close its ongoing antitrust probe by promising to change its allegedly shady patent usage and purportedly skewed search terms. [Bloomberg]

    * According to Littler Mendelson, federal contractors might want to consider sending out sequestration-related layoff notices to employees in order to comply with the WARN Act. America, f**k yeah! [Government Executive]

    * Governor Andrew Cuomo will have a major impact on the New York Court of Appeals when appointing new judges. It could be a partisan decision, but his father, former Governor Mario Cuomo, insists his son will leave politics at home. [Capital New York]

    * When you write in defense of the value proposition of law school, you wind up in the op-ed pages of the NYT. When you tell the truth about it, you wind up in the opinion pages of the WSJ. [Wall Street Journal (sub. req.)]

    * Remember Danae Couch, the Texas Tech law student who was crowned as Miss Texas? She’ll compete for the Miss America title next weekend. If you’d like to help her become a finalist, you can vote for her here! [KFYO]

    0 Comments / / Jan 4, 2013 at 9:11 AM
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