Copyright

  • prayer LF

    Copyright, Debra Wong Yang, Education / Schools, Gay, Law Schools, Non-Sequiturs, Police, Religion, SCOTUS, Sexual Harassment, Supreme Court

    Non-Sequiturs: 07.14.14

    * Man claims his former employer discriminated against him because he was an atheist. Yep, this Hobby Lobby thing isn’t going to have any repercussions at all. [Lewiston-Auburn Sun Journal]

    * Speaking of atheists and SCOTUS, the Court may have authorized the Town of Greece to get all religiousy at town board meetings, but an atheist is stepping up to the plate to deliver an invocation. Freedom of religion does mean he gets a turn. [Rochester Homepage]

    * There’s an icky sexual harassment story coming out of an elite L.A. school. And they’ve hired an elite law firm to investigate. [Gawker]

    * Cops do hear some pretty funny stories when they pull people over. [Legal Juice]

    * If you’re out of work, here’s an idea: this solicitor-to-be posted a selfie with a pigeon on Facebook and got an offer — along with a lot of publicity. [Legal Cheek]

    * Is the future of legal education online? Perhaps the better question is, “How will law schools overcharge when they no longer have brick-and-mortar facilities?” [Tipping the Scales]

    * A judge explains that incest and pedophilia aren’t such big deals anymore because gay people are accepted. Wow. [Jezebel]

    * Are you keeping up with Kirby v. Marvel? Because Jack Kirby’s estate is making a run at the Supreme Court in a case that affects billions. Embed below… [Bloomberg]

    7 Comments / / Jul 14, 2014 at 5:17 PM
  • persiancatkitten

    Animal Law, Biglaw, Copyright, Non-Sequiturs, Sex, Supreme Court

    Non-Sequiturs: 06.26.14

    * Watchcat! [Legal Juice]

    * On a similar note, New York banning “Tiger Selfies.” When do they give out the Darwin Awards again? [Lowering the Bar]

    * Are there lessons to be learned from the lawyer who applied for — and got rejected from — a paralegal gig? [Law and More]

    * Have you ever seen a standup comic playing music during a set? Well, they’re doing it to prevent others — clubs, networks, etc. — from lifting their work and selling it as their own. Welcome to the world of standups and copyright. [The Legal Geeks]

    * You already heard our take. Now for someone who took some actual time to think about what Noel Canning means. [Federal Regulations Advisor]

    * The sexiest law firm in the world? [The Careerist]

    * The Supreme Court is less conservative than we think. Let’s have a poll! After reading this, do you think SCOTUS is less conservative than you expected? After the jump…. [Washington Post]

    3 Comments / / Jun 26, 2014 at 4:28 PM
  • 320px-Beastieboys-sonar07

    Copyright, Labor / Employment, Legal Ethics, Music, Non-Sequiturs, Politics, Student Loans

    Non-Sequiturs: 06.06.14

    * Beastie Boys prevail in another intellectual property fight. This time winning $1.7 million from Monster Energy — the drink that guarantees you’ll get no sleep until Brooklyn. [Grantland]

    * Law school hands out the wrong exam. To the whole class. [Legal Cheek]

    * Best politico defense of taking a bribe: I was too drunk to realize I was being bribed! [New York Post]

    * Lawyer wrote “go ahead and disbar me” to Departmental Disciplinary Committee. Sometimes there’s no just bluff to call. [Legal Profession Blog]

    * One more problem with high student debt: debt alone can nix your character and fitness approval. [Arizona Law Review]

    * A celebration of courtroom illustrators in light of the release of The Illustrated Courtroom: 50 Years of Court Art (affiliate link) [Illustrated Courtroom]

    * Vice Media is doing tremendous work exposing injustices. Perhaps they need to look into their own office… [Capital New York]

    * In a comical bout of karma, a landlord sued its blogger resident for alleged defamation. Next thing you know, HUD inspection records come to light. Let’s just say the landlord should be very unhappy that truth is a defense. [Columbus Dispatch]

    * Check out the conclusion of ReplyAll’s conversation with John Grisham. [Above the Law]

    * Do you think someone is not happy with Jones Foster’s billing practices?

    3 Comments / / Jun 6, 2014 at 4:43 PM
  • Led_Zeppelin_-_Led_Zeppelin_IV

    Copyright, Intellectual Property, Lawsuit of the Day, Music

    Did Led Zeppelin Steal Music From Someone Other Than Robert Johnson?

    Attorney Francis Malofiy is back and this time he’s suing Led Zeppelin for allegedly failing to buy the Stairway to Heaven.

    7 Comments / / Jun 3, 2014 at 1:44 PM
  • Elsa_(Frozen_2013)-RF

    Copyright, Movies, Technology

    Hell Freezing Over? Disney Realizing That Fans Celebrating ‘Frozen’ By Infringement May Be A Good Thing

    A giant media conglomerate realizes it’s a good thing when everyone is talking about their product.

    3 Comments / / May 30, 2014 at 10:04 AM
  • 474px-Van_Gogh_Self-Portrait_with_Straw_Hat_1887-Metropolitan

    Art, Copyright, Intellectual Property, Technology

    Metropolitan Museum Of Art Claims Copyright Over Massive Trove Of Public Domain Works

    One of the world’s premium art museums also doesn’t get the basics of copyright.

    18 Comments / / May 23, 2014 at 11:07 AM
  • 444px-Usher_Raymond_by_Sandra_Alphonse_(Straighten_Crop)-RF

    Attorney Misconduct, Benchslaps, Celebrities, Copyright, Depositions, Legal Ethics, Music

    Lawyer Suing Usher Gets Benchslapped Into The Stone Age

    There is conduct that receives warrantless benchslaps from cranky judges. This is not that conduct.

    12 Comments / / May 22, 2014 at 2:30 PM
  • Wang Dong

    Copyright, Department of Justice, Football, Law Schools, Non-Sequiturs, Technology

    Non-Sequiturs: 05.20.14

    * The best part of the DOJ’s charges against the Chinese hackers is definitely the fact that we now have a “Wanted” poster for “Wang Dong.” Third graders of the world, go ahead and snicker. [What About Clients]

    * This is a literal way of sticking it to the banks — man arrested for attempting to have sex with an ATM machine. He was charged with public intoxication. And solicitation… goddamned $3.00 out of network charge. [The Smoking Gun]

    * A new NFL lawsuit alleges that the NFL illegally used painkillers to cover up injuries. This story is brought to you by the letters D, U, and H. [Sports Illustrated]

    * In an interview, the admissions dean of the University of Texas says the school “extend[s] opportunities to students who aren’t 100% perfect on paper.” No kidding. [Tipping the Scales]

    * Australian lawyers are trying to argue that their cease and desist letters are copyrighted and cannot be republished. Professor Volokh explains why that’s not a viable argument in the United States. We. Totally. Concur. [The Volokh Conspiracy / Washington Post]

    * A transwoman was denied a requested name change. The judge? The former counsel to Liberty University. Of course. [GayRVA]

    * Twitter icon Judge Dillard cited Wikipedia in a decision. Didn’t Keith Lee just have an article about that? [Court of Appeals of Georgia]

    * More analysis of Gaston Kroub’s look at Biglaw’s Scarlet Letter. [Law and More]

    * The DOJ announced that LSAC will pay $7.73 million and institute systemic reforms over its ADA violations. If only the DOJ could get on top of LSAC’s problems securing your private personal information. [U.S. Department of Justice (press release)]

    4 Comments / / May 20, 2014 at 5:10 PM
  • led-zeppelin-iv-1125

    1st Circuit, Antonin Scalia, Copyright, Elena Kagan, Music, Non-Sequiturs, Privacy, SCOTUS, Supreme Court, Technology

    Non-Sequiturs: 05.19.14

    * Justice Kagan received a Supreme Court fact check when she confused the site of the nation’s oldest standing synagogue with the home of the nation’s first Jewish community. At least she didn’t make a mistake about the actual law that she actually wrote. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * Justice Scalia may not understand how cell phones work, but even he gets net neutrality — because it’s a lot like pizza. [The Atlantic]

    * Marc Randazza describes the need for a right to be forgotten online. Getting forgotten online? Hey, we found a new job for Jill Abramson. [CNN]

    * A woman threatened to shoot up a South Carolina Burger King over a stale roll. Don’t tell her what “pink slime” is. [New York Daily News]

    * Cops arrest upwards of 40 people while trying to catch a bank robber. When you read the whole history, it’s actually surprising they weren’t limiting their search to people in stripes carrying bags with dollar signs on them. [Slate]

    * Corporate lawyer fits right into the rising phenomenon of “Bulls**t Jobs.” [Strike! Magazine]

    * Earlier today we wrote about a possible crowdfunded lawsuit. Here’s a discussion of legal issues involved in crowdfunding generally. [IT-Lex]

    * Sen. Rand Paul has a stupid idea, so he’ll probably convince a bunch of liberals to go along with it. And that would be bad news for Professor David Barron’s nomination to the First Circuit. [New Republic]

    * Led Zeppelin is getting sued over allegedly stealing the opening riff from Stairway to Heaven. It turns out there’s some band out there who’s sure that all that glitters is gold and they want some of it. A clip of the alleged original below…. [The Guardian]

    3 Comments / / May 19, 2014 at 5:04 PM
  • Remodeled_Walmart

    Basketball, Copyright, Football, Law Schools, Music, Non-Sequiturs, Trademarks

    Non-Sequiturs: 05.13.14

    * Wal-Mart adds lawyer offices. No, this article isn’t about Infilaw. [ABA Journal]

    * Now we are! The faculty of Charleston Law is pleading with anyone who will listen to stop Infilaw. [Pro Bono Populi (Charleston School of Law Alumni Association)]

    * Has the college applications process become a monopoly? There’s an antitrust lawsuit contending it is. Maybe somebody will make the same sort of claim about the law school applications process with all its major security concerns. [Reuters]

    * The latest traffic stats for blogs edited by law professors. It’s good to see Brian Leiter wasn’t just wrong about being more popular than ATL — he was really, really wrong. [TaxProf Blog]

    * Goldieblox paid the Beastie Boys (or technically charity) $1 million over using their song for 10 days in an effort to promote smart toys for girls. Good job bringing the lyrics to life, Boys! [Hypebot]

    * Speaking of intellectual property suits, the University of Alabama sued a company for using a houndstooth pattern because Bear Bryant used to wear hats with a houndstooth pattern that some other company developed. They’ve settled. [SF Gate]

    * Judge Claudia Wilken has denied the NCAA’s latest effort to delay the Ed O’Bannon trial. At least the NCAA is nearing a settlement on a concussion suit. I wonder if that’ll end up favoring the players? [Associated Press]

    * Litigation financing meets intra-disciplinary disputes as philosophy professors chip in to help a student sue a Yale philosophy professor for sexual harassment. [Chronicle of Higher Education]

    * Porsche sued for building cars that are too fast and too furious. [ABC News]

    9 Comments / / May 13, 2014 at 5:03 PM
  • 225px-Abraham_Lincoln_November_1863

    Antonin Scalia, Copyright, Movies, Music, Non-Sequiturs, Rap, Richard Posner, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, SCOTUS, Supreme Court, Technology, Television

    Non-Sequiturs: 05.08.14

    * Abraham Lincoln was a harder working lawyer than you are. [Abraham Lincoln's Almanac Trial]

    * Quentin Tarantino has given up the ghost and dropped his suit against Gawker over The Hateful Eight. [The Escapist]

    * The people who made stupid toe shoes have settled a big class action. [Deadspin]

    * Judge Posner and Justice Scalia haven’t had a public fight in a while. So this lawyer is trying to stir one up. Thanks, buddy! [Legal Times]

    * Colorado’s energy industry is suing municipalities creating a patchwork of fracking regulation. As the author notes, “for a state that has boldly snubbed federal law on marijuana policy, such arguments sound a bit hollow.” [Breaking Energy]

    * Stop calling on Justice Ginsburg to retire… it’s probably too late for Obama to nominate a replacement anyway. [New Republic]

    * Lawyer writes threatening letter to customer who wrote a negative review on Amazon. [Ars Technica]

    * Our tipster put it best, “New Show on Bravo: ‘Lowering the NJ Bar.’” [The Star-Ledger]

    * A young solicitor known as Mr. Kelly was inspired to release a rap album about how much he hated his training job at a top 10 global firm. His video after the jump…. [Legal Cheek]

    / / May 8, 2014 at 5:02 PM
  • Casebook-generic-RF

    Books, Copyright, Intellectual Property, Law Professors, Law Schools

    Casebook Publisher Has Aggressive New Plan To Rip Off Law Students

    Do you think the $200 you spend on a casebook means you own it? This publisher doesn’t think so….

    24 Comments / / May 8, 2014 at 11:12 AM
  • Donald_Sterling

    Basketball, Copyright, Death Penalty, DUI / DWI, Intellectual Property, Non-Sequiturs, Sports

    Non-Sequiturs: 04.30.14

    * Donald Sterling may be banned from the NBA, but the recording that placed him on the outside looking in was captured illegally per California law. [The Legal Blitz]

    * If the NBA owners agree — as expected — to force Sterling to sell the Clippers, it could cost his heirs over $100 million. Let’s feel sorry that megamillionaires might be slightly less megamillionaires. [Slate]

    * The inimitable Charles P. Pierce with more on the horrifically botched execution in Oklahoma last night. Overlooked in the horror was the constitutional crisis that preceded it — where the very authority of the state supreme court was called into question. [Esquire]

    * After getting his client acquitted of molesting a child while drunk, a lawyer managed to get arrested for DWI, hours after the verdict. Amazing. [St. Louis Post-Dispatch]

    * The conservative argument for copyright reform. Seriously, at this point there’s no political philosophy in favor of lengthy copyright terms, so why can’t we change this? Oh, right. Media companies have tons and tons of money. [R Street]

    * UVA Law funds the first jobs of a bunch of its grads. David Lat weighs in. [C-Ville]

    * This story could just as easily be entitled “I’m a young Biglaw associate who lives in Williamsburg.” [McSweeneys]

    7 Comments / / Apr 30, 2014 at 5:40 PM
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    Copyright, Law Reviews, Law Schools, Non-Sequiturs, Politics, Tort Reform

    Non-Sequiturs: 04.29.14

    * Remember when I said it was a bad idea to drop off a drunk in Ireland? This is EXACTLY why. [The Independent (Dublin)]

    * Oh, Cooley Law School… don’t ever change. [The Faculty Lounge]

    * Republican tort-reform advocate settles overblown personal injury suit. Oh the irony. [The Hutchinson News]

    * Check that, this is even more ironic. [The Chronicle of Higher Education]

    * The U.S. Postal Service helped kill an innovative, anti-junk-mail startup. You could say a bloated government agency is to blame. Or you could say cutting off the Post Office and forcing them to fund themselves through Faustian deals with junk mail distributors is to blame. Either way, a great idea was smothered. [Inside Sources]

    * Indicted former Virginia Governor and transvaginal ultrasound enthusiast Bob McDonnell has taken a gig as a visiting professor at an ATL Worst Law School finalist, Liberty Law. Of course. [The News & Advance (Lynchburg)]

    * Do you need to be on a law journal to succeed? [Huffington Post]

    * Can you get paid for sleeping on the job? Good question. [The Spitz Law Firm]

    2 Comments / / Apr 29, 2014 at 5:01 PM
  • Quentin-Tarantino-RF

    Copyright, Movies, Technology

    Quentin Tarantino Loses Big In Trying To Paint Gawker As A Copyright Infringer

    A federal court that actually understands copyright law has quickly disabused Tarantino of his bizarre interpretation of copyright law.

    3 Comments / / Apr 25, 2014 at 11:10 AM
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  • netflix-150x150-RF

    Copyright, Movies, Technology, Television

    The Cost Of Permission Culture: Or Why Netflix Streaming Library Sucks Compared To Its DVD Library

    Never let technology or common sense get in the way of an overzealous copyright claim.

    8 Comments / / Apr 11, 2014 at 12:14 PM
  • Film_591w_12AngryMen_original

    Animal Law, Copyright, Divorce Train Wrecks, Election Law, John Roberts, Non-Sequiturs, SCOTUS, Supreme Court, Technology

    Non-Sequiturs: 04.09.14

    * Want to see a really terrible version of 12 Angry Men? Watch it in Louisiana or Oregon, the two states that allow criminal convictions even when jurors are holding out. The Supreme Court has an opportunity to fix that, let’s see if they will. [Constitutional Accountability Center]

    * Speaking of 12 Angry Men, this chart of the Dungeons & Dragons alignments of each juror is entertaining. [Imgur]

    * The judge in the Janice and Ira Schacter kerfuffle invoked Above the Law in her decision as proof that the accusations against Ira Schacter were in the public eye. Thanks for specifically promoting us over the rest of the NY media Justice Laura Drager! [NY Post]

    * Watch a bunch of law students talk about cats on Facebook. Will it end in douchebag posturing and threats of lawsuits? Of course it will! [Legal Cheek]

    * “Volunteer Liquor Commissioner” was disciplined for operating a Facebook page for people complaining about the police. He’s suing. Better question is what does a “Volunteer Liquor Commissioner” even do? [IT-Lex]

    * Allegations that Disney ripped off the trailer for Frozen from an animated short. They should really let it go. [Hollywood Reporter]

    * Chief Justice John Roberts says he’s a minimalist. He’s wrong. [Election Law Blog]

    * Microsoft stopped supporting Windows XP. The IRS decided to keep going with the old product. So now your tax records are at risk. Enjoy the fruits of budgeting with anti-IRS legislators! [TaxProf Blog]

    3 Comments / / Apr 9, 2014 at 5:02 PM

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