Copyright

  • Supreme_Court_US_2010

    Copyright, Election Law, Law Schools, Non-Sequiturs, SCOTUS, Supreme Court, Trademarks

    Non-Sequiturs: 04.02.14

    * Professor Rick Hasen drops knowledge bombs all over the “subtly awful” decision in McCutcheon. [Slate]

    * Another firm joins the “CV Blind” approach of assessing future lawyers without looking at their grades. So go ahead and blow off that third-year course if this trend continues. [Legal Cheek]

    * In case law schools needed another study to make them feel better about driving up costs, here’s a new study that says schools that hire hotshot professors improve faculty productivity. [TaxProf Blog]

    * Med students are mistreated. Boo hoo. At least you bastards get jobs when you graduate. And they were mistreated by the hospitals they worked with? Try a Biglaw firm right before a deadline and then stow your whining. [Chronicle of Higher Education]

    * Education Department moves to prohibit the practice of colleges barring lawyers from institutional sexual assault hearings. In other news, colleges have been getting away with keeping lawyers out of hearings about potentially criminal acts. [Inside Higher Ed]

    * The BARBRI public interest fellow contest is now underway! Watch the videos and cast your vote by April 7. [BARBRI]

    * Strip club company thought it could build a theme restaurant based on the movie Talladega Nights. More after the jump… [Bloomberg]

    1 Comment / / Apr 2, 2014 at 4:44 PM
  • OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

    2nd Circuit, 8th Circuit, Lexis-Nexis, Trademarks, Westlaw

    On Remand: Lexis Drives West, Sues Toyota

    Years before Philadelphia’s National Constitution Center built the forty-foot high “Tower of Law” (or, as Stephen Colbert called it, “the building blocks of boring”) out of unused legal reporters, Lexis started the books’ march to obsolescence when it debuted on April 2, 1973. “Lexis,” a term the company’s president coined by combining the Latin word […]

    11 Comments / / Apr 2, 2014 at 2:28 PM
  • Image by Juri H. Chinchilla.

    Copyright, Free Speech, Rap, SCOTUS, Supreme Court

    On Remand: Pretty Woman Walking Down First Street

    How did a rap group wind up in front of the Supreme Court? It all started with a song.

    7 Comments / / Mar 24, 2014 at 1:32 PM
  • SmokeyRobinson2-RF

    Copyright, Divorce Train Wrecks, Intellectual Property, Music

    Smokey Robinson Sues Ex-Wife To Prevent Her From Claiming 50% Of His Recaptured Motown Hits

    Smokey Robinson wants to contort the law to box out his ex-wife. He’s hoping for a miracle.

    1 Comment / / Mar 14, 2014 at 10:20 AM
  • ellen oscar selfie

    American Bar Association / ABA, Biglaw, Celebrities, Copyright, Intellectual Property, Law Schools, Money, Morning Docket, Tax Law

    Morning Docket: 03.05.14

    * It’s apparently time to pay your fair share. Obama wants to close the pesky tax loophole that’s allowed rich professionals, like lawyers, to get away with being rich professionals for so long. [Legal Times]

    * On this episode of As the Weil Turns, we take a look at the firm’s tumbling gross revenue, profits per partner, revenue per lawyer, and headcount. Don’t worry, Weil’s just “repositioning.” [Am Law Daily]

    * The American Bar Association released the dirt on 1L enrollment declines at law schools nationwide, and some schools got totally massacred. Pray yours wasn’t one of them. [National Law Journal]

    * “[T]hey’d probably make the school year longer and bring the cost up for each year.” We sure hope these pre-law students aren’t right about the dubious cost factor behind the two-year law degree. [The Hoya]

    * Who owns the copyright to the Oscar selfie? Does it belong to Ellen DeGeneres, or Bradley Cooper? If you want to get technical about it (and you do, you’re a lawyer), check out this legal round-up. [The Wire]

    7 Comments / / Mar 5, 2014 at 9:04 AM
  • If you outlaw guns, then violent, blind, drunks wouldn't have guns... actually that sounds like a pretty good idea.

    Christopher Christie, Copyright, Events, Football, Guns / Firearms, Law Schools, Music, New Jersey, Non-Sequiturs, Politics, Sports

    Non-Sequiturs: 02.24.14

    * Judge orders guns returned to blind guy. David Sedaris has a great routine where he talks about the few stupid jurisdictions that let the blind participate in gunplay. Well consider Florida stupider: this is a blind guy who previously shot 15 times at his cousin while drunk and has since killed his friend — not only while drunk, but after a “10 a.m. beer run” — and he’s getting his guns back. [Raw Story]

    * An intrepid, but hopelessly clueless jailhouse lawyer is taking it upon himself to free Gucci Mane. Fight on, you hero! [Global Grind]

    * Area Man Coasting By On Good Looks, Work Ethic, In-Depth Knowledge Of Virginia Real Estate Law. [The Onion]

    * It seems Ray Rice took out all the aggression he feels over having Joe Flacco as a quarterback by allegedly knocking his fiancée unconscious. By “allegedly,” I mean, “I’m not saying, but it was in an Atlantic City casino and videotapes show it from every angle.” Anyway, here’s a good primer on the differences between assault, simple assault, and aggravated assault in the state of New Jersey. [The Legal Blitz]

    * Speaking of Rutgers players, the merger between Rutgers-Camden and Rutgers-Newark into Rutgers-Both Law School is on track for 2015. [Philadelphia Inquirer]

    * So it’s a great time to go to law school! If you thought 2007 was a great time to go to law school that is. [Gawker]

    * Here’s an innovative way to fight illegal music downloads: the band Gridlink is running a contest encouraging users to upload bogus versions of their songs to gum up the works in exchange for a free, official copy of the latest album. [Handshake Inc.]

    * The lawyer who may topple Chris Christie is a defense lawyer who stymied the rotund Republican during his tenure as U.S. Attorney. That must be sweet. [Newark Star-Ledger]

    * Passionate about public-interest law? Here’s your chance to win a paid one-year fellowship with Save the Children. (Our very own David Lat is one of the contest judges.) [BARBRI]

    * The University of Pennsylvania Law School Entertainment and Sports Law Society is hosting the Penn Law Sports Law Symposium presented by the Heisman Trust this Friday, February 28th from 9:30am-6:00pm at the Law School in Philadelphia. Jim Delaney will be there to talk about how the Big Ten would go bankrupt if one cent of their billions in revenue were diverted. Tickets at the link. [ESLS]

    2 Comments / / Feb 24, 2014 at 5:25 PM
  • Olympic_rings_without_rims.svg

    Copyright, Sports, Technology

    How Snowboarders Are Waving Company Logos In The IOC’s Face… And There’s Nothing It Can Do About It

    The Olympics are about abusing intellectual property laws and some sports. These athletes are sticking it to the Games.

    8 Comments / / Feb 21, 2014 at 11:21 AM
  • First line of network security is your staff.

    Copyright, Technology

    How The Copyright Industry Made Your Computer Less Safe

    A copyright loophole conspires to keep vulnerabilities unpatched increasing the risks to all of our computers.

    5 Comments / / Feb 7, 2014 at 10:06 AM
  • Mickey_Mouse-RF

    Copyright, Intellectual Property, Technology

    Crowdsourcing A List Of How Disney Uses The Public Domain

    The expansion of copyright protection, in one image.

    1 Comment / / Jan 31, 2014 at 11:52 AM
  • cheesy

    Copyright, Deaths, Food, Gay, Movies, Murder, Music, Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 01.28.14

    * D.C. litigator Bruce Klores is living a double life as a Grilled Cheese restaurateur. He’s planning some politically-themed sandwiches, like the Boehner: “maybe if someone orders it, we’ll just say no.” [Washington Post]

    * Bryan Garner took to Twitter to announce that three neologisms by David Lat are joining Black’s Law Dictionary (affiliate link). Check out which terms made the cut for the 10th edition. [Twitter]

    * Oklahoma is chasing its proposal to ban all marriage with a bill to issue tickets electronically. Where’s the human touch of being harassed by the cops? [Overlawyered]

    * Here are the best suitcases for an overnight business trip. [Corporette]

    * We already pointed out that Quentin Tarantino is heading to court over the leaked script to The Hateful Eight. Here’s a quick rundown of the complaint. [IT-Lex]

    * A riveting account, by lawyer turned journalist Adam Teicholz, of the brutal murder that shook the gay community in a small Louisiana town. [Vanity Fair]

    * Crude oil is transported by rail, and those railroads have safety regulations. [Breaking Energy]

    * RIP Pete Seeger. I know he was a folk singer rather than a lawyer, but he wrote a song called “New York J-D Blues,” which sums up Biglaw in this town. [Volokh Conspiracy / Washington Post]

    0 Comments / / Jan 28, 2014 at 5:18 PM
  • SONY DSC

    American Bar Association / ABA, Copyright, Free Speech, Health Care / Medicine, Law Schools, Movies, Non-Sequiturs

    Non-Sequiturs: 01.27.14

    * Opera singer who can’t sing without farting sues for $2.5 million. She should try blaming it on the phantom. [Gawker]

    * Speaking of Gawker, Elie has an article up about last night’s Grammy ceremony over at our new outpost in Gawkerville, the ATL Redline. [ATL Redline]

    * Amazingly, adding Elie’s perspective wasn’t the worse thing to happen to Gawker this week: Quentin Tarantino has decided to sue them for publishing copies of his latest script, The Hateful Eight. [Grantland]

    * Everyone’s favorite Harvard Law transcript forger cum insider trading defendant, Matthew Martoma, just can’t catch a break — the government is trying to get a couple of key defense experts tossed. [The Expert Institute]

    * Should bloggers out pseudonymous commenters? No, because… free speech? Whatever, bloggers aren’t the government. [Ramblings on Appeal]

    * The ABA’s Task Force on the Future of Legal Education thinks schools should cut costs and prepare students for legal careers. Welcome to the ATL Family! [Chronicle of Higher Education]

    * It’s an old adage but it bears repeating: if you want to win a negotiation, be prepared to go to trial. [Katz Justice]

    * An update on Stephen Glass, the plagiarizing journalist applying for admission to the California bar. Want to know what happened to his application? Click on….

    Spoiler alert: He doesn’t get in.

    2 Comments / / Jan 27, 2014 at 5:30 PM
  • 6E0jjtS-RF

    Copyright, Technology

    Copyright Week: Open Access As The Antidote To Privatizing Knowledge And Learning

    Once upon a time copyright was meant to encourage learning — now it encourages ripping off taxpayers for fun and profit.

    4 Comments / / Jan 17, 2014 at 10:25 AM
  • superfly

    Clerkships, Copyright, Drinking, Non-Sequiturs, Police, Sex, Technology

    Non-Sequiturs: 01.13.14

    * A pimp is suing Nike for not labeling its shoes as dangerous weapons after the sex work entrepreneur used his Jordans to beat the holy hell out of a john. Good luck with your suit, Superfly! [USA Today]

    * Tattoo artists are suing over their artwork getting featured in media without getting compensation. So add “because shooting ink through a damn needle into your skin” as a reason never to get a tattoo. [Infringe That!]

    * There was a dream that was the law clerk hiring plan. Well, it’s dead now. [OSCAR]

    * Comparing strippers to lawyers. Makes sense. [Miami Herald]

    * Across the Pond, a Cambridge College masturbator gets punished. I see what you did there, you clever headline writer, you. [The Tab]

    * Boston has stopped using license plate scanners to probe the question, “Are these even worth it?” That’s the sort of question they might have wanted to explore before spending all that money. [IT-Lex]

    * A Pennsylvania lawyer was busted for selling wines out of his wine cellar without a license. God, liquor laws are stupid. [Philly.com]

    * Congratulations to the LGBT Bar Association’s 2014 Community Vision awardees: Mary Bonauto, Brian Ellner, and Credit Suisse. [LGBT Bar Association of Greater New York]

    0 Comments / / Jan 13, 2014 at 5:29 PM
  • letter shock

  • 200px-Seuss-cat-hat-RF

    Copyright, Intellectual Property, Technology

    The Grinch Who Stole The Public Domain

    A number of classics should have entered the public domain on Wednesday. Well, a number of classics and Atlas Shrugged.

    6 Comments / / Jan 3, 2014 at 12:25 PM
  • iStock_000031859180XSmall

    Copyright, Movies, Non-Sequiturs, Technology

    Non-Sequiturs: 12.31.13

    Ed. note: Happy New Year! We will resume our normal publication schedule on January 2nd. See you next year.

    * A guy got pantsed twice. He then secured a six-figure judgment! And now he’s appealing that judgment!?!? God, this is exactly the kind of guy who deserves a wedgie. [Lowering the Bar]

    * Professor Campos takes on George Will’s claim that the team name Redskins isn’t offensive because “Oklahoma” basically translates to “Redskin” too. Hey, I could get behind banning Oklahoma. [Lawyers, Guns & Money]

    * A pro se inmate sues the state. The reporter tries really hard to treat the complaint seriously until the very end. [Times-Picayune]

    * A Las Vegas judge (and son of a former mayor) suffered head wounds indicative of an assault. When asked about why LVMPD didn’t tell marshals that a judge had been attacked, they basically said, “Why would we?” Yeah, why alert a judge’s security team about a possible, persistent threat related to his job. [Las Vegas Law Blog]

    * With Netflix about to purge a number of movies off its system, this is an interesting look back at a time when Hollywood tried to ban home movie rental because they generally adhere to the “cut off your nose to spite your face” business model. [Tech Crunch]

    * More on the phenomenon of judges speaking out publicly. I don’t know about all these critics, but we’re sure big fans of these judges. [Wall Street Journal]

    0 Comments / / Dec 31, 2013 at 2:51 PM
  • This is sterner talking to than Lanny Breuer gave HSBC.

    3rd Circuit, Copyright, Dahlia Lithwick, Drugs, Guns / Firearms, Movies, Non-Sequiturs, War on Terror

    Non-Sequiturs: 12.30.13

    * You can go to jail for possession, but if you actively aid and abet drug cartels, you can walk away with a fine worth 5 weeks of your income. It also helps if instead of “poor” you’re a bank. Hooray for “Too Big To Hold Accountable For Anything!!! [Rolling Stone]

    * Disney has gotten fed up with “mockbusters,” films that jack the studio’s logo to confuse people into buying a different DVD. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’ve been itching to check out this new flick September: Osage County. [Jezebel]

    * Dahlia Lithwick explains that too many schools feel the cure for the trauma of school shootings is… creating more trauma. [Slate]

    * Chief Judge Theodore McKee of the Third Circuit rules that the government can detain you for carrying Arabic flashcards. This doesn’t even make racist profiling sense: “bad guys” would already know how to speak Arabic, right? [The Raw Story]

    * Defendants need to understand that getting an acquittal requires them to expend some personal effort, too. [Katz Justice]

    0 Comments / / Dec 30, 2013 at 4:34 PM
  • 434px-MerryOldSanta-RF

    Copyright, Music, Technology

    Santa Claus Is Coming To Town… And EMI Is Keeping The Copyright

    Santa Claus is coming to town… and EMI owns him.

    5 Comments / / Dec 20, 2013 at 12:10 PM

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