Copyright

  • STInBeauty-RF

    Benchslaps, California, Copyright, Federal Judges, Intellectual Property, Pornography, Technology, Television

    Prenda Boldly Benchslapped Where No One Has Gone Before

    Copyright trolls treated to a healthy dose of federal judge’s Star Trek fandom.

    14 Comments / / May 7, 2013 at 2:24 PM
  • medical marijuana

    Benchslaps, Biglaw, California, Carter Phillips, Celebrities, Copyright, Drugs, Federal Judges, Job Searches, Law Schools, Marijuana, Morning Docket, Music, Pornography

    Morning Docket: 05.07.13

    * There’s been a changing of the guard at Sidley Austin. Carter Phillips, one of our nation’s preeminent appellate advocates, is now the sole chair of the firm’s executive committee after a one-year stint as co-chair. Congrats! [The Recorder]

    * You should really try to make the most of your summers during law school, even after your first year. Because duh, in case you weren’t aware, it’ll probably help you to get a job later on. [Law Admissions Lowdown / U.S. News & World Report]

    * It looks like the trolls attorneys behind Prenda Law got benchslapped in the worst of ways — complete with a multitude of Star Trek references. We’ll likely have more on this later today. [Ars Technica]

    * The California Supreme Court just ruined everyone’s high, because it ruled that cities and counties can ban medical marijuana dispensaries. Smoke ‘em while you’ve got ‘em, stoners. [Associated Press]

    * Justin Bieber is being sued for copyright infringement, along with his musical mentor, Usher. Tween girl mob: ASSEMBLE! Defend your pop idol’s honor; after all, he just needed somebody to love. [Reuters]

    1 Comment / / May 7, 2013 at 9:06 AM
  • techdirt-RF

    Copyright, Intellectual Property, Movies, Technology

    Warner Bros., MGM, Universal Collectively Pull Nearly 2,000 Films From Netflix

    Short-sighted studios are ruining the market for consumers… and themselves.

    / May 3, 2013 at 2:13 PM
  • iStock_000018427341XSmall

    Biglaw, Copyright, Intellectual Property, Job Searches, Law Professors, Law Schools, Non-Sequiturs, Paralegals, Women's Issues

    Non-Sequiturs: 05.01.13

    * We know you’re all excited about the new RANKINGS, but tonight is also the LAST NIGHT to vote for Law Revue finalists. [Above the Law]

    * “It’s totally reasonable to spend $75 just for a shot at an unpaid internship,” said no one ever. [Craigslist]

    * Kirkland & Ellis (or any Biglaw firm) handing out advice on women and “work/life balance” should elicit exactly this response. [UChiLawGo]

    * Reading Above the Law can make you money. Sure, it’s only by boosting your severance package, but… [A Paralegal’s Life]

    * Several law school professors were recruited from prison. So if you’re hoping to get tenure… [Dallas Blog]

    * Pirate Bay is still out there hopping around the Caribbean to avoid prosecution. Just like real-life, well, you know. [IBTimes]

    * Running over a bicyclist? Accomplishment unlocked for some real-life GTA players. [Legal Juice]

    3 Comments / / May 1, 2013 at 5:29 PM
  • Trump-for-Prez

    Baseball, Copyright, Donald Trump, Drinking, Football, Intellectual Property, Kenyon & Kenyon, Law Schools, Racism, SCOTUS, Sports, Supreme Court

    Non-Sequiturs: 04.18.13

    * The New York Post responds to critics of its Boston attack coverage. [The Onion]

    * I’m just going to quote our tipster on this one because I cannot improve upon his commentary: “Because we should publicize every time a Donald Trump lawsuit fails.” [Chronicle of Higher Education]

    * DOUBLE F**KING NEWSFLASH: this pissed off sorority girl will write the BEST cease and desist letters someday. [Gawker]

    * CVS: the place with the helpful, anti-Asian racist staff! [Associated Press via Yahoo! Finance]

    * The Supreme Court stands up to warrantless searches. Sort of. [Simple Justice]

    * Sports franchise owners totally rip off the communities they supposedly serve? [Lawyers, Guns & Money]

    * You’d think an intellectual property firm would know better than to commit copyright violations. [Law 360]

    * Good news, law students! You can get a casebook for the low, low price of $200! [PrawfsBlawg]

    * Rachel Ray sued for negligence in trying to help a teen lose weight. If the goal was weight loss, Rachel should have just forced the girl to exclusively eat from Rachel Ray’s cookbook. Nothing can turn someone off eating like that. [US Weekly]

    3 Comments / / Apr 18, 2013 at 5:03 PM
  • Form_1040,_2005

    Benchslaps, Breasts, Copyright, Federalist Society, Intellectual Property, Law Schools, Music, Non-Sequiturs, Pets, Running, Tax Law, Texas, Violence

    Non-Sequiturs: 04.15.13

    * Thoughts go out to all those in Boston. [CNN]

    * I hope you’ve all got your taxes finished. Here’s a fun fact: most tax cheats live in the South and the West. The two areas of the country filled with people who think taxes are evil cheat more? Go figure. [NBC News]

    * Remember, it’s not polite to say “thank you.” [Las Vegas Law Blog]

    * And now the rare, “self-benchslap.” [Associated Press]

    * A detailed look at how the Federalist Society became so powerful in American law schools. Unfortunately, it neglects the “they tend to order better pizzas for their events” gambit. [Chronicle of Higher Education]

    * Remember the new, depressing, public domain Happy Birthday song? The sponsor of that contest, WFMU, is at it again with a new contest to create modern, entertaining covers of public domain ditties. Despite my ragging on the birthday song, this is a pretty cool idea. [Free Music Archive]

    * Are you a young lawyer complaining about your lot in life? You’re at this site, so statistically you are. Well, quit your bitchin’! [Associate’s Mind]

    * The Texas Supreme Court does not value emotional attachments to dogs. This is surprising because I can think of at least 10 country songs on this very point. [Law and More]

    * Mocking law school couples with a GIF from Veep? Get out of my head, UChiLawGo! [UChiLawGo]

    * Boob-induced failure. [Legal Juice]

    3 Comments / / Apr 15, 2013 at 5:15 PM
  • steele RF

    Attorney Misconduct, Copyright, Intellectual Property, Legal Ethics, Pornography

    Prenda Law’s Plight: Porn Copyright Lawyers Plead The Fifth When Asked About Dirty Dealings

    You can do so much with a law degree, including porn production… wait, what?

    6 Comments / / Apr 3, 2013 at 10:16 AM
  • techdirt-RF

    Copyright, Intellectual Property, Movies, Technology, Television

    Arrested Development Documentary Has To Hit Up Kickstarter Because of Copyright Issues

    Is Fox being overly aggressive in its copyright claims?

    / Mar 29, 2013 at 12:45 PM
  • 220px-Aaron_Swartz_profile-RF

    Copyright, Quote of the Day, Technology

    Whole Editorial Board Bids Adieu to Journal Over Copyright Issues

    Editors face crisis of conscience working for closed-source journal after the death of Aaron Swartz.

    7 Comments / / Mar 28, 2013 at 4:02 PM
  • 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

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