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U.S. Patent Examiner Cites Borat's Famous Swimsuit in Rejecting Claimed Invention

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Eriq Gardner An examiner recently rejected an application for a "Scrotal Support Garment," citing the famous swimsuit worn by Sacha Baron Cohen.

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Judge rules, again, that blogger Crystal Cox is not a journalist. You know why? Because she ISN’T a journalist.

The Legal Satyricon

Scott Greenfield, over at Simple Justice, brings us a good perspective on the Crystal Cox “bloggers are not journalists” case. For those of you not familiar with the case, it was a bit of a blogosphere kerfuffle when U.S. District Judge Marco Hernandez ruled that Cox is not a journalist under the definition of Oregon’s [.].

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Clio and Rocket Matter Both Launch APIs and Integration with Third-Party Apps

Media Law

I’m starting to wonder whether Clio and Rocket Matter are engaged in high-tech corporate espionage. In January, within days of each other, both companies added document assembly to their cloud-based practice management applications. See my earlier posts  here  and  here.) It uses OAuth 2.0 General practice management TechShow

Here we go again: Human Rights Advocates Call on Google to Stop Profiting from Human Trafficking Advertising

Music Technology Policy

Given you have reported on this and similar issues, I thought you might be interested in learning more. In addition, the organizations will release a letter to NAAG imploring them to demand Google stop profiting from advertisements and investigate its contribution to the $32 billion global human trafficking industry. peace, Philip J. Cenedella.

Judge: CNN Must Face Lawsuit from Deaf Group

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Superman's WB Future at Stake as Appeals Court Battle Begins

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Eriq Gardner In advance of oral arguments, Warner Bros. files a 117-page brief in attempt to hold onto all rights to the famed superhero. read more.

Copyright and Right of Publicity Law

Media Law Prof Blog

Michael D. Murray, Valparaiso University School of Law, has published The Ethics of Intellectual Property: An Ethical Approach to Copyright and Right of Publicity Law Ethics Core Encyclopedia - National Center for Professional & Research Ethics. Here is the abstract

More News from MyCase: A Built-In Word Processor

Media Law

I wrote just yesterday about the announcement from MyCase of its application programming interface and App Bar, which will allow third parties to develop applications to integrate with the MyCase practice management platform. The tool lets users create and edit documents from within MyCase. have not seen this in action yet.

A picture says a thousand gmail accounts….

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U.K. Judge Makes History in Twitter Defamation Verdict

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Eriq Gardner Former head of Indian cricket league ordered to pay New Zealand player for libeling him on Twitter. read more. THR, Esq.

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Does Size Really Matter? Consolidation In The Digital Distribution Business

The Digital Lowdown

(Author’s Full Disclosure:  Steven Corn is co-founder and CEO of BFM Digital, a competitor of both IODA and The Orchard. The following should be read as opinion.). Recently it was announced that IODA and The Orchard are merging and majority stake will be owned by Sony Music.  Universal Music still owns a large stake in InGrooves. 

MyCase Announces Launch of its own API and ‘App Bar’

Media Law

Just yesterday, I posted here about announcements by two of the leading cloud-based practice management platforms,  Clio and Rocket Matter , that they had launched application programming interfaces (APIs) that will allow third-party application developers to integrate directly with their platforms. Well, the plot just thickened.

The NFL's Intellectual Property Claims

Media Law Prof Blog

Eric E. Johnson, University of North Dakota School of Law; Stanford Law School Center for Internet and Society, has published The NFL, Intellectual Property, and the Conquest of Sports Media at 86 North Dakota Law Review 760 (2010). Here is

The Beatles Prevail in Trademark Dispute Over 'Beatle' Wheelchair

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Eriq Gardner No ticket to ride for Dutch mobility aid company that attempted to trademark "Beatle" over Apple Corps' objection. read more. THR, Esq.

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Massachusetts court strikes down ordinance limiting permits for adult businesses

The Legal Satyricon

By Laura Tucker A U.S. District Court in Mendon, Mass., granted summary judgment in favor of Showtime Entertainment, allowing the company a special permit to open a live nude dancing venue and invalidating an ordinance that gave the zoning board too broad of authority to deny permits to similar businesses. In its order, the court [.].

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U.S. News - Trayvon Martin: Mayor says police resisted release of 911 tapes

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News - Trayvon Martin: Mayor says police resisted release of 911 tapes

Fan Speech and the First Amendment

Media Law Prof Blog

Is fan speech that goes beyond "yelling or screaming" at a sports event protected by the First Amendment? Bill Pennington examines the question in a New York Times article here

Paparazzi Agency Sues Vibe Over Pregnant Beyoncé Pictures (Exclusive)

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Eriq Gardner Celebrity photography agency Mavrix is on a legal warpath against websites that post its photos of stars without permission. read more.

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Android is the Joe Camel of Privacy: Android Daddy Tells Congress to Live Long and Prosper

Music Technology Policy

When Eric Schmidt testified before the U.S. Senate Antitrust Subcommittee, he was sworn in and had his swearing in picture taken. 

msnbc video: Very Last Word: The Politics of Trayvon

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What Megaupload Did

Media Law Prof Blog

Stuart P. Green of Rutgers University Law School addresses an important question: did the website Megaupload actually "steal" anything? The Justice Department thinks so, and is framing its case against the site in those terms. But Professor Green is asking

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Judge Denies Injunction Against SAG/AFTRA Vote Count

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Epsilons at the Brave New Googleplex: Film by Fired Google Whistleblower Explains Horrendous Google Books Metadata

Music Technology Policy

Start with publication dates. book on Peter F. How frequent are such errors?… Boy were we wrong. Their shift starts at 4 am.

msnbc video: Who are the Zimmermans?

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Rupert Murdoch Responds To Piracy Allegations

Media Law Prof Blog

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Rupert Murdoch is responding vigorously via Twitter to allegations from the BBC that its Australian operations engaged in piracy in order to gain a competitive edge over rivals. The UK agency Ofcom says it is

Actress Sues Over Controversial Vodka 'Rape' Advertisement

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Eriq Gardner Alicyn Packard says she hasn't gotten an apology from Belvedere Vodka and is suing for violations of her publicity rights. read more.

What Principles Apply to Agents? Who Audits the Auditors?

Music Technology Policy

“Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?” ” Decimus Junius Juvenalis, Satires, Satire VI, lines 347–8. According to Digital Music News, “Google has just tapped the Harry Fox Agency (HFA) to handle certain music-related licensing and administration services for Google Play.” 115 for those reading along). 

msnbc video: What the police tape tells us

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Pretrial Publicity and Change of Venue Fifty Years On

Media Law Prof Blog

Jordan Gross, University of Montana School of Law, has published If Skilling Can't Get a Change of Venue, Who Can? Salvaging Common Law Implied Bias Principles from the Wreckage of the Constitutional Pretrial Publicity Standard. Here is the abstract. Fifty

Judge Allows Actress Suing IMDb Over Age Revelation to Go Forward on Lawsuit (Exclusive)

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Eriq Gardner But judge dismisses two of Hoang's core claims, including an alleged privacy violation, and won't allow her to seek $1 million in punitive damages. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Movies Tech Business

Let’s Get Real: Broad Coalition of ISPs and Rights Holders Adopt Voluntary Plan

Music Technology Policy

[Editor Charlie sez: This was first posted on July 7, 2011.]. Rich Bengloff, President of A2IM, summed it up: “The American Association of Independent Music joins our music community creator colleagues and their artists in thanking and applauding the Internet Service Providers who have agreed to participate in the Copyright Alert Program. 

msnbc video: Mayor of Sanford speaks out

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Cramming Is Back

Media Law Prof Blog

The New York Times' The Haggler takes up the cause of an angry consumer who found charges for unwanted services on her cellphone bill. Why, after so many years, and so many complaints, is cramming still such a problem

Bram Stoker's 'Dracula' Contract Revealed in New Book

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Eriq Gardner The late horror author got a frightfully good deal and saw agents as vampires. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Business

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