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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

Entertainment Law Update – Episode 29

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Call us with your feedback: (310) 243-6231. In this Episode: 360 Deals and the Talent Agencies Act. More music sale vs. license litigation. and more.

Judge: CNN Must Face Lawsuit from Deaf Group

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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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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.

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.

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

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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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

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.

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

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

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

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.

msnbc video: Very Last Word: The Politics of Trayvon

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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. 

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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The Beatles Prevail in Trademark Dispute Over 'Beatle' Wheelchair

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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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msnbc video: Who are the Zimmermans?

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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. 

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

Judge Denies Habro's Attempt to Stop 'Transformers' Laptop

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Eriq Gardner One of entertainment's biggest brands vs. a tablet/laptop hybrid. More than meets the eye? Yes, says a judge. read more. THR, Esq.

msnbc video: What the police tape tells us

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A picture says a thousand gmail accounts….

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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

Actress Sues Over Controversial Vodka 'Rape' Advertisement

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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.

msnbc video: Mayor of Sanford speaks out

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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.

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

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

U.S. News - Police video shows George Zimmerman shortly after Trayvon Martin shooting

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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). 

April Fools Gags on Air? Play It Safe, and Remember the FCC's Hoax Rule

Broadcast Law Blog

With April Fool's Day only a few days away, we need to repeat our annual reminder that broadcasters need to be careful with any on-air pranks, jokes or other jokes prepared especially for the day. " Air a program deemed a hoax, and expect to be fined by the FCC. Even a case that doesn't result in liability can be expensive to defend.

Judge Denies Injunction Against SAG/AFTRA Vote Count

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