In 2012, law professor Justin Hughes published an article in the Harvard Journal of Law & Technology that raised serious questions about how courts have analyzed the Copyright Act’s originality requirement as it applies to…more
What is IP in the Bankruptcy World? -
In bankruptcy, intellectual property (IP) licenses are considered property of the bankruptcy estate, and a bankrupt party can do a variety of things with these licenses. It is…more
On March 4, 2014, the Supreme Court issued a unanimous opinion in Law v. Seigel, Case No. 12-5196, 571 U.S. ___ (2014) holding that the bankruptcy court used its equitable powers in contravention of Bankruptcy Code section 522…more
In the last few months, numerous cases involving Facebook have resulted in amusing rulings that we would be remiss to ignore. On deck for this blog post we have three good ones..…more
A new year always brings new and unexpected challenges. Turnaround professionals make careers out of expecting the unexpected and helping their clients turn challenges into opportunities.
We asked several turnaround…more
Filings are Down -
Commercial bankruptcy filings were down by 28% in 2013 over the prior period in 2012, and overall bankruptcy filings dropped 15%, putting the country on the lowest level of petitions since 2007…more
Much of the independent video game world is up in arms regarding the recent news that large UK game developer King.com has “trademarked” the word CANDY. Many see this as an attempt by a Wonka-esque behemoth to grab control of a…more
Comedian Dmitri Martin has a great joke about the expression “sort of.” Although normally a fairly meaningless expression, saying “sort of” after certain things suddenly becomes very important. Such as after the phrase “I love…more
California gives you the right to profit from your own identity. But what if you assume somebody else’s?
Rick Ross is famous for rapping about cocaine. Ricky D. Ross is famous for selling it. Ross (the cocaine dealer)…more
Earlier this month, in Latinos Unidos De Napa v. City of Napa, the California Court of Appeals upheld the city of Napa’s determination that it did not have to prepare an environmental impact report (EIR) under the California…more
On November 6, 2013, ASTM revised its standard for conducting Phase I environmental site assessments, known as Standard E1527-13 (entitled “Standard Practice for Environmental Site Assessments: Phase I Environmental Site…more
Last week the story du jour in the zany world of entertainment law blogging was actor Shia LaBeouf’s foray into film-making with his short film HowardCantour.com. It is now internet gospel that Mr. LaBeouf’s film blatantly…more
Last month, I wrote about the preemptive lawsuit filed by GoldieBlox, a toy retailer, against the Beastie Boys. GoldieBlox sought declaratory relief that their use of the Beastie Boys’ song “Girls” in a GoldieBlox advertisement…more
A man applies to be a weather anchor. The station instead hires “younger attractive females.” The man then sues the station, alleging discrimination…more
You can rate your favorite pizza place online. Why not your ex-boyfriend?
That’s the idea, at least, behind Lulu. The popular app allows women, verified through their Facebook profiles, to rate men using pre-written…more
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