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Brilliantly Drafted Contract Not Enough to Make Fed Ex Drivers Independent Contractors

FedEx Ground delivery drivers are employees, not independent contractors, under California’s labor laws, the Ninth Circuit found, reversing a summary judgment for the delivery service. The drivers filed suit for employment…more
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New Illinois Law Prohibits Deceptive Patent Troll Communications

Patent trolls will need to provide basic information to Illinois businesses concerning the patent in question and how the patent is being infringed beginning in January 2015 as the result of new legislation signed into…more
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Hyperlink Fails to Give Reasonable Notice of Terms of Use

A hyperlink to the terms of use on the bottom left-hand corner of every page in close proximity to the buttons a user must click to complete an online purchase is not sufficient for constructive notice to bind the user to the…more
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Does Monkey Own Copyright in Selfie?

While the monkey who shot a selfie that created an interesting copyright question can’t sell her image, the photographer whose camera was used is giving away an 8 x 12 canvas of the image to each person who requests one and…more
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No Trademark Infringement by Fictitious Batman Clean Slate Program

There is no trademark confusion between an actual computer program and a fictitious program with a similar name used in the Batman movie The Dark Knight Rises. The Seventh Circuit affirmed a trial court’s granting of a motion…more
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Sherlock Holmes Copyright Case Costs Estate Attorneys' Fees

The case of Sherlock Holmes attempt to demand a license fee for expired copyrights now includes a new chapter: awarding attorneys’ fees to the plaintiff who challenged the “unlawful business strategy.” The Seventh Circuit…more
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Musicians and Writers Sue GM and Ford for Copyright Infringement

An alliance of music copyright owners sued General Motors Co. and Ford Motor Co. for infringement by not paying royalties for the devices installed in their cars that record CDs. The Alliance of Artists and Recording…more
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Trademark Office Finds BioMcDiesel Would Confuse McDonald's Customers

While customers can’t order a BigMac, fries, and five gallons of diesel fuel, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office found BioMcDiesel would create a likelihood of confusion with the famous McDonald’s family of marks and denied…more
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Staying Alive: Travolta's SLAPP Motion Fails to Halt Lawsuit

A lawsuit by John Travolta’s former pilot to determine if a confidentiality agreement bars the pilot from telling all about his personal relationship with the movie star is staying alive after a California appellate court…more
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What Would Bruce Springsteen Say?

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has taken action against a company that licenses a certificate that a product is “Made in USA” yet takes no steps to ensure that the products are in fact made in the USA. Made in the USA…more
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Amazon.com Unlawfully Billed Parents for Kids In-App Purchases

Amazon.com, Inc. billed parents for millions of dollars for in-app charges made by their children without parental approval, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) charged. Amazon offers for sale and download apps, including…more
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Overly Broad Cyberbullying Law Found Unconstitutional

A New York county cyberbullying law is unconstitutional because it was too broad and violated the right to free speech under the First Amendment. Albany County in New York outlawed cyberbullying against “any minor or person”…more
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Police Must Get Warrant for Cell Phone Search

Recognizing the vast trove of personal information on today’s smart phones, the Supreme Court found that a warrant is necessary before police search a person’s cell phone after an arrest. The issue before the court involved a…more
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Supreme Court Finds Aereo’s Streaming Practice is Copyright Infringement

Streaming television programs on request via the Internet using a remote antenna is a direct infringement of the program’s copyright, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled, reversing an appellate court that found the practice did not…more
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My Dear Watson: You Can Copy Non-Copyrighted Material

It’s elementary, says Judge Posner. Because the copyrights have expired, there is no protection of early Sherlock Holmes stories. The Seventh Circuit affirmed the trial court’s summary judgment finding that the proposed…more
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