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Unions In The Digital Newsroom – Everything Old Is New Again

A recent string of successful organizing drives at several prominent digital news media outlets calls into question all those confident predictions about the inevitable demise of unionism in the information-age economy. ...more

Media lawyers: Böhmermann could become a case for the Constitutional Court

What is satire, what is a criminal offence? With his Erdogan poem, Jan Böhmermann is walking a very fine line. For legal professionals, the case raises issues that may need to be clarified by the Supreme Court....more

Shakespeare and Copyright: 5 Things You Should Know

Last year, I made a terrible mistake. When I published Harry Potter Lawsuits and Where to Find Them on this blog, I pronounced that “Ms. Rowling and her works pop up in court more than any author since Charles Dickens.” I...more

Mayimba Music Inc. v. Sony/ATV Latin Music Publishing LLC - USDC, Southern District of New York, March 31, 2016

In copyright infringement dispute over Shakira’s song “Loca,” district court denies plaintiff’s motion to set aside judgment that plaintiff’s work was fabrication and partially grants defendants’ motion for attorneys’ fees...more

Screenwriter SLAPPs Down Libel-in-Fiction Claim

In a victory for all authors of fiction, a screenwriter of the film “What Maisie Knew” has successfully defended a lawsuit that sought to hold him liable for defamation based on the portrayal of a character drawn from an 1897...more

Acker v. King - USDC, D Conn., September 24, 2014

Acker v. King - USDC, D Conn., September 24, 2014: District court dismisses copyright infringement and perjury suit brought by creator of short story The Haunting of Addie Longwood against best-selling author Stephen...more

Q&A: Daniel Pink (@DanielPink) Describes the Path From Law School to Bestselling Author [Audio]

Most people know Daniel Pink as a speaker and New York Times best selling author of 'A Whole New Mind,' 'Drive,' and 'To Sell is Human.' But what is less known is that Dan actually went to law school (attended Columbia and...more

Have you had your first social media breakthrough?

Did you give up on Twitter within 24 hours of signing up? Did you share a first tweet that said “so, I guess I’m on Twitter,” and then never return? You aren’t alone. And I think I know why. ...more

Copyright Registration Basics for "Creative Entrepreneurs"

When I talk to writers, artists and other creative people with ideas for a film, television show, or other production the first thing they often want to do is start talking to other people about it. Sometimes they only have...more

Second Circuit Overturns Class Certification in Google Books Copyright Challenge

Yesterday the Second Circuit issued its decision undoing the District Court’s certification of a plaintiff class in the long-running lawsuit claiming that the Google Books Library Project violates copyright in millions of...more

Stealth Lawyer: Tara Conklin, Novelist, 'The House Girl'  [Video]

April 10 (Bloomberg) -- Novelist Tara Conklin talks with Bloomberg Law's Spencer Mazyck about her book, "The House Girl," and her transition from practicing law at White & Case LLP to becoming a full-time writer. The novel...more

Stealth Lawyer: Art Chung, Game Show Writer [Video]

Feb. 13 (Bloomberg) -- Art Chung, puzzle guru and writer for NPR's "Ask Me Another," talks with Bloomberg Law's Spencer Mazyck about his transition from practicing law at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP to writing for game...more

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