The First Amendment and Trademark Licensing at Public Universities: NORML Rules Apply

By | Above the Fold | December 9, 2016
The First Amendment and Trademark Licensing at Public Universities: NORML Rules Apply

Next week (12/14/2016), in a marble tiled courtroom in frosty St. Paul, Minnesota, a panel of judges of the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals will wrestle with a question that is both as new as the campaign to legalize marijuana and as old as the First Amendment: When can a public university protect its brand, and its valuable trademarks, from being associated with viewpoints or messages that it rejects?

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GMR Sues RMLC – Claims Antitrust Violations for Negotiating Royalties On Behalf of the Radio Industry – What Are the Implications?

By | Broadcast Law Blog | December 9, 2016
GMR Sues RMLC – Claims Antitrust Violations for Negotiating Royalties On Behalf of the Radio Industry – What Are the Implications?

Just a few weeks ago, we wrote about the Radio Music License Committee (RMLC) filing a lawsuit against Global Music Rights (GMR) alleging that GMR was violating the antitrust laws by offering an all or nothing blanket license for rights to play the songs written by certain songwriters now represented by this new performing rights organization.

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The Shape of Things to Come – the HKMA and ASTRI Chart a Course for Blockchain in Hong Kong: Legal and Regulatory Implications

On 11 November, 2016, Hong Kong’s Applied Science and Technology Research Institute (“ASTRI“) published its “Whitepaper On Distributed Ledger Technology” (the “DLT Whitepaper“), a substantial research exercise commissioned by the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (the “HKMA“).

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German Art Dealer’s Heirs Sue German State of Bavaria Over Alleged Nazi-Looted Art in Bavarian State Paintings Collection

By | Art Law | December 8, 2016
German Art Dealer’s Heirs Sue German State of Bavaria Over Alleged Nazi-Looted Art in Bavarian State Paintings Collection

As recently reported in the New York Times, the heirs of Alfred Flechtheim, a prominent German art dealer and collector, brought suit in federal court in Manhattan earlier this week against the German state of Bavaria over alleged Nazi-looted art works. 

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