What people put on Facebook never ceases to amaze me . Now , the police are using Facebook to track down fugitive criminals . A police department in Alabama recently posted a wanted poster on Facebook. In the Old West , the sheriff would post a wanted poster in the post office. In this century ,we go to the Internet.They hoped to get some information of where the alleged rapist was hiding.
With New York’s Fashion Week upon us, the time is appropriate to examine the intellectual property protections available to some of the most prominent artists in popular culture: fashion designers. No one would seriously question the great artistic talents of many designers. Their imaginative, inventive, and daring creations and their lasting legacies have pushed artistic limits of the fashion world for decades.
The Department of Justice, HUD and State Attorneys General are sure proud to have reached a settlement with 5 banks (Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo, Citigroup, and Ally) over the abuses in real estate foreclosure practices that plagued homeowners and the banks themselves. Is the settlement a triumph or simply window dressing? I’d say somewhere in between – and thus the very definition of a “settlement”.
Ah, February! The month of love! Of course, if you’re a lawyer, you see the worst of humanity and never get to hear about true, faithful, honorable, self-sacrificial love — sexual harassment is as close to “love” as we ever get. (See, you thought lawyers were just jerks – now you feel sorry for us!) So, in honor of St. Valentine’s Day, this is the best I can do. Here are three recent sexual harassment cases, each with a moral for employers. That’s three cases, and three morals.
On February 28, 2007, Hanjuan Jin, a Chinese-American and engineer for Motorola, attempted to board a one-way flight for Beijing, China, at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport. She was stopped by Federal agents before she could board the flight and found to be carrying a computer and other electronic storage devices containing more than 1,000 proprietary Motorola documents.
For 99% of us, it really won’t ever be an issue — our social media presence just isn’t that important. Unless your job is to tweet or drive traffic to the company website, your company probably won’t even want your twitter followers who read what you had for lunch or your take on the Republican primary. Looper Reed doesn’t want @traviscrabtree if I leave and some would sleep a little better if it were gone.
A few times each year, clients will call or write and inquire about some official-looking correspondence they’ve received about a trademark registration or application. That happened this week, and here’s the top portion of the official-looking correspondence (redacted) You can see the full page here. If you read the fine print, this letter from the “United States Trademark Registration Office” is a solicitation, not an official notice from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”)
Constitutionality of Copyright Royalty Board Argued Before the US Court of Appeals – How Will It Affect Future Music Royalty Rate-Setting?
The Copyright Royalty Board makes many important decisions, yet for the last several years, there has been a cloud over its operations, as there have been questions as to whether its members were constitutionally appointed (see our articles here, here and here). Well, the question is before the Courts again – this time squarely in front of the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia – a Court one step below the Supreme Court.
Swamped from a tide of bad publicity following the Costa Concordia disaster, the cruise industry today announced a change to its safety drill policy. The new policy? Hold your breath: All cruise lines will begin to provide a safety briefing to the passengers before the vessel sets sail. That’s it? Why wasn’t this the law a hundred years ago, after the Titanic sank?
Last evening I presented on a panel at Seattle University as part of a program on social networking and social media for law students and Seattle University Law graduates. As the moderator of the panel involving two other lawyers, I tried to keep the discussion high level. Rather than talk about tactics, ie, what is Twitter and how do I set it up, how do I set up LinkedIn, or how do I set up a blog, I tried to keep it strategic – why get involved in this social networking world.