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No Copyright Infringment for U.K. Mash-up Artists Who Entertain Judges

“Mash-up” artists are now allowed to freely use any songs or videos without worry of copyright infringement… If the judge thinks it is funny.              A recent exception applied to UK copyright law came into affect on October 1 that allows “mash-up” artists to use other artists’ materials without the original artists’ consent. There is

Less Privacy Rights (“LPRs”)

For those of you alarmed by the pervasiveness of Google Earth imagining, buyers beware! Staying off the map is becoming increasingly more difficult as new surveillance technology enables law enforcement to collect and store mass amounts motion tracking data. Advanced license plate recognition technology systems (ALPRs or LPRs) photograph license plates using infrared cameras, effectively

Handling Rooftop Solar—The Sun Sets on Net Metering

The use of residential rooftop solar panels has grown rapidly in the United States over the last decade. Increasing the cost of solar; but utility companies’ concerns have grown contemporaneous to the fledgling industry’s success. The most recent debate in the long line of battles deals with the “net metering” practice used in around 40

Giuliani Defends Call of Duty Publisher Against Disgraced Dictator’s Digital Defamation Suit

Video game publisher Activision Blizzard, maker of such popular video games as World of Warcraft and Diablo, is being sued by Panama’s former military dictator, Manuel Noriega. Noriega filed suit in July of this year in Los Angeles County Superior Court, claiming that the powerhouse publisher had used his name and likeness without his permission

FCC tackles blackout rule, but do NFL fans win?

Every Sunday, football fans across the country anxiously await their teams’ match-ups—saddling up to sport bars, piling onto friends’ couches, or settling into their recliners to catch the game. But what if your team hasn’t sold out its stadium? Since 1975, the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) had the ability to prohibit cable and satellite operators

The Hidden Cost of Ridesharing

Uber, Lyft, Sidecar and other ridesharing apps have changed the landscape of the for-hire vehicle service. The success of the ridesharing companies has had a serious impact on profit and operation of taxi and limo companies in competing markets. For example, taxis at Raleigh-Durham International Airport estimate the cost to travel to Raleigh is $30.80

Could Apple and Google’s additions of encryption cost lives?

The law enforcement community has advocated that Apple iOS 8’s standard password encryption settings as well as Google’s intention to make encryption from an option to the default will result in an inability of law enforcement to access important information with a warrant when lives are at stake. Apple released a press statement two weeks

Trolling Skynet’s Patents to Save Humanity

Google’s push for the self-driving automobile, click here, and Google Glass, click here, has sparked some interesting questions. Questions that possibly only this author is asking. But questions, nonetheless, that all should contemplate. It seems inevitable that Google will soon mirror the plotline foretold in James Cameron’s The Terminator, click here, becoming self-aware and shedding

Lights, Camera, Drones..? FAA Eases Drone Restrictions With Filmmakers

Whispers began floating around this week that the FCC will begin allowing filmmakers to operate drones in on movie sets. This will be the second set of exceptions made by the FAA for commercial drone use, the first being a pair a permits leased to companies for use in remote areas of Alaska, and making

A Legal Fantasy: the rise of one-day fantasy sports leagues.

If you’ve watched televised sports or ESPN lately, you have no doubt noticed the incredible proliferation of commercials promoting “one day fantasy sports leagues.” They generally feature some supposedly average Joe who is now bicep-curling bags of cash hard won playing fantasy football. If you’re anything like me you have two thoughts every time you