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Advocacy Groups Worldwide Ask For Terms Of Trans-Pacific Partnership To Be Made Public

The Trans-Pacific Partnership is a really big deal — literally. The international trade agreement, still under negotiation, has wide-ranging implications for every sector of the American economy and individuals’ rights within it. But its contents are, largely, a complete black box mystery. And now a large group of advocates from around the world are once again asking the negotiators and nations involved to change that. [More]

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Copyright Law: Why Your Favorite Bar Can’t Show The Game On A 60″ TV

Walking down the street to the Metro, I pass so many bars with so many TVs in them that I could probably find live footage of every major sporting event from almost every corner of the world. Obviously it’s not completely illegal to hang a screen by the beer and share a broadcast, or else entire industries would be out of business. But as it turns out, it may not always be exactly legal, either — and the rules that say when and where you’re good to go are a bit more specific than you might think. [More]

Federal Judge: Republishing Full Story Without Permission Was OK

Federal Judge: Republishing Full Story Without Permission Was OK

According to a ruling by a federal judge, a man was legally protected when he copied and pasted an entire Las Vegas Review-Journal article, including a headline, onto another site. The judge said the man wouldn’t have to pay a Copyright Act fine because the newspaper couldn’t prove that the article’s re-posting reduced the amount of readers who would read the original article. [More]

Federal Judge Rules That Political Activists Can Use Company Logos

Federal Judge Rules That Political Activists Can Use Company Logos

Political activists who use company trademarks to protest business practices often face lawsuits from offended organizations, but a ruling by a federal judge in Utah may stifle such suits because they violate First Amendment rights. [More]

Judge Dismisses College Athletes' Case Against EA

Judge Dismisses College Athletes' Case Against EA

As far as the justice system is concerned, EA Sports is allowed to continue using rough approximations of player likenesses in its college sports games. [More]

Magazine That Stole Writer's Story Likely Shutting Down; Blames Writer

Magazine That Stole Writer's Story Likely Shutting Down; Blames Writer

Some people don’t know when to leave bad enough alone. Earlier this month, we brought you the story of a freelance writer who not only found out that a small cooking magazine had lifted her entire story without permission or payment, but then insulted the author saying she should have paid them for the tiny bit of editing they did on her text before printing it. Now the editor at the magazine says it’s likely curtains for the publication — and you’ll never guess who she’s blaming. [More]

South Park Sued By Folks Behind 'What What (In The Butt)'

South Park Sued By Folks Behind 'What What (In The Butt)'

It hasn’t been a laugh-filled autumn for the people at South Park. First they had to issue a public apology after plagiarizing a portion of a College Humor parody of the movie Inception. Now they are facing legal action from the makers of the so-awful-you-send-it-to-your-friends YouTube music video “What What (In the Butt),” alleging copyright infringement. [More]

Walgreens Sues Wegmans Over The Letter "W"

Walgreens Sues Wegmans Over The Letter "W"

If you thought the Dodgers complaint against Brooklyn Burger was a stretch, here’s one that’s even more confounding. Drug store chain Walgreen’s has filed a lawsuit against regional grocery store chain Wegmans because of the “W” in its new logo. [More]

Jury Slaps File Sharer With $1.5 Million Penalty Over 24 Songs

Jury Slaps File Sharer With $1.5 Million Penalty Over 24 Songs

The third time was not the charm for Jamie Thomas-Rasset, who has spent the last several years wrapped up legal wranglings with the Recording Industry Association of America over 24 songs she downloaded through Kazaa back when people still used Kazaa. The latest development — a jury in her third trial has found her liable for $1.5 million ($62,500/song) in damages to Capitol Records. [More]

Read This News Site And They Will Hunt You Down And Sue You

Read This News Site And They Will Hunt You Down And Sue You

The North Country Gazette, an online-only publication based in Chestertown, NY, wants you to know that reading their site without a subscription is serious business. How serious? Well, if you read more than one page on the site without a subscription, the site owner claims that she will use your IP address to track you down and sue you. [More]