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Lovers of offbeat music and hard-core rap would probably never use the names "Weird Al Yankovic" and "2 Live Crew" in the same sentence. Yet, they have something very important in common. The law protects their use of other people's musical works. The reason is that courts consider both 2 Live Crew's rap combined with pop music riffs and Weird Al's combination of everything... to be parodies, which are protected under fair use doctrine. more...

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Domestic Diva Martha Stewart is back in the legal news, but this time it's more about sofas than stocks. Her company's quest to trademark the word "Katonah" in a home furnishings line already on sale has been met with protests from both descendants of Chief Katonah, a great Indian leader, and the community and businesses of the upscale New York hamlet named after him. more...

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When Google acquired user-generated video hosting service, YouTube.com for $1.65 billion, it not only bought a highly trafficked site, it also bought itself a potential legal headache. As a start-up, YouTube founders did not focus on the copyright issues at hand when users upload copyrighted, non-original material. So, what are the potential legal liabilities that YouTube/Google may face? more...

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What started as a little artistic gathering on a beach in San Francisco called Burning Man has now grown into a six-day festival of freedom and radical self-expression with over 40,000 visitors gathering on desert in Northern Nevada. When John Law, one of the original founders of Burning Man, filed suit against his ex-partners Michael Mikel and Larry Harvey in January of 2007, festival followers cheered Law's attempt to return the festival's trademarked name to the public domain. In actuality, the issues surrounding the suit are much more complex. more...

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It's a phone; a PDA, no, its also a fully functional iPod. With all the fanfare surrounding the new iPhone, one would think it is the cure for all our technology woes. However, not every techie around is excited about Apple's latest innovation. At least one company thinks the phone, or rather its name, is a rip-off. more...

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Netflix has built an entire business around the idea that you could rent movies without any hassles. And, the company felt its business plan was so inventive, they patented it. Now, these patents are the source of a lawsuit between Netflix and one-time rival, Blockbuster.Read more to find out about the lawsuit. more...

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Where did the fun go? Disputes, money and legal squabbling have recently made things unfriendly at the beach now that Mike Love is suing his former band-mate and cousin, Brian Wilson, over Wilson's 2004 album SMiLE. Read more to find out why Brian Wilson is being sued. more...

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Google is now the subject of a lawsuit after deciding to make thousands of books searchable on the web. Read more to find out why. more...

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Peer-to-peer downloading suffered a blow when the High Court ruled that manufactures of the software enabling this type of file-swapping can be held liable for copyright infringement. While filmmakers and musicians hail the ruling as a victory, P2P software companies fear being slapped with hundreds of piracy lawsuits. more...

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In the continuing copyright battle over illegal downloading, the Supreme Court overturned earlier decisions, ruling that peer-to-peer technology companies can be held secondarily liable for infringement by users. In slapping down peer-to-peer technology networks, the Court studied these companies' marketing strategies and business models, uncovering efforts to promote direct infringement amongst users. more...

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