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Month: December 2013

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It’s too late to quit now, GoldieBlox

GoldieBlox had high hopes that the Beastie Boys would not move forward with legal action against them for the use of the song “Girls” in a recent advertisement.  In an open letter published on November 27, 2013, after Goldieblox had filed its complaint, the toy company proposed to end the dispute, stating “we don’t want


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Auto-renewal provisions may not be so automatic…

A recent dispute between Isaac Asimov’s estate and Trident Media Group (TMG) may cause you to think twice before placing an automatic renewal provision in your contract.  In 2008, Asimov’s daughter, Robyn Asimov, and widow, Janet Asimov, hired TMG to represent the Asimov’s estate as its exclusive literary agent.  TMG was engaged to “maintain, sell,


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Regulation of virtual currency: is it inevitable?

New forms of virtual currency, such as Bitcoin, continue to garner attention.  Bitcoin began to rise in popularity, presumably to some extent, because it is not currently restricted by the laws or regulations of any jurisdiction. Due in part to this lack of regulation, the rate of fraud and online scheming seems to be extremely


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GoldieBlox backs down: Beastie Boys lawsuit too hot?

When toymaker GoldieBlox and the Beastie Boys began butting heads over a parody video of the song “Girls,” it seemed like the California company was ready to fight for its right to parody.  GoldieBlox filed a preemptive lawsuit against the hip-hop group as a strategic move to protect itself from allegations of copyright infringement. However,


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