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Month: January 2014

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Under official review: Court rejects NFL concussion settlement highlighting the importance of a fair deal

A federal judge in Pennsylvania has challenged the ruling on the field.  On January 14, 2014, the court denied preliminary approval of the widely debated $765 million proposed settlement for the National Football League’s alleged failure to inform and protect retired football players from the long-term risks of concussions and brain injuries. Serious concerns were


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Governor Cuomo’s START-UP NY is taking care of (some) business

On January 1, 2014, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo launched START-UP NY.  Using tax-free communities, START-UP NY is an initiative to attract new start-ups and high-tech businesses to New York.  As a reward for bringing new jobs to the state, this program promises to allow businesses to operate “100% tax-free” for a 10-year period:  “No


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This one’s going into extra innings: A-Rod files lawsuit against MLB

It looks like Alex Rodriguez will be warming the bench this coming April.  Major League Baseball arbitrator Fredric Horowitz’s January 11th decision suspends A-Rod for the 2014 season.  However, it seems like Rodriguez is not going down without a fight.  He filed a lawsuit against the MLB on Monday. Rodriguez was initially hit with an


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Print it! The power of the pen can bring copyright clarity

On September 27, 2013, a federal judge in New York City held that a film director is not considered a co-author under the U.S. Copyright Act unless the film’s contributors intended for the director to own a portion of the completed film’s copyright. This case begs the question: How could this situation have been avoided? 


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Mystery solved: Sherlock Holmes is in the public domain

It’s time to put down the magnifying glass because this mystery has been solved.  Much to the dismay of the estate of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, a recent decision by US District Court Judge Ruben Castillo, has deemed Sherlock Holmes, Dr. Watson and the rest of the clan part of the public domain.  This decision comes


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Copyright Pirates Shipwrecked: Supreme Court of Canada to the Creator’s Rescue

In his classic 18th-century novel Robinson Crusoe, Daniel Defoe warns of “the folly of beginning a work before we count the cost.”  Nearly three centuries later, following the Supreme Court of Canada’s landmark decision in Cinar Corp. v. Robinson, Defoe’s words are ringing true—especially for a number of television companies and professionals involved in a


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Copyright Pirates Shipwrecked: Supreme Court of Canada to the Creator’s Rescue

In his classic 18th-century novel Robinson Crusoe, Daniel Defoe warns of “the folly of beginning a work before we count the cost.”  Nearly three centuries later, following the Supreme Court of Canada’s landmark decision in Cinar Corp. v. Robinson, Defoe’s words are ringing true—especially for a number of television companies and professionals involved in a


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