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Taylor Swift Tagged for Infringement – But Not for Copying Words or Music

If you’re a megastar songwriter and recording artist like Taylor Swift, there’s a 100% chance you’ll be sued repeatedly for copyright infringement over your chart-topping hits.  For example, while Ms. Swift still has not been able to shake off the long-running suit over her 2014 hit, “Shake It Off,” she was recently hit with another


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Cardi B Wins Over $4 Million in Defamation Lawsuit

Updated: Sept. 29, 2022 Rapper and songwriter, Cardi B, was awarded more than $4 million by a jury in January 2022 after winning a defamation case against YouTube personality, Tasha K.  The lawsuit arose from allegations Tasha K made about the Grammy-winning artist in dozens of YouTube videos.  This was an unusually successful case, because


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Two Cleveland Guardians? How State and Common Law Helped Protect a Roller-Derby Team From Being Jammed By a Major League Baseball Giant.

A Cleveland-based roller derby team operating under the moniker “Cleveland Guardians” sued the city’s Major League Baseball team for trademark infringement after it was announced that the baseball team would be changing its name from the Cleveland Indians to the Cleveland Guardians.  The two teams came to a surprising resolution: they will both continue to


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What Privacy and Publicity Rights Do Celebrities Have In New York?

Updated: August 2, 2022 New York Civil Rights Law Sections 50 and 51 give individuals the right of publicity, allowing them to control the use of their name, image and likeness for commercial purposes.  While most people are afforded this right, it has particular significance for celebrities.  This is because the illegal use of a


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NCAA’s Unanimous Loss to Student-Athletes, Allows Pay for Academic-Related Expenses

In a groundbreaking decision, the U.S. Supreme Court has unanimously ruled against the NCAA regarding its restrictions on paying student-athletes for academic-related expenses.  NCAA v. Alston involved a challenge to the NCAA rules which limit student-athletes to receiving money covering their cost of attendance at college (i.e., tuition, room and board).  The Court held that


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How to Buy an Existing Domain Name

A customized website domain name can (a) assist in marketing efforts, (b) help develop brand identity and (c) provide fast and easy access to prospective customers.  But what if the domain name you want is already taken? You may be weighing the costs of buying that perfect Web domain for your small or medium-sized business


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Bitcoin for Small Businesses: Congress Takes Note

This Wednesday, April 2, 2014, the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Small Business held a hearing entitled “Bitcoin: Examining the Benefits and Risks for Small Business.”  On Monday, two days before these lawmakers and their distinguished panel of experts convened in Washington, D.C., we explored the same topic here at Romano Law. As in


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