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The Bully and the Billionaire

Jeff Bezos, currently the world’s richest person, accused the National Enquirer, and its parent company American Media Inc. (AMI), of attempted extortion.   Bezos, Amazon’s CEO and owner of the Washington Post, announced last month that he and his wife MacKenzie were separating after 25 years of marriage.  What followed was an avalanche of tabloid


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Federal Trademark Registration: What’s the point?

Trademarks, and the rights of trademark holders, are commonly misunderstood.  Many business owners want to know, what are the advantages of federally registering a mark? A trademark is a word, phrase, symbol or design (or a combination of those things) that identifies and distinguishes the source of certain goods or services.  Essentially, a trademark is


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Will Donald Sterling’s legal arguments help him rebound?

Donald Sterling has been in the news non-stop for the last few weeks and it seems that won’t be changing anytime soon.  A hearing scheduled for Tuesday June 3rd will bring together the National Basketball Association (“NBA”) Board of Governors for a vote to determine if Sterling will retain his control of the Los Angeles


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Kickstarter to Conglomerate: Facebook Buys Oculus

Last month, Facebook reached a $2 billion deal to buy Oculus VR, a company dedicated to developing virtual reality devices.  Before the big buyout, Oculus made a name for itself as one of the most successful Kickstarter projects ever; it raised over $2.4 million with the help of more than 9,500 backers. Many of Oculus’s


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Pandora v. ASCAP: Big blow for the PRO

On March 14, 2014, a federal court in New York City ruled that streaming internet radio service Pandora will pay ASCAP, a performance rights organization (“PRO”), a rate of 1.85% of Pandora’s total revenues through 2015 in exchange for access to ASCAP’s catalog of songs.  PROs and song owners aren’t happy with the decision. Some


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Net Neutrality: What Next?

One month after the Washington, D.C. federal appeals court struck down FCC net neutrality rules, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has announced that the Commission will not appeal the decision. Following the Verizon v. FCC ruling, companies are feeling the immediate impact of Internet providers restricting the flow of their online information.  While the FCC gears


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The Comcast / Time Warner deal – Why should we care?

Just last week, Comcast announced its plan to purchase Time Warner Cable.  Upon completion of the $45 billion takeover, Comcast would control roughly 30% of American cable subscribers, making it the dominant television and Internet services provider in the U.S. The merger’s supporters and opponents are already arguing over whether the deal will be good


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