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'Zero Theorem' Producers Battling Graffiti Artists Aiming to Halt Film's Distribution

The Terry Gilliam film was sued for showing a public mural that allegedly is too similar to one in Argentina read more

Obama’s Immigration Plan Is Perfectly Constitutional

President Obama is scheduled to announce this evening his much rumored-about plan to protect several million undocumented immigrants from deportation. I have explained in several places why this plan does not violate the Constitution,...Show More Summary

FCC Lays Groundwork for More Curbs on Prisoner Call Rates

Regulators are considering banning payments made by telecommunications companies to states for the exclusive rights to provide call services in their prisons and jails, the latest effort by the Federal Communications Commission to rein in rates for inmates’ telephone calls.

French Government Takes 172 Million Euros From Citizens To Pay Publisher For Access To Research Public Already Paid For Once

3 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

It's all about priorities. Those providing the valuable research will have to learn to do without because the publishers must be paid. France may not have any money left for its universities but it does have money for academic publishers. Show More Summary

Justice Scalia Sings ‘Pour Some Souter On Me’ In This Harvard Parody

Justice Scalia has the right to bear an electric guitar -- or at least a Guitar Hero prop -- and diss his fellow justices in this number.

The Workplace Constitution

Why do most people today not have rights at work that come from the US Constitution? That’s the puzzle at the heart of a just-published legal history: Sophia Z. Lee, The Workplace Constitution from the New Deal to the New...

Obama Administration Girding for Legal Brawl

The Obama administration is steeling itself for a bench-clearing brawl with Republicans over the president's plan to unilaterally make sweeping changes to the nation's immigration system. Countering Republican claims that the president is overstepping his constitutional authority, the White House is assembling a battery of legal arguments in its defense.

Indian Government And Telcos Explore How To Build Great Firewall Of India To Censor Porn And Other 'Undesirable' Content

3 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Over the last few years, we've noted that India is among those countries that have been increasingly looking to censor parts of the internet, with porn being a particular target. It appears that at least some of those plans are moving forward. Show More Summary

If That’s How The Administration Feels, Imagine The Students

Typos can be powerful Freudian slips offering a window into the psyche.

Notes from the Patent Public Advisory Committee Meeting

by Dennis Crouch Notice has been prepared for Subject-Matter-Eligibility Guidance, but the USPTO and White House is reviewing that notice based upon Ultramercial and will be released “as soon as we can.”  Will provide an avenue for written and verbal comments from the public. Show More Summary

Choosing Between Privacy and Cyberbullying: My Appearance on Bill C-13 Before the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee

Yesterday I appeared before the Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs, which is studying Bill C-13, the lawful access/cyberbullying bill. The full transcript of the spirited discussion is not yet available, but my opening...Show More Summary

Lady Gaga Talent Scout Feels 'Validated' After Winning $7.3 Million in Lawsuit

A jury sided with Wendy Starland in her lawsuit against former Gaga producer Rob Fusari read more

Yet Another Study Shows US Satire Programs Do a Better Job Informing Viewers Than Actual News Outlets

3 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

By now it's sadly clear that the nation's satirical news programs do a significantly better job at reporting the news than most of the nation's actual news outlets, despite a fraction of the budget and experience. John Oliver's recent...Show More Summary

Morning Docket: 11.20.14

Deep in the heart of Texas, a judge refused to dismiss Gov. Rick Perry’s felony case over a silly technicality in the underlying paperwork concerning the special prosecutor’s oath of office. [CNN] This lawyer got a spanking for including...Show More Summary

140 Law - Legal Headlines for Thursday, November 20, 2014

Here are the leading legal headlines from Wise Law on Twitter for Thursday, November 20, 2014: Garry Wise's Post Today @ SlawTips; Apple Broke My IPad (But Now They Fixed It, So I’m Not Mad Anymore) Ontario looking at e-signatures for...Show More Summary

organic cosmetics class certified

3 days agoIndustries / Law : 43(B)log

Brown v. Hain Celestial Group, Inc., No. C 11-03082, 2014 WL 6306581 (N.D. Cal. Nov. 14, 2014) Hain has staved off class actions several times, but not here: the court certified a class of purchasers of Avalon Organics and Jason cosmetic...Show More Summary

Tennessee Drug Interdiction Officers Stomp All Over Traveling Couples' Rights En Route To Seizing Nothing At All

3 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

More asset forfeiture to report on, albeit of the rarely-reported "attempted robbery forfeiture" variety. (via Overlawyered) A couple (Lisa and Ronnie Hankins) traveling through Tennessee on their way home (to California) from a funeral was stopped by Tennessee drug interdiction agents as they traveled west on I-40 out of Nashville. Show More Summary

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