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Doing my morning website traffic analysis, I noticed an extraordinary traffic spike, not to the blog, but to our firm website. What gives? Thankfully, my terrific hosting company, Capalon in Baltimore, provides great tracking tools. Turns out that we got a link from the ultra-impressive GROKLAW website. (That makes two grok-based threads this week. Grok that!) Couldn’t figure it out at first, so I searched on the site for my own painfully common last name…

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Centerfield: Blog Name Theft

Very interesting brouhaha beginning over on the Center Field blog published by a group of self-described political centrists. (I had hoped it would feature commentary by Andruw Jones and Bernie Williams.) The question is the same one everyone has asked himself when registering for his first ever blog:  What if someone steals a blog name? Bob Cox of the Media Bloggers Association asked me to weigh in semi-officially on the Centerfield: Blog Name Theft colloquy.... Read more

See Dick Win. Pay, Defendant, Pay.

By now you must have heard about the dustup involving Yiddish with Dick and Jane. The irony for me is that not long after I was learning to read English with the original Dick and Jane at P.S. 225, I was learning Yiddish from an essentially identical book for little secular Yiddishists (it turned out handy later at the Chaim Berlin yeshiva, but I digress) with “Motl” and “Gitl” standing in for Dick and Jane.... Read more

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Standing Shmoe to Shmoe

The author of this weblog was quoted in USC Annenberg’s Online Journalism Review in an article entitled “Tsunami Video Alliance Portends Future Distribution for Amateurs” last week. (It’s about the Media Bloggers Association.) I don’t mind saying that I powerfully enhanced the sterling image of attorneys as high-minded and articulate preceptors of the public with the following quote, responding to the question of blogger liability for carrying other peoples’ videos (particularly tsunami videos). Here’s the... Read more

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“I Have a Dream ©”

The online Globe and Mail has an important item on how documentary filmmakers and others are being slammed by the IP equity grab, called “How Copyright Could be Killing Culture”. Okay, maybe “killing culture” is a little over the top. I suppose if more rigorous enforcement of copyright would throw a speed bump in front of the likes of Michael Moore, our modern Leni Reifenstahl, that would put a little chill in the air —... Read more

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Brand Me Infantile

Reuters reports that U.K. regulators have once again slapped the wrist of the French Connection clothing company for their jejune FCUK ad campaign (“French Connection UK,” get it?). Last February Brand Channel reported on this business, which has managed to attract the unwelcome (or perhaps not?) attention of the American Family Association. (The AFA is no more a “self-appointed” guardian of public morality than you or I. They have a right to be offended and... Read more

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January 28th – DC Seminar on Intellectual Property and Sovereign Immunity

Originally posted 2005-01-13 12:49:56. Republished by Blog Post PromoterIf you’re going to be in or around DC on January 28th, the Federalist Society is hosting this seminar that will examine the Supreme Court’s June 1999 rulings in a trio of cases which, taken together, articulate perhaps the broadest statement of the sovereign immunity of States in American history. Two of these cases denied relief for alleged trademark and patent infringements, respectively . . . When... Read more

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More on Email Privacy for the Dead

The New York Times (linked to by Drudge) has an article entitled The Secret Lives of Just About Everybody which opens, compellingly, as follows: One mislaid credit card bill or a single dangling e-mail message on the home computer would have ended everything: the marriage, the big-time career, the reputation for decency he had built over a lifetime. So for more than 10 years, he ruthlessly kept his two identities apart: one lived in a... Read more

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Media Bloggers Legal Defense Project

Originally posted 2005-01-10 23:05:00. Republished by Blog Post PromoterThe Media Bloggers Association is setting up a stable of attorneys “to provide MBA members with first-line counsel on matters relating to the use of intellectual property, defamation and other issues arising from their weblogging.” Looks like they got a real crackerjack guy to take the laboring oar. Read more