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Judge Won't Let Kesha Escape Dr. Luke Contract

Despite the pop star’s sexual abuse allegations, the judge says it’s not reasonable to “decimate a contract that was heavily negotiated.” On Friday, pop starKesha Rose Sebert and songwriter-producer Dr. Luke (Lukasz Gottwald) squared off in a New York courtroom in a contentious dispute, in which the sanctity of a recording contract is being examined […]

The Government’s War on Encryption, Backdoors, and What in the World Would Antonin Scalia Do?

Earlier this week, the anti-encryption discussiongotelevated to a war. No, a federal court judge did not order Apple to crackthe encryption on the dead terrorists iPhone 5C, though youd be forgiven if thats what you heard or believed, since mainstream media outlets as big as NBC are reporting it that way. Thanks to Mike Masnick(@mmasnick)at […]

Appeals Court: 'The Hurt Locker' Is Protected By the First Amendment

On Wednesday, the 9thCircuit Court of Appeals handed down a big ruling that will make it easier for film and television studios to create stories ripped from the headlines. The case concerns The Hurt Locker, the 2010 Oscar winner directed by Kathryn Bigelow and written by Mark Boal, about an army bomb squad during the […]

Appeals Court Upholds Sanctions Against TV Streamer

FilmOn flouted an injunction order after the Supreme Court ruled against Aereo. Aereo might be finished, but FilmOn is still fighting for the right to stream television programming. On Tuesday, however, FilmOn suffered a new setback when the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed rulings that found the company and its founder,Alki David, in […]

Bambauer on Freedom From Thought

Monday, February 15, 2016 Bambauer on Freedom From ThoughtJane R. Bambauer, University of Arizona College of Law, has published Freedom from Thought at 65 Emory Law Journal 219 (2015). Here is the abstract. This short Essay explores when ignorance can be supported or even coerced by law, and when it cannot. In the end, although freedom […]

Triumph and Tragedy: A Lesson in Equipoise

Triumph and Tragedy: A Lesson in Equipoise The story of Jenrry Mejia, the first major league baseball player to receive a lifetime ban for taking Performance Enhancing Drugs, reads like a movie script. Mejia was just 17 when he was drafted out of a life of poverty in the Dominican Republic. He had never even […]

How Secure Are Your Text Messages?

Over 6 billion text messages are sent in the U.S. every single day. Thats 6,000,000,000. Ninety-seven percent of Americans send at least one text message per day. The average Millennial exchanges 67 texts per day. Text messaging is rapidly becoming the preferred method of communication for many people.But just how private are those messages? Do […]

James Woods Gets Judge's Nod to Pursue Man Who Tweeted He Was a "Cocaine Addict"

The judge makes a stunning reversal, denying the anonymous defendant’s attempt to kill the lawsuit. James Woods has defied skeptics and gotten past an initial First Amendment hurdle in his provocative defamation lawsuit against an anonymous Twitter user who suggested he was a “cocaine addict.” Los Angeles Superior Court Judge MelRecana has reviewed Woods’ […]

Live Nation Gets Appellate Victory in Antitrust Dispute

“Big is not necessarily bad,” writes the 4th Circuit in a case that examined whether the concert giant coerced performing artists. On Thursday, the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the dismissal of a long-lasting antitrust lawsuit against Live Nation. In 2009,It’s My Party, Inc., which runs the famed outdoor venue MerriweatherPost Pavilion in […]

U.S. Museums May Serve As Safe Havens to protect ISIS-Looted Antiquities from Destruction

by Elizabeth Weber, Esq. Source:AAMD Website. Following the destruction and looting of culturally significant works in war-torn areas, the Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD) issued a number of protocols to safeguard these artifacts by granting them safe haven in AAMD member museums. The protocols, titled AAMD Protocols for Safe Havens for Works of Cultural […]