Richard Prince’s Loss Over Appropriated Art Gives Copyright Law Hope

by   |  08.14.17  |  Copyright and Trademark

A federal court rejected Richard Prince’s claim that his use of another artist’s work was so innovative, he shouldn’t have to go to trial for infringement. More »

Buc-ee’s trademark legal battle with Choke Canyon put on hold – Houston Chronicle

by   |  08.14.17  |  Copyright and Trademark

Buc-ee’s also has filed suit against Omaha, Nebraska-based Bucks, Frio River Grocery in Concan, Texas, (over it’s use of a Beaver mascot) and a half dozen others in recent years. More »

New York Times Editorial Writer Must Testify in Sarah Palin Lawsuit – The New York Times

by   |  08.14.17  |  Libel

A federal judge ruled that for him to decide on a motion filed by the The Times seeking the dismissal of a defamation suit filed by Ms. Palin, the writer must appear under oath. More »

Zillow drops legal threat against satirical ‘McMansion Hell’ blog – Houston Chronicle

by   |  06.30.17  |  Copyright and Trademark

Online real estate site Zillow recently announced it would not be pursuing legal action against McMansion Hell, a popular Tumblr blog known for poking fun at over-sized, cheap homes.. Online real estate site Zillow recently announced it would not be pursuing legal action against McMansion Hell, a popular Tumblr blog known for poking fun at over-sized, cheap homes. Wagner pushed back against the claim with a non-profit civil liberties defense group, the Electronic Frontier Foundation. More »

Lawyer Todd Levitt creates “College Lawyer of the Year” award — gets the award — sues paper for allegedly misreporting situation – The Washington Post

by   |  05.23.17  |  Libel

Nope, says the Michigan Court of Appeals — “Although the article contained slight inaccuracies, we conclude that the sting of the article’s headline [‘Attorney suing student admits to fake award’] would not have a different effect on a reader than the literal truth.” More »

TIME MAGAZINE RIPS OFF MAD MAGAZINE? | Mad Magazine

by   |  05.23.17  |  Free Speech

Once More, With Stealing Dept. More »

California AG agrees: California law does not preclude private citizens from displaying Confederate battle flag at county fairs – The Washington Post

by   |  05.23.17  |  Free Speech

A California county fair had concluded the contrary in 2015. More »

Kentucky court rejects government attempt to punish printer for refusing to print ‘Lexington [Gay] Pride Festival’ T-shirt – The Washington Post

by   |  05.23.17  |  Free Speech

Say that the Westboro Baptist Church comes to a printer — a printer who supports gay rights, or who is gay himself, or who just thinks the Westboro belief system is appalling — and demands that he print a “Westboro Baptist Church Pride” T-shirt. Should the government be able to punish the printer for refusing, on the theory that this constituted impermissible religious discrimination in public accommodations? More »

Opinion | On Finland, the United States, and the freedom of information and of the press

by   |  05.23.17  |  Free Press

Who protects freedom of information and of the press better? How do we figure it out? More »

Houston rapper Travis Scott arrested at Arkansas concert – Houston Chronicle

by   |  05.14.17  |  Free Speech

No discussion here on what constitutes incitement, but Brandenburg v. Ohio tells us. More »