A couple weeks ago I filed a trademark application on behalf of a client. Simple word mark, standard classes, everything done online via a TEAS+ application, no big deal. This week, I received a rather official-looking email from Trademarkia regarding filing deadlines. I thought it was problematic when I first saw it, then I did a little digging and I’m officially disgusted with the law firm behind it. [Read more…]
I’m a little slow on the uptake on this one, but on January 4 on the official Library of Congress blog (yes, of course there’s an official Library of Congress blog), they posted an update regarding their ongoing joint effort with Twitter to archive and make searchable every tweet ever.
In their post, the LoC announce that they’ve successfully transferred (or will by the end of the month) the originally agreed upon archive of tweets from 2006 to 2010 to the Library, and also developed a system for archiving all tweets through the present, as they happen. All told, they’re currently sitting on 170 billion tweets. That’s kind of amazing in its own right, but it also has some really interesting legal and evidentiary implications. [Read more…]
Almost nobody reads the fine print on any website or online service, you hit the “Agree” button and move on your way, comfortable in the knowledge that you’ll soon be listening to the hippity hop, or snapchatting, or whatever it is the kids are doing online these days. Well, if you’re an Instagram user, it’s important to take a look at the Terms of Service that are going into effect on January 16, 2013, and it’s a reminder to take a look at the TOS for any service that has the potential to put your personal info out there (read: most free online services). What are these new terms to be aware of? Glad you asked…
As you may have heard, tattoo artist Victor Whitmill is suing Warner Brothers in an attempt to gain money damages and enjoin the release of their film, The Hangover Part 2. Why? Because he put a tattoo on Mike Tyson’s face, and that same tattoo ends up on the face of Ed Helms’ character in the movie. Wow. It’s taken me a little while to process the awesome ridiculousness of this situation. One of the reasons I love copyright law is because all the seminal cases deal with terrific subject matter (A 2 Live Crew song called Hairy Woman? Yeah, that’s precedent.), but I never could have seen this one coming. Let’s delve a little deeper into the issues at play (with full complaint below)…
Every once in a while even a lawyer needs a field trip, and for a lawyer that likes to work with creative people, a sculpture park and museum is as good a place to go as any. So last week I took a break from my regularly scheduled volunteering in Boston Housing Court and made my way out to Lincoln, MA. In addition to finding out that the men and women of Lincoln are a barn-loving people, I discovered the deCordova Sculpture Park and Musuem, which is hosting the collection Drawing With Code: Works from the Anne and Michael Spalter Collection through April 24th. As part of my duties volunteering for the upcoming Boston CyberArts Festival, I did a write up on their blog detailing my experience, so go check that out here, and then get out and have your own art field trip.