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Elon Musk Opens Up Tesla Patents

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Tesla Motors co-founder and CEO Elon Musk recently did something that would make most business owners shudder. He opened up his patents to the world in the name of better electric cars for all. As you’ll recall, Tesla produces high-end, sleek electric cars and holds hundreds of patents for cutting-edge electric vehicle technology. But in […]

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Written by Bilal Kaiser

July 16th, 2014 at 10:44 am

The Struggle over “To Kill A Mockingbird”

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The novel “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee is one of the most well-known and respected pieces of literature ever. It’s been more than fifty years since it was first published and unfortunately its story about racism and injustice is just as relevant today as it was in 1960. If you’ve never read the […]

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Written by Lisa C. Johnson, Esq.

July 2nd, 2014 at 8:37 am

“Dallas Buyers Club” Pirates Sued in New Copyright Suit

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“Dallas Buyer’s Club” received a lot of attention this past year for its compelling subject matter and actor portrayals. However, the producers are now pursuing a legal battle with pirates who illegally downloaded and shared the Oscar winning film. According to Variety, back in February, Dallas Buyers Club LLC, which posses the copyright to the […]

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Written by Kylie Jane Wakefield

April 7th, 2014 at 3:27 pm

Don’t Take a Bite Out of the Cronut® Name

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In May of 2013, Chef Dominique Ansel introduced the Cronut, a croissant-donut pastry, to customers at his eatery, the Dominique Ansel Bakery in New York. The dessert has been so revered since then that customers line up around the block every single morning outside of the bakery, sometimes arriving before 7 a.m. in order to […]

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Written by Kylie Jane Wakefield

March 11th, 2014 at 8:09 am

Copyright & Tweeting Your Images

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Daniel Morel was born in Haiti in 1951. As a young child he already knew that wanted to become a photographer, because he thought it would teach him to be fearless. For decades, his award-winning photographs have captured the culture and history of Haiti. During the January 2010 earthquake, Morel captured images of the destruction […]

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Written by Lisa C. Johnson, Esq.

February 12th, 2014 at 1:50 pm

House Passes Anti-Troll Legislation

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You may have noticed an increase in the mention of patent trolls in the news and the negative impact that they often have on small businesses. A recent LegalZoom article discussed some of the issues. “A Patent Assertion Entity (PAE), also known as a “patent troll,” is an individual or company that acquires patent rights […]

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Written by Lisa C. Johnson, Esq.

January 29th, 2014 at 1:06 pm

Even Hells Angels Protect Their Brand

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Mess with a bike gang, and land yourself a legal battle. It’s as if the notorious Hells Angels have traded in their leather jackets for blazers and ties after racking up over a dozen cases in federal court to protect their brand. The more popular they became since the group’s inception 65 years ago, the […]

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Written by Phil Corso

December 30th, 2013 at 10:05 am

How Can I Ensure I Own My Business Name, Slogan, Logo and Website Legally?

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Joe, How do I make sure that I own my business name, slogan, logo and website legally so no one else can claim it??? -Sunshine R. Barely Legal Radio w/ Joe Escalante There are different types of protection based on different types of use. You can copyright designs that you use for a logo, website, […]

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Written by Joe Escalante

November 26th, 2013 at 12:23 pm

Can I Write a Biopic Screenplay Without Getting the Rights?

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Joe, Can I write a biographic screenplay about the life of a worldwide famous personally without getting the life rights from the individual’s estate? The person is on the level of Charlie Chaplin in fame, with many books and TV shows about them. If I research from those books and shows, do I need to […]

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Written by Joe Escalante

November 7th, 2013 at 9:49 am

A Scary Movie Come To Life? A Patent & Future Children

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We’re not talking zombies here, but imagine a day where parents can know what their future child will look like before he or she is born or even conceived. Maybe that’s a bit of an exaggeration. But could we be treading uncomfortably close? Halloween is just around the corner, so ‘tis the season for fright. […]

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Written by Lisa C. Johnson, Esq.

October 23rd, 2013 at 8:55 am

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