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The Federal Court of Justice has ruled that the Internet has become one of life’s necessities, and therefore, citizens can recover damages when their service is interrupted. “Most people in Germany use the Internet daily. Thus, it has become an essential medium in the life of German society, the disruption of which has an immediate [...]
To stop English words from seeping into the French language, a French government agency has replaced the word “hashtag” with “mot-dièse,” which means “sharp word.” The French language police, erm, the Commission Générale de Terminologie et de Néologie, is charged with promoting French and the battle against allowing technology-related English words into the French lexicon [...]
Charla Nash, who was brutally attacked by her friend’s chimpanzee, will receive $4 million from the estate of Sandra Herold, the chimp’s late owner. Nash suffered horrific injuries in February 2009 when Travis, a 14-year-old chimpanzee, mauled her as she tried to help Herold retrieve her car keys from Travis. Nash’s hands were torn off [...]
Faulkner Literary Rights LLC, which owns the rights to American author William Faulkner’s works, is suing Sony Pictures Classics alleging that the main character in Woody Allen’s 2011 film Midnight in Paris used and misquoted a Faulkner line without permission. In the film, Gil Pender, played by Owen Wilson, says, “The past is not dead! [...]
Jenna: Hi Mr. Escalante,
Do the copyright laws protect sayings printed on shirts? Or can anyone swipe them and reprint them?
Joe Escalante: That depends on if the saying is “protected.” Sayings like…
Edie: here is my question: Who can arrest the president”?
Joe Escalante: The Speaker of the House can arrest the President in my opinion, if he is impeached and refuses to leave office. That would put him in contempt of congress. Some say only…
If I Publish a Book of Quotes, Am I Infringing on Copyright? And More Free Legal Advice – Free Joe 5/11/12
Bobbie: My question is about copyrights. I have an idea to publish small eBooks. Basically the books would be an aggregation of sayings or ideas gleaned from internet research. I would give credit to the originator under each saying, idea or tip. Do I need to worry about any copyright issues?
Joe Escalante: Great question and the answer is yes and no. If you write something like Zig Ziglar says “Rich people have small TVs…
The New York Times reports that a settlement has been reached in the years-long dispute over Brooke Astor’s $100 million fortune. The socialite and philanthropist’s only son, Anthony D. Marshall, 87, who was convicted of stealing from his mother, will “only” receive $14.5 million after a $12.3 million deduction by the Manhattan District Attorney’s office [...]
Excellent news, tweeting journalists: if you happen to find yourself in a courtroom in England or Wales with the urge to tweet, you’re free to do so! Non-journalists, however, will still have to seek permission of the court, and don’t go crazy with the Twitpics either, as photos are still prohibited. Sound recording devices are [...]
A few weeks ago, we talked about a Georgia teacher who lost her job because of photos that appeared on Facebook, and now we have a similar (with important differences) situation in New York. This time, it’s not a teacher, but the principal of New York’s Jane Addams High School, and the photos are slightly [...]