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Herman Cain and Book Publisher Sued Over Cover Photo

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An advertising agency is suing former presidential candidate Herman Cain and his publisher Simon & Schuster alleging copyright infringement over the photo that serves as the cover of Cain’s book, This is Herman Cain! In a lawsuit (Google doc) filed in federal district court in Atlanta, Adventure Advertising, LLC alleges that the company performed a […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

February 16th, 2012 at 10:45 am

Gingrich Sued Over ‘Eye of the Tiger Song’ Use

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According to a Chicago songwriter, Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich is using the 1982 song “Eye of the Tiger” without permission, and he’d like him to stop. Frankie Sullivan, the guitarist for the group Survivor, which recorded the song, has sued Gingrich in federal court in Chicago alleging copyright infringement. According to Sullivan’s complaint, Gingrich […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

January 31st, 2012 at 3:15 pm

Can a UK Citizen Be Extradited to the US for Alleged Copyright Infringement?

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According to one UK judge, the answer is yes, a UK citizen can be extradited to the United States for alleged copyright infringement. Richard O’Dwyer, 23, ran TVShack, which listed links to locations of files that users could illegally download. United States authorities reportedly shut down TVShack.net in the summer of 2010, but O’Dwyer reopened […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

January 17th, 2012 at 2:20 pm

Who Owns the Steve Jobs Tribute Image?

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You’ve probably seen it—the white apple with the black silhouette of Steve Jobs’ profile where the usual Apple “bite” is. Upon the announcement of Jobs’ death, the twist on Apple’s iconic image made its way around social media, even serving as Ashton Kuthcher’s Twitter avatar for a while. But who owns the image? Farzin Adeli […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

October 19th, 2011 at 11:06 am

Lady Gaga Stops Lady Goo Goo’s Tunes

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Lady Gaga has successfully stopped Lady Goo Goo from appearing in YouTube videos and on iTunes, at least temporarily. Lady Goo Goo is one of the animated “moshlings” that appear on a popular UK-based social networking and gaming site for children. The “Moshi Monsters” can be adopted and cared for by website visitors; another popular […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

October 17th, 2011 at 10:25 am

Common Law vs Community Property, Plus More Legal Advice – Free Joe Friday 8/26/11

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My friend wants to leave house & assets to her husband if she passes, but at his death have everything come back to her beneficiaries, not his family. How does she do this?

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Written by Carrie Yutzy

August 30th, 2011 at 6:27 am

Kirby’s Heirs Not Entitled to Spider-Man Copyright

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The adult children of Jack Kirby, the main artist behind “Spider-Man,” “X-Men,” “The Incredible Hulk,” and other famous comic books, have lost their attempt to reclaim his works through a mechanism known as “copyright termination.” U.S. District Court Judge Colleen McMahon in the Southern District of New York granted a motion for summary judgment in […]

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Written by Michelle Fabio

August 8th, 2011 at 11:16 am

We’re Celebrating Innovation this August!

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Throughout August, LegalZoom is celebrating innovation! We’re using this month as an opportunity to tip our hats to great innovators: people who have changed the world with their genius inventions, disruptive businesses, brilliant writings, and crazy ideas. All month long, we’ll have cool stuff to celebrate, educate, and inspire innovation. You won’t want to miss: […]

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Written by Carrie Yutzy

August 1st, 2011 at 7:02 am

Probate, Paying Down the National Debt, and More Legal Advice – Free Joe Tuesday 7/26/11

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Is there any thing illegal about people sending money to White House to help pay off debt. we’ve sent money to other countries how does that work?

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Written by Carrie Yutzy

July 28th, 2011 at 6:37 am

Bad Checks, Bad Contractors, and More Legal Advice – Free Joe Friday 7/15/11

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I registered a Trademark for my product’s name. Apparently I registered it as a logo mark. Does this protect the name also? Or just the logo style?

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Written by Carrie Yutzy

July 19th, 2011 at 6:49 am