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Yes, you should have hired a trademark attorney…

I’ll settle for…. One. Hundred. Gazillion. Dollars.

by Fischer and Randazza

Another day, another cautionary tale about how staying at a Holiday Inn Express doesn’t qualify you to practice law.

Enter Jamil Ezzo, an enterprising Internet maven, who runs the website at  Mr. Ezzo decided that he should file for a federal trademark registration on his [...]

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Protesting Censorship Down Under

Hackers hijacked Australia’s official online censorship board website to protest that agencies practices of filtering web content that hasn’t been ruled to be obscene. (source)

In case you can’t read the tiny text pictured above, here’s the message:

This site contains information about the boards that have the right to CONTROL YOUR FREEDOMZ. The Classification [...]

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Pope says "God hates new domain names!"

enjoying the holy sacrament of mobile internet

Okay; so maybe I’m misquoting. But the fact remains that the Vatican issued a statement denouncing ICANN’s new top level domain name scheme, which allows the highest bidder to purchase whatever extension they want (source). Under the new naming system, anyone could purchase the right to [...]

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Tennessee Court Upholds the Right to Remain Anonymous

Defamatory material, like obscenity, is not protected by the First Amendment. But just like obscenity, a particular message cannot be considered defamatory until it has been adjudged to be so by a court of competent jurisdiction. A Tennessee court, recognizing this principle, allowed a blogger who is accused of publishing defamatory comments to [...]

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Remember: If you don’t have anything nice to say, you should just say it on teh Internets

Google was in court this week over allegedly defamatory comments made on an anonymous blog that the search giant hosts. Chris Thompson’s post describes the gory details, including references to two of our favorite cases: Hot Chicks With Douchebags and AutoAdmit.

Update: If you want to start an anonymous blog, here are some [...]

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Indian Politician Wants “Slumdog” Song to be Public Property... (so he can use it in his campaign)

“Anyone should be able to use the song. ‘Jai Ho’ should not belong to any one; it belongs to the country,” claims Atul Shah, an Indian politician who is seeking election (source). The song, from the film “Slumdog Millionaire,” won this year’s Academy Award for Best Song. Even if it had not, [...]

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