AP, Photographer to George Zimmerman: “Copyright Violation” on Latest Painting

By: Saturday January 25, 2014 11:50 am

Trayvon Martin’s acquitted murderer George Zimmerman has been slapped with a cease and desist letter by the Associated Press over his latest piece of artwork crap painting. The painting, featuring Florida State Attorney Angela Corey, is clearly copied form an widely circulated AP photograph, taken by Rick Wilson. Wilson also retained legal counsel to uphold his copyright.

 

Late Night: GoldieBlox Backs Down, Withdraws Beastie Boys Lawsuit

By: Saturday November 30, 2013 8:00 pm

GoldieBlox withdrew their preemptive Fair Use lawsuit against the Beastie Boys. That was a smart move, since the odds were not looking good for the Silicon Valley toy company: They had used the band’s name as well as their music without permission

GoldieBlox Sues Beastie Boys Over “Girls”: Preemptive Move Claiming Fair Use, Parody

By: Tuesday November 26, 2013 4:32 pm

It will be interesting to see how this plays out, especially since Felix Salmon at Reuters points out this isn’t the first time GoldieBlox has used a song without permission for their online videos. The Silicon Valley startup’s first video “GoldieBlox Breaks into Toys R Us” used Queen’s “We Are the Champions” and there was no parody of lyrics at all. I am starting to like this company less and less.

Department of Homeland Stupidity: Fair Use, Parody and Satire vs the Government

By: Wednesday October 30, 2013 4:48 pm

The Department of Homeland Security and National Security Agency are using their muscle and copyright law to threaten a novelty store dealer with a lawsuit if he doesn’t stop selling items satirizing the snoopy bureaucracies.

Shepard Fairey Pleads Guilty in “Hope” Poster Case

By: Saturday February 25, 2012 5:00 pm

Shepard Fairey pleaded guilty to one count of criminal contempt for manufacturing evidence, destroying documents, and other misconduct in his case involving his “Hope” poster of Barack Obama. Reprehensible that he did behave so badly. It makes him look like a spoiled little rich kid who was trying to cover his ass when he got caught doing something wrong.

Media Organizations Build “Blogger-Intimidation” Consortium

By: Thursday January 5, 2012 3:15 pm

We’ve learned today that broadcast media outlets want to evade campaign finance disclosure rules. Not to be outdone, print media has decided to collude to intimidate bloggers into paying them.

Late Night: Senate to Drop Ban Hammer on teh Internets?

By: Tuesday September 28, 2010 8:00 pm

Why is there a bill before the Senate Judiciary Committee that would allow the Attorney General to block certain Internet domain names from ISPs?

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