Monthly Archives: November 2013

Did Madonna Copy Someone Else’s Work?

Plaintiff VMG Salsoul sued Madonna alleging she impermissibly appropriated a chord from Love Break, which is part of their record label, and used it in her hit, Vogue. That single chord is played eleven times in Vogue. They alleged copyright infringement. Madonna brought a motion to … Continue reading

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President Lincoln Delivered His Gettysburg Address On This Day

On this day 150 years ago in 1863, President Lincoln delivered his provocative Gettysburg Address.  The President was asked to say “a few appropriate remarks” at the dedication ceremony for The Soldiers’ National Cemetery, where thousands died in the catastrophic … Continue reading

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A Referee Was Not Found Liable For A Wrestler’s Injuries

A high school wrestler was injured while participating in a match on Long Island, New York.  He sued the referee and local Wrestling Officials Association for negligence.   He claimed that they unreasonably failed to stop the match when he … Continue reading

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Does Harper Lee Own A Trademark For “To Kill A Mockingbird”?

Harper Lee once said her novel, To Kill A Mockingbird, “is and it isn’t autobiographical.” She went on to say, “What I did present [in the book] as exactly as I could were the clime and tone, as I remember them, … Continue reading

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Are New York City’s Stop-And-Frisk Policies Unconstitutional?

In August Federal District Judge Shira A. Scheindlin, of the Southern District of New York (New York City), issued an Opinion and Order finding that the New York City Police Department’s (“NYPD’s”) current stop-and-frisk practice violated the 4th and 14th … Continue reading

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Is It Unconstitutional For Clergy To Recite A Prayer Before A Town Meeting?

The United States Supreme Court heard oral argument this week in the case Town of Greece v. Galloway.  Since 1999 the town has been inviting predominantly (though not exclusively) Christian clergy to open its monthly meetings with a prayer.  The … Continue reading

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HBO’s “Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight” Gets A Thumbs-Up

HBO premiered this month, Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight. The film traces the boxer’s appeal from a conviction for draft dodging during the Vietnam War.  As a Muslim, a follower of the Nation of Islam, he stated that the Koran didn’t … Continue reading

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Does The Movie Title “Age of the Hobbits” Make You Think Of J.R.R. Tolkien?

Warner Brothers Entertainment, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, Inc., Saul Zaentz Company, New Line Productions, Inc., and New Line Cinema, LLC’s (”the plaintiffs”) brought a lawsuit against Global Asylum, Inc. for trademark infringement claiming they own the exclusive rights to produce and distribute … Continue reading

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