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Copyright Law

To the Cronut Come the Trolls!

In May of this year, Chef Dominique Ansel of Dominque Ansel Bakery in Manhattan, came up with a new product that combined the laminated dough of a croissant with the shape and sweetness of a donut. He came up with and trademarked a catchy name for the item: The Cronut. Like so many things in […]

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Entertainment Law

The JOBS Act and Indie Film Financing

So you think you can crowdfund? This article covers some of the issues the JOBS Act (Jumpstart Our Business Startups) raises as it applies to folks looking to raise money for a film they want to produce. 1. What is it? Created in 2012 to help small business start-ups, the JOBS Act is comprised of […]

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Constitutional Law

Supremes Rule You Must Speak in Order to Remain Silent

A sharply divided Supreme Court ruled that a person who is being interrogated by the police cannot just remain silent in order to invoke his Fifth Amendment privilege against self-incrimination, he must actually invoke the privilege before he can obtain its benefits. In Salinas v. Texas the court, split 5-4 along the traditional ideological lines […]

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Copyright Law

Lawsuit May Push “Happy Birthday” Into Public Domain

Last week, NY filmmaker Jennifer Nelson brought a lawsuit in Federal court to block Warner/Chappell, the publishing arm of media giant Warner Music Group, from claiming it owns the copyright to “Happy Birthday,” perhaps the world’s most commonly performed song. Ms. Nelson’s latest documentary is about the song “Happy Birthday” and when she wanted to […]

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Constitutional Law

“Brooklyn DA” TV Show a Bad Idea

Starting this Tuesday, CBS is airing a new reality TV show called “Brooklyn DA” which is supposed to chronicle the real-life day-in and day-out of DA Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes’ office. But let me ask you this – Is there any reality TV show that actually shows “reality?” We know the answer to that […]