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If You’re A Criminal Be Careful Who Your Friends Are (Or Don’t Be An Idiot and Post About Your Crimes on FB!)

Social media’s insertion into the courtroom continues as a NY Federal Judge ruled that a criminal defendant’s Facebook posts about his criminal activity could form the bass for a search warrant into his home. Federal prosecutors got a look at Melvin Colon’s Facebook profile through the account of one of Colon’s friends, who was a […]

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General Intellectual Property Litigation

“The Bachelor” Producers File Lawsuit to Silence Blogger “Reality Steve”

In a move that may be an example of cutting one’s nose off to spite one’s face, the producers of the immensely popular dating elimination show “The Bachelor” have filed a Federal lawsuit in an attempt to shut down “RealitySteve.com,” the website of Steve Carbone. For years, “Reality Steve” has written about all of the […]

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General Litigation

Strange Case Against Facebook Rages On in Western NY: May Require FB To Produce Zuckerberg’s Original Computer

In a strange case I reported on a few months ago, a Western NY man is claiming he was an original partner of Mark Zuckerberg’s in Facebook. He claimed he had a signed contract and emails to and from Zuckerberg proving his claim. FB immediately shot back and called the whole claim a fraud and […]

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General Litigation

NY Court Finds Loose Affilitiation of CyberCriminals to be “Enterprise” Under Organized Crime Act

When you think of the phrase “criminal enterprise,”  certain images immediately pop in your head. Vito Corleone, Scarface, Joe Pesci.  But NY courts have long expanded the term “criminal enterprise” to include any band of criminals working within “an ascertainable  structure.” NY Penal Law §460.10(3) defines criminal enterprise as “a group of persons sharing a […]

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General Litigation

US Shutdown of Poker Sites Presents Major Legal Challenges

Online poker fans woke up yesterday morning to their worst nightmare: The US Dept of Justice seized the domains of the top three online pokers sites -Full Tilt Poker, Poker Stars and Absolute Poker. The DOJ hit the owners of the sites and the sites themselves with a criminal indictment charging money laundering, bank fraud […]

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Copyright Law General Litigation

Both Album, Individually Issued Track Are Held a ‘Work’ for Damages Purposes

In a stunning blow to Music Sharing site LimeWire, a federal judge ruled today that music companies are entitled to an award for each infringed recording on the LimeWire system when plaintiffs made that recording available as an individual track, even if the user downloaded the tracks at once as part of an album. This […]

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The Kim Kardashian Effect

OK, what could Kim Kardashian possibly effect that would be worthy of a post on a law-themed blog? Nothing really, but she is among the most searched names on the internet and one of the Top 5 “tags” that drives viewers to websites, so I figured why not get some traffic to the blog by […]