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Constitutional Law Copyright Law

Monkey Can See, Monkey Can Do, But Monkey Can’t Own

On Wednesday, a federal judge said the macaque who famously snapped a picture of himself cannot be declared the owner of the image’s copyright. The photo in question was taken in 2011 on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi, with a camera owned by nature photographer David Slater. But Slater didn’t trip the shutter: the macaque […]

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Constitutional Law Criminal Law General Intellectual Property Litigation

NY Court Rules Calling Someone “Extortionist” Is Not Defamatory

The then Mayor of the Village of Freeport was vindicated by the Second Department (a NY Appeals court covering Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, Nassau, Suffolk, and parts of Upstate NY), for remarks he made in a public election debate during which he called the plaintiff, a commercial real estate developer, “an extortionist” who was “trying […]

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General Litigation

Suffolk County Needs A Lesson in the First Amendment

Last week a Suffolk County Judge threw a blogger out of a criminal courtroom trial because she was blogging about events that happened in an open courtroom. The judge, James F.X. Doyle was concerned that the blogger had been posting “sensitive information” that prospective jurors had been revealing during the jury selection process. Apparently the […]