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When Technology Gets Creepy

A couple of years ago I received a copy of William Shatner’s book, Star Trek®; I’m Working on That, from someone who knew I was a science fiction junkie. Shatner, of course, was the original Captain Kirk in the short

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Is Your Customer Service All A Twitter?

Just when you thought you were regaining a handle on marketing, things get all “a twitter.” As Kevin O’Keefe points out in a recent post to his blog, Real Lawyers Have Blogs, many companies are using Twitter, the free social

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Facebook and Others Accused of Violating the Privacy of Users

Suit has been filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California against Facebook and other defendants, including Blockbuster, Hotwire, Overstock.com, Zappos and Gamefly. The litigation, Lane et al, vs. Facebook et al, alleges the group of

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Barbie Girls™ Beat Bratz™ in Copyright Litigation

A U.S. District Court jury, after a three month long trial, has awarded Mattel a combined verdict of $100 million against MGA. Mattel makes the Barbie doll, while MGA makes the “saucier” Bratz dolls. Since the Bratz dolls entered the

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Wii™ Will Rock You? Patent Infringement Game Over or Just Starting?

Start-up company, Hillcrest Labs, has filed a patent infringement action in the U.S. District Court in Maryland and a patent infringement complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC), against Nintendo. Hillcrest claims “two separate but related technologies and products

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Can Copyright Violation Cause a Political Campaign to Run on Empty?

Singer, Jackson Browne, has filed a federal lawsuit in Los Angeles against presidential candidate, John McCain, the Republican National Committee (RNC) and the Ohio Republican Party (ORP), accusing them of copyright infringement, statutory violations, and violation of the right of

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