Glenn Beck, Parody, and Trademark

by Sean McGilvray September 16, 2009 Legal

When did you stop beating your wife? When will conservative media pundit Glenn Beck deny that he raped and murdered a young girl in 1990? There is no right answer to either question, but a satirical website dedicated to taking the Fox News commentator down a peg or two now finds itself on the wrong […]

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Family Guy Wins Court Battle Citing Fair Use

by Joshua Auriemma March 16, 2009 Legal

In another victory for fair use, Judge Deborah Batts ruled today that the adaptation of the song “When You Wish Upon A Star” was protected by Section 107 of The Copyright Act, otherwise known as the fair use exception. I’m always interested to see these parody cases play out because parody is so ingrained in […]

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NYU Law Revue: We Didn’t Hear The Question

by Joshua Auriemma March 11, 2009 The Lighter Side

For those of you who haven’t been exposed to the NYU Law Revue yet, this is a good ice-breaker.  I could deal without the exceptionally long credit intro, but the rest of it is exceptionally amusing because unfortunately it’s true. We Didn’t Hear The Question sung to the tune of Billy Joel’s “We Didn’t Start […]

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Palin v. Peta – Round 1

by Joshua Auriemma December 24, 2008 Legal

Hat tip to Andy here at LG for bringing this debacle to my attention.   Apparently, Sarah Palin and PETA have been slinging mud at each other over a PETA game parodying Governor Palin.   Of particular legal interest is the following email from Ingrid Newkirk of PETA to Bill McAllister from Palin’s office: Dear Mr. […]

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Little Big Planet and Copyright Infringement

by Joshua Auriemma November 9, 2008 Geekery

For the unenlightened, Little Big Planet is a game which is heavily focused on user-created content.  While the game was recently delayed for references to the Koran, there are already a slew of youtube videos displaying some awesome custom content.  Anyway, it appears that Sony has been yanking levels containing copyrighted IP faster than c.  This […]

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Hi, I’m a Mac. And I’m a PC.

by Joshua Auriemma January 1, 2008 The Lighter Side

I’m back from Tennessee, and realizing how much I have to do before next semester begins. Most noteworthy, I have to become certified for the Volunteer Incoming Tax Assistance Program, and finish sending out my summer associate applications. In my search for firms in the Boston area, I came across this series of advertisements on the Choate Hall […]

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