Monthly Archive: January 2009

With the goal of capturing “the most detailed experience of a single moment ever in history,” CNN and Microsoft invite inaugural attendees to send photographs documenting the moment that Barack Obama took the oath. Participants are instructed to: “1. Take one photo of the moment when Obama takes the oath. If you have a digital …

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A U.S. District Court in California recently granted summary judgment in favor of Boy Scouts of America (“BSA”) in a trademark infringement suit concerning the mark YOUTHSCOUTS. In Wrenn v. Boy Scouts of America, 2008 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 91913 (N.D. Cal. Oct. 28, 2008), the Court found BSA’s Congressional Charter provides special protection to its …

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This week, Apple announced that Digital Rights Management (DRM) would not attach to any single song from the iTunes store. This is huge confirmation of what most music fans have noticed: DRM doesn’t work and may never work. The details of this change include a price change. A tiered spectrum of prices will be the …

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Washington D.C. is full of original works of art in the form of sculptures. One description of D.C. made by a young friend is that D.C. is a sculpture garden disguised as a town. A score of years ago, the Supreme Court issued a copyright opinion on another sculpture case, The Community for Creative NonViolence …

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