Monthly Archive: December 2010

Hard to believe that the last California statute prohibiting impersonation dates back to 1872. SB 1411, a bill passed last June, updates the law and makes malicious “e-personation” a misdemeanor punishable by up to a $1,000 fine and a year in county jail. It is codified at Penal Code Section 528.5. More specifically, the new …

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Dear Mr. Olson, We are in receipt of your letter (below) in which you demand that we cease or you will sue. We are a law firm; and we are reporting news in our blog. Clearly is that stated under the category on ‘News’ as you acknowledge in paragraph two of your letter. We acknowledge …

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Wilcox v. Career Step (D. Utah 12/1/10) Wilcox is the author of a medical coding course, and claims that Career Step (CS) is infringing Wilcox’s copyright. Career Step licenses the disputed medical coding course to various schools and colleges; and, in each instance Career Step requires that each student sign a contract that specifies that …

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Leslie Nielsen died last week at 84. He has been for thirty (30) years the single most reliable bellwether of a derivative work being found to be a fair use of the underlying work. When clients really wanted to go the extra mile to ensure that their use would be found to be ‘fair use’, …

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On December 2, 2010, Facebook released its new updated Promotions Guidelines. These are significant changes to the original guidelines and will likely affect all promotions offered on Facebook. The new guidelines may be found here. As with Facebook’s prior release of promotions guidelines, sponsors must use third party approved promotions providers, but the guidelines have …

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