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  1. DC Entertainment Is Currently Trying to Protect Their Robin IP from Singer Robyn “Rihanna” Fenty

    DC: "This falls under our umbrella, ella, ella..."

    DC vs. Rihanna in the comic book event of the century!!! Ok, it's actually just a little legal battle but think of the cover possibilities!

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  2. The End Is Nigh! SkyMall Has Filed For Bankruptcy

    Hide your Insta Slim Compression Shirts, hide your Kitty Washroom Cabinets - SkyMall has filed for bankruptcy.

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  3. The Lex Luthor Of Parents Sent An Invoice To A Kid For Missing Their Child’s Birthday Party

    It's my party and I'll bill if I want to.

    Did you ever make a last minute decision to not attend a party you were invited to? Did the host send you a bill for what your attendance would have cost them? Are you also five-years-old?

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  4. Family Being Sued Because They Painted Their House Like the Movie Up

    Meanwhile...

    Unable to prevent a family in their neighborhood from renovating their house in a likeness of Carl Fredricksen's in Up by appealing to city officials, some folks in Santa Clara, California, are just coincidentally suing the family for contaminating the neighborhood with lead during their renovation efforts.

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  5. Lionsgate Sues Twilight Parody That Sued Them For Having a Twilight Monopoly

    THIS IS FOR REAL MAKO

    Last spring we told you the riveting tale how Behind the Lines Productions, creator of the Twilight parody Twiharder, decided to sue Lionsgate and Summit on the grounds that they're big meanies who unfairly monopolize the Twilight franchise... a franchise they, y'know, own the rights to. Behind the Lines has some gumption, I'll give them that. Except now that gumption's gotten them countersued by Lionsgate, whose 204 page countercomplaint can be basically summed up as "...You guys aren't serious, right?"

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  6. That Time A UK Court Denied A Man’s Wish For Trial By Combat And Ruined All Our Fun

    For A More Civilized Age

    Over what infraction did one man ask a court for trial by combat? Click ahead to find out!

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  7. Supreme Court May Decide Boobies Case

    Today in Boobs

    There's a lot here in this story. There's a couple of fifteen year old girls who were barred from handing out breast cancer awareness bracelets by their school district. There's the much debated trend in breast cancer awareness campaigns to skew to a focus on the sexual appeal of breasts rather than the saving of lives as the motivating factor. There's the parents who thought that this was a violation of their daughters' First Amendment rights that was worth taking it all the way to a federal appeals court. But mostly, there's the undeniably delightful idea that a Supreme Court justice of America might say the word "boobies" on the record during a session.

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  8. Comcast Threatens To Sue News Site TorrentFreak For Covering Torrent News

    "We'll sue them for...copyright infringement, I guess? Who cares, we have enough money to keep pretty much any case in court until our foes are ground to dust."

    Last week, TorrentFreak published a great story about law firms that are also copyright trolls. As part of the article, they published a subpoena response from Comcast showing that an IP address connected with one firm was trolling torrent sites. Now, Comcast has loosed its lawyers, leveling charges of copyright infringement at TorrentFreak.

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  9. Apple Found Guilty of eBook Price Fixing; Amazon Cackles, Twirls Moustache

    Insidery

    I can't blame you if you haven't been following the Department of Justice's suit against Apple and (originally) five other book publishers for price fixing in the eBook market. It's kind of arcane and weird, but it's an arcane and weird thing that may affect the entire electronic book market, and if you're the kind of book reader who looks at gamers flipping out about DRM that places unreasonable requirements on the user and thinks "there but for the grace of God go I," you might want to pay attention. Just in case.

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  10. Someone Tried To Kickstart A Where the Wild Things Are Sequel Book

    Today In Obvious

    Why do people think they can get away with crowdfunding something that doesn't belong to them? 

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  11. Summit Entertainment Is Being Sued For An Egregious Amount Of Money By A Twilight Parody Company

    Meanwhile...

    Wait until you hear why.

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  12. Makers of Fifty Shades Porn Parody Countersue Universal, Claim the Book is Public Domain Because Fanfiction

    the internet is serious business

    So you may have heard that there's a porn parody of Universal's putative NC-17 rated Fifty Shades of Grey movie, even though Universal hasn't even cast it yet. And some of those among you who were not aware are now surely nodding and saying "Yes, this was inevitable." Well, it was also inevitable that Universal would sue the Fifty Shades porn parody for copyright and trademark infringement, which they are doing. But what wasn't inevitable was that Smash Pictures, the makers of Fifty Shades of Grey: A XXX Adaptation, would come up with an even moderately clever counter suit.

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  13. Game of Thrones Director Says Piracy Is Ok While The Copyright Alert System Is Warning Consumers Against It

    You know nothing Jon Snow

    It didn't really surprise anyone to find out HBO's Game of Thrones was the most pirated show of 2012. After all, HBO is a paid subscription service and many people don't like their limited expensive options in a world immediate entertainment. But I suppose it doesn't help the cause when one of the people working the show, a director to be more specific, publicly says he doesn't mind when people pirate his show. And it just so happens that The Copyright Alert System is about to start sending us all notices to stop the illegal downloads. Great timing, dude. 

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  14. If This Lawsuit Succeeds, It Could Break Amazon’s Dominance of the eBook Market

    Inside of a dog it's too dark to read

    The new and growing market for eBooks has allowed companies to call into question some of the basic and universal characteristics of reading and owning books. That you can loan them to your friends, for example, or that by purchasing a book you're also purchasing the ability to read it whenever you want, wherever you want, until you lose it, donate it, give it away, or wear through its well-loved spine. eBook publishers have, to put it mildly, established that these are qualities of a book that they do not intend to carry over to the new format, which is to a certain extent fine, so long as consumers know what they're getting into. But the eBook market also has other problems, namely accusations of price fixing, and, due to the combination of software that limits the kind of device a given eBook can be read on and the dominance of the Kindle over the eReader market, bullying tactics. A new lawsuit filed by three independent bookstores is looking to strike at the heart of the problem: the insistance of eReader makers that their books should not be readable on other devices.

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  15. You Might Be Able To Play A Hobbit Slot Machine At The Newly Trademarked Middle-Earth Theme Park

    Not all that glitters is gold

    Two Tolkien estate stories in one day? Are they trying to steal Beyonce's thunder or something? 

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  16. Creators Call For Fan Convention Boycott Over Co-Founder’s Sexual Abuse Charges

    Insidery

    Ed Kramer, the co-founder of Atlanta, Georgia's Dragon*Con has been in trouble with the law for years. He's recently been extradited back to the state on child-molestation charges dating back to 2000 and while he no longer claims association with the convention, he still receives financial compensation from it thanks to shares he holds in the corporation. As a response to the most recent events, some creators are calling for a boycott of Dragon*Con until they take steps to remove Kramer from the institution entirely.

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  17. Germany Tells Us What We Already Knew, The Internet Is Essential

    and let it be known

    Because, like, you might not survive if you can't look at things like this. According to a new ruling in Germany, that is.

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  18. Glee Says Coulton Should Be Happy for the Exposure They’re Giving Him by Not Mentioning Him At All

    No. No no no no no no no. no.

    Well, they aired it, seemingly unchanged. And it’s now for sale in the US iTunes store. They also got in touch with my peeps to basically say that they’re within their legal rights to do this, and that I should be happy for the exposure (even though they do not credit me, and have not even publicly acknowledged that it’s my version – so you know, it’s kind of SECRET exposure). While they appear not to be legally obligated to do any of these things, they did not apologize, offer to credit me, or offer to pay me, and indicated that this was their general policy in regards to covers of covers. It does not appear that I have a copyright claim, but I’m still investigating the possibility (which I consider likely) that they used some or all of my audio. I’ll write something longer and more detailed about this when I can get my head together about it probably in a couple of days. Thanks for your support, but please continue not to burn anything down. -- Jonathan Coulton, in a recent update to his blog. Last night Glee returned after a holiday hiatus with the episode "Sadie Hawkins" and a soft-rock version of "Baby Got Back," that is unmistakably nerd-rocker Jonathan Coulton's soft-rock version of "Baby Got Back." The musician updated fans and readers of his blog this morning with this information on Fox and Glee's really absurd notion that "exposure" is his payment despite the fact that they have so far refused to publicly credit him with the arrangement. If Coulton hadn't already had a strong, connected fanbase, nobody might have noticed that he'd been ripped off.

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  19. It Looks Like Glee Did A Jonathan Coulton Song Without Request or Credit

    it's time to play the music

    Though the story is still developing, there isn't really another way to put this: it looks an awful lot like one of the songs Glee is planning to include in its soon-to-be-returning fourth season is a soft-rock cover of Sir Mix-a-Lot's "Baby Got Back." In fact, it's a very specific soft rock cover of "Baby Got Back." Nerd singer-songwriter Jonathan Coulton's cover. Which wouldn't otherwise be a problem, except that Coulton himself was never actually contacted or asked about whether it could be used.

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  20. For the First Time, BitTorrent Evidence Will be Tested in Court

    Frequently, when a copyright holder starts a BitTorrent-related lawsuit, they simply provide the IP address of the defendant and get a subpoena that allows them to obtain the identity of a supposed pirate. This method has allowed copyright holders to make very large sums of money without ever having to actually go to trial. However, a Judge Michael Baylson at the Pennsylvania District Court recently ruled that an IP address is not enough evidence to single out one person, as people not subscribed to the ISP in question could have gained access to said IP address.

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