Celebrities & Their First Amendment Rights

by Anthony Caruso on July 28, 2014

First Amendment

The right to free speech is a key part of our nation’s foundation.  But what happens when that speech does not align with the personal views and opinions of the majority of the public?  More importantly, what happens when the person expressing those views is smack dab in the center of the public eye? Recently, […]

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Celebrities & Their First Amendment RightsAnthony CarusoJuly 28, 2014



Reality Stars Not ‘Employees’

by Anthony Caruso on July 25, 2014

Reality Stars

Over the past decade, reality television has dramatically increased in popularity.  This can perhaps be attributed to the fact that viewers across America are fascinated with imagining themselves as actual participants of these programs—giving them the ability to blend both fantasy and reality within their own living rooms. Regardless of reality TV’s new central position […]

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Reality Stars Not ‘Employees’Anthony CarusoJuly 25, 2014



The Great Ticket Debate

by Anthony Caruso on July 23, 2014

The Great Ticket Debate

The resale of tickets at exorbitant prices has long plagued sporting events across the globe.  It has become commonplace for dedicated fans to be forced to purchase tickets for nearly three times their actual value, all in the name of attending their favorite concert or sporting event. To combat this widespread epidemic, many states have […]

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The Great Ticket DebateAnthony CarusoJuly 23, 2014



Katy Perry and Music Plagiarism

by Anthony Caruso on July 16, 2014

Katy Perry

For the second time in as many years, Katy Perry has been accused of plagiarizing a melody for one of her popular songs. The culprit this time? Her hit single “Dark Horse”. Four Christian hip-hop artists, including Marcus Gray, pka Flame; Lecrae Moore, pka Lecrae; Emanuel Lambert and Chike Ojukwu alleged that Perry ripped off the tune to […]

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Katy Perry and Music PlagiarismAnthony CarusoJuly 16, 2014



Networks Defeat Aereo 6-3 In The Supreme Court

by Anthony Caruso on July 2, 2014

Aereo

The Supreme Court recently made a powerful ruling that has implications for the way that we watch TV, and more importantly, the development of disruptive technologies. On June 25, the Court ruled 6-3 in favor of the networks against a TV startup called Aereo, saying that the company will need to pay the networks for […]

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Networks Defeat Aereo 6-3 In The Supreme CourtAnthony CarusoJuly 2, 2014



Stolen Art: Two Conflicting Cases

by Anthony Caruso on June 30, 2014

Stolen Art

I read about two cases recently that struck me as conflicting. The cases both involve ancient stolen art, but the rulings that seem to be in conflict. Madonna and Child The first involves a piece known as “Madonna and Child” – a 13th century painting “within the ambit of Cimabue,” a major pre-Renaissance painter and […]

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Stolen Art: Two Conflicting CasesAnthony CarusoJune 30, 2014



Luke Brugnara Case

I came across a case recently involving Luke Brugnara, a former real estate investor who managed to attract media attention to himself over the years first with his bombastic claims about his personal wealth, then with his conviction for tax evasion and trout poaching, for which he was sentenced to 30 months and 15 months, […]

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Luke Brugnara Case: Stolen art, mail fraud and $11 millionAnthony CarusoJune 25, 2014



What’s Happening with the Redskins’ Name?

by Anthony Caruso on June 23, 2014

Redskins Trademark Dispute

The media has been going crazy for the last couple of days over the latest drama involving the Redskins’ possible incoming name change. There’s a lot of misunderstanding going on around this issue, so I’m going to break it down for you. First off: What’s happening with the Redskins’ name? For the immediate future, the answer […]

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What’s Happening with the Redskins’ Name?Anthony CarusoJune 23, 2014



Redbox Wins Consumer Data Suit

by Anthony Caruso on June 18, 2014

Customer Data

Consumer data has become an important subject of debate in America since government leaks revealed that U.S. intelligence organizations have access to vast amounts of meta-data. Much of this data is taken from large tech companies, which routinely collect users’ personal information. I recently came across a lawsuit in which] a divided panel of the […]

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Redbox Wins Consumer Data SuitAnthony CarusoJune 18, 2014