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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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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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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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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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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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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Snoop Dogg in Hot Water Over Labor Laws

by Anthony Caruso on June 16, 2014

Labor-Laws---Snoop-Dog

California rapper Snoop Dogg (Calvin Broadus) is being sued for about $3 million by three of his former bodyguards -Torrey Mitchell, Donnel Murray and Ryan Turk – over California labor laws. The case, which also names Beach City Music, Gerber & Co. and bodyguard supervisor Al Gittens as defendants, showcases the extremely nuanced and strict […]

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Breaking Down the NFL’s Growing Concussions Lawsuit

by Anthony Caruso on June 11, 2014

marino-concussions

The ongoing lawsuits against the NFL, in which players are asserting the league is responsible for their severe and chronic injuries, were in the limelight again when legendary quarterback Dan Marino joined the latest suit, but subsequently withdrew his name. Marino and 14 other former NFL players filed the lawsuit in a Pennsylvania federal court […]

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The blockbuster novel series “Fifty Shades of Grey” sent monetary shock waves throughout the U.S. A number of hotels, fetish-gear retailers and even clothing stores managed to cash in on the multi-million dollar, fetish-glamorizing series, and now, two Texas women have come forward claiming they are entitled to a slice of the royalties and advances […]

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