This WEEK in LAW

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Sorry, But You Need to Care About Blac Chyna and Rob Kardashian

The Kardashian-Jenner clan's social-media savvy is a simple matter of data. All told, they have almost half a billion followers on Instagram alone. …

Blac Chyna

Kylie Jenner and Khloe Kardashian Accused of Stealing Ideas from Indie Black Designers

Enough is enough.<p><i>In this scorched-earth op-ed, Shammara Lawrence explores why the Kardashian-Jenners continue to build their empires on the backs of black creatives.</i><p>Since hit E! Television show <i>Keeping Up With The Kardashians</i> first graced our screens in 2007, the Kardashian-Jenner family have become …

Kylie Jenner

Ghosts 'n' Stuff - Re-Micks | Mickey Mouse and Friends | Disney Video

Find your way home with this aDORYable Finding Dory welcome mat!<p>Cars<p>Cruise into summer fun with this DIY Cars obstacle course that is perfect for …

Walt Disney Company

How to Keep the Fight for Net Neutrality Going

Today, hundreds of organizations and companies are working to get the word out about the Federal Communications Commission's plan to jettison its …

Net Neutrality

Here’s how the internet’s net neutrality day of action unfolded

Today, some of the world’s biggest internet companies and activist groups are coming together to protest the FCC’s proposed rollback of net neutrality protections. Google, Twitter, and Reddit have weighed in, as have groups like Mozilla and the ACLU.<p>The complete tally of groups and people involved …

Net Neutrality

Surveying the Law of Emojis by Eric Goldman

Abstract<p>Everyone loves emojis! It’s easy to see why. Historically, most online communications have emphasized text, and emojis add much-needed …

Emojis

[This is another excerpt from my Emojis and the Law paper.] In preparing the article, I gathered a dataset of all cases I could find in Westlaw and …

Education

Defining The Law Of Emoji

Courts are wrestling with how to interpret baffling emoticons.

Law

Did PETA Name the Right Macaque in Its 'Monkey Selfie' Lawsuit?

Monkey truthers have been challenging the claim.<p>On Tuesday, September 22, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) filed a lawsuit on behalf of a male Sulawesi crested macaque named Naruto, arguing that the monkey owns a copyright in the famous "monkey selfies."<p>The lawsuit is against …

Naruto

In Monkey Selfie Lawsuit, Lawyer in Chippendales Suit Is the Reasonable One

"Monkey see, monkey sue is not good law – at least not in the Ninth Circuit."<p>In September, PETA sued wildlife photographer David Slater and the self-publishing book company Blurb, Inc., for infringing the copyright of Naruto, a six-year-old Sulawesi crested macaque.<p>Naruto is alleged to have taken a …

PETA

Should robot artists be given copyright protection?

When a group of museums and researchers in the Netherlands unveiled a portrait entitled The Next Rembrandt, it was something of a tease to the art …

Artificial Intelligence

What do Emojis Mean for the Law? with Gabriella Ziccarelli/Joe Sremack

Shares 7<p><b>Can Using Emojis Get You in Trouble?</b><p>You know what emojis mean. Otherwise, you wouldn’t use them.<p>Right?<p>One recent University of Minnesota …

Intellectual Property

Send Me SFMOMA

34,678<p>At the time of this writing, this is the number of artworks listed in the SFMOMA collection. It’s large. So large, in fact, that we can only …

Search Engines

The Latest: Attorney: Monkey cannot get money from copyright

SAN FRANCISCO — The Latest on federal court hearing over a monkey’s right to hold a copyright to a selfie photo (all times local):<p>12:30 p.m.<p>Attorneys for a wildlife photographer whose camera was used by a monkey to snap selfies asked a federal appeals court to end a lawsuit seeking to give the …

Judiciary

Watch recording for San Francisco CR3 9:00 AM Wednesday 7/12 , No.

Case Name:<p>San Francisco CR3 9:00 AM Wednesday 7/12<p>Case Number:<p>N/A<p>Case Panel:<p>N/A<p>Hearing Location:<p>San Francisco, CA<p>Hearing Date:<p>07/12/2017

San Francisco

Hey, remember that monkey selfie copyright drama a few years ago? Get this – It's just hit the US appeal courts

Remember that selfie of the grinning monkey way back in 2014?<p>It was taken by an Indonesian crested macaque named Naruto using the camera of wildlife …

Naruto

Millennials, rejoice: Your dog can now take and text you selfies

Saying goodbye to your pet when you leave for work is always hard, but what if your best bud could send you selfies while you're gone?<p>The makers of too much time on their hands the cloud communications company Twilio bring you the Arduino Yun-powered box that will let your dog text you selfies.<p>We …

Robots

Three Questions from the Supreme Court’s Decision on “Offensive” Trademarks

Article ByJohn C. BlattnerDickinson Wright PLLCIntellectual Property (Newsletters & Client Alerts)Last week the Supreme Court ruled that the …

Law

Google

It's not the government's job to say if 'Slants' is too offensive. Or 'Redskins'

In a reassuringly sweeping decision, the Supreme Court on Monday struck down a federal law prohibiting the registration of trademarks that may disparage individuals, institutions, beliefs or national symbols, or “bring them into contempt or disrepute.”<p>The 8-0 ruling was a victory for the Slants, an …

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

The case for restricting hate speech

As a sociologist and legal scholar, I struggle to explain the boundaries of free speech to undergraduates. Despite the 1st Amendment—I tell my students—local, state, and federal laws limit all kinds of speech. We regulate advertising, obscenity, slander, libel, and inciting lawless action to name …

Hate Speech

Redskins are 'thrilled' by Supreme Court decision striking down law banning offensive trademarks

The Washington Redskins got some good news Monday morning when the Supreme Court ruled that an Asian American band can call itself The Slants, even though the name might offend some people.<p>That appears to mean that the Redskins also will be able to continue using their name, even though it offends …

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Supreme Court Rejects Expansion of Government-Speech Doctrine In Tam Case

The Supreme Court’s unanimous decision in <i>Matal v. Tam</i> striking down the trademark non-disparagement requirement as unconstitutional is a big victory …

Law

Should We Be Able to Reclaim a Racist Insult — as a Registered Trademark?

In late 2009, Simon Tam’s Portland-based dance-rock band was doing well — going on tours, getting press. It was time, they decided, to start taking things more seriously and file a trademark application for their name: the Slants.<p>Tam’s lawyer, Spencer Trowbridge, agreed to handle the paperwork for …

Law

Why the Slants Took a Fight Over Their Band Name to the Supreme Court

On Monday, the Supreme Court ruled that a law denying federal trademark protection to names that are deemed disparaging is unconstitutional. “It offends a bedrock First Amendment principle: Speech may not be banned on the ground that it expresses ideas that offend,” Justice Samuel Alito wrote in …

The Slants on the Power of Repurposing a Slur

My first real lesson on the power of language was at the age of 11.<p>On the basketball courts at school in San Diego, I was tormented by other students. They’d throw balls, punches, rocks and insults, while yelling “gook” and “Jap.” One day, I had enough. I threw back, “I’m a chink, get it …

Symposium: Most important free speech case in many years

<i>Hugh C. Hansen is a professor of law at Fordham University School of Law. He is the founder and director of the Fordham Conference on IP Law and</i> …

First Amendment