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By Tyler Lacey Convicted Murderer Demands that Wikipedia Remove His Name from Victim’s Article On November 11, Wired reported that a convicted murderer in Germany has issued a cease-and-desist letter demanding that Wikipedia remove his name from his victim’s Wikipedia article. Wolfgang Werle murdered Bavarian actor Walter Sadlmayr in 1990, and was released on parole in 2007. The letter demands legal fees and compensation for “emotional suffering” caused by the publication of Werle’s name in connection with the murder since ... Read More...
Posted On Nov - 14 - 2009 Comments Off READ FULL POST
Constitutional Challenge to Gene Patents Survives Motion to Dismiss By Davis Doherty – Edited by Jad Mills Assn. for Molecular Pathology, et al. v. USPTO, et al., Case no. 09-CV-4514 (S.D.N.Y. Nov. 2, 2009) Slip Opinion (hosted by Patent Baristas) The United States District Court for the Southern District of New York denied defendants’ motion to dismiss plaintiffs’ claim that patents on a human gene violate the First Amendment and Article I of the Constitution for jurisdictional issues, lack of standing, ... Read More...
Posted On Nov - 10 - 2009 Comments Off READ FULL POST
Ninth Circuit Adopts National Obscenity Standard in Adult Website Spam Case By Ian B. Brooks – Edited by Alissa Del Riego United States v. Kilbride, No. 07-10528 (9th Cir. Oct. 28, 2009) Opinion The Ninth Circuit has affirmed the District Court for the District of Arizona, which had convicted and sentenced defendants Jeffery Kilbride and James Schaffer of transporting obscene materials for sale. The Ninth Circuit held that a national community standard “must be applied in regulating obscene speech on ... Read More...
Posted On Nov - 2 - 2009 Comments Off READ FULL POST
By Tyler Lacey Gamer Appeals Ban from Sony’s Playstation 3 Network On September 22, 2009, the United States District Court for the Northern District of California dismissed Erik Estavillo’s lawsuit against Sony. Fox40.com reports that Estavillo was banned from Sony’s Playstation 3 Network after allegedly uttering “racial and homophobic slurs to other online gamers.” Estavillo alleged that his freedom of expression was abridged, and likened Sony’s network to a company town. The district court dismissed Estavillo’s First Amendment claims, stating: ... Read More...
Posted On Oct - 31 - 2009 Comments Off READ FULL POST
Back to Drawing Board for Pa. State Legislature in Protecting Trademark Holders By Brittany Blueitt – Edited by Stephanie Weiner Commonwealth of Pennsylvania v. Omar, No. J-162A-B-2008 (Pa. Oct. 5, 2009) Majority Opinion (Baer, J.) Concurring Opinion (Castille, J.) Dissenting Opinion (Eakin, J.) Dissenting Opinion (Greenspan, J.) On October 5, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania affirmed two consolidated Centre County Court of Common Pleas decisions dismissing criminal trademark counterfeiting charges on the ground that Pennsylvania’s Trademark Counterfeiting Statute, 18 Pa. ... Read More...
Posted On Oct - 16 - 2009 Comments Off READ FULL POST
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