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What Should You Do If You Want to Create Street Art? [Video]

  Street art is part of the culture in many cities. It ranges from common graffiti sprayed by vandals, to beautiful public art commissioned by building owners and cities, to advertising paid for by corporations. In a video report, Lawyers.com Editor-in-Chief Larry Bodine discusses a wide range of street art and the legal issues that often arise. About 80% of graffiti is “tagger” graffiti, sprayed on walls by suburban teenagers, according to Keep America Beautiful. Kids do it for fame, …

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Artist Flames Protest with Smokey the Bear [Video]

  If you’re of a certain age, you know the image of Smokey the Bear, and the message he delivered: “Only YOU can prevent forest fires!” But Lawyers.com videojournalist Ed Alpern reports when Brooklyn activist and artist, Lopi LaRoe, became involved in protesting hydraulic fracturing (also known as fracking) on federal lands, she envisioned Smokey in another way. She created a banner where Smokey said, “Only YOU can prevent faucet fires!” The image spread like wildfire on the Internet. A …

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Posted 2 years ago in Consumer Law by Aaron Kase  
FTC Can Sue Big Pharma for Pay to Delay, Supreme Court Rules

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has the right to sue when big pharmaceutical companies pay smaller firms to keep generic drugs off the market, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled today. In FTC v. Actavia, the justices issued a 5-3 decision reversing an 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that blocked a lawsuit because the drug company had a patent on the drug in question. Generic companies often challenge questionable patents held by name-brand drug producers, to which a common …

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Posted 2 years ago in Podcasts by Matt Plessner  
Company Fights to Patent the Human Gene [Podcast]

  U.S. Supreme Court To Decide if Companies Can Patent DNA Myriad Genetics has isolated a human DNA sequence used for tests to detect whether women are at a higher risk for breast or ovarian cancer. The Salt Lake City, Utah, company holds patents on two isolated genes, which gives it a monopoly on these tests. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Patent Protection Foundation assert companies should not be able to patent human genes, which occur in …

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Posted 2 years ago in Internet Law by Aaron Kase  
It’s Illegal to Resell iTunes Songs Online, Court Rules

Digital music cannot be sold secondhand over the Internet, even if the seller deletes the original file, a federal judge ruled last week. The precedent-setting decision handed down by a district court in New York has implications for other digital goods like books and movies as well. “Courts have not previously addressed whether the unauthorized transfer of a digital music file over the Internet – where only one file exists before and after the transfer – constitutes reproduction within the …

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