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It’s Not Possible To Steal Facebook ‘Likes’–Mattocks v. BET
In 2008, Plaintiff Stacey Mattocks developed an (initially unofficial) Facebook page focusing on “The Game,” a television series initially aired on CW and later acquired by BET. In 2010, BET contacted Mattocks and hired her as a part-time worker, paying her $30 per hour. Her duties...
IP Analogy to Physical Property (in Architecture)
An interesting note in a 7th Circuit case, M. Arthur Gensler, Jr. & Assocs., Inc. v. Strabala shows how judges are continuing to apply the standards of physical property to intellectual property. In this case a dispute arose over the authorship (if you will) of a building. The Seventh ruled that...
Examination of Myriad-Mayo Guidance Comments -- AUTM, COGR, AAU, and APLU
By Donald Zuhn -- On March 4, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office issued a guidance memorandum, entitled "Guidance For Determining Subject Matter Eligibility Of Claims Reciting Or Involving Laws of Nature, Natural Phenomena, & Natural Products" (or "Myriad-Mayo...
Coding with EFF
We at EFF are always excited to unveil new ways for our technically skilled community to help expand and defend our rights online. And time and again our members demonstrate an unbelievable drive and ability to take action in truly game-changing ways. Look at what...

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Chinese Court Acquits Man of Murder in Rare Admission of Error
When is a wrongful conviction a sign of progress? When it's the legal system of China, where courts rarely acknowledge or correct miscarriages of justice.
I found a metaphor in the garden by the front steps.
The shed skin of a cicada : In China, the phrase "to shed off the golden cicada skin"(金蝉脱壳, pinyin: jīnchán tuōqiào) is the poetic name of the tactic of using deception to escape danger, specifically of using decoys (leaving the old shell) to fool enemies. It became one of the 36 classic...
Are Mozzarella Sticks The Next McDonald’s Dollar Menu Item?
More on East Carolina Admin's decision to not extend a visiting offer to McGinn
The earlier thread generated some interesting, substantive discussion. I'll highlight three comments that made what I thought were noteworthy points. From Christian Munthe: What Hilde points out is not that evidence has been discounted by anyone. What she is quoted...
Boston attack on Padma Lakshmi and crew
If done by anyone other than unionists, this would by now be a trending national story : The Teamsters picketers were already mad. By the time Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi’s car pulled up to the Steel & Rye restaurant in the picturesque New England town of Milton just outside...

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