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Jury Decides Village People ‘Y.M.C.A.’ Songwriter Has 50 Percent Song Share

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Village People singer-songwriter Victor Willis has finally prevailed in reclaiming 50 percent of the copyright to many of the group’s songs, including “Y.M.C.A.”

For four years, Willis has been in a legal battle that has been closely followed in the music industry because it dealt with a portion of copyright law that allows authors to terminate copyright grants. When Congress amended copyright to permit this in the mid-1970s, it was done with an eye on giving authors 35 years hence the benefit of the latter portions of a newly extended term. Ever since, many studios, record companies and publishers have braced themselves for the eventual fallout.

As songwriters such as Bob

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Luke Wilson Accuses Ex-Assistant of Perpetrating Identity Theft

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Old School actor Luke Wilson says his former assistant Charles Lodi took advantage of his position to make unauthorized purchases on his credit cards amounting to $90,000 as well as robbing him of more than $75,000 dollars in personal property.

According to a lawsuit filed in California on Thursday, the actor’s production company hired Lodi in 2011 to run various errands, and he was rewarded with compensation as well as living free-of-charge in housing provided by Wilson.

“Wilson trusted Mr. Lodi as his friend, and believed Mr. Lodi had his best interest at heart,” states the complaint. “Because Defendant’s duties as Mr. Wilson’s personal assistant required Mr. Lodi to make purchases on Mr.

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Oprah Winfrey Wins Tough Trademark Fight Over "Own Your Power"

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Oprah Winfrey has vindicated her legal might, prevailing in a topsy-turvy case that alleged that she had violated a motivational entrepreneur’s hold over “Own Your Power” through use of the phrase on the cover of OThe Oprah Magazine, at a magazine-related event, on social media accounts and on her TV show.

Simone Kelly-Brown filed the lawsuit in 2011, proclaiming a registered trademark for 15 years. The following year, the plaintiff’s lawsuit was tossed by a federal judge upon a ruling that Winfrey had a fair use right to descriptively label her magazine. A year later, the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals revived the dispute with

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Calling All Men in NYC to Attend The Root’s manCODE Event

With only men in the room, it’s a chance for black men to talk openly with one another about how to strive to embrace the diversity within our collective and to be better husbands, partners, friends, leaders and builders of our community. The evening promises to be lively, thought-provoking and memorable.

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What Empire Gets Wrong (and Right) About Bipolar Disorder

The character pretty much exemplifies every worst-case bipolar scenario. It’s like a story about one character with lung cancer, breast cancer, skin cancer, colon cancer, etc. It’s exaggerated and not relatable. Do you know anyone who acts like Andre? If Andre was over-the-top with elation for a while and then sunk into the kind of depression where Rhonda had to drag him to a meeting, I’d buy it. The show’s time line can only do so much, but I’d like Rhonda or someone to mention how sometimes he’s so grandiose, overconfident and extremely goal-driven that it seems a bit much. Instead of him literally bouncing off the walls, I’d like to see a point when Andre’s energy dwindles, he starts to worry more, withdraw socially and lose interest in things. Vernon could take him to task for no longer caring about

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5 Things You Should Know About Selma

5. The Selma movement helped give birth to the Black Panther Party. At the end of the march from Selma to Montgomery, Ala., 23-year-old SNCC activist Stokely Carmichael decided to head to Lowndes County, Ala.—where 80 percent of the population was black but where there were zero black registered voters—to build a new political party. He formed the Lowndes County Freedom Organization, which used the black panther as its symbol. In October 1966, Carmichael, who was now head of SNCC and a leading voice of the black power movement, was a keynote speaker at a conference in Berkeley, Calif. In attendance were Huey P. Newton and Bobby Seale, who would adopt the black-panther logo of the LCFO for a new organization they were forming in Oakland, Calif.

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Can Attorneys Practice Law in Any State?

With travel between states simplified by the advent of cars, trains, and airplanes, many people find themselves embroiled in legal matters away from their home state. A common question that FindLaw gets from our readers is whether an attorney can practice in any state.

The simple answer is no: Attorneys must be admitted to the bar in each state they wish to practice in. However, legal answers are rarely so simple, and indeed, there are exceptions that would allow an attorney from one state to practice in another state.

So, how do you know if you need an in-state attorney or an out-of-state attorney for your out-of state case?

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Louis C.K. Loses Lawsuit Against Union Health, Pension Plans

A federal judge has ruled that actor/comedian Louis C.K. failed to pay health and pension contributions related to his work on his TV show “Louie.”

Those payments were supposed to go from Louis C.K. (the producer) to three motion-picture industry health and retirement benefit plans on behalf of Louis C.K. (the editor).

Because Louis C.K. wears so many hats to make “Louie,” the circumstances are a bit convoluted. So let’s see if we can suss out what’s going on here, legally speaking.

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Marqise Lee Sues Lloyd’s of London Over Unpaid Disability Insurance

This page contains a single entry by Christopher Coble, Esq. published on March 6, 2015 3:30 PM.

Proud Dad Curt Schilling ‘Sons’ Twitter Trolls; Could Charges Follow? was the previous entry in this blog.

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These Mass. tech companies are encouraging the Supreme Court to back gay marriage



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Akamai Technologies was one of two Massachusetts-based technology companies that signed to a friend-of-the-court brief urging

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