On Monday, the family of Robin Williams gathers in a San Francisco courtroom in a quarrel over how to divide personal property such as jewelry and memorabilia. Unfortunately, the dispute overshadows one of the more innovative aspects of Robin Williams’ estate planning, which just might become a model for other celebrities preparing for their demise. After all, one thing his wife Susan and children Zachary, Zelda and Cody won’t be discussing in court is intangible property like the late actor’s right of publicity.
Robin Williams Remembered by Critics,
Has “Operation Goliath” backfired for the MPAA?
On Friday, a Mississippi federal judge handed Google some good news by not only granting the web giant’s motion for a preliminary injunction against Jim Hood, the state attorney general, but also finding that it is likely that “editorial judgment as to [Google’s] search results is constitutionally protected.”
As revealed by the Sony hack, the MPAA worked with leading law enforcement officials like Hood to get tough on Google, often blamed by the film studios for contributing to copyright infringement by allowing links to pirate sites or not adopting stronger filters for YouTube.
Although a bit of strong-arming may or
Now in its eighth year, the long-running litigation over whether Jay Z rightfully sampled an Egyptian tune in his hit single “Big Pimpin'” is getting closer to resolution. With the trial scheduled for Oct. 13, the judge on Monday indicated she’d likely deny Osama Ahmed Fahmy‘s motion for summary judgment against the rapper.
Could Pharrell’s ‘Happy’ Be the Next Target of a Copyright Lawsuit?
Fahmy’s lawsuit centers on the composition “Khosara, Khosara” from the 1960 Egyptian film Fata ahlami, which Jay Z and Timbaland (who is a co-defendant) turned
So now the big question comes to mind: Who will be cast as Dorothy Gale? Personally, I’d like to see the role go to someone like Janelle Monáe, for the obvious reasons. She can sing, dance and act. Glinda, the Good Witch of the South? I’m going for Phylicia Rashad. The Evil Witch? Let’s give the role to Mo’Nique. I can see Usher in Michael Jackson’s Scarecrow character. I also think Tituss Burgess, who currently appears on Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, would make a perfect Cowardly Lion. Donald Glover I see as the Tin Man, and Joe Morton or Dennis Haysbert as the Wizard.
Anderegg tried to wake the woman by banging on the window as cars whizzed by, but she didn’t move, authorities said. Anderegg called 911 and police arrived on the scene. California Highway Patrol Officer Sergio Flores can be seen on the video banging on the woman’s window trying to get her to wake up. Finally, CHP Officer Jake Sanchez uses his flashlight to break the window, which rouses the woman, identified as Amber Dlaine McKinney Morgan. She takes her foot off the brake and the car rolls a few feet before she puts the car in park.
After retrieving the plane’s black box, investigators believe that
the plane’s co-pilot, Andreas Lubitz, locked himself in the cockpit
alone and deliberately flew the plane into the mountainside.
Despite the many questions still unanswered by the investigation, one question rings clear. Who is going to pay, and how much?
Montreal Convention of 1999
The Montreal Convention of 1999 (MC99) is a treaty among 111 countries that regulates carrier liability and compensation to victims to airplane crashes. Under MC99, carriers, or airplane companies, are strictly liable for the deaths or injury of passengers. Victims’ families can claim up to 113,100 special drawing rights, which right now equal about $175,000.
MC99 only applies to the passengers. So, the airline