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Rapper/singer M.I.A. (Paper Planes) is in a big fight with the NFL. The dispute started when M.I.A. flipped the bird to the cameras during her live half-time show at the 2012 Superbowl. The NFL is pushing for $1.5 million, claiming damages to the NFL’s reputation (which its contract with M.I.A. refers to as “wholesome”). The case — it’s in arbitration pursuant to the terms of the agreement — has been…

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The Power of Technology

I am regularly amazed by the amount of computing power we carry around with us. This is especially true given that the potential for the “computing power” revolution was largely missed by many of those involved in computing as it started to grow: “Computers in the future will weigh no more than 1.5 tons.” Popular Mechanics, 1949 Or maybe 112 grams (3.95 ounces)? “There is no reason for any individual…

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Facebook Links Online with Offline

The Atlantic runs a story (citing the Financial Times) about how Facebook is working with Datalogix to link online advertising on Facebook with offline purchases by consumers: Advertisers have complained that Facebook doesn’t give them any way to see if ads lead to buying. This new partnership is their response, as it connects real-life buying with ads seen on the site. Specifically, the service links up the 70 million households…

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How do you read books?

This may be a bit of an odd question; on a blog that often focuses on law and technology, you might reasonably think that when I ask “how do you read books?” I’m asking about whether you read in electronic from — on a tablet or  e-ink reader — or on paper. But that’s not what I’m asking. Instead, I’m interested in knowing from a practical standpoint how scholars tackle…

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David Thorne Fights a Penguin

Those interested in trademark disputes may enjoy  this story (at least in the telling). David Thorne published his 2011 book “The Internet is a Playground” with Penguin Press, and it included the Penguin Press logo on its spine. His latest book, not published by Penguin, is entitled, “I’ll go Home Then; It’s Warm and Has Chairs” was originally marketed with a penguin on the cover (A penguin flipping the bird,…

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