Saturday, September 15, 2012
Friday, September 14, 2012
Anger and violence are spreading rapidly throughout the Mideast at least partly in reaction to a film trailer produced by a shadowy figure who goes by the name "Sam Basile," even as various governments act to protect U.S. Embassies in those countries after the deaths of four U.S. diplomats, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens. While Google has not removed the video from YouTube, it has tried to help defuse the situation by blocking access to the trailer in Libya and Egypt. Meanwhile, embassies of other Western nations have come under attack as well.
From the BBC: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are beginning legal action for invasion of privacy against the French edition of Closer magazine, because of its publication of photographs picturing the Duchess topless during a recent short holiday at the home of the Duke's cousin. Word comes from Clarence House, home of the Duke's father, the Prince of Wales. Closer denies that publication of the photos constitutes an invasion of privacy, insisting that the couple was "visible from the street."
French Mag Publishes "Topless" Photos; Says They're of Duchess of Cambridge; Royal Couple Alleges Invasion of Privacy
Thursday, September 13, 2012
Beef Products, Inc., of South Dakota, is suing ABC over the network's reports concerning "pink slime," the ground beef additive that has gotten a wealth of bad publicity over the past few months. The company alleges that the resulting stories have been "false and defamatory," and thus injurious to Beef Products; the company is claiming $1.2 billion in damages. It has also named three reporters, including Diane Sawyer, as defendants. ABC has responded that the allegations are "without merit. More here from NPR, CNN.
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Bernard Arnault, the CEO of LVMH, says he will sue the newspaper Liberation after it published the headline "Casse-toi riche con!" (Get lost, rich jerk!") which accompanied an article discussing his decision to apply for Belgian nationality. More here from the paper itself (in French). Critics of Mr. Arnault's decision suggest he made it to avoid paying the 75 percent tax on high wage-earners that French President Francois Hollande plans to try to impose. Mr. Arnault is worth around 41 billion dollars.
Monday, September 10, 2012
Margaret Chon, Seattle University School of Law, has published Law Professor as Artist: Themes and Variations in Keith Aoki's Intellectual Property Scholarship in volume 90 of the Oregon Law Review (2012).
This memorial tribute to the late Keith Aoki traces the impact of his intellectual property scholarship, particularly in the area of genetic resources.
Download the article from SSRN at the link.