Is the MMA Unconstitutional? Eminem’s Publisher Sues Spotify

Spotify has come under fire again for allegations that it did not secure the proper licensing rights from popular rap artist Eminem before streaming his songs billions of times. The music publisher claims the Music Modernization Act (MMA) is unconstitutional. 

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“Stairway To Heaven” Leads Court Finding Copyright Protection Didn't Extend to Performance Elements

Since 2015, the Led Zeppelin band and estate of Randy Wolfe, late singer of the band Spirit, have been embroiled in a copyright lawsuit over “Stairway to Heaven.”  The wrinkle in the case comes from issue of whether or not the copyright protection of the sheet music of “Taurus” extends to performance elements of “Taurus” not specifically registered with the United States Copyright Office. 

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GDPR-lite? California Adopts Stringent CCPA to Protect Consumers

In 2018, California passed the California Consumer Privacy Act (“CCPA”), slated to take effect the first day of 2020. The CCPA, with protections so similar to the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) that it is known to many as “GDPR-lite,” regulates data breaches and consumers’ privacy.

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Philadelphia Bar, The Jacks NYB, Seeks Play Gloria! Trademark Rights

A Philadelphia bar is seeking to trademark ‘PLAY GLORIA’ and use it in connection with the sale of apparel and merchandise emblazoned with the mark, claiming first use and creation of the connection of use with the mark in support of the St. Louis Blues hockey team that used Laura Branigan’s 1982 song “Gloria” throughout their Stanley Cup championship series.

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Federal Court Rules Amazon Can Be Held Liable for Third Party Sellers’ Products

A federal court passed down a blockbuster ruling, holding that e-commerce giant Amazon can be held liable for third party sellers’ products, effectively allowing Amazon to be held liable for defective products sold by third party vendors via the Amazon marketplace.

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Texas Justice — Legal consequences for licking a container of Blue Bell ice cream (before it’s purchased!)

A video of someone licking a tub of Blue Bell ice cream and returning it to a store shelf soon went viral. Beware the legal consequences of intentionally tampering with a consumer product, knowing that the consumer product will be offered for sale to the public or as a gift to another.

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Aggression Detectors: Sacrificing Public Privacy Expectations for Public Safety?

Tech companies and leaders in audio monitoring systems have created aggression detector surveillance technology systems as an alternative to typical video monitoring, to monitor auditory interactions between people and perceive when a conversation is escalating to potential violence, triggering an alert.

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