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Monthly Archives: March 2012

How to Control E-Discovery Costs

Posted in Technology
The costs of e-discovery continue to rise as companies and individuals compile more and more data in this past-faced digital world.  Every case, small and large, can benefit from an e-discovery lifecycle plan.  Although each case must be analyzed separately and there is not a one-size-fits-all approach that will make sense for every matter, at … Continue Reading

Transfer of Copyright by Email

Posted in Copyright
Creators of copyrightable works (and their lawyers) tend to think of the transfer of Copyright as a solemn and formal event.  This is partly due to custom and partly to the requirement in 17 U.S.C. 204, which states that “A transfer of copyright ownership, other than by operation of law, is not valid unless an … Continue Reading

Spotlight on CMS’s Stage 2 Meaningful Use Requirements

Posted in Privacy
The Stage 2 Meaningful Use requirements recently proposed by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) as part of the Medicare and Medicaid incentive programs to expand the use of Electronic Health Record (“EHRs”) maintain the same core and menu structure as the Stage 1 criteria. The proposed rule, however, gives providers an additional … Continue Reading

When Does “Fair Use” Stop Being Fair? Scientific Journals take on Patent Lawyers

Posted in Copyright, Patent
Patent lawyers are in the crosshairs of some scientific journal publishers for alleged copyright infringement. In recently filed lawsuits, publisher John Wiley & Sons and the American Institute of Physicists claimed that lawyers and their Chicago-and Minneapolis-based law firms had wrongfully copied journal articles.  The plaintiffs made good on their threats to pursue lawyers who … Continue Reading

Losing Hope: Artist of Obama Poster Pleads Guilty

Posted in Copyright
On Friday, February 24, Shepard Fairey pled guilty to the misdemeanor charge of criminal contempt for destroying and altering documents in his civil lawsuit against The Associated Press.  Fairey filed a declaratory action against the AP in 2009, seeking an order declaring that he did not infringe the AP’s copyright in a photograph of Barack … Continue Reading