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Defamation, Celebrities, and the Internet

By the very nature of their positions, celebrities in both the sports and entertainment spheres generate significant public attention and discussion.

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Kickstarting Litigation: What is the Future of Crowdfunded Films?

On April 12, 2013, The Veronica Mars Movie project broke fund raising records, with 91,585 backers pledging a total of $5,702,153. The catch? The film was funded on the crowdfunding website, Kickstarter.

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The NFL and Super Bowl Ticket Prices (Finkelman v. NFL)

A few weeks ago, Josh Finkelman sat in the upper decks of MetLife Stadium watching the Seattle Seahawks defeat the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII. The price for those nosebleed seats? $4,000 for two tickets.

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Macklemore and the Fear of the Minstrel Show

The trajectory of Macklemore and Ryan Lewis (“Macklemore”) is where the complexity of the race in music debate begins.

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“Unsportsmanlike” Conduct and That Richard Sherman Interview

Richard Sherman, star defensive back for the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks, has received severe public criticism for his comments in the immediate aftermath of his team’s victory over the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship Game this past Sunday.

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FCC Unanimously Removes Football Blackout Rule

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Green Bay Packer fans might be able to breathe a little easier about watching Packers’ playoff games from their homes this winer. According to a story from the Hollywood Reporter, the Federal Communications Commission unanimously chose to remove the football blackout rule, which allows the NFL to blackout local games from television if not enough tickets are […]

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Marvel and Kirby Settle

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Deadline reports that Marvel settled with the heirs of famed comic book artist Jack Kirby last Friday, precluding the Supreme Court from taking the case and examining the issue of works made for hire. Kirby is the creator of many of the original Marvel Comics including Spider-Man, Captain America, and Iron Man. In 2009, his descendants issued […]

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Peterson Seeks Expedited Criminal Trial

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The NFL has recently incurred a large public backlash due to the arrests of high profile running backs Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson. Following an indictment on a charge of reckless or negligent injury to a child, the Minnesota Vikings deactivated Peterson for their Week 2 matchup with the New England Patriots. After the game […]

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New Copyright Ruling for Pre-1972 Sound Recordings

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On Monday, the California district court found SiriusXM liable for its failure to pay royalties to 1960s band, the Turtles […]

NCAA, O’Bannon Seek Expedited Hearing

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This summer was abuzz with concerns about the viability of  the current understanding of a student-athlete. It began with the […]

Celebrity Photo Leak and Prior Restraints

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In light of the nude photos of celebrities, such as Jennifer Lawrence and Kate Upton, leaked last month, there is […]

University’s Attorney-Client Privilege Survives Basketball Coach’s Disclosure

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In a whistleblower suit brought by a former athletic director, a New Jersey Appellate court recently held that a basketball […]

NCAA Football: Why the Big Guys Pay Their Little Brothers to Play

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There is no question as to why the University of Michigan or the University of Alabama would pay an Appalachian […]