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Unfair? Maybe. But a Fair Use. And Fun.

Regardless of what you may feel about the intent, the execution of this remix is a fantastic illustration of how copyright’s fair use doctrine enlivens free speech today:

Litigation and War

By: Andrew K. Jacobson ©2004 In his autobiography, “My American Journey,” former Joint Chief of Staff Chairman General Colin L. Powell presents several tests to determine when the nation should commit to battle. These tests eventually became known as the “Powell Doctrine.” These tests are as applicable to litigation as they are to war: Commit […]

Intellectual Property Secrets

Copyrights, Trademarks, Trade Secrets, & Patents Copyright What’s a Copyright? A Copyright gives you the right to control what happens to a work that you’ve produced. You have the right to control the copying of it (hence the term “Copyright”), but you have other rights as well. For example, you have the right to control […]

When Your Valuables are Available

When you visit a jewelry store, it is easy to see a lot of security – cameras, electronic access cards for employees, sturdy, locked cabinets that display the jewels behind solid plastic. There is no doubt there is even more security that is not visible, especially at night. Much of this security is at the […]

Document Retention Policy

It has become increasingly easy to create documents. Fifty years ago, we had to type them on the typewriters. Now we have the dubious advantage of having our own printer, computer and copier to create documents. Literally, tons of information circulate through any medium size office each year. We do not want to end up […]

Defending Trade Secret Cases: A Sprint, Not a Marathon

BY ANDREW K. JACOBSON In the swirl of allegations and facts, courts often ignore legal protections for trade secret defendants. A new client calls just after lunch. She and her new company have just been served with a summons and complaint by her former employer, and a notice for a temporary restraining order hearing tomorrow […]


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