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Posted in: Intellectual Property

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Get into the Octave-gon with the New MMA By Ken Clark and Matthew Helfand Oct 16, 2018 Last week, the White House signed into law the Music Modernization Act, bringing American copyright law further into the digital age. The MMA offers several key updates to the copyright regime in the United States. This article provides a few highlights.

Posted in: Court Decision | SLAPP

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SLAPP Fight! Ontario Court of Appeal Clarifies SLAPP Legislation By Ken Clark and Matthew Helfand Oct 10, 2018 On August 30, 2018, the Ontario Court of Appeal released six decisions involving Ontario’s anti-SLAPP legislation. The six appeals were heard together. These decisions present a roadmap of the ambit of the new anti-SLAPP law.​

Posted in: Cryptocurrency | ICO

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Tales from the Crypt(ocurrency) By Ken Clark and Matthew Helfand Oct 09, 2018 The cryptocurrency fad has started to enter the legal mainstream. Unusually, this has happened in the context of a mysterious death. In a case of a mistaken transfer of cryptocurrency tokens, the British Columbia Superior Court has ordered that the tokens be traced so that they can be returned t...

Posted in: Media | Intellectual Property | Court Decision

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Court of Appeal Sends “Stairway to Heaven” Back to Trial By Ken Clark and Brandon Carter Oct 02, 2018 On September 28, 2018, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco gave out a “whole lotta love” when it ordered a new trial in a lawsuit accusing Led Zeppelin of copying an obscure 1960s instrumental by the band Spirit for the intro to its classic 1971 rock anthem "Stairway to Heaven....