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LA Rams Move Changes Stadium Financing

Does the Rams’ Move to Los Angeles Signal the Beginning of a New Era of NFL Stadium Financing? On January 12th, the NFL owners voted to allow the St. Louis Rams to relocate to Los Angeles, thus ending the NFL’s 21-year drought in the City of Angels. More importantly, this move to Los Angeles signaled…

MLS Antitrust

Start of Free Agency Presents A Potential Danger to MLS’s Antitrust Status In less than one month, the 2015 Major League Soccer (MLS) Cup will take place and bring the 20th season of America’s top-flight soccer league to a close. The Cup also kicks off a hectic three-month offseason for player movement, which for the…

Myth and Reality: Trying to Make Sense of Conflicts between College Athletes and the College Sports Establishment

A small but aggressive movement against the National Collegiate Athletic Association (N.C.A.A.) and its Division I member universities has received two judicial body blows in the last four months. The recent decisions reveal a fierce and seemingly insurmountable disagreement around whether or not college athletes deserve to be paid. They also show how the conflict…

Streaming in the Modern Age of Technology

On Demand streaming services provide traditional copyright owners, such as broadcasters, the possibility of offering targeted content to an increasingly broad audience.  However, at the same time, such copyright owners are under threat of copyright infringement.  Since these services have been offered, there have been a broad and growing range of copyright infringements with unlawful…

Presidential Candidates Rockin’ In The Free World Should Not Be Free

This article deals with the lawful usage of music in political campaigns, a hot topic affecting the United States music industry. Recently, presidential candidate Donald Trump used lyrics from Canadian singer Neil Young’s “Rockin’ in the Free World”, fueling the debate to the extent that ASCAP has intervened and issued guidelines to tackle the issue….

The Estate of Marilyn Monroe: A New Win for Celebrity Trademarks

Since Marilyn Monroe’s mysterious death, her estate (Monroe Estate) has fought aggressively to protect its intellectual property rights. Despite denial of post-mortem publicity rights in California, the Monroe Estate has continued to litigate in other jurisdictions. Recently, the US District Court for the Southern District of New York held that the Monroe Estate could proceed…

Yelp’s Battle against Star Sellers

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What are you really agreeing to when you log in to your favorite website? Most of us simply click through the various Terms of Service agreements without a second thought and, in most instances, there is no cause for concern. But a recent lawsuit filed by Yelp, Inc., raises interesting questions about how we, as…