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Finding the Right Environmental Lawyer for You: How to Choose the Best Fit for Your Needs

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Environment law is one of the fastest-growing areas of legal practice, with specialist firms and boutiques rubbing shoulders with Big Law practices with teams of lawyers handling this increasingly important legal area. The number of firms handling environmental law continues to grow, as the US News ‘Best Law Firms’ list indicates. In recent years there …

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The ‘Metaverse’ – Why Lawyers Are Drawn to the Seductive Metaverse

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Reed Smith release their Metaverse White Paper On The Technology Transforming How We Connect If there is anything we have learned from the global pandemic, it is that people crave connection. This has made the concept of a global metaverse attractive, with the capacity to transform the way we work, play and socialize. While the …

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Movie Contracts: Are ‘Morality Clauses’ Making a Comeback in the Wake of #Metoo?

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Kelley Drye & Warren –  Morality clauses, or morals clauses, are making a comeback in the age of the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements. A sample morality clause in an actor talent agreement may read as follows: Artist shall act at all times with due regard to public morals, conventions and Studio policies. If Artist …

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Supreme Court to Decide Future of Sports Betting

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Wilmer Hale – The Supreme Court’s forthcoming decision in Christie v. National Collegiate Athletic Association (Nos. 16-476, 16-477) will have profound implications for sports betting in the United States and will potentially open the door to such betting in tribal casinos across the country. The case presents New Jersey’s challenge to the constitutionality of the …

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When Artificial Intelligence Can Play Havoc With Manipulated Video Images

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Pillsbury – Recent developments in deep learning artificial intelligence have enabled almost anyone to superimpose facial features—including an entirely different face—into a preexisting video with relatively minimal effort. Until very recently, editing facial features in a video has been incredibly difficult. Even movie studios with access to professional video editing tools have struggled with the …

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Spotify’s $1.6 Billion Lawsuit Problem

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McKee, Voorhees & Sease, P.L.C.- Spotify has a growing copyright problem and as previously discussed on this blog (here and here) they are no stranger to copyright infringement lawsuits. Wixen Music Publishing Inc. recently filed a complaint seeking $1.6 billion in damages alleging copyright infringement. On December 29th, Wixen filed suit in California federal court …

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What Lessons Can Be Learned from FinCEN’s Latest Enforcement Action in the Gaming Industry?

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Blank Rome – Licensed gaming and other entities required to comply with the Bank Secrecy Act should be aware of this recent FinCEN enforcement action, and they must ensure that their compliance programs address the lessons outlined in this Alert. Background On October 3, 2016, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCEN”) assessed a civil monetary …

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Is the Recent Decision Affecting the FTC a “Win for the Internet” or Not?

Is the Recent Decision Affecting the FTC a "Win for the Internet" or Not? 14

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman  – In our recent post, Living in a Nonmaterial World: Determining IP Rights for Digital Data, we discussed the potential impact of the Federal Circuit decision in ClearCorrect v. ITC, 2014-1527, in which the appeals court held that the “articles that infringe” are limited to “material things” and thus do not …

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“Star Wars”: The Empire Sues Back

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Foley Hoag, David Kluft* – Haven’t seen the new Star Wars movie yet? The pop culture zeitgeist recommends that you binge-watch all six of the prior Star Wars movies before going to see Episode VII, The Force Awakens and, according to the Washington Post, there is some controversy about the proper binge-watching order. Should you watch them …

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