Culture

Legal Brief: Tinker v. Des Moines, 393 U.S. 503

Facts of the Case

The school heard that the kids were going to wear black armbands to school to protest the Vietnam War and passed a policy banning the armbands. The kids were suspended until the New Year. The parents filed suit in U.S. District Court which agreed with the school board, U.S. Court of Appeals were tied meaning the ruling stood forcing the parents to take it to Supreme Court.

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Culture

Legal Brief: Bethel School District v. Fraser, 478 U.S. 675

Facts of the Case

Matthew Fraser gave a speech at a school assembly that was filled with sexual innuendo, but not obscenity, prompting disciplinary action from the administration—he was suspended for three days. Continue reading

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Culture

Legal Brief: Hazelwood School District et al. v. Kuhlmeier et al., 484 U.S. 260

Facts of the Case

The principal who normally reviewed the paper prior to publication deleted two pages to remove two articles regarding teen pregnancy and divorce.

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Culture

Negotiation: Child Custody

Jane is a wife who took her husband to the cleaners in the divorce, and had a favorable finding as regards the custody of the children. There is bad blood because Tom wants more time with the kids, but she has been pretty bitchy about wanting it her way. Continue reading

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Culture

Negotiation: The Simpsons

There is bad blood between the voice actors and the Fox Network because in the beginning they were paid low salaries and these were not fairly reevaluated based on the success of the show. Fox instead haggled over contracts, let them expire and therefore the actors feel as though they have been treated unjustly, without respect and as if they were expendable (though the character of the Simpsons directly is attributed to them). Continue reading

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Technology

The RIAA is at it again…

The Recording Industry Association of America is beginning to train its legal guns on companies it believes are aiding copyright theft by allowing workers to trade free music and movies at work.

“Some of these corporations, we are told, have their own little networks that is very clearly illegal.”—RIAA President Cary Sherman

/hugs my mp3’s… how would I make it through the day without ’em?

I think it’s interesting that they don’t differentiate between people just listening to mp3’s, say off a dedicated server, versus those who use up bandwidth downloading and swapping files.

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