A recent newspaper headline grabbed my attention – “Why Do Few Take Paid Family Leave.” If it had said “Why do few take unpaid family leave,” I would certainly have understood. BUT, few taking “paid family leave!?” Why is that? The short reason – the employee’s job is not guaranteed. With that possibility, of course… Continue reading Paid Leave But No Job
As I finish reading Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson, the Supreme Court of the United States hears the appeal of the conviction on corruption charges of former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell. In Just Mercy, Bryan Stevenson describes his life’s work attempting to obtain justice for inmates on death row convicted of crimes based on questionable… Continue reading Who Gets Justice?
Today is International Woman’s Day. The origin for this Day dates back to the early 1900’s and arose in connection with protests for worker protections and the fight for woman’s suffrage. The United Nations recognized March 8 as International Woman’s Day in 1975. Check out this page for a nice chronology of the history of the… Continue reading International Woman’s Day 2016
UPDATE March 8, 2016: H.R. 2110 is languishing in committee. No update. UPDATE December 15, 2015: S. 2044 was amended by S.Amdt 2927 and passed the Senate by Unanimous Consent! The Amendments were essentially small revisions to the text to make it consistent with other laws. Now, it is up to the House Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade to… Continue reading Senate Committee Protecting Free Speech
If you have ever been to one of those loud, family restaurants, you will likely have heard some version of the well-known Happy Birthday song. The reason for all the restaurant-variations is that Warner/Chappel Music, Inc. held the copyright in the Happy Birthday song and would require a royalty before any public performance of the… Continue reading The Happy Birthday Song May be Free From Copyright (for the time being)
I love to hear legal decisions involving copyright law making their way into the mainstream news. And, Lenz v.Universal (otherwise known as the dancing baby case) is one such case. But, based on some recent radio interviews, I think the effect of the decision is being overblown. This case is not a win for every… Continue reading Let’s (not) Go Crazy
The Grand Canyon State – that is Arizona. Since the 1940’s, the standard Arizona license plate says as much When it comes to the Grand Canyon, President Theodore Roosevelt said, “… Arizona has a natural wonder which is in kind absolutely unparalleled throughout the rest of the world. I want to ask you to keep… Continue reading Grand Canyon and Trademarks