Youtube.com, a worldwide platform where anyone can post videos on the internet, has recently announced that they will launch an advertisement-free subscription service in late October 2015. Initially, it will only be available in the United States for $9.99/month.  YouTube will offer original content, including feature length films starring famous vloggers (video bloggers) such […]
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Virtual Reality (VR) is an exciting and immersing technology. Typically, a pair of high-tech goggles/headset transports the viewer into a completely fictional and often computer-generated world.  Many are anticipating that this technology will disrupt the traditional forms of entertainment, such as video games and films. How awesome would it be to feel like you’re […]
The “Happy Birthday” song is undoubtedly an idiosyncrasy in almost everyone’s childhood memories. Like the “ABC’s”, or “Itsy Bitsy Spider,” it’s likely you’ve never sought the origin of these familiar tunes. However, the origin of the “Happy Birthday” song recently found its way to the center of a class-action lawsuit between Time Warner and its […]
Imagine you have a young child, and you want to surprise them with their favorite toy based on their favorite film character. You have never watched the film yourself, so you don’t know what this toy looks like. All you have to go off of is the name of the character. You go to your […]
Surprising Cinderella I recently went to the opening night performance of Center Theatre Group’s production of Rogers and Hammerstein’s classic musical “Cinderella.” I had seen this musical before, so I went in expecting to see the standard Rogers and Hammerstein dialogue, musical numbers, and plot-line. Boy, was I wrong to expect the usual!! Douglas Carter […]
Figaro 101 Gioachino Rossini’s world famous opera, “The Barber of Seville,” stars the barber (and town handyman) Figaro. This is an opera adaptation of the first part of the Figaro Trilogy written by Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais. It is an opera buffa (comic opera) about Figaro helping an incredibly wealthy Count Almaviva marry the love […]
It’s been several years since Britney Spears’ crazy antics saturated tabloids and entertainment news, but the legal misadventures have yet to cease. In 2012, a man named Sam Lutfi, Britney’s former manager, brought suit against Spears and her parents for breach of contract, libel, and defamation. The libel and defamation claim stemmed from a memoir […]
Classic trademark cases involve two restaurants vying to use a particular look  or a celebrity complaining to a clothing company for using a name that is too close to their stage name . Trademark issues come up when the two parties are involved in industries that are “next door neighbors,” or at least “close […]
It’s a bit grim to discuss, but eventually we all leave this place. Frequent questions leading up to this inevitable departure include: How can I best take care of my family? Who will take care of my pets? To whom should I bequeath my car? And, just as important, what should I do with my […]
If you’re a fan of British chocolates like “Toffee Crisps” and “Yorkies,” I suggest you go to the shop and stock up, because you won’t be seeing them in the U.S. for much longer. In a recent deal between Let’s Buy British Imports (a.k.a. L.B.B.) and Hershey’s Company, it was decided that the U.S. will […]
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