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Why Dr. Luke’s Defamation Lawsuit Against Kesha Is Raising First Amendment Concerns

In 2014, Kesha (Kesha Rose Serbert) filed a civil lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court, accusing music producer “Dr. Luke” Gottwald of sexually, physically, and emotionally abusing her during their professional relationship. Kesha’s lawsuit alleged: “Ms. Sebert took the pills and woke up the following afternoon, naked in Dr. Luke’s bed, sore and sick, with no memory of how she got there.  Ms. Sebert immediately called......
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Can a 69-year-old Dutchman Legally Change his Age to 49?

Dutch TV personality and positivity guru Emile Ratelband thinks age is just a number. He’s 69 years old but has petitioned a court in the central city of Arnhem, Netherlands to permit to legally change his age to 49. Doctors told him he has the body of a younger man. Ratelband said he wants to avoid age discrimination in society — especially on dating websites.......
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Fact or Fiction: The European Court of Human Rights Upheld a Woman’s Conviction for Insulting the Prophet Muhammed

This is fact! The European Court of Human Rights, Europe’s highest human rights court, just upheld a 2011 verdict by an Austrian court that fined an unnamed woman who gave seminars in which she described the marriage between the Prophet Muhammed and a six-year-old named Aisha as “pedophilia”. It is reported that during the seminars the woman said, “Muhammad liked to do it with children.” “A......
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Fact or Fiction: Prosecutors Can Indict the DNA Profiles of Unidentified Suspects

This is a fact! In order to avoid the statute of limitations prosecutors have brought indictments against anonymous DNA profiles! Recently prosecutors in Wisconsin filed a felony charge against the DNA profile of an unidentified man believed to have sent a threatening letter to a judge. The DNA was obtained from a 9-cent stamp (these were last sold in 1975!) used to send  the threatening......
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Fact or Fiction: Artists and authors can reclaim licenses to their work after 35 years

This is fact! Even if an artist or author signed agreements that transferred all rights to their music label or publisher, a federal law allows the artist to reclaim the copyright after a certain number of years. See 17 U.S.C. § 203. The Copyright Act of 1976 allows recording artists and songwriters the right to claw back rights to copyrighted work 35 years after creation? This so-called “termination......
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Fact or Fiction: Doxing Someone Can Get You Arrested.

This is a fact! Doxing can refer to a broad array of conduct, but its essence is publishing private information about a person, such as home address, employment location, cell phone numbers, etc, usually out of a sense of revenge or social justice. The term comes from the abbreviation “docs” (for “documents”) and refers to compiling and releasing a dossier of personal information on someone.......
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Can Wearable Devices Help Police Solve Murders?

Just recently in San Jose, California, 90-year old Tony Aiello was arrested on suspicion of murdering his 67-year-old stepdaughter, Karen Navarra, who was wearing a Fitbit when she died. The victim was discovered in her home, slumped over in a chair, clutching a large kitchen knife with a “gaping” slit to her neck. The scene appeared to be staged to look like a suicide. After......
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Is Facebook Responsible for Its Users’ Discriminatory Ads?

Facebook is free for its 2.2 billion active users, and is sustained on ad revenue. Its worldwide ad revenue was over $33 billion in 2018, with almost $15 billion generated in the U.S. Advertisers love the extensive ad targeting options available on Facebook, which allow advertises to zero in on target demographics. But the same options are getting Facebook into legal trouble. In 2016 and......
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Why CBS’ Leslie Moonves Could Get $120 Million in Severance

Despite being fired as Chairman and CEO of CBS due to at least twelve accusations of sexual misconduct, including assault, Leslie Moonves could still walk away with a $120 million severance. This is because CBS reached a settlement with Moonves pending its internal investigation. The claims include that Moonves forced them to perform oral sex on him, that he exposed himself to them without their......
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Do Banks Have to Know Your Citizenship Status?

A Kansas couple says Bank of America blocked access to their bank account after they ignored a form demanding proof of citizenship from the husband, who was born and raised in Kansas. The couple thought the letter was spam. The account was unfrozen after he supplied a driver’s license at a branch. Dan Hernandez, a television writer of Cuban heritage who owns a company called “Cuban Missile,” said......
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