LEGAL THOUGHTS

This blog contains our personal opinions on legal topics that interest us.

June 15, 2020

Starting on January 1, 2020, copyrighted works in the US started to enter the public domain.  The public domain refers to materials that are no longer protected by intellectual property laws such as copyright.  These works are now owned by the public and anyone can use...

June 8, 2020

The general rule is that a contract is freely assignable unless it is (1) for a personal service or (2) against public policy.  Parties incorporate assignment clauses because they want to be notified about a change in the relationship and they want an opportunity to de...

June 1, 2020

Hiding in plain sight.  Found on the streets of Boston.

May 25, 2020

In Europe, you see it everywhere.  A marking on a glass or beverage container showing a particular volume or measure.  You also see a Conformité Européenne (CE) Mark on the beverage container.

It turns out that CE Marking if required by law if the beverage containe...

May 21, 2020

Student loan debt hit $1.41 trillion in 2019 (see Investopedia link).  The average loan debt per borrower hit $35,359 in 2018.  The average loan debt however masks the amount of debt carried by borrowers seeking graduate degrees.

You would assume student loan debt...

May 18, 2020

Anyone wants some ice tea (with some CBD)?  Available in Switzerland.

May 11, 2020

I found this writing on a bar window in Reykjavik Iceland.

May 1, 2020

On April 27, 2020, the US Supreme Court held that the State of Georgia's Official Code Annotated is not copyrightable (see Georgia v. Public.Resource.Org, Inc., No. 18-1150 (Sup. Ct) hosted on Mega.nz).

The Annotated Code includes not only the laws but also annotation...

April 27, 2020

Life imitating art.  Found in Switzerland.

April 23, 2020

As I discussed in earlier posts, the GDPR and various guidance documents from regulators state that the default for website cookies should not be "on".  

I was in Austria when I visited the Cnet.com website.  Cnet is owned by CBS.  CBS isn't a small business and sh...

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