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Law News Digest – Week of May 24, 2015

5/26 Your Instagram photos may have just sold for $90k: A NY artist took Instagram photos without getting the owners’ permission, enlarged them, and added weird comments. They went up in an art exhibit and sold for $90,000 each! Generally you own the copyright to every photo you take, so did the artist infringe on Instagram users’ copyrights? Maybe not. The law allows you

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RIGHT OF THE DAY: Quickly have your scandalous photos removed from the internet

YOUR RIGHT OF THE DAY: Websites that show your* photos (or other content you own) without your permission must quickly remove them when you send them a valid “takedown notice.”1Digital Millennium Copyright Act Jennifer Lawrence and other celebrities whose photos were hacked and leaked on the internet are taking advantage of this relatively easy to use legal tool to get these photos taken down. Thanks to

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Governor signs law allowing guns to be temporarily taken from people determined to be threat

Governor Jerry Brown signed into law today a measure that allows guns to be temporarily taken from people deemed to be a threat to themselves or others due to mental instability or otherwise. The law is a response to the Isla Vista shooting rampage that occurred near the UC Santa Barbara campus back in May, during which a mentally disturbed 22 year old

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RIGHT OF THE DAY: Large money award for reporting violations of financial regulations

YOUR RIGHT OF THE DAY: You are entitled to a substantial “whistleblower award” for providing original information to the government about violations of federal financial regulations that leads to successful enforcement action where the penalties involved are over $1 million.1Section 21F(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the “Exchange Act”), 15 U.S.C. § 78u-6(b)(1), and Rule 21F-3(a) thereunder, 17 C.F.R.

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RIGHT OF THE DAY: Protection From Voter Intimidation

YOUR RIGHT OF THE DAY: You have the right to protection against people who attempt to intimidate you in your efforts to vote or to register to vote. 1U.S. Code, Title 18, Section 245 Don’t like your member of Congress? Don’t complain, vote! (OK you can vote AND complain). If you haven’t yet been bombarded by hundreds of campaign ads, you may

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New marijuana farmers market in L.A. ordered temporarily shut down

The recently opened marijuana farmers market in Boyle Heights was shut down temporarily until a judge determines whether it should be allowed or not. So who is to blame/thank for this? 1. L.A. voters who approved Proposition D in 2013 (and eligible voters who didn’t vote), which restricts where pot shops could do business and the number of them that

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To curb drought, state officials impose fines on excessive water use

California’s drought is worsening by the day and state officials are dealing with the problem by imposing stringent new restrictions on residents’ water use. To reduce the severity of the drought and promote water conservation, the state Water Resources Control Board has enacted temporary emergency rules to fine individuals who are found to be using water excessively. The fine is a maximum $500/day. This is the first time the

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Good news for beachgoers

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a law that makes it easier for beachgoers to assert their right to access all of 1,100 miles of California’s coast. Under the California Constitution, all of California’s beaches are “owned” by the public.1CA Const., art X, sec 4:”tidal lands” means up to the average high tide This means that nobody may deny access to this area, although many beachfront property owners

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