Archive for April, 2012

posted by shelly on Apr 30

Tired of having your videos blocked by copyright claims by Warner Music Group (WMG)? This video describes how to dispute the copyright claim and have videos restored that are blocked by YouTube’s automated Content ID system. It also provides a basic introduction to the principles of “fair use” and describes how to tell if your video qualifies for this exception to copyright law, even if you do use some copyrighted material in your video. To learn more, please visit fairusetube.org After being frequently asked how I managed to keep my videos from being blocked by copyright claims by Warner Music Group, I decided to start a website devoted to describing how to deal with copyright problems on YouTube and similar user generated video sites – http This video marks the official launch of that site, which provides a detailed Guide to YouTube Copyright Removals, instructions for disputing copyright claims on YouTube and other user generated video sites, and links to valuable resources for learning about copyright and fair use law online. NOTE: This video only describes the process for disputing videos block by YouTube’s automated Content ID system. For videos that are blocked by DMCA takedown notices, you have to file a DMCA counter-notification to get the video restored. This video is not legal advice and is no substitute for consulting a qualified attorney. Here is the fair use rationale I used if you want to cut and paste it: “This video is fair use under US copyright law

posted by shelly on Apr 30

Few legal scholars have blown as many minds and had the tangible impact that Richard Epstein has managed. His 1985 volume, Takings: Private Property and the Power of Eminent Domain is a case in point. Epstein made the hugely controversial argument that regulations and other government actions such as environmental regulations that substantially limit the use of or decrease the value of property should be thought of as a form of eminent domain and thus strictly limited by the Constitution. The immediate result was a firestorm of outrage followed by an acknowledgment that the guy was onto something. As Epstein told Reason in a 1995 interview, “I took some pride in the fact that [Sen.] Joe Biden (D-Del.) held a copy of Takings up to a hapless Clarence Thomas back in 1991 and said that anyone who believes what’s in this book is certifiably unqualified to sit in on the Supreme Court. That’s a compliment of sorts…. But I took even more pride in the fact that, during the Breyer hearings [in 199X], there were no such theatrics, even as the nominee was constantly questioned on whether he agreed with the Epstein position on deregulation as if that position could not be held by responsible people.” Born in New York in 1943, Epstein splits faculty appointments at the University of Chicago and New York University; he’s also a senior fellow at Stanford’s Hoover Institution, an adjunct scholar at the Cato Institute, and a contributor to Reason. In books such as Forbidden Grounds: The
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Dan Rather Reports on HAMP (Home Affordable Modification Program) - Brookstone Law

Dan Rather investigates the HAMP government program that is designed to help homeowners, but instead may be helping banks make money while driving some borrowers into foreclosure. For more information visit www.BrookstoneLaw.com
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posted by shelly on Apr 30

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posted by shelly on Apr 29

Question by Traveling Bard: Does the lemon law apply to used cars?
Hey, I bought this car about 7 months ago from a used car dealership and I’ve got to drive it maybe 5 months it is still under warranty for the power train. Well It’s been in the shop four times for the same thing and of and on ever since I got it.I’m getting tired of being car less every time it’s in the shop. So does the Lemon Law apply to used cars as well as new ones? Thanks everyone.

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Answer by Charlie
I’m 90% sure it only applies to new cars.

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posted by shelly on Apr 29

Question by Hi, I’m Glory: I need serious answers to a Legal Question. Anyone out there familiar with the Law?
My Daughter lives in Virginia which is a Commonwealth State and is facing a trial and maybe conviction for her 2nd and 3rd DUI. She was told by a friend of hers that if she left Virginia and came to my State of Indiana which is not a Commonwealth State that she would not be held accountable for the Virginia charges as long as she didn’t return to Virginia. I do not have the resources at this time to check this out with a Lawyer but if anyone knows if this is true or not or could tell me where I could find out for free I would very much appreciate it. I really don’t want her to be running from the Law as my Husband and I are already taking care of her two young daughters (don’t take this wrong, we love them very much). Thank You all very much in advance for Your help and Merry Christmas!
Please don’t take me wrong on this question, I am not wanting her to , asking her to, or helping her to escape from her punishment of driving while under the influence. I want her to stay and face the music. It is her friend that is trying to persuade her to leave the state and come to where I live now to keep from being Jailed. I just wanted to find out if it was true or not so I could tell Her she would be wasteing her time and to clean her life up before she tries to come here and take her children. Which by the way, we will not let go until she does this anyway.

Best answer:

Answer by the real shaz
Maybe its better for her to get busted. You definitrly don’t want her driving around Indiana drunk with your 2 grandkids.

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posted by shelly on Apr 29

Part II of The Moral Structure of Legal Systems concerns a peculiar correlation: tyrannical regimes nearly always possess chaotic legal systems. Dr Kristen Rundle asks: Why? One of the characteristic features of tyrannical regimes is their chaotic legal system. For Dr Rundle, this isn’t just a case of poor legal housekeeping. The systemic disorder typically exhibited by the legal systems of despotic and transitional states occurs precisely because tyrants require forms of power that are incompatible with law. Chaos works in the tyrant’s favour. Impose a legal code that is transparent, consistent, and which does not permit retroactivity — impose, in other words, a legal system recognisably distinct from arbitrary commands — and the tyrant finds his urge to wield absolute power has been tied up. Hence the so-called “rule-of-law” is the idea that we owe our obedience to the law, not the lawgiver. Such a system doesn’t prescribe perfect justice, of course. But it does, crucially, impose constraints on the ambitions of the would-be tyrannical dictator.

posted by shelly on Apr 28

Question by princess_g_76: What are parent’s rights, in terms of school violence, according to educational laws?
Under what conditions does a parent not have the legal right to pick up their children from school? In specific, if a school has a bomb threat and the kids are moved out of the building to their specified shelter, do parents have a legal right to pick them up? If so, is there any documented law, legal case, or state policy for this other than that mentioned in the student handbook? I haven’t found any substantial resources online.

Best answer:

Answer by billyboy64
The biggest problem I see is that it could interfere with the investigation. The best thing to do is let law enforcement do their job.

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posted by shelly on Apr 28

Question by Chris 777: What are the names of the best melbourne law firms ?
Please provide contact info like their website… I am interested in specialists maybe even QCs with experience in contract law, business litigation, that sort of thing. Though it’s a small case, i want a big firm to send a scary letter on my behalf.

Best answer:

Answer by Button
I work in Shopping Centre Management and I use Holding Redlich for all my litigation work. They are very good.

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posted by shelly on Apr 28

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orla & immigration
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Image by prettyinprint
A look inside my bag from yesterday’s meeting with the immigration office here. It required that large envelope and a folder stuffed with forms and legal documents. I got a sticker in my passport allowing me to stay up to six more months while everything processes.

Occupy Tucson
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Image by Sunfrog1
Planning day 2 of Occupy Tucson. This is how it started. 212 people gathered in Pancho Villa Park downtown. They voted on how to vote and how to take turns at the mic. Different groups were formed, Medical, Legal, Art, Media, and Peacekeeping. Jon Mclane is speaking on the bullhorn.

posted by shelly on Apr 28

Question by : Are there any volunteer opportunities at private law firms?
I would be particularly interested in doing non-confidential things like helping to update materials in a law library or doing office work like filing, making copies, running errands, etc. Do you have to be a law student to do this? How would you approach a law firm with this kind of offer?

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Answer by CatLaw
One thing about the legal industry, there is always room for people who will work for free. However, in these horrid economic times even volunteer jobs are being snatched up by law students and licensed attorneys who are willing to work for free on the hope that they can be hired. Law students go back to school late August, so more volunteer jobs will open up.

A warning here, in any other industry, a person with the ambition and drive to volunteer would be considered outstanding and probably get the next opening. In the world of law firms, the volunteer is common, just one of many.

Have you considered a volunteer position in a legal-aid group? Many bar associations have legal assistance programs and there are the independent groups that provide legal assistance to those who cannot pay. Sometimes these organizations need someone to just file papers, make calls, assist the attorneys. That would provide you with a real view of how the legal system runs and you would be appreciated.

If you have your heart set on a law firm, do research on that firm. Most law firms have a website. Then write a letter offering your services. You may want to call the person in charge of HR a week or so after they receive your letter. Good luck.

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