Tattoo Infringement Case Against NBA 2K Game Publisher Shows Misunderstanding of Applicability of Statutory Damages
By Scott Hervey
This isn’t just another tattoo-copyright infringement case. This case raises an important lesson for all copyright claimants.
The backstory: Solid Oak is a licensing firm that represents the go to tattoo artists for NBA royalty, including LeBron James. Solid Oak filed a lawsuit against Take-Two Interactive Software, the game publisher behind the popular “NBA 2K” basketball video game. The lawsuit alleges that Take-Two infringes the copyrights in six tattoos appearing on LeBron and other NBA players by depicting those players – tattoos and all – in the video game.
DOL Updates the Minimum Salary for Exempt Employees
By: Lukas J. Clary
Are you sure you’re paying your exempt employees enough? Even if you are right now, you might not be come December 1, 2016. The U.S. Department of Labor unveiled today its long-awaited Final Rule updating the definitions of most types of exempt employees under federal law.
While there are several important provisions in the new rule, the most important for California employers is the new minimum salary threshold for exempt employees.
Governor Brown Signs a Law to Help Small Businesses Defend Against State Disability Access Lawsuits
By Lizbeth V. West
On May 10, 2016 Governor Brown signed Senate Bill 269 (SB 269) which amends certain California statutes dealing with disability access in public accommodations and business establishments. SB 269 is not a new law, but rather, an effort by the Legislature and Governor Brown to amend existing law in order to address the significant financial hardship that “drive-by” and “technical non-compliance” lawsuits are having on small businesses in California.