Crisis in Conservatorships

California Trusts and Estates Quarterly
Volume 12, Issue 4
Winter 2007
By Ed Corey, Meg Lodise, Peter Stern

I.INTRODUCTION

California’s conservatorship legislation will undergo substantial change on January 1, 2007, following the signature by Governor Schwarzenegger of a package of four legislative bills on September 27, 2006.1

The “Omnibus Conservatorship and Guardianship Reform Act of 2006” will make it much more expensive,

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Copyright Office Clears the Way for More Ringtones

Copyright Office Clears the way for more Ringtones

By Scott Hervey

On October 16 the Register of Copyrights issued an interpretation of Section 115 of the Copyright Act that will make it easier for record labels and cellular phone services to offer ringtones to consumers. The question, whether compositions used for ringtones [monophonic (single melody line) or polyphonic (melody and harmony)] or for master ringtones (ringtones taken from a master recording) fall under the compulsory license provisions of Section 115 of the Copyright Act,

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Learn a Lesson from Puffy - Don't Ignore a Cease and Desist Letter

By Scott Hervey

A Federal district court jury in Nashville levied a $4.3 million dollar verdict against Sean Combs’ (Puffy) Bad Boy Entertainment, Bad Boy, LLC and Universal Records/UMG Recordings for infringing copyright owned by Bridgeport Music and Westbound records. The suit resulted from the use of a six second sample from the Ohio Player’s Singing in the Morning used by producer Easy Money in the title track to the Universal released Notorious B.IG.’s 1994 album “Ready to Die.”

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Your Cell Phone Is A Homing Beacon

Your Cell Phone Is A Homing Beacon -Should The Government Be Allowed To Use It Without Showing Probable Cause?

By: Intellectual Property

Here’s the next step Big Brother is taking toward an Orwellian 1984: Your cellular telephone can pinpoint your location any time it’s turned on. That’s right. Any time your cell phone is turned on and within range of a cellular tower, it is communicating with that tower to broadcast your location.

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The Attorney General's Google Search Comes Up Empty - So Far...Is Your Online Privacy At Stake?

The Attorney General’s Google Search Comes Up Empty – So Far…Is Your Online Privacy At Stake?

By: Intellectual Property

It was just a simple discovery tool, used by the Department of Justice in defense of a lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union. It hasn’t gotten much attention. In fact, for several months, it got no attention at all. But it’s starting to. So, what is “it?”

On August 25,

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