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Jennifer Garner Files for Permanent Restraining Order Against Stalker

Garner Uses Law To Restrain Stalker

Garner Uses Law To Restrain Stalker

Earlier this month Jennifer Garner had a temporary restraining order placed against stalker Steven Burky, so that he can legally have no contact whatsoever with her or her family.  Burky has been sending packages and letters to Garner since 2002, but Garner states in her paperwork that “his obsessive and harassing behavior has escalated to the point of becoming dangerous and threatening.”

Garner now fear for her life, as well as husband Ben Affleck, their daughter and their soon-to-be born second child.

A hearing is set for today to make the restraining order permanent.

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November 20, 2008 Posted by | Celebrity, Restraining Order | , , , | Leave a comment

John McCain’s Lawyers Fight Back Against Jackson Browne’s Copyright Lawsuit

John McCain Fights Copyright Lawsuit

John McCain Fights Copyright Lawsuit

During the presidential election, a television ad ran in Ohio during the month of August in favor of John McCain used a snippet of Jackson Browne’s song “Running on Empty”, and Browne sued John McCain, the Republican National Committee and the Ohio Repubican Party for copyright infringement.

Now, McCain’s lawyers have struck back with legal filing including comments saying that “given the
political, non-commercial, public interest and transformative nature of the use of a long-ago published song, the miniscule amount used and the lack of any effect on the market [his] claims are barred by the fair use doctrine” and further that the “claim is barred as a matter of law because the Lanham Act does not apply to political speech.”

Should the court rule in McCain’s favor, it could establish a precedent which would make it much harder for songwriters to complain if/when political parties use their songs without permission.

November 20, 2008 Posted by | Celebrity, Copyright, Lawsuit, Politician | , , , | 2 Comments