Law enforcement can sometimes be a gruesome business.? But who's to say it can't also be artistic?
A Los Angeles art gallery seems to think there's art in police work.? At least, in the crime scene photography that goes along with it.? Paris Photo Los Angeles has an upcoming exhibit featuring just such photos from the L.A.P.D.'s archives.
If you're into bullet holes, stick-up notes, and bloody body parts, check out the website.
You may recall the late 1970s' TV show, Three's Company--something of a flagship sitcom from what was known as?television's "jiggle era."? Well, love it or hate it, the program is something of an iconic bit of TV history.? So a contemporary playwright decided to, as he puts it, "deconstruct" the premise of Three's Company in a comic play he titled 3C.
The show opened, apparently to mixed reviews.? And then came the cease-and-desist letter from the lawyers of the company that owns the rights to Three's Company.? Apparently, the company doesn't see 3C as a parody that's protected under the fair use doctrine.? It views the play as copyright infringement.
The playwright, David Adjmi decided to fight back.? He's filed suit in federal court alleging First Amendment and fair use doctrine rights.
Author?Harper Lee wrote only one novel, but it was a biggie:? To Kill a Mockingbird.? The story about small town life and racial injustice in America was an award-winning best seller that featured what many consider one of literature's most revered lawyers, Atticus Finch.
Undoubtedly,?it's the continuing popularity of the 1968 novel that led people in Ms. Harper's hometown of Monroeville, Alabama, to set up a museum dedicated to it.? However, Ms. Harper wasn't entirely pleased by the homage.? She sued the museum last year over a dispute in which she claimed it was selling merchandise that featured her name and the book's title and weren't compensating her for it.
According to an article in the New York Times, the novelist and the museum have settled the case.? No details are available on the settlement.
This week, the world bid goodbye to iconic child star Shriley Temple, who passed away at the age of 85.? She left an indelible mark on Hollywood and the American public, which, during the Great Depression, found comfort in the perky little moppet's singing and dancing to such numbers as "The Good Ship Lollypop" and "Animal Crackers in My Soup."
According to an article in the Daily Mail, Ms. Temple's mother was diligent about preserving her daughter's childhood earnings, keeping the money in a trust.? The article says, of the millions she earned, during childhood, little Ms. Temple received only $13 a?month as an allowance.? That must have left her with a nice chunk of change when she became an adult.
Other child stars weren't so lucky.? Jackie Coogan--possibly best remembered as Uncle Fester on The Addams Family TV show--was a child star in the silent era and starred opposite film legend Charlie Chaplin.? Unfortunately for Mr. Coogan, when he reached adulthood, he realized his?parents had spent most of his earnings.? At the time, child earnings were considered the property of the child's parents.? Mr. Coogan ended up having to sue for what little remained of the money he earned in the movies.
To Mr. Coogan's credit, as a result of his experience, laws were passed to protect child performers.? The law, sometimes referred to as the Coogan Law, declares the child's earnings to be the property of the child, and it requires a percentage of the money be placed in a blocked trust accessible only to the child actor when either he becomes an adult or is emancipated from his parents.
A jury says singer/actress Courtney Love is not guilty of libeling her former attorney in a tweet message--so called, "Twibel."? The reason:??although the statements were untrue, Ms. Love didn't know they were untrue when she?tweeted them.
The publicly posted tweet suggested the attorney had been "bought off" when she was supposed to be representing Ms. Love in a case involving the estate of her late husband, Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain.? That sparked the lawsuit, which was billed as the first "Twibel" case to go to trial.
Legal battles over defamation can be tricky business, and the standards can vary based upon who's claiming to have been defamed.? For example, public figures typically have to prove there was malice involved in the defaming statement.? However, "malice," as it's defined in this context, usually doesn't mean "ill will" but, rather, it mean the person making the statement either knew the statement was false or showed a reckless disregard as to its falsity.