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The East Carolina Law Group > LAUREN PAGLIA

Copyright Infringement and You

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Copyright is a tricky area.  By definition, it is the legal protection for “original works of authorship,” including literary, dramatic, musical, architectural, graphic, audiovisual, and other creations.  Copyright protections to protect the rights of the author attach automatically as soon as a thing is created, although the automatic protections are not as powerful as a copyright that is federally registered.  For example: your tenth grade book report on The Great Gatsby is copyrighted as long as you created it and it is not copied from somewhere else, just by virtue of the fact that it is your original work of...

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Weird Laws: Contributory Negligence

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The idea behind a lawsuit for negligence is simple: if you are harmed because someone else wasn’t being as careful as they were supposed to be, you may have a claim for negligence.  But what if you weren’t being careful either?  In most states, a person can only recover for negligence if they were less than 50% responsible for their own injury.  For example, if Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Vin Diesel are driving too fast and furiously and get into a traffic collision, where Vin sues The Rock for negligence, Vin can’t recover if he was 95% responsible for...

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Top 3 Reasons to Have a Will (Even If You’re Not Old Yet)

By: Lauren Paglia 3/17/2017 They say that only one thing in life is certain: death. For many of us, end-of-life planning is something that we don’t think about until we start playing BINGO and eating dinner at 3:30PM; but we should. According to the Washington post, life expectancy in the US is down for the first time in over 20 years. Nobody plans on being in a traffic collision or falling ill suddenly, but tragedy strikes. Below are the top 3 reasons why you should quit waiting for a reason and make a Will.   You know you better than lawmakers do. Without...

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