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Legal victory for Iraqi Citizen In Hooding Row

Alaa' Nassif Jassim al-Bazzouni, an Iraqi citizen from Basra in the south-east of the country, has won a groundbreaking legal case over the way in which he was treated by British soldiers in 2006.rnal-Bazzouni claimed that, during the fight to overthrow dictator Saddam Hussein, he was hooded and maltreated by the occupying forces and that it was the British governments’ own guidelines that allowed this to happen.

Continue reading 04.10.2011. 17:13

Florida Drug Law Ruled Unconstitutional

A staggering number of criminal cases may be in jeopardy in Florida due to a federal judge ruling that the states drug law is unconstitutional. Orlando U.S. District Judge Mary Scriven struck down the Drug Abuse Prevention and Control law. Judge Scriven stated that, "It violates due process because it doesn't require that prosecutors prove that a person knew he or she possessed illegal drugs."

Continue reading 01.08.2011. 11:26

Warner Bros Studios Settle 'Wizard Of Oz' Public Domain Lawsuit

Any work that is considered to be in public domain can be duplicated and sold to the public without needing to pay for licensing. 'The Wizard of Oz' was written by Frank L. Baum 111 years ago, but Warner Brothers Studios purchased and has the rights to all of the book's characters. In fact, there is a movie in the works right now that is based on 'The Wizard of Oz' character, the Great Oz, and the producers might have to make substantial changes to the appearance of the cast if they want to avoid being sued.

AVELA, a company which sells public domain memorabilia, was able to prove that selling products based on the original 'The Wizard of Oz' book did not violate Warner Brothers Studios copyrights. However, a court ruled that Warner Bros. Studios reserves the right to hold the copyright to the physical description of all characters. In other words, anyone can make their own adaptation of 'The Wizard of Oz,' but they must get the expressed consent of Warner Brothers Studios if they want to be able to capitalize on the trademarked image.

This court decision will have a major effect on companies that market nostalgia. T-shirts, backpacks, key chains and pens emblazoned with the images of 'Tarzan,' 'Alice in Wonderland,' and 'The Wizard of Oz' have been sold to the masses for years. Major companies such as Warner Brothers Studios usually charge substantial fees to those that want to be issued licenses, which will make it much harder for small businesses to make a profit.

06.07.2011. 21:24

Three Men Accused Of Armed Robbery

Residents in Contra Costa County have been on the lookout for three armed assailants that have been robbing local homes and businesses. Three suspects, Erick Daigle, Maurice Brunson and Gyovanni Daigle were apprehended as they attempted to get away from a Domino's Pizza in Antioch that they had allegedly just robbed. Police believe that the men are responsible for a string of home invasions and robberies. Erick Daigle and Gyovanni Daigle, who are brothers, have also reportedly admitted to perpetrating other crimes.

Police had been tipped off about their crime spree a few weeks ago and were watching the three men when they pulled up to a Domino's Pizza restaurant in Antioch. The three men were driving a distinctive Ford Mustang when police began to follow them for an undisclosed period of time up until the point they were arrested. After officers realized that the men were committing a robbery, they went in with guns drawn and arrested them without incident. All three men have been charges with multiple felony charges ranging from possession of stolen property to assault with a deadly weapon.

Maurice Bronson is being held on $340,000 bail. Erick Daigle and Gyovanni Daigle were charged with 19 and 15 felonies respectively. Gyovanni Daigle was arraigned on $1.4 million bail, while his brother, Erick, had his bond set at $2 million. Police are currently investigating other robberies that may have been committed by the three men. Bronson maintains his innocence while Erick and Gyovanni Daigle are reportedly cooperating fully with police.

21.06.2011. 23:51