Aggies Allegedly Violate Own Honor Code in “12th Man” Trademark Dispute

On January 19, 2017, an Alabama book editor filed sui against Texas A&M’s athletic department and the fund-raising 12th Man Foundation, accusing both entities and  three school employees of posting the “heart” of his unpublished book “12th Man: The Life and Legend of Texas A&M’s E. King Gill” on its website “nearly word-for-word” in January 2014 without his permission. The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court in Houston, begins by citing the Aggies Code of Honor, which states “An Aggie does not lie, cheat …

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Google & Viacom Settle Seven Year Old Copyright Suit

On March 18, media giants Google and Viacom announced the settlement of a seven year old copyright dispute regarding content posted on YouTube.  In 2007, Viacom sued Google for copyright infringement accusing the company of posting Viacom programing on YouTube without permission.  The moneyless settlement ends the dispute with what the two companies are referring to as a collaborative effort.

The original suit was filed against YouTube, a Google owned company, seeking more than $1 billion in damages for the alleged infringements.  Viacom accused YouTube …

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