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Can a builder be guilty of copyright infringement?

Copyright protection exists for many kinds of work. We usually think of them in connection with literary or musical works, motion pictures, or sound recordings.

Did you know that copyrights can also protect architectural works? If the new home you are building too closely mimics the award-winning model home in the next subdivision, you could be liable for copyright infringement.

What constitutes parental kidnapping and its ramifications

When two parents separate and do not agree on the care of a child, it can lead to animosity and possible concern. One parent might even feel the need to take the child to protect or properly care for them. Unfortunately, this may be grounds for parental kidnapping.

In Massachusetts, there are clear laws and penalties that govern parental kidnapping cases. If you face kidnapping charges as a parent, there are a few things you will want to know.

How medication side effects can lead to DUI charges

People who drink and drive are not the only ones who are at risk for DUIs in Massachusetts. People who operate motor vehicles while under the influence of any substance can receive DUI charges. Although it is more common to hear about alcohol-related DUI situations, more individuals are being apprehended for driving while under the influence of medications every day. Certain prescriptions, over-the-counter medications and illegal narcotics can alter a person’s behavior in ways that are similar to a drunk driver. 

Anyone who takes medication should learn about the effects medication can have on their driving behaviors so they can avoid a DUI charge. 

While common, embezzlement carries harsh penalties.

Many people have been tempted to use their position within a company to benefit themselves financially. Whether driven by personal financial troubles or something else, giving into the temptation can seem worth it.

Embezzlement, however, is a serious crime that authorities do not take lightly. It carries significant penalties that can not only deprive you of your freedom, but can also tarnish your professional reputation.

Do police need a warrant to use drug search dogs?

Drug dogs are very good at sniffing out illegal substances. There is no rule that prohibits law enforcement from using this tool in gathering evidence, but there are rules on how drug dogs can be used in gaining evidence. Two cases went to the U.S. Supreme Court, which means that these rules apply to police across the United States. These rules govern how drug dogs can be used at a traffic stop and when searching your home for drugs.

 

Parents should teach their children about the dangers of sexting

Teenagers often feel they are invincible, like nothing bad will ever happen to them and that life is always fair. Oftentimes, this leads them to trust people they should stay away from or to make poor decisions regarding who they interact with. Any parent of a teenager knows that teaching them is a balancing act between letting them make their own choices and protecting them from dangers they do not see coming. As mobile devices have become so popular and social media platforms are accessible at all times of the day and night, one thing that parents should be teaching all their children is the dangers of sexting.

Understanding the most common crime lab issues

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has been under increased scrutiny in recent years due to a string of flawed testimonies and evidentiary submissions. According to The Atlantic, the forensic techniques used have been subjective and resulted in a staggering number of wrongful convictions. One can only imagine that if the FBI is guilty of such misdeeds, local crime labs may be subject to suspicion, too. There are four common issues that can occur in crime labs and compromise the reliability of their evidence. 

When The Department Of Justice Targets Certain Industries

Physicians all over the country are raising concerns over a letter recently released by the United States Department of Justice (DOJ). In the letter the Justice Department announced its intent to make improper conduct and corporate crime top priorities in terms of investigations and prosecution. The DOJ said the nation depended on the active enforcement of the criminal and civil laws put in place to protect the country's financial infrastructure and citizens.

For physicians, medical clinics and hospitals, this new focus on "white collar crime" sounds particularly ominous.

Criminal Harassment - Where Do You Draw The Line About Free Speech?

A decision was recently reached in an interesting criminal harassment case surrounding politics and freedom of speech. The case of the Commonwealth vs. Harvey J. Bigelow made it all the way to the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court.

The case involves a local politician in the town of Rehoboth, Michael Costello, his wife, Susan, and an apparently angry constituent named Harvey J. Bigelow. The big question that made it all the way to the highest court of the state involved the line between criminal harassment and freedom of speech. 

Your cell phone and your privacy

Technological advances have made the world a much smaller place in terms of how people communicate with each other and conduct day to day business. Whether it is through the use of social media, or internet shopping you benefit from the advancements of modern day technology. As with anything else the modern day conveniences that you enjoy also come with a down side. You live in a world where your security and your privacy should always be at the forefront of your mind.

Generally, when people think about privacy and security, identity theft, computer hacks, and unauthorized disclosure of medical or employment records come to mind. There are many scenarios that can occur that you have probably never thought about in terms of what your rights are. The development of new technologies is fluid and ever changing which means that the laws that pertain to your privacy and security are as well.

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