Tag: United States

The Supreme Court Has The Last Dance

Interesting development to my blog post from last month regarding copyright of dance moves that appeared in video games.  For more information read the prior blog. On March 4th of this year, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that people must complete their registration with the Copyright Office before they could sue for copyright infringement. Because of this ruling, the lawsuits against the maker of Fortnite, Epic Games, have been dropped. The lawsuits were over use of certain dance emotes in the...

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This Day in History- Juneteenth

On January 1, 1863, the Emancipation Proclamation made all slaves free people, making an official end to legally sanctioned slavery. However, Texas refused to acknowledge this, and thus continued these practices. They continued two years after the proclamation, until Major General Gordon Granger landed at Galveston, Texas, and announced that the war was over and that slavery was ended. This landing occurred on June 19th, 1865. Huge celebrations erupted, and continue to be held yearly. Juneteenth...

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This Day in History- The Sedition Act of 1918

The Sedition Act, enacted on May 18th, 1918, was an addition to the Espionage Act of 1917. The Espionage Act made it a crime to interfere with military operations or recruitment, insubordination in the military, and to give support to United States enemies during wartime. The Sedition Act went a step further to establish that anyone who shall “willfully make or convey false reports or false statements with intent to interfere” in United States military operations, or “shall willfully make or convey...

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This Day in History- The National Historic Preservation Act

On October 15th, 1966, the United States promised its citizens that the government would take steps to ensure that historical buildings and structures would be protected for our posterity. This promise came in the form of the National Historic Preservation Act. The act outlines that federal agencies will review any federally funded projects to evaluate a potential impact on nearby historic properties. The act also created the National Register of Historic Places, the list of National Historic...

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This Day In History- The Voting Rights Act of 1965

On August 6th 1965, President Linden B. Johnson put his pen to one of the most important pieces of civil rights legislation: the Voting Rights Act of 1965. This Act was to combat the discriminatory practices of the south against African Americans and other minorities- especially the practice of creating laws to prevent them from voting. The Voting Rights Act of 1965 strengthened the 14th and 15th Amendments: that the government shall not infringe on the rights of the people by depriving them...

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