Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Lohan lawyer accused of plagiarism in legal brief

As IPBiz noted, Professor Dershowitz spoke of a culture of plagiarism in legal writing. Now, we have a lawyer for rapper Pitbull
(lawyer=Marcos Daniel Jimenez) stating of a brief filed by the lawyer for plaintiff Lindsay Lohan:

"Its legal discussion mostly consists of plagiarized excerpts of articles found on various websites without explaining their relevance to the facts and issues in this case. The opposition fails to meaningfully address the arguments raised in [Jimenez's motion to dismiss], does not distinguish a single case relied upon by Defendants, and reveals a lack of independent research."

The issue in the case is whether the line "I got it locked up like Lindsay Lohan" in "Give Me Everything" constitutes some form of misappropriation, as in a "right of publicity."

There is a post at E! Online which has a link to the documents filed by plaintiff and by
defendant [footnote 4 makes reference to Lohan's previous complaint against E*Trade; footnote 3 raises the issue of copyright.]

Relevant term: namechecking


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