Something Strange in the Neighborhood: The Ghostbusters Ruling

Fastcase, Holidays and Observances, Law, Law Journal Library, Popular Culture
Tara Kibler

Did you know there was actually a case in which a house was declared legally haunted? This Halloween, expand your knowledge of spooky scary case law. Read all about the Ghostbusters ruling below.

Hauntings on the Hudson

In the late 1960s, a rundown Victorian house sat vacant, nestled atop a cliff overlooking the Hudson River. Built more than 70 years earlier, the mansion boasted nearly 5,000 square feet, intricate woodwork, and plenty of old-world charm.

Enter George and Helen Ackley, a married couple looking for a spacious waterfront home for themselves and their four children…

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Coming for Katy Like a Dark Horse: Copyright Law in the U.S.

Current Events, Hot Topic News, Intellectual Property Law Collection, Law, Popular Culture, U.S. Supreme Court, World Constitutions Illustrated
Tara Kibler

World-renowned pop singer Katy Perry was recently dealt a crushing blow when a jury found that her song “Dark Horse” had copied the work of gospel rapper Marcus Gray. The infringed song, “Joyful Noise,” was said to have an identical beat to “Dark Horse” in terms of length, rhythm, and pitch.

Several points were made in defense of Perry and her co-writers:

  • Perry’s attorneys argued that “each of the purported similarities between the works are commonplace.”
  • Music experts offered two compositions with a similar melody that predate “Joyful Noise.”
  • Perry and her colleagues testified that they had never heard of the song or its creator…

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Remix to Ignition, Heading Right Back to Prison: Sex Trafficking and the Law

Criminal Justice, Current Events, Hot Topic News, Human Rights, Law, Law Journal Library, Popular Culture, Statutes at Large, U.S. Code, United Nations
Tara Kibler

Last month, billionaire Jeffrey Epstein was arrested on charges of sex trafficking girls as young as 14. In the same week, singer and record producer R. Kelly was also arrested for sex trafficking, production of child pornography, child sexual exploitation, kidnapping, and forced labor. In both cases, the arrests follow several years of allegations of sexual abuse against minors. As you await the outcome of both trials, study up on the charges by learning more about sex trafficking with HeinOnline.

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One Small Step for Man, 50 Years of Innovation for Mankind

American History, Foreign Affairs, Highlights in History, Popular Culture, Statutes at Large, U.S. Congressional Documents, U.S. Congressional Serial Set, U.S. Federal Legislative History, U.S. Presidential Library
Tara Kibler

Just 66 years after Orville and Wilbur Wright took mankind to the air, the United States put a man on the moon. Tomorrow, the fiftieth anniversary of that first moon landing will be commemorated across the United States. Most U.S. citizens can tell you that Neil Armstrong was the first man to step foot on the moon, but fewer may understand the journey it took to get there. Launch into a history of the Space Race and the evolution of the Apollo program with HeinOnline.

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Is a Picture Worth a Thousand Words? Exploring Emojis and the Law

Fastcase, Holidays and Observances, Hot Topic News, Law, Law Journal Library, Popular Culture, U.S. Supreme Court
Tara Kibler

Did you know that today is World Emoji Day? In recent years, emojis have evolved into an essential tool for expressing emotions and ideas, becoming nearly equivalent to words themselves. As of 2015, 92% of people use emojis in their online communications. Just check out this Emoji Tracker to view the realtime usage of emojis on Twitter. Furthermore, Oxford University Press named an emoji as its 2015 “Word of the Year.” Emojis are so popular that there was even a terrible movie made about them.

As true components of contemporary language, it’s no wonder that emojis are increasingly submitted as evidence in court cases all over the United States…

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Chernobyl: Not Just Another HBO Drama

Federal Register, Foreign Affairs, Highlights in History, Hot Topic News, Medicine, Popular Culture, Reports of U.S. Presidential Commissions, Statutes at Large, The Environment, U.S. Congressional Documents, U.S. Congressional Serial Set, U.S. Federal Agency Library, U.S. Federal Legislative History, U.S. Presidential Library, World Treaty Library
Tara Kibler

Thanks to the wildly popular HBO miniseries on the subject, the Chernobyl nuclear explosion of 1986 has become a hot topic in the news. The Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, an area covering approximately 1,000 square miles around the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, has even become quite the tourist attraction. Journey with HeinOnline into the depths of the disaster, and learn a little more about nuclear energy in the U.S. while you’re at it.

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Pride and Prejudice: Researching Stonewall and LGBT Rights

American History, Current Events, Highlights in History, Holidays and Observances, Hot Topic News, Human Rights, Law, Popular Culture, Statutes at Large, U.S. Federal Legislative History, U.S. Supreme Court
Tara Kibler

Fifty years ago today, members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) community fought back against a police raid at the Stonewall Inn in New York City with violent demonstrations now known as the Stonewall Riots. Considered the first significant protest calling for equal rights for homosexuals, the Riots inspired future gay pride celebrations to be held annually in June. In 1999, June was officially declared “Gay and Lesbian Pride Month” by President Bill Clinton. Pride Month was later expanded to “LGBT Pride Month” by President Barack Obama in 2009.

The Stonewall Riots launched an international phenomenon that continues to grow as LGBT rights are increasingly recognized across the globe…

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Ride to Live for Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month (and Beyond)

Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Holidays and Observances, Law, National Survey of State Laws, Popular Culture, Session Laws, Subject Compilations of State Laws
Tara Kibler

We’re kicking off Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month with an overview of motorcycle safety laws in the U.S. Take a quick detour to learn about motorcycle history, then ride on to ensure you have the proper helmet and eye protection to stay safe and legal throughout the upcoming summer months.

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Motorcycles: A Brief History

The first iteration of the motorcycle can be traced back to the second half of the 19th century…

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May the Fourth Be with You (and Your Research)

Current Events, Holidays and Observances, Popular Culture
Tara Kibler

Did you know that tomorrow is International Star Wars Day? To celebrate, find out how you can utilize the depth of HeinOnline to research this popular franchise.

A Look into the Franchise

Since the release of the first Star Wars film in 1977, the epic space-opera franchise has become a timeless worldwide sensation. After the unparalleled success of the eponymous first film and its sequel, The Empire Strikes Back (1980), creator George Lucas began developing Star Wars into a trilogy of trilogies…

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Game of Drones: The Battle for Flight

Current Events, Law, Popular Culture, Searching
Lauren Mattiuzzo

A drone, more formally known as an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), is an aircraft without a human pilot onboard. Drones operate with various degrees of autonomy, either under remote control by a human operator or autonomously by onboard computers. UAVs originated in military applications for missions that were dirty or dangerous. However, drones are used for more than just military needs, and because of that, regulation issues arise.

What Drones Are Used For

Although the origin of drones began with military use, drones are expanding to commercial, scientific…

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