Be Careful When Using Another’s Photo Or Image

A Seattle Times newspaper article alleges Fox News inappropriately used a photo from a Times article posted last week about a controversy over women-only hours at a public pool. The Seattle area women requested female-only pool times. Fox allegedly aired a story about a swimming pool in another state that had set aside hours for Muslim women. Fox supposedly used the Seattle Times photo taken at the Seattle area pool in a story about the “growing influence of Sharia law in the U.S.”

Using someone else’s photos or other images is a risky proposition. Many people are under the misimpression that if a photo or other artwork is posted on the internet, they are free to use it for any purpose. The Fair Use Doctrine allows for limited and reasonable uses of another’s copyrighted work. Fair Use does not mean free use. The safe approach is first getting proper permission before using someone else’s image or photo.

By Robert Hawkinson

WA Supreme Court Rejects 2/3s Majority for Raising Taxes

This week, the Washington Supreme Court ruled the requirement of a two-thirds vote by lawmakers to pass a tax hike is unconstitutional. The decision was announced on February 28, 2013. The Court was divided 6-3. Justice Susan Owens wrote the majority opinion. The dissent was written by Justice Charles Johnson. See Seattle Times article for more details.

By Robert Hawkinson

Attorney/Client Privilege May Not Apply to Work E-mails

The Third Appellate District Court in Sacramento, California, has unanimously decided the attorney-client privilege does not extend to emails sent from a work email account.  Additionally, the U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled a police officer’s texts on department pagers were not private.   Be careful what you talk about when communicating with your lawyer via a work e-mail account, or just don’t do it. See case.

By Robert Hawkinson