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Posts tagged “Hague Evidence Convention

HCCH Publishes Guide to Good Practice on the Use of Video Conferencing under the Evidence Convention

Posted on April 17, 2020

The HCCH has just published its Guide to Good Practice on the use of video-conferencing technology in taking evidence under the Evidence Convention. Of course, the GGP wasn’t written from scratch on account of the COVID-19 pandemic, but its publication is certainly timely. One of things that seems to be happening during the crisis is a change in the received wisdom in a variety of fields about how the world should work. I suspect we are going to see changes in peoples’ physical work environments, in how retail sales work, in how classrooms work, in how medicine works, and it stands to reason that we will see changes in how lawyers do their work. The GGP would have been a good resource even if…

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Royal Scandal of the Day: Can Prince Andrew Be Required To Testify?

Posted on January 29, 2020

Back in 2015 I wrote about some unserious attempts by lawyers for an alleged victim of Jeffrey Epstein to get testimony or a statement from Prince Andrew. I commented on the haplessness of the strategy of sending requests to Buckingham Palace and the awesomeness of the letterhead of the alleged victims’ lawyers. Later, I commented on a silly follow-up attempt to send official letters to the British Embassy.

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Case of the Day: Bodyguard Productions v. Musante

Posted on January 27, 2020

The case of the day is Bodyguard Productions, Inc. v. Musante (D. Hawaii 2020). Bodyguard owned the copyright for a movie called The Hitman’s Bodyguard. It alleged that Alex Musante had infringed the copyright. The claim was that Musante had streamed the movie using a BitTorrent client. In an amended complaint, filed apparently after having secured Musante’s cooperation, Bodyguard alleged that several unknown defendants had induced the infringement by making a BitTorrent client called Popcorn Time available on their websites. It moved for leave to transmit letters of requests to the central authorities in the Netherlands, Australia, the UK, and Iceland directed at several internet companies and apparently aimed at uncovering the identity of the registrant of the domain names used by the infringers…

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