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Big YouTube Changes Could Spell Legal Trouble for Users
If you upload videos to YouTube, especially if you embed music in those videos, you'll want to make sure you're not hitting a sour note when it comes to copyright. These days, record labels and musical artists are working harder than ever to protect their assets, and you could be held liable if you make a copyright misstep.
Boating safety: understanding of laws, common sense required
When the high temperatures of summer hit, there’s nothing like a day on the water.
Can I be sued?
I had an adverse reaction to some new medication while driving my car and accidentally hit and injured a bicyclist. Can criminal charges be filed? Can the bicyclist sue me?
Choosing an Attorney: Five Tips to Follow
Whether you need help with estate planning, a divorce or a personal injury lawsuit, you’ll want and need to have the right attorney in your corner.
Curfew Laws: Why you need to know where your child is
Many parents today remember a time when the 10 p.m. news began with a question for viewers: “It’s 10 p.m. Do you know where your child is?”
Do I have to answer whether I was drinking?
Tis the season to be merry!
Do you have unlimited free speech?
Don’t expect the First Amendment to give you cover for anything and everything you might say or write.
Driving with a cell phone: Wisconsin law clarified
Can you please clarify Wisconsin’s laws about cell phone use while driving? Can I text if I’m using voice controls?
Expungement: Getting "That" Off Your Record
If you or a loved one is convicted of a crime, you probably want to get beyond that mistake quickly. Is there any way to remove the charges from your record?
Fantasy football? Don't bet on it
Right about the time fantasy football wraps up, it will be time for fantasy basketball, and Wisconsin fans will be at it again.
Few happy with new Internet regulations
With lines like "Save the Internet" and "Join the fight for Internet Freedom," the rhetoric surrounding network neutrality may lead some to believe their very basic freedoms of speech and information access are at stake.
Five everyday legal tips to make life easier
Life can be messy. Thankfully, with a little legal planning, some of the messiest aspects of life can be minimized or prevented altogether. These five legal tips can help you preemptively smooth out some of the transitions and trials of life.
Five Steps to Avoid Online Defamation
As recently as 20 years ago, members of the press were pretty much the only people who had to worry about issues like defamation and libel.
Five tips for choosing a lawyer
Chances are at some point in your life, you'll need a lawyer. It is the nature of the complex world we live in that sometimes we need the guidance of an attorney to protect our interests. Whatever the reason, you want to make sure you get the caliber of representation you deserve.
Four myths about drunken driving
Soon it will be the season to be merry, but statistics indicate that getting too merry can bring devastating consequences.
How to perform a citizen's arrest (and why it's best not to)
For all the talk, citizen’s arrests get very little action in the La Crosse area.
Juveniles charged as adults: Slender Man stabbing reignites discussion
The Slender Man stabbing has sparked a lot of attention not only here in Wisconsin but also across the country. It’s tragic on many levels — children hurting children.
Prom, graduation and alcohol: what's a parent to do?
It’s prom season, and soon it will be graduation season as well—a time of celebration and milestones where adolescence and adulthood converge.
Protecting consumer data requires vigilance
A few months ago it was Target and Michael’s. Then it was Heartbleed and Michael’s (again).
Scraping for new ideas: when is it considered plagiarism
Now that the dust has settled from the 2014 Wisconsin governor race, let’s talk about plagiarism.
Small claims court: five fallacies to understand
Small claims court can be a great resource for ordinary people seeking civil justice. It’s quicker and less expensive than the usual court process, yet still yields legally enforceable judgments.
Steps when you are stopped by police after drinking and driving
When you see the flashing police lights behind you and you've been drinking, what should you do?
Students face academic - and legal - consequences when plagiarizing
The electronic age has brought easy access to a wealth of information on topics as diverse as history, science, art, homemaking, crafts, medicine, parenting and, yes, the law.
The party's at our house
We’re hosting a graduation party at home for our son and a few of his friends. As long as we’re supervising, is there any problem with serving a little beer?
Three bizarre social media lawsuits
We've blogged many times about the legal implications of social media...
Tougher drunken driving laws now in effect in Wisconsin
Wisconsin’s broad-sweeping reform of laws governing operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated (OWI) is a little less broad in its sweep when compared with other states and countries.
Underage drinking could cost parents
If you have a teenager, chances are you’re gearing up for prom and graduation season. But if alcohol becomes part of those special events, both you and your teen stand to get in serious legal trouble.
Understanding the process of small claims court
Whether for a minor fender-bender, a bad check or dissatisfaction with a transaction, people seeking legal redress for issues involving $10,000 or less can find it in small claims court. But don’t expect Judge Judy. Small claims courts are far less dramatic and much more focused on the facts.
What NOT to Wear to Court
Wearing the wrong thing to court can decide your fate before you even see the judge.
What the Supreme Court's top five decisions this week mean for Wisconsin residents
It’s been a busy few days for the U.S. Supreme Court, with a number of big-case decisions—and, in more than one matter, indecision. Here’s the rundown on the top five and what they mean for Wisconsin residents.
What you can learn from Facebook's latest fumble
It’s happened again. Facebook is in the news for raising ire — this time for allowing researchers to manipulate users’ newsfeeds to gauge emotional responses to positive or negative posts.
Wisconsin crime increases in summer; don't be a victim
With summer comes sunny vacations, afternoons at the pool, ice cream sundaes and farmers markets. But summer in Wisconsin also has an unfortunate companion: increased crime.
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