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Thursday's Three Burning Legal Questions

Here are today's three burning legal questions, along with the answers provided by the blogosphere.

1) Question: I posed for some topless photos while wearing underwear bottoms. But when the photos were published, the magazine airbrushed my bottom half to make it appear that I was completely nude. Now the government of my country (which does NOT like nudity) has vowed to cancel my citizenship, ban me from entering in the country or maybe take me to court, and my father has disowned me. Can I sue?

Answer: Yes, it appears that there is precedent for such a lawsuit. (New York Magazine, FHM India Cover Girl Sued the Magazine for Allegedly Photoshopping Her to Appear Nude)

2) Question: Why does my 1st grader insist that the words to the song "Deck the Halls" are "don we now our bright apparel." Bright apparel? What happened to "gay apparel?"

Answer: Sometimes elementary school music teachers are not comfortable with the traditional "gay apparel" lyrics and change the word to bright. (Huffington Post, Michigan's Cherry Knoll Elementary School Under Fire For Removing 'Gay' From 'Deck The Halls')

3) Question: Can I get around a hearsay objection to an email if the email contains an "emoticon"?

Answer: Novel question -- the key issue seems to be whether the emoticon provides the recipient with a precise state of mind of the sender. (NC Law Blog, Can Emoticons Beat the Hearsay Rule?) (via Abnormal Use)

 

Posted by Bruce Carton on December 8, 2011 at 12:20 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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