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Analyzing Architectural Designs for Copyright Disputes

TASA ID: 10524

Introduction

There’s nothing simple about architectural copyright litigation. Activity generated from The Architectural Works Copyright Protection Act of 1990 continues to increase. The law continues to develop, but factual realities, though seemingly obvious, are often complex and difficult to compare What is an architectural work? It is a building design embodied in any tangible medium of expression, including a building itself, architectural plans, or drawings. Overall form is copyrightable. Exterior and interior spatial arrangements and elements of these arrangements are copyrightable. Individual standard features are not copyrightable. These presuppositions raise further questions. 

Saddle Trauma and the Mechanical Bull

TASA ID: 4298

Introduction

The author is a forensic engineer with a Ph.D in biomechanical engineering and is licensed in several states as a structural and professional engineer. The author is employed by Packer Engineering Group, a firm that investigates accidents and injuries, and provides expert opinions to their clients as well as in a court of law. 

Packer was contacted because of a lawsuit involving an injury on a mechanical bull. The firm was requested to investigate reported injuries, validate the injured individual’s account of the accident and the cause of his injuries, and issue a written report.

This report was, therefore, written as a response to the lawsuit. Details were redacted and replaced with general terms for anonymity. 

Dissecting a Commercial Appraisal Report

TASA ID: 1813

There are two styles of written appraisal reports: narrative and form (U.R.A.R.).  This article only deals with narrative reports.

While your focus is on proving that a bad appraisal caused or impacted a damages claim - and not on violations of The Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (U.S.P.A.P.), due to a recent major change - you need a brief understanding of U.S.P.A.P. prior to January 1, 2016, where there were three types of written appraisal reports and now there are only two

Off-Road Vehicle Accidents

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Off-road vehicle use and available products for the consumers to use off-road has increased dramatically over the past several decades.  With the increased use, the number of accidents resulting in serious injuries and death to the users have also increased in alarming numbers.  Many of these accidents are not caused by the users of these vehicles, but instead, are caused by the defects that are inherent in some of these off-road vehicles.  

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