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Burning man, an uninhibited eight-day celebration of artistic and cultural fancy, draws up to 25,000 colorful participants to Nevada’s Black Rock desert. Naturally, there are lawyers. Take Terry Gross. The name partner at San Francisco’s Gross & Belsky helps to protect the images created in the desert and participants’ First Amendment rights. “Part of Burning Man is the freedom to express yourself,” Gross said. “Part of my job came to be to protect that.” Gross enforces the community’s copyrights to all images, working mostly pro bono. In 2002, he took a pornographic Web site to court for selling tapes of nude participants online. That settled for an undisclosed amount. “It’s one of the most rewarding areas of my practice, because I believe the community, the spirit and the artistic vision of the event and the participants is pretty incredible,” Gross said. -The Recorder Plagiarized report The court-ordered report Brandon Dickens was directed to write after ducking out of jury duty has not passed muster. Livingston County, Mich., Circuit Judge David Reader said the paper was plagiarized. “Really, what I was looking for, Mr. Dickens, was your own work,” Reader said in upping Dickens’ punishment from three days in the courthouse to four days-and ordering him to rewrite the paper. Dickens, 20, got the assignment after failing to return to jury duty after lunch in June. An Internet search showed that many phrases from his report were lifted verbatim from an online magazine. - The Associated Press

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