January, 2012

What you absolutely must know before you approach investors for your film / play / musical.

Gordon P. Firemark

Before going out to investors, it’s important to have your ducks in a row. Know your product. What is a producer’s product? Do they travel?

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Universal Music May Have Inadvertently Exposed a Flaw in the YouTube Takedown Process

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Eriq Gardner One rap artist speaks out against UMG, YouTube, and SOPA. read more. THR, Esq.

App Will Let Lawyers Pick Pro Bono Cases

Media Law

The Legal Services Corporation’s Technology Initiative Grants program held its annual conference last week in Albuquerque. Probably not.

Broken Windows

DealFatigue

Fred Wilson wrote a piece on his blog today complaining about the film business ’ distribution model. That just doesn’t make sense to me.

What happens when idiots don’t understand torts

The Legal Satyricon

“Cafe Mom” is not a website I read very often, but it pops up in my Google News occasionally. This time, it has a complaint piece called “Dead Teen Sued for Losing Control of Flying Body Parts.“  “  The story goes this way, Hiroyuki Joho, an 18 year old kid, ran across the train tracks to catch [.].

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Legal Ethics to Go, Thanks to New Bar App

Media Law

A new mobile app introduced this week by the New York State Bar Association lets lawyers search and access ethics opinions from their mobile phones.

Ron Paul Files Trademark and Defamation Lawsuit

Current Trends

This week the “Ron Paul 2012 Presidential Committee, Inc. filed a lawsuit claiming defamation of Rep. Ron Paul’s character and unauthorized use of the trademark rights in his name in a political video. Trademark trademark litigation

Mark Litwak Named Super Lawyer

Entertainment Law Resources Blog

I am pleased to announce that I have been named a Southern California Super Lawyer for 2012. Each year, only 5 percent of the lawyers in the state receive this honor. Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.

Live on Larry Mantle re SAG-AFTRA Merger

Digital Media Law

I'll be live on Larry Mantle ( [link] ) this morning at about 11:05 a.m. PT for a 14 minute segment on SAG-AFTRA merger. Tune in (is that still the verb?) if you have a chance. It'll probably be available archived as well. _. Check out my new book “Hollywood on Strike!,” available on Amazon (also in a Kindle edition).

Asked & Answered: The Wizard of Oz and the public domain.

Gordon P. Firemark

My Answer: Asked & Answered Entertainment Law Intellectual property

MPAA Chief Chris Dodd 'Hurt,' Defends His Piracy Strategy, Slams Obama and Google (Q&A)

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Alex Ben Block As the SOPA legislation hangs by a thread, Hollywood's top lobbyist says he's not to blame for the backlash. read more. THR, Esq.

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And Now for a Few of My Favorite Smartphone Apps

Media Law

No Angry Birds here. will restrict myself to apps that have some application in the practice of law. Evernote. That is not entirely an exaggeration.

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Ron Paul Files Trademark and Defamation Lawsuit

Current Trends

This week the “Ron Paul 2012 Presidential Committee, Inc. filed a lawsuit claiming defamation of Rep. Ron Paul’s character and unauthorized use of the trademark rights in his name in a political video. Trademark trademark litigation

The MTP Interview: Indie Film Maker Ellen Seidler on how US companies profit from piracy on rogue websites

Music Technology Policy

In 2006, MTP posted “ The DMCA Is Not An Alibi: The Googlization of Art and Artists “   Turns out, the DMCA really is an alibi after all.

Pissing on the Taliban — I’m with the Marines

The Legal Satyricon

A group of United States Marines stood around some dead Taliban fighters and pissed on them. They videotaped it and the footage wound up on Youtube. Now, everyone is rushing to condemn the marines’ behavior. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said: “I have seen the footage, and I find the behavior depicted in it utterly deplorable. [.].

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Entertainment Law Update Episode 27 – Top ten stories of 2011

Gordon P. Firemark

Call us with your feedback: (310) 243-6231. In this Episode: “Santa Claus Is Coming to town” Copyright termination. Predictions for 2012.

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SOPA Defeat Is Not the End Of Hollywood's Ramped-Up Fight Against Piracy (Analysis)

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Eriq Gardner Hollywood still needs Obama. SOPA and the Protect-IP Act could be red herrings. And bigger fights lie ahead. read more. THR, Esq.

Site Lets Lawyers Build Their Own Mobile Apps

Media Law

A sample shown on the site. As of this morning, a notice on the site says, “Site Under Construction! Launch Date 1-20-2012.” General apps

U. S. Supreme Court Unanimously Rule that GPS Installation and Tracking of a Vehicle Constitutes a Search, But The Justices Disagree on Rationale - Are Lines Being Drawn on Privacy Rights and New Technology?

New Media and Technology Law

In a narrowly-drawn majority opinion, the United States Supreme Court ruled in United States v. Antoine Jones that the Government’s attachment of a GPS-tracking device to a vehicle, and the subsequent monitoring of the movements of that vehicle on public streets, constitutes a search. United States (U.S. 1967). The D.C. Miller, 425 U. S.

“Ask yourself what’s right”: The White House Wants Compromise on Rogue Sites

Music Technology Policy

By Chris Castle. Chairman Patrick Leahy made a remarkably prescient comment at the Napster hearing in 2000:  “When you tell 20 million people they can’t do something, they get mad at you.”  The “something” was stealing mostly music and some movies—a problem that in retrospect seems relatively simple. Because we are better than that. Hear hear

Supreme Court Upholds Copyright Protection For Foreign Works

Current Trends

The U.S. Supreme Court decision released this week in Golan v Holder maintained copyright protection for millions of works created by foreign authors. Before 1989, many foreign authors’ works became public domain for not fulfilling requirements in the U.S. Copyright Act. In 1994, Congress passed the Uruguay Round Agreements Act restoring U.S.

Broadway’s Spiderman: weaving a tangled web

Gordon P. Firemark

Taymor’s lawsuit alleged numerous counts, including the obvious breaches of contract, and the not-so-obvious copyright infringement claims.

MPAA Fights Back Against Anonymous Attacks

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Eriq Gardner Hollywood trade group says it is working with the feds to identify the people responsible for the attack on its website. read more.

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Rocket Matter Releases Version 2.0; Adds Document Assembly and Custom Fields

Media Law

Assembling a document from a template in Rocket Matter 2.0. The new version adds two notable features: document assembly and custom fields.

Cameras in the Courtroom

Media Law Prof Blog

Nancy S. Marder, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago-Kent College of Law, has published The Conundrum of Cameras in the Courtroom. In spite of a communications revolution that has given the public access to new media in new places, the revolution

Guest Post: 8 Things Spotify Could Do Right Now to Show They Care About Musicians

Music Technology Policy

By Gavin Castleton, a songwriter and producer from Portland, OR.  Follow him on Twitter @gavincastleton.  Gavin’s Facebook is [link]  and his excellent Tumblr commentary page is [link]. Copyright 2012 Gavin Castleton.  Used by permission of the author. Promoting “Buy Now” links on album pages and next to individual tracks.

Yet Another Post On SOPA (Redux/Reposted)

DealFatigue

Note: Cross-posted in part from my tumblr blog. See the additional note at the bottom of this post. ]. generally don’t blog politics. It can be bad for business. However, the SOPA/ PIPA legislation , which pitted new tech against old media, requires a response. However, the legislation as drafted is bad law. You can find that here.

Broadway’s Spiderman: weaving a tangled web

Gordon P. Firemark

When Spiderman:Turn Off The Dark’s original writer/director ,Julie Taymor, sued the show’s producers late in 2011, nobody was particularly surprised. Taymor’s lawsuit alleged numerous counts, including the obvious breaches of contract, and the not-so-obvious copyright infringement claims. Well, the other day, that story came out.

Actress Suing IMDB Reveals Her Real Name

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

read more. THR, Esq. THR, Esq. The Business Business IMDB

Tacky Lawyer Video Du Jour: Bully Lawyer

Media Law

I don’t understand why lawyers think denigrating themselves and the profession is an effective marketing tool. Lawyer as shakedown bully?

Supreme Court Upholds Copyright Protection For Foreign Works

Current Trends

The U.S. Supreme Court decision released this week in Golan v Holder maintained copyright protection for millions of works created by foreign authors. Before 1989, many foreign authors’ works became public domain for not fulfilling requirements in the U.S. Copyright Act. In 1994, Congress passed the Uruguay Round Agreements Act restoring U.S.

Joshua Johnson’s KQED Forum on Rogue Sites

Music Technology Policy

Darryl Issa joining briefly. 1.  Nobody Died From Rogue Sites :   This is actually not true.  An unknown number of consumers have suffered and possibly died from purchasing prescription drugs online.  One example:  Ryan Haight. Senator Califano, Jr. Google ignored this letter. 2.  500,000,000 of the stockholders’ money.  Half a billion. 

Egyptian Businessman On Trial for Tweet of Mickey and Minnie Mouse In Islamic Dress

Media Law Prof Blog

Egyptian businessman Naguib Sawiris is on trial for tweeting a comment about Islam that some allege defames the religion. Last year he sent out cartoons of Mickey and Minnie Mouse dressed as Muslims, but almost immediately apologized for doing so

Distribution Windows: a broken system?

Gordon P. Firemark

Peter Kaufman. read his piece here. distribution Entertainment Law entertainment law Film distribution entertainment law film