January, 2012

DealFatigue

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.

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.

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.

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.

Yet Another Post On SOPA

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.

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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.

Legal Fight Brewing Over CBS' New Sherlock Holmes Adaptation (Analysis)

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

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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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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.

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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Actress Suing IMDB Reveals Her Real Name

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Lawyer for Unmasked Actress Suing IMDb: 'My Client Is Willing to See This Case to Its Conclusion'

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Bob Marley Family Settles Royalty Dispute With Universal Music

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Rupert Murdoch Madness: Man Files Bizarre Lawsuit Over 'X-Files,' 'Donnie Darko'

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Eriq Gardner A Washington man alleges a series of coincidences. read more. THR, Esq. Movies Movies Television Rupert Murdoch

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.

An Uncensored Look at What the Supreme Court Said Today About Indecency on TV

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Megaupload Drops Lawsuit Against Universal Music Over Viral Video (Exclusive)

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

But that doesn't mean the case is over. Instead, Megaupload might be preparing to pick a fight with Google. read more. THR, Esq.

U.K. Judge Orders Accused Copyright Pirate Extradited to U.S.

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Eriq Gardner The unprecedented move comes as the debate heats up over legislation that might increase the responsibility for U.S. read more. THR, Esq.

Lawsuit Claims TNT's 'Falling Skies' Has a Font Problem (Exclusive)

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Eriq Gardner German designer sues TBS for using his font software allegedly wrongfully. read more. THR, Esq. Television Television Tech Business

Ben Stein Sues Claiming Global Warming Beliefs Cost Him $300,000 Acting Job

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U.S. Authorities Shut Down Megaupload for Piracy

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Will the Supreme Court Finally Lift Ban on 'Seven Dirty Words' You Can't Say on TV? (Analysis)

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Olbermann Attorney: 'Keith's Lawyers and Current's Lawyers Are Communicating'

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Matthew Belloni The move comes after the Current personality told THR: “I was not given a legitimate opportunity to host under acceptable conditions.

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White House: Obama Won't Support Piracy Bill That 'Undermines' Online Freedom

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ESPN, Fox Resist Handing Over Sports Broadcast Deals in Lawsuit by Former College Athletes

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The Legal Fight Over Karaoke is Getting Loud

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Eriq Gardner Big music publisher and big karaoke distributor do battle in two lawsuits that might shape the future of singing along to music in public.

Death of Rock Music Photographer Leads to Copyright Lawsuit Against Fashion Designer

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Here's the strange story of what happened next. read more. THR, Esq. Music Music Style

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.

Supreme Court Rules Against Putting Foreign Works Back in Public Domain

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Eriq Gardner In a 6-2 decision, the high court finds that the U.S. read more. THR, Esq. THR, Esq. The Business Movies Music Business

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Why Hollywood Is Losing the Public Relations War on Piracy (Analysis)

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Eriq Gardner The entertainment industry's biggest mistakes in advocating stronger IP laws. read more. THR, Esq. THR, Esq.

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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Judge Declares Batmobile Is Subject to Copyright

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Eriq Gardner DC Comics sued a man who created replicas of the famous vehicle. Should Justin Bieber be worried? read more. THR, Esq.

Karaoke CD Manufacturer Strikes Back At Sony's $1 Billion 'Scheme'

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Eriq Gardner Karaoke might be fun, but it's also proved legally dangerous over the years. read more. THR, Esq.

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Newt Gingrich Sued For Using 'Eye of the Tiger' At Campaign Rallies

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Eriq Gardner Although other Republican candidates have backed down from lawsuits by singers, there's still an open legal question over whether permission needs to be attained from songwriters for the public performance of music. read more. THR, Esq. Music Music John McCain Michele Bachmann Newt Gingrich Politics

Netflix Investors File Class-Action Lawsuit

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Eriq Gardner Legal claim accuses digital subscription outfit with concealing info about contracts with content providers. read more. THR, Esq.

Kim Kardashian's Reputation in Dispute as the Gap Responds to Lawsuit (Exclusive)

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Why the Marilyn Monroe Estate Paid $3 Million For Photos of the Film Legend (Analysis)

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Eriq Gardner As a result, an important lawsuit impacting the publicity rights of deceased celebrities could be near an end. read more. THR, Esq.

Does Hasbro Have a Strong Trademark on 'Transformers'? (Analysis)

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Eriq Gardner A computer manufacturer argues that its tablet/laptop hybrid should be able to describe itself as a "transformer." Hasbro isn't happy.

Velvet Underground Sues Andy Warhol Foundation Over Famous Banana Album Cover

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Eriq Gardner Band attempts to stop use of the famous cover art on iPod and iPad products. read more. THR, Esq. Music Movies Music

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