January, 2012

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Asked & Answered: I have a person’s life rights. Do I need to option the news article about him, too?

Gordon P. Firemark

Pablo asks: I have a friend who is a war vet that has an amazing personal story. Thinking of Producing it yourself? Entertainment Law

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.

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

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

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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.

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.

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

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

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Actress Suing IMDB Reveals Her Real Name

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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.

Bob Marley Family Settles Royalty Dispute With Universal Music

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

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

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

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

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

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

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

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

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

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

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

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.

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

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

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

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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.

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

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

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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Netflix Investors File Class-Action Lawsuit

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

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

U.S. Authorities Shut Down Megaupload for Piracy

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

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

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

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

Top Hollywood Labor Lawyer Howard Fabrick Switches Firms (Exclusive)

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Matthew Belloni Fabrick, an expert on guild negotiations and employment disputes, joins Barnes & Thornburg as a partner. read more. THR, Esq. THR, Esq.

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

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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

Woman Sentenced to 22 Months in Prison for Operating Pirated Video Website

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

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

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

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

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

Megaupload Founder Kim Dotcom Denied Bail

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Eriq Gardner He awaits word on extradition to the U.S. and who will be defending him once he gets there. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Tech Business SOPA

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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.

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

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

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

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.

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

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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'Spider-Man' Producers File Nasty Countersuit Against Julie Taymor

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Eriq Gardner In a filing Tuesday, Taymor is blamed for the show's troubles as producers say they made "superhuman efforts" to save the production.