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Book Review: ‘Blogging in One Hour for Lawyers’

Media Law

Who better, then, to write the book on blogging for lawyers than Ernie Svenson? color-coordinated Ernie and me at ABA TechShow in 2004.

Why is there a Google Books? Part 1: Machine Translations and Customer X

Music Technology Policy

It’s worth taking a longer look at exactly what Google Books is and who it may be meant to serve. book on Peter F. Perhaps dozens. 

MARK'S NEWEST BOOK, "RISKY BUSINESS," ABOUT TO BE PUBLISHED

Entertainment Law Resources Blog

April 7, 2004 In this newsletter: MARK'S NEWEST BOOK, "RISKY BUSINESS," ABOUT TO BE PUBLISHED "Risky Business" is the comprehensive nuts-and-bolts guide to setting up an independent production project. The book is not yet in bookstores. We will receive copies from the publisher any day now.

MARK'S NEWEST BOOK, "RISKY BUSINESS," ABOUT TO BE PUBLISHED

Entertainment Law Resources Blog

April 7, 2004 In this newsletter: MARK'S NEWEST BOOK, "RISKY BUSINESS," ABOUT TO BE PUBLISHED "Risky Business" is the comprehensive nuts-and-bolts guide to setting up an independent production project. The book is not yet in bookstores. We will receive copies from the publisher any day now.

THE COURT DISMISSES "RUGRATS" INFRINGEMENT CLAIM AND REPRIMANDS PLAINTIFF'S LAWYER FOR FAILING TO WITHDRAW

Entertainment Law Resources Blog

April 26, 2004 In this newsletter: THE COURT DISMISSES "RUGRATS" INFRINGEMENT CLAIM AND REPRIMANDS PLAINTIFF'S LAWYER FOR FAILING TO WITHDRAW Philip Cargile sued Viacom for basing the characters from the Nickelodeon series, the "Rugrats," on his cartoon characters, the "Go-Burns." Cargile v. Viacom International, Inc., 282 F.Supp.2d

Frequently Asked Questions: Producing

Entertainment Law Resources Blog

recent book that has been published by Silman-James Press is called Movie Money. The book discusses creative accounting. Answer: It doesn't matter whether an author is dead or a book is out of print. You need to determine if the book is copyrighted or in the public domain. Answers from Mark Litwak, Attorney At Law.

Frequently Asked Questions: Copyright

Entertainment Law Resources Blog

Question: I have an idea for a book that I want to write that I want to submit to a book publisher. However, I don't want the book publisher to steal the idea and have someone else write the book. Other people have also developed their interpretations, which have been published as books or plays. Copyright Office.

It’s Their Web: Google’s land grab with the new gTLDs for.music,film,movie,book

Music Technology Policy

Now will you be surprised to know that Google has filed applications to control over 100 gTLDs, including.music,book,movie and.film? MUSIC.

Frequently Asked Questions: Securing Rights

Entertainment Law Resources Blog

Question: I recently learned of a French book I would like to try and set up as a film here in the U.S. Question: I am writing a book and within the book I would like to include a monologue from a major motion picture. Answers from Mark Litwak, Attorney At Law. Furthermore, laws are subject to change and vary by jurisdiction.

Frequently Asked Questions: Music

Entertainment Law Resources Blog

Answer: To learn the basics of music law, I would recommend the book, Music, Money and Success by Jeffrey Brabec and Todd Brabec, published by Schirmer Books. Answers from Mark Litwak, Attorney At Law. DISCLAIMER: The information provided here is intended to provide general information and does not constitute legal advice. Answer: Beg.

Frequently Asked Questions: Career Advice

Entertainment Law Resources Blog

Question: Have read many of your books in my graduate film program, which is based on legal and business aspects of the industry. In the excerpts from your book, you write of William Morris and CAA training as a means of getting into the entertainment industry. Answers from Mark Litwak, Attorney At Law. litigation, transactional, etc.)

Frequently Asked Questions: Financing

Entertainment Law Resources Blog

Question: Can you please provide me with the title of any books or other publications that provide a good overview of financing in the motion picture industry? I am particularly interested in limited partnerships and alternative forms of financing. Answers from Mark Litwak, Attorney At Law. Moore. One of my producers says this is no surprise.

Frequently Asked Questions: General Questions

Entertainment Law Resources Blog

Question: Would you clarify the term "moral rights" used in your books? Question: I don't think this is covered in your books, at least from what I've read in them so far: A friend of mine says deferred pay for film crews is illegal, even though everyone does it. Answers from Mark Litwak, Attorney At Law. Is there anything she can do?

Frequently Asked Questions: Contracts

Entertainment Law Resources Blog

Answer: You may want to read my book: Contracts in the Film and Television Industry, 2nd Edition, published by Silman-James Press. Are there any sample contracts for such things in your book or other places? There are a number of different sample contracts in my book, Contracts for the Film & Television Industry,2nd Ed., Thanks.

Frequently Asked Questions: Representation

Entertainment Law Resources Blog

There is a sample agreement in my book, Contracts in the Film and Television Industry published by Silman-James Press. There are copies of these documents in my book Contracts for the Film and Television Industry, 2nd Ed., Answers from Mark Litwak, Attorney At Law. Furthermore, laws are subject to change and vary by jurisdiction.

Frequently Asked Questions: Distribution

Entertainment Law Resources Blog

Question: I've purchased and read both of your books. Answers from Mark Litwak, Attorney At Law. DISCLAIMER: The information provided here is intended to provide general information and does not constitute legal advice. Furthermore, laws are subject to change and vary by jurisdiction. They're excellent. Here's my Q. Is this possible?

Frequently Asked Questions: Releases

Entertainment Law Resources Blog

submission release can be found in my book, Contracts for the Film & Television Industry, published by Silman-James Press. Answers from Mark Litwak, Attorney At Law. DISCLAIMER: The information provided here is intended to provide general information and does not constitute legal advice. Answer: Not necessarily. Toy Story), songs, etc.

J. D. SALINGER SUES TO PREVENT PUBLICATION OF BOOK

Entertainment Law Resources Blog

California, introduces “Mr. C.” in his book as the 76-year-old Holden Caulfield who escapes from a nursing home and pontificates on his experiences while meandering New York City. The suit further argues that sales of Colting’s unauthorized book would siphon off profits due Salinger. Lawyers for acclaimed author J. D. Salinger." Super.

J. D. SALINGER SUES TO PREVENT PUBLICATION OF BOOK

Entertainment Law Resources Blog

California, introduces “Mr. C.” in his book as the 76-year-old Holden Caulfield who escapes from a nursing home and pontificates on his experiences while meandering New York City. The suit further argues that sales of Colting’s unauthorized book would siphon off profits due Salinger. Lawyers for acclaimed author J. D. Salinger." Super.

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog - Untitled Article

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

Judge appears to back Google''s defense of digital books project | Internet & Media - CNET News A U.S.

Swedish Trilogy on Tarantino/Pitt Wish-List?

Thompson On Hollywood

And here's the trailer: Tags: Books Global Cinema Writers Brad Pitt Millenium Trilogy Quentin Tarantino Stieg Larsson The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Will Google Submit “The Power of Google Adsense” to Voluntary Oversight?

Music Technology Policy

Take Google Books for one example—Google could very easily have submitted to a voluntary agreement at the outset, but preferred—preferred—to slug it out in court when they thought they just had a group of authors to roll over with Google’s bottomless litigation budget raised through monopoly profits (or “rents”). There’s a word for that….

The Return of Orphan Works: A Review of the 2008 Shawn Bentley Orphan Works Act Part 1

Music Technology Policy

In the aftermath of the Google Books debacle, we are starting to hear noises that Google will back a new orphan works bill in this Congress.  There is a Joseph Gratz who is counsel to Google in the Google Books case. See " UK's Brazen Copyright Landgrab Sneaked Into Enterprise Bill ".]. The U.S. Yes, that’s five months soup to nuts. 

Snooki in a Trademark Catfight

JetLawBlog

Quite the cat’s meow, the book won an American Graphic Design Award in 2004. Until then, there is always season three.

Why Songwriters Can’t Audit Under the Statutory Mechanical Royalty License, or Shall We Rely on the Kindness of Strangers?

Music Technology Policy

Once a year, the statute requires that a certified public accountant review the books and provide a certification of their own: Signature and certification. (i) Each Annual Statement of Account shall include the handwritten signature of the compulsory licensee. Well…not quite.  So this is a third black box. Impossible you say? 

The Future for Television: More Google Union-Busting

Music Technology Policy

Google Backed Netcoalition’s Anti-Union Dirty Tricks Campaign. This flyer was circulated by the Net Coaltion lobby shop in Washington recently.  As you will see it clearly refers to a “host of union thugs” who had the temerity to oppose Net Coalition backer Google and other giant consumer electronics companies.  Murdoch pressed.

Underreporting and No Accountability: Another Reason Streaming Royalties are So Small

Music Technology Policy

11   In fact, some might even say that by allowing a publisher to cause the record company to open its books, the publisher felt less of a need to conduct an examination since it was able to do so. 20  See Musicians to receive $50 million in royalties , Chicago Tribune, May 5, 2004, available at [link]. Submitted Electronically.

Entertainment Law Update Episode 037 – Top Ten Stories of 2012

Gordon P. Firemark

Books by C.S. Call us with your feedback: (310) 243-6231. In this Episode: Crystal Skull lawsuit. Persian Barbie dispute. Website:    [link].

The Wi-Spy Fiasco: The Plot Sickens Part 2

Music Technology Policy

According to a review of the book : Software insides section starts with coverage on the great work of Marius Milner – NetStumbler and its smaller counterpart MiniStumbler. So instead Google and Milner based the Street View system on a more powerful Linux program, called Kismet, that could.  [See Wardriving book review above.].

The Return of Orphan Works: A Review of the 2008 Shawn Bentley Orphan Works Act Part 1

Music Technology Policy

In the aftermath of the Google Books debacle, we are starting to hear noises that Google will back a new orphan works bill in this Congress.  There is a Joseph Gratz who is counsel to Google in the Google Books case. All answers for any problems that arose with administration seemed to be that the copyright owner could sue.  The U.S.

Tenenbaum's own fair use expert: downloading songs is 'illegal,' 'breaking the law,' 'cheating'

Copyrights & Campaigns

See this 2004 Boston Globe op-ed piece in which Palfrey argues that purveyors of p2p software including Grokster should not be held liable for their users' infringements (a position subsequently rejected by the Supreme Court ). p.133) On Napster: "there was little doubt that the file sharing itself was illegal." (p.

BBC News - Nelson Mandela letters reveal South Africa jail agony

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

Many of the letters were copied by Mr Mandela into exercise books which were confiscated by the authorities. They were finally handed back to him by a former security policeman in 2004. They are being published in a book, Conversations with Myself, which incorporates an archive of diaries and private recordings as well as letters.

Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Public Domain

Entertainment Law Resources Blog

Klinger, the editor of the 3,000-page "Annotated Sherlock Holmes" and other Sherlock Holmes-related books. It stems from his book "In the Company of Sherlock Holmes," a collection of new Sherlock Holmes stories by various authors, edited by Klinger and his co-editor Laurie King to be published by Pegasus Books. copyright laws.

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Another Look at Google and Elections

Music Technology Policy

And then there’s Google Books.  I bet you thought Google Books was the “digital Library of Alexandria.” Oh Canada!

Nevada Supreme Court Overturns State "Son of Sam" Law

Entertainment Law Resources Blog

Lerner wrote a book in prison, "You Got Nothing Coming, Notes From a Prison Fish," which describes both his life experiences in prison as well as Slavin's murder. Pursuant to the Nevada "Son of Sam" law, Donna Seres, the victim's sister, sued Lerner for all the profits from his book. Lerner , 102 P.3d 91, 2004 Nev.LEXIS 12733 (Nev.

Nevada Supreme Court Overturns State "Son of Sam" Law

Entertainment Law Resources Blog

Lerner wrote a book in prison, "You Got Nothing Coming, Notes From a Prison Fish," which describes both his life experiences in prison as well as Slavin's murder. Pursuant to the Nevada "Son of Sam" law, Donna Seres, the victim's sister, sued Lerner for all the profits from his book. Lerner , 102 P.3d 91, 2004 Nev.LEXIS 12733 (Nev.

“Wife Swap” Producer May Proceed with Copyright Infringement Claim Against “Trading Spouses”

Entertainment Law Resources Blog

RDF Media produced a reality television show called “Wife Swap” that was aired on ABC in May 2004. Shortly after its airing, Fox Broadcasting ran a similar show called “Trading Spouses.” RDF brought suit based on two claims: copyright and trade dress infringement. Fox filed a motion to dismiss all of RDF’s claims. RDF Media Limited v. 2005).

“Wife Swap” Producer May Proceed with Copyright Infringement Claim Against “Trading Spouses”

Entertainment Law Resources Blog

RDF Media produced a reality television show called “Wife Swap” that was aired on ABC in May 2004. Shortly after its airing, Fox Broadcasting ran a similar show called “Trading Spouses.” RDF brought suit based on two claims: copyright and trade dress infringement. Fox filed a motion to dismiss all of RDF’s claims. RDF Media Limited v. 2005).

Interview with Keith Bernstein of Innovator Crunch Digital

Music Technology Policy

So when we started Royalty Review Council in 2000, the primary plan was to be in a position by 2003 or 2004, to be available to various clients to perform digital audits. Keith Bernstein of Royalty Review Council is in the Glenn Peoples news scoop in Billboard about Keith’s Crunch Digital company and PDX service.  doing them right.

Clickwrapped and Browsewrapped - Court Rejects Attorney Plaintiff's Challenge to Travel Site Terms and Conditions

New Media and Technology Law

Expedia brought suit against the travel site under Missouri consumer law, claiming that Expedia knowingly misrepresented the hotel amenities for a room that he booked on the site. In order to book a room, the user was required to click on the "continue" button. There are numerous exceptions to the general rule, however.