Mon.Jun 27, 2011

Why theatres ban photography, even before the show.

Gordon P. Firemark

If you’ve been to the theatre recently, you may have noticed ushers admonishing patrons against taking pictures, even before the show begins.  In this Article from Playbill.com , several explanations are offered. Mostly, it seems, concerns about designers’ intellectual property are behind the rules, but there may also be safety concerns. 

Appeals Court Backs Adam Sandler, Sony in Lawsuit Over 'You Don't Mess With the Zohan'

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Eriq Gardner The idea to use a hair dryer as a weapon is not copyrightable, an appeals court rules. read more. THR, Esq. Movies Movies Adam Sandler

Supreme Court Affirms Ninth Circuit; California Video Game Law Unconstitutional

Media Law Prof Blog

On First Amendment grounds, the Supreme Court has struck down a California law which limits the sale of violent video games to minors. The majority found that the state had provided no compelling interest to "abridge the freedom of speech

Rihanna Whipped By Another Fashion Photographer Over 'S&M' Music Video

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Eriq Gardner Can a music video infringe the copyright on a still photo? read more. THR, Esq. Music Music Style

Copyright and the Child Author

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Julie D. Cromer Young, Thomas Jefferson School of Law, has published From the Mouths of Babes: Protecting Child Authors from Themselves at 112 West Virginia Law Review 431 (2010). Here is the abstract. Akiane Kramarik painted some of her earliest