Sat.Mar 17, 2012 - Fri.Mar 23, 2012

Google Again Opposes Movie Industry in a Copyright Fight

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Eriq Gardner The MPAA says that Hotfile is like Megaupload, but Google says Hotfile deserves the same legal protections as YouTube. read more.

Asked & Answered: What obligations when author is dead and publisher can’t be found?

Gordon P. Firemark

Often, when companies go out of business, they sell or transfer their assets, so it’s important to investigate carefully.

20 More Questions for Artists: License fee splits for film and TV

Music Technology Policy

This post is a follow-on to “ 20 Questions for New Artists ” by Chris Castle and Amy Mitchell available here. Great news, you got a track licensed for a weekly network TV show, what’s called “episodic television.”  ”  So now what? Here are a few things that it ought to say. 1.  There are a few issues here. 

Seven Tips for Building Your LinkedIn Network

Media Law

Here is a post I wrote for the ABA Techshow blog:  Seven Tips for Building up Your LinkedIn Network. General

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'Last Samurai' Trial Begins: What's the Value of a Good Idea in Hollywood?

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Eriq Gardner What made 'Last Samurai' a box-office smash: Was it the script ideas or was it Tom Cruise's acting and Ed Zwick's directing? read more.

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Appeals Court Denies Stan Lee Media's Bid For Rights to Spider-Man

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Eriq Gardner The long-running dispute rages on as the company hopes Wednesday's decision allows them to proceed with a suit against Stan Lee himself.

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Was St. Patrick Really Italian?

The Legal Satyricon

Irish is, without a doubt, the dominant immigrant culture in Massachusetts. Growing up there, in a town where Sicilians were the plurality, St. Patrick’s Day was always a little underwhelming. Instead, we celebrated St. Joseph’s day on March 19. Of course, every St. Joseph’s Day, someone would bring up the old story that St.

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Guest Post: Amazon will deal with Pinterest Copyright Infringements

Music Technology Policy

[Editor Charlie sez: This is a guest post from our friends at Artists Rights that originally appeared here.  Follow them @artistsrights.  Copyright in the author, used by permission.]. One of our contributors discovered that all content copied by Pinterest members to the Pinterest website was actually hosted on Amazon servers. Amazon. Reno, USA.

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LexisNexis Acquires Legal News Site Law360

Media Law

LexisNexis said today that it has acquired Portfolio Media, the company that runs Law360 , a subscription website that provides legal news and analysis targeted at business lawyers. Law360 covers legal news on its website and in e-newsletters. News is organized according to some 30 practice areas, industries and regions. federal district courts.

'Hunger Games' Studio Sends Lawyer Letter to Charity Using 'Hunger Is Not a Game' Slogan

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

read more. THR, Esq. Movies Movies Business Lionsgate Hunger Games

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Was St. Patrick Really Italian?

The Legal Satyricon

Irish is, without a doubt, the dominant immigrant culture in Massachusetts. Growing up there, in a town where Sicilians were the plurality, St. Patrick’s Day was always a little underwhelming. Instead, we celebrated St. Joseph’s day on March 19. Of course, every St. Joseph’s Day, someone would bring up the old story that St.

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Where Should Public University Faculty Publish?

Media Law Prof Blog

From The Scientist: a report on the University of North Carolina's consideration of a new policy that would require its faculty to publish in open access journals. Such a move is gaining support in universities across the country on the

Yet Another Practice Management Platform adds Document Assembly

Media Law

I’m sensing a trend here. In January, I wrote here that the Web-based practice management application Rocket Matter had added document assembly. Less than a week later, I posted here that Clio had announced its addition of a document assembly feature. Then I learned that HoudiniEsq had already offered document assembly for at least a year.

Pitbull Responds to Lindsay Lohan Lawsuit with First Amendment Defense

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Eriq Gardner Actress is suing after getting mentioned in a rap song. read more. THR, Esq. Music Music Eminem Lindsay Lohan Pitbull Ryan Seacrest

Viva San Giuseppe!

The Legal Satyricon

Today is St. Joseph’s day. In Italy, they treat it like father’s day (naturally, as San Giuseppe is the patron saint of fatherhood). In my family, this day was another excuse to eat together. My sister tells me that during World War II, my Great-Grandmother made a deal with San Giuseppe that she would celebrate [.].

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Mistrial In "Desperate Housewives" Case

Media Law Prof Blog

From The Hollywood Reporter : the judge overseeing the "Desperate Housewives" case has declared a mistrial. The jury reports that it is deadlocked 8-4 in favor of Nicollette Sheridan

Harvard Crimson supports 3 strikes for students: Berkman dealt aces and 8s by campus paper

Music Technology Policy

[Editor Charlie sez: This post first ran in December 2010]. You gotta know when to hold ‘em and know when to fold ‘em.  The editorial supports a graduated response plan to call out students who misuse the Harvard network for illegal downloading.  Someone will have to be first. ” ). Lessig could take a lesson from The Crimson.

SAG/AFTRA Lawsuit Hearing Canceled (Exclusive)

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Jonathan Handel The judge will decide the matter based on the motions filed in the last few weeks. read more. THR, Esq.

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

The Legal Satyricon

Filed under: awesomeness. awesomeness

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Government Limitations On Scientific Speech

Media Law Prof Blog

John Kraemer, Georgetown University Law Center, and Lawrence O. Gostin, Georgetown University Law Center, O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law, have published The Limits of Government Regulation of Science, at Science 1047 (March 2012). Here is the abstract

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Facts are Not Like Water, Either: Encyclopedia Britannica Online Launches

Music Technology Policy

The authoritative Encyclopedia Britannica launched a new online site at www.britannica.com.  The “facts are like water” crowd will no doubt prefer the work product of the wisdom of mobs, but I personally tend to agree with Britannica’s slogan:  Facts matter.

Music Publisher Drops Key Claim in 'Y.M.C.A.' Copyright Termination Lawsuit

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Eriq Gardner The development comes in an important case involving a songwriter's ability to terminate a copyright grant. read more. THR, Esq.

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Verrr Nice! NOT!

The Legal Satyricon

Kazakh Maria Dmitrienko won the gold medal in a shooting competition in Kuwait. While she stood on the podium, they played the Kazakh National Anthem — except it wasn’t the real one… it was Borat’s version. Apparently, the organizers accidentally downloaded it from the internet. ass hat

New Jersey Supreme Court Upholds Lower Court "Inaccurate Teaser" Ruling

Media Law Prof Blog

The New Jersey Supreme Court has held that a newspaper's publication of inaccurate "teaser" does not necessarily constitute actual malice or reckless disregard when the article corresponding to the the teaser is accurate, the matter discussed is one of public

Book Review: “Free Ride: How Digital Parasites Are Destroying the Culture Business and How the Culture Business Can Fight Back” by Robert Levine

Music Technology Policy

There is something comforting about hearing the Speaker of the House of Commons crying “Order, order” and having the MPs actually heed that instruction.  It’s particularly comforting in light of the tragic wilding that has been occurring in the ancient city of London, the font of British civility and civilization.  Even the U.S.

How Hollywood Could Stop Pirate Bay's Plan to Launch Servers into the Sky

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Eriq Gardner One of the MPAA's legal enemies wants to escape copyright prosecution by taking its servers to international waters. read more. THR, Esq.

Atheist Group “Unblesses” Highway

The Legal Satyricon

In Polk County, Floriduh, no less. source) Filed under: polk county. polk county

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The Last Word: New prosecutor appointed in Trayvon Martin case

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

The Last Word: New prosecutor appointed in Trayvon Martin case Visit msnbc.com for breaking news , world news , and news about the economy

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Symposium on Media and the Law at St. Thomas Law School

Media Law Prof Blog

The St. Thomas Law Review (Miami) is hosting a symposium on Media and the Law: Adjusting Trial Strategy in Light of Media Portrayal and Public Perception. The keynote speaker is Charles Nesson of Harvard Law School. The symposium takes place

Lindsay Lohan's Lawyer Accused of Plagiarism in Pitbull Lawsuit (Exclusive)

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Eriq Gardner Stephanie Ovadia is alleged to have lifted passages of a recent Lohan legal brief from various online sources read more. THR, Esq.

Don’t be Deceptive: Is YouTube a honeypot for data collection?

Music Technology Policy

Remember the righteous indignation of parents over the use of the deceptive cartoon figure “Joe Camel” to sell cigarettes largely to kids? 

U.S. News - Police chief steps down temporarily over handling of Trayvon Martin case

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

News - Police chief steps down temporarily over handling of Trayvon Martin case

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Hate Speech and ECJ Jurisprudence

Media Law Prof Blog

Uladzislau Belavusau, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, has published Fighting Hate Speech Through EU Law at 4 Amsterdam Law Forum 20 (2012). Here is the abstract. This article explores the rise of the European ‘First Amendment’ beyond national and Strasbourg law, offering

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Andy Warhol Foundation Seeks to Dismiss Velvet Underground Lawsuit

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Eriq Gardner In attempting to dismiss a lawsuit over the famous banana album cover, the defendant asks: Didn't this band break up 40 years ago?