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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.

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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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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. 

'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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Ethics Challenge – Come up with an ethical reason for being a carnivore

The Legal Satyricon

Ariel Kaminer, The New York Times’ “Ethicist” throws down the gauntlet at carnivores — challenging us to come up with an ethical argument for eating animals. Carnivores say] they love meat or that meat is deeply ingrained in our habit or culture or cuisine or that it’s nutritious or that it’s just part of the [.].

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.

Canard du jour: Do residuals make you lazy? If the age of privacy is over, is the age of royalties over, too?

Music Technology Policy

One of the common misapprehensions one hears from the “music/facts/books/news/movies/games are like water” crowd is that creators don’t deserve the royalties and residuals for which their unions and they fought for so long.  How Did We Ever Get Along Without Him. million to fund Lessig’s pet Creative Commons. Tote that Barge.

'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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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

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.

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.

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

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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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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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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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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

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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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? 

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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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

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msnbc video: Sanford police chief temporarily steps aside

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

msnbc video: Sanford police chief temporarily steps aside Visit msnbc.com for breaking news , world news , and news about the economy

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Epsilons at the Brave New Googleplex: Film by Google Whistleblower

Music Technology Policy

These workers are identifiable by their yellow badges, and they go by the team name ScanOps. They scan books, page by page, for Google Book Search. 

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.

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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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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

From MTPM: The Big Picture: Establishing Market Rules Online with the.music gTLD

Music Technology Policy

This piece appeared in the February 2011 issue of MusicTechPolicyMonthly (subscribe at www.musctechpolicymonthly.com ) In coming days, MTP will have further discussion of the recent ICANN actions so watch this space. That’s what solutions are, after all.  E=mc².  The frustum of a cone.  The fundamental theorem of calculus. governance. 

CBS Settles Lawsuit Over John Edwards Mistress Photo

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Eriq Gardner A paparazzo sued the network for not getting a license to use the images he snapped. read more. THR, Esq.

Creative Artists Agency Settles Age Discrimination Case

Media Law Prof Blog

Creative Artists Agency has finally settled a 10-year-old lawsuit involving claims by older writers who say that it as well as other agencies and some studios refused to deal with them. CAA will donate $150,000 and provide "limited consulting services

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We already knew Gingers don’t have souls…

The Legal Satyricon

DeVoy …And now they don’t have a presence on Dr. Who: Jenna-Louise Coleman will be replacing Karen Gillan, the ginger who plays Amy Pond on the long-running BBC documentary program. Soon, the show will be cured of gingervitis. For those of you who do not know much about the show, the last full [.].

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Interview with Keith Bernstein of Innovator Crunch Digital

Music Technology Policy

Keith Bernstein of Royalty Review Council is in the Glenn Peoples news scoop in Billboard about Keith’s Crunch Digital company and PDX service.  This issue’s featured interview is with Keith Bernstein of Royalty Review Council and Crunch Digital. Keith is interviewed by MTP’s Chris Castle. doing them right. So why wait. audited.

Marilyn Monroe Images Prompt New Legal Dispute

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Eriq Gardner CMG Worldwide, which has spent years pushing strong publicity rights for dead celebrities, seeks a judgment that it hasn't infringed the rights of the Monroe estate. read more. THR, Esq. Movies Movies Business Marilyn Monroe