Sat.Mar 03, 2012 - Fri.Mar 09, 2012

Moviegoer Files Class Action Lawsuit Over High Cost Of Food and Drinks At Theaters

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Eriq Gardner Movie theaters make $3000 on every bag of raw popcorn that costs them $30. One consumer has had it. read more. THR, Esq.

A First Look at the Newest Casemaker

Media Law

Almost a year ago, I wrote here about the major upgrade in the works for the Casemaker legal research service. ”). Track research by client.

SAG/AFTRA Members: Will your dues go up or down? Now you can tell.

Digital Media Law

There's been a lot of discussion about how dues will change if SAG and AFTRA merge, but no one's made it easy for you to know exactly what will happen to your own. For a detailed breakdown -- and a graph that encompasses earnings from $0 to $250K, see The Hollywood Reporter. Check out my new book “Hollywood on Strike!,”

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Asked & Answered: More about life-rights

Gordon P. Firemark

Ros wants to know about the type of agreement needed when preparing a biopic about a person based on conversations and letters from the subject.

Sony Pays $8 Million to Settle Digital Music Class Action Lawsuit

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Eriq Gardner The music giant Sony BMG ends it five-year battle with musicians including The Allman Brothers, Cheap Trick and The Youngbloods read more.

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Marlon Brando Estate Settles Lawsuit With Harley-Davidson Over 'Brando' Boots

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Eriq Gardner Motorcycle company was accused of selling "Brando" boots that looked like the ones worn in "The Wild One." read more. THR, Esq.

Recording Artists Suing For Digital Royalty Accountings

Current Trends

As promised, here is a running list of lawsuits filed against record labels over the license vs sale royalty issue for digital downloads. Allman Brothers v. settlement in principal was reached a year earlier in March 2011. Toto, Inc.  v Sony Music Entertainment ,1:2012cv01434, filed Feb. 27, 2012, SDNY. Kenny Rogers v. 13, 2012, MDTN. 30, 2012.

Panel This Week on Cameras in the Courts

Media Law

The U.S. District Court in Massachusetts is among 14 federal courts participating in a pilot project allowing cameras in the courtroom. I am moderating a panel this week that will look at this pilot project, and also contrast it with the experimental OpenCourt digital-access project under way in Quincy District Court. Boston. General

Spanish Court Asks For Preliminary Ruling On Whether Google Must Delete Personal Material On Request

Media Law Prof Blog

Spain's highest court has requested a preliminary ruling from the European Court of Justice on the matter of the "right to be forgotten." Specifically, it has asked the ECJ whether Google must delete material from the net if individuals ask

Jay-Z Battles Egyptians Over 'Big Pimpin' Outrage

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

read more. THR, Esq. The Business Music Business Jay-Z

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Allman Brothers Settle Class Action With Sony Over Digital Downloads

Current Trends

In a much watched lawsuit, the Allman Brothers, Cheap Trick and the Youngbloods reached a settlement with the Sony record label for back payment of digital download royalties. Sony is not alone in facing litigation from artists that signed deals prior 2003 for the license vs sale issue.  The “Eminem Case” of F.B.T. Productions, LLC v.

It’s Different

Music Technology Policy

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UK judge allows service via Facebook

The Legal Satyricon

Facebook users in the UK might start thinking twice before accepting friend requests from people they absolutely don’t know. An English High Court judge allowed two lawyers to serve a defendant they had been unable to contact in person or via email through Facebook. Source. Although courts in Canada, Australia, and New Zealand have used [.].

Megaupload Founder Kim Dotcom Defends Himself as He Fights Extradition (Video)

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Eriq Gardner The U.S. moves to bring the "piracy king" from New Zealand to face charges. Kim Dotcom speaks up. read more. THR, Esq.

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FCC seeks comment on police shutdowns of cell service | InSecurity Complex - CNET News

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

FCC seeks comment on police shutdowns of cell service | InSecurity Complex - CNET News The Federal Communications Commission wants to know what the public has to say about government officials asking carriers to disable cell service for public safety purposes. Read more: [link

Dissembling on Factiness Six Times Before Breakfast: Is the Geist Scandal Widening?

Music Technology Policy

“There is no use trying,” said Alice.  “One can’t believe impossible things.” “I dare say you haven’t had much practice,” said the Queen. Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland , by Lewis Carroll. Even though Prof. emphasis mine). Which is true?

Sheriff Mike Scott vs. The Media (again)

The Legal Satyricon

Lee County, Floriduh: Sheriff Mike Scott, (who I wrote about here) didn’t like being questioned about a federal lawsuit filed against his department. To show everyone that he’s boss, he decided that the Fort Myers News Press will no longer have the right to ask questions at press conferences, and he’s decided to severely limit [.].

'Yu-Gi-Oh!' Studio Gets $8 Million, Retains Distribution Rights in Legal Settlement

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Eriq Gardner 4Kids Entertainment stands a good chance of emerging from bankruptcy strong after successfully battling 'Yu-Gi-Oh!' read more. THR, Esq.

Emotive Speech and Fleeting Expletives

Media Law Prof Blog

Wat Hopkins, Virginia Tech, has published When Does F Not Mean F : FCC v. Fox Television Stations and a Call for Protecting Emotive Speech, at 64 Federal Communications Law Journal 1 (2011). Here is the abstract. The Supreme Court

A Further Thought on the Canadian Bar Association Submission: It now has to be true

Music Technology Policy

”Tom Bishop : Just trying to find out where she got that dress. Nathan Muir : What if she were an asset? You told her four lies that now have to be true.”. Spy Game , Copyright 2001, Universal Pictures, Screenplay by Michael Frost Beckner and David Arata. Examples held up to others from which they could learn. emphasis mine). emphasis mine).

Guacamole

The Legal Satyricon

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TV Lawyer Sues CBS For Failing to Refer Him Clients

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Eriq Gardner An attorney who appeared on a live call-in show to offer legal advice is now suing the network for not giving him enough business.

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UK Watchdog Body Press Complaints Commission To Shut Down

Media Law Prof Blog

The Guardian reports that the self-regulatory body the Press Complaints Commission (PCC) is closing down, yet another victim of the phone-hacking scandal. Blogger Roy Greenslade comments here. More coverage here from the Hollywood Reporter, here from the Independent, commentary from

Egginghaus and German Street View

Music Technology Policy

[Editor Charlie says:  This Chris Castle post originally appeared in MTP on Nov. The brilliantly witty Chris Matyszczyk has a fascinating story of lobbing, Google style, in reaction to the launch in Germany of Google Street View.   That’s right.  Lobbing, not lobbying.  Or at least it would appear so. With apologies to Julius Ebbinghaus.).

Arizona Rep. Katie Hobbs, Idiot, Seeks to Normalize Ugliness

The Legal Satyricon

DeVoy A few years ago, the Dove Campaign For Real Beauty tried to give false hope to plain janes everywhere that actual beauty doesn’t exist at all, and is a consequence of extensive photoshopping.  A viral youtube clip showed an above-average girl getting made up, and then photoshopped into a supermodel. Naturally, American [.].

SAG/AFTRA: Former Mercer Official Rejects Anti-Merger Lawsuit's Reliance on 2003 Mercer Report

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Another defendants’ expert says a study would “worthless,” but several plaintiffs’ experts disagree. read more. THR, Esq.

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The Max Mosley Case and English Privacy Rights

Media Law Prof Blog

James E. Stanley has published Max Mosley and the English Right to Privacy at 10 Washington University Global Studies Law Review 641 (2011). Here is the abstract. Mosley v. News Group Newspapers marked a landmark moment for the English right

Lessig’s UK Gloat Fest: “A Dedicated Group of Likeminded People” Redux

Music Technology Policy

Cass Sunstein of the Obama administration’s Office of Management and Budget issued a memo to the heads of executive branch departments and regulatory agencies which dealt with the use of social media and web-based interactive technologies. The memo would likely rule out the “Petitions” available on the White House website.  For U.S.

Quiz: Which religious cult slices up its babies’ genitals and then sucks on them?

The Legal Satyricon

There’s this strange cult where they cut off a piece of a little girl’s genitals, and then the witch doctor who does it sucks the little girl’s vagina. Isn’t that disgusting? Barbaric? Stone age? Oh, wait, its not little girls, its little boys. The “cult” is a sect of judaism. As part of the ultra-orthodox [.].

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Rush vs. Rush Limbaugh: Band Demands Radio Host Stop Using Music on Show

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Eriq Gardner The popular rock band joins dozens of advertisers in distancing themselves from Rush Limbaugh. read more. THR, Esq.

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Trademarks and Domain Names Webinar Recording

Cyberlaw Central

The recording of my webinar on “ Trademarks and Domain Names ” has been posted to my Firm’s blog here – [link]. covered the following topics: - Trademark Overview. Domain Name Overview. Domain Name Formats. Domain Names as Trademarks. Domain Names Including Trademarks. Cybersquatting and Typosquatting. Hypotheticals.

The Success of Louis C.K. is Not a Joke on Anyone

Music Technology Policy

“Pretty soon, they all want to get into the act.”. Attributed to Jimmy Durante. direct to fan release “Live from the Beacon Theater”. Here’s the tip off from the FT in the opening paragraph: “After the vigorously profane American comic Louis C.K. It worked. At $5 a download straight from Mr. C.K.’s The website C.K. Not so much. What Do We Know?

Navajo Nation Sues Urban Outfitters for Trademark Infringement

The Legal Satyricon

Last week, the Navajo nation sued Urban Outfitters for trademark infringement, trademark dilution, unfair competition, and a violation of the Indian Arts and Crafts Act for selling products branded as “Navajo” at its stores. The products? “Hipster Panties,” socks, and of all things, a flask. Yes, a flask. Complaint here.

Los Angeles' New Adult Film Condom Law Has Holes

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Eriq Gardner Observers question who will be enforcing a new law mandating condom use on L.A.-based based porn sets. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Movies Business