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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!,”

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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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.

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

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

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.

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'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

The $500,000,000 Cost to Artists of Google’s Five Million DMCA Notices

Music Technology Policy

One of Google’s legion of lobbyists recently testified at the House Judiciary Committee that  Google alone has “processed” nearly  five million DMCA notices so far this year.  But let us not allow the spin and distraction to completely obfuscate the real issue:  That’s still four million notices of infringement.

Rightaven: Downfall

The Legal Satyricon

Someone really should make a “Downfall” parody of Righthaven. As a result of Righthaven losing all its copyrights, Judge Navarro wants to know why she shouldn’t dismiss all the rest of the Righthaven cases on her desk. source) Filed under: misc.

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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Mashups and Copyright

Media Law Prof Blog

Elina Lae, University of Michigan Law School; University of Helsinki Faculty of Law, has published Mashups ? Protected Form of Appropriation Art or a Blatant Copyright Infringement? Here is the abstract. Mashup music, in its simplest definition, is a

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It’s Different

Music Technology Policy

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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.

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.

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

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.

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 [.].

'Desperate Housewives' Trial: Marc Cherry Describes Hitting Nicollette Sheridan With 'My Fingers'

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Permission was understood.” read more. THR, Esq. THR, Esq. Television Television ABC Marc Cherry Nicollette Sheridan Desperate Housewives

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

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.).

Lottery Winner on Food Stamps

The Legal Satyricon

Amanda Clayton is a 24 year old from Lincoln Park, Michigan, who won the Michigan Lottery. She got $1 millon, but complained that it wasn’t really that much, since the government took 1/3 of it in taxes. She got caught using $200 a month in food stamps, despite her million dollar (before taxes) windfall. When [.].

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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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Another Look At Brown v. Entertainment Merchants Association

Media Law Prof Blog

Alan E. Garfield, Widener University School of Law, has published 'Reasoning-Lite' in the Violent Video Game Case at 1 Wake Forest Law Review Online 124 (2011). Here is the abstract. One might have expected that the Supreme Court’s recent decision

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?

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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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

Behind the Scenes at NewsCorp

Media Law Prof Blog

From the New York Times: what's going on at NewsCorp to try to prevent disaster

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?

Increase the size of Congress?

The Legal Satyricon

This is a pretty compelling idea. For the first 140 years of the republic, the House increased in size with the population in varying degrees, going from 65 members originally to 435. Republican Congress and president enacted the Reapportionment Act of 1929, which arbitrarily capped the number at 435 members. Although the U.S. population [.].

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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