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ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS LITIGATION: LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS ASSERT TRADEMARK RIGHTS AGAINST CLIPPER DARRELL

Entertainment Litigation Blog

In fact, Clipper fans have boldly declared that their beloved team is now THE team of Los Angeles. (As a long time Lakers fan, I scoff at this notion.

I’m Presenting at Podcast Movement 2016

Gordon P. Firemark

If you’re going to be in Chicago and want to meet up, drop me a note.  I’d love to meet you! Firemark - Los Angeles Entertainment Lawyers - Theatre, Film, TV & New Media. I’m coming to Chicago for Podcast Movement. We’ll be covering issues like: Releases. Contracts. Copyrights. Trademarks.

Theatre Producers make historic vote to form L.A. League

Gordon P. Firemark

series of meetings of 99-seat producers. The series of meetings was coordinated and facilitated by the staff of the L.A. League. Tweet.

Entertainment Law Asked & Answered – Does an Actor’s Agent have an Obligation to Tell the Actor about all Job Offers?

Gordon P. Firemark

So, if a role or a pay-grade doesn’t meet the pre-established criteria, the agent probably doesn’t need to bother forwarding the offer.

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Chairman Goodlatte’s Listening Tour: Google Search Meets the Ford Pinto

Music Technology Policy

The LA meeting produced an exchange between film producer Richard Gladstein and Google’s chief copyright executioner, Fred Von Lohman.  Mr.

5 people every producer needs to have on the team.

Gordon P. Firemark

Firemark - Los Angeles Entertainment Lawyers - Theatre, Film, TV & New Media. No producer can keep up with it all on his or her own.

We Got Trouble My Friends, Right Here in Music City: The Spotify Meltdown Tour Continues

Music Technology Policy

Now here’s the problem–the Featured Artist Coalition spent a good deal of time putting together these meetings with the best of intentions.

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LAFF: Yeldham Leads Charge

Thompson On Hollywood

It's crucial that new Los Angeles Film Festival director Rebecca Yeldham programmed an indie opener for Thursday night's LAFF launch.

LAFF: Public Enemies is Centerpiece

Thompson On Hollywood

Carmen Meets Borat, Mercedes Stalenhoef – Netherlands. Passes go on sale May 18 to the general public; general admission tickets to. PREMIERE.

LawZam: ‘Like Speed Dating for the Legal World’

Media Law

“LawZam is like speed dating for the legal world,” Dunkelman, a Los Angeles lawyer , says in a press release. It simply provides the venue for consumers and lawyers to meet and consult. That is how co-founder Claudio Dunkelman describes his new lawyer-client matching site, LawZam. General

Episode 48 – Google wins some, loses some, and more.

Gordon P. Firemark

Dumb Starbucks Coffee Shop Opens in Los Feliz. Story. A few weeks ago, pop-up store, Dumb Starbucks Coffee, appeared in Los Feliz. link].

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Meltdown at the Soho House: Spotify’s Artist Charm Offensive Tour Self-Destructs on Opening Night

Music Technology Policy

Spotify is conducting a artist relations charm offensive in New York, Nashville and Los Angeles. This is a time to be thankful I live in a flyover state–they won’t be coming to Austin!). Right. Business people. The answer?  If you just give it some time you’ll make more money. You know, make it up on volume.

Rut Ro: @taylorswift13 Leaves the Spotify Cult and Proves the Rule: Spotify Needs Hits, But Hits Don’t Need Spotify

Music Technology Policy

Remember, Spotify is just coming off of a hoped-for charm offensive with meetings in New York, Nashville and Los Angeles that turned into an absolute debacle. Taylor Swift has proven the rule that we all knew, but was very unpopular to actually act on: Spotify needs hits, but hits don’t need Spotify. Spotify. Not yet.

Reflections on L.A.’s nascent producer’s league. Treason… No, but…

Gordon P. Firemark

The process has been grueling, involving 6 meetings so far (2 more are scheduled), at which various interests have to be reconciled, and rules for the group’s governance established. Frequent readers probably know that I have lately been involved with a group of L.A. It’s important work, and it’s hard. Can you imagine?

SAG Stalemate Update

Digital Media Law

The SAG Board is meeting this weekend, and Variety suggests a proposed TV/theatrical deal might be presented to the Board then. I’m skeptical, but you never know. Thirteen seats representing Los Angeles on AFTRA's National Board are up for election, with one seat guaranteed for Los Angeles Announcers and one for Los Angeles Newspersons.

TV Incentive Auction Moves Forward – FCC Estimates the Value of TV Stations and Clarifies the Interference Standard for Stations Who Remain After the Auction

Broadcast Law Blog

The values projected by the study could end up being less if less is paid by the wireless operators, or if more stations decide to participate in the auction and sell their stations (as the FCC expects to need to buy out only a limited number of stations in each market – more in some and less in others – so as to meet their reclamation goals). 

Supreme Court Decides to Review Aereo – Why This is Not the New Betamax Case

Broadcast Law Blog

One newspaper editorial, from the Los Angeles Times , has suggested that this is a Betamax case for the 21 st century.  The Betamax case, officially known as Sony Corp. But that comparison really does not hold up, as the Betamax decision was premised on several findings that simply cannot be made here. 

ENTERTAINMENT LITIGATION: 2010 NINTH CIRCUIT JUDICIAL CONFERENCE

Entertainment Litigation Blog

Everyone knew everyone else -- even in Los Angeles. Kennedy as the keynote speaker. This is a good thing.

How Do We Know Driverless Cars Are Safe? Google Says ‘Trust Us’

Digital Media Law

Test plans, source code, design documents and more are required to be submitted, and the programming process itself has to meet certain standards.

SAG Feels its Own Labor Pains

Digital Media Law

Negotiations between the actors guild and Teamsters Local 986, which represents more than 40 of SAG's Los Angeles-based business representatives, have gotten bumpy. Labor unrest is hitting SAG close to home. Yes, even unions have unions. In this negotiation, SAG functions as management, not labor.

IATSE and Teamsters Reach Mutual Assistance Pact

Digital Media Law

Teamsters Locals 399 (Los Angeles) and 817 (New York) represent motion picture and television drivers and others. Recent meetings (which I previously reported) between the leadership of the two labor organizations have led to closer ties. IATSE represents most below the line crew. Check out my residuals chart there too.

Will SAG Strike? – Conference Call

Digital Media Law

There’ve been a lot of developments at SAG in the last few days: town hall meetings filled with members, many of whom in LA were pro-strike and in NY anti-strike; an anti-strike letter from A-list stars; an anti-strike op-ed in the LA Times; and more. There’s another town hall meeting in LA in a few hours. Pacific Time / 2:00 p.m.

Reflections on the State of Radio - A Month of Discussions at The Radio Show, State Broadcasters Meetings and Digital Media Conferences

Broadcast Law Blog

And at the Digital Music Forum West in Los Angeles last week, I moderated a panel on music licensing issue for digital media companies. Tomorrow is here today, and it is time to take advantage of its opportunities, and meet its challenges. As with any new line of business, there will always be bumps.

Nipper, the EFF and the Badges: Triangulating their master’s voice

Music Technology Policy

Unless you refer to meeting at Caribou Coffee for an off the books meeting in your off the books emails that you get caught with.

Speaking at LA County Bar Association

Gordon P. Firemark

The Details: Los Angeles County Bar Association’s Second Annual Small Firm and Solo Practitioner Conference , June 24-25. I’m pleased to have been asked to join  an impressive panel of lawyers, including internet defamation attorney Adrianos Fachett i; class action attorney H. Thursday, June 25. 9:15 - 10:30 a.m.

Entertainment Law Update Podcast #46 – Top Ten Stories of 2013 – Forecast 2014

Gordon P. Firemark

Entertainment Law Update is brought to you by Clio, the best way to manage your practice online. Show Notes. Google Books. Hodgson Legal. Solis v.

SAG Moves towards Joint Bargaining with AFTRA

Digital Media Law

The urgency presumably stems in part from the fact that AFTRA’s next national board meeting is February 27 meeting, and more generally from the constraints created by the October 1 date and the various processes leading up to it, as I have previously discussed. The meeting adjourned just after 5:00 p.m.

SAG - Hardliners Successful

Digital Media Law

As of earlier this afternoon, a source inside the room tells me Membership First beat back the majority (composed of moderates) on the SAG Board and prevented passage of a resolution that would have removed Doug Allen as Chief Negotiator and dissolved the Negotiating Committee and rescinded the Strike Authorization Vote. We have no further comment.

Should there be a rating system for “red flag” knowledge: How many DMCA notices are too many?

Music Technology Policy

Kind of like an Alexa.com meets Good Housekeeping for infringers? In Los Angeles, the city health department gives restaurants a rating card that is posted on the front door of the establishment. ”  Interesting, because of a couple things:  First, that’s a 166% increase year over year.  His reply? Ah, I see. Nothing.

SAG No News Press Release

Digital Media Law

White has assumed his role as interim national executive director and will work from the Guild’s national headquarters office in Los Angeles beginning Tuesday, January 27, 2009. graduate of Stanford Law School and a Rhodes Scholar, White was previously a labor and employment attorney at the Los Angeles firm of O’Melveny & Myers.

WGA Candidates for President and Board Announced

Digital Media Law

The WGAW will host its annual “Candidates Night” town-hall election forum for Guild members to meet and pose questions to their prospective Officer and BOD candidates on Wednesday, September 2, at WGAW headquarters in Los Angeles. The ballots go out sometime in late July or August, and are apparently due back September 17.

Should there be a rating system for “red flag” knowledge: How many DMCA notices are too many?

Music Technology Policy

Kind of like an Alexa.com meets Good Housekeeping for infringers? In Los Angeles, the city health department gives restaurants a rating card that is posted on the front door of the establishment. This isn’t speculation anymore–YouTube must have received at least a million DMCA notices by now.  His reply? Ah, I see.

How many DMCA notices are too many?

Music Technology Policy

Kind of like an Alexa.com meets Good Housekeeping for infringers? In Los Angeles, the city health department gives restaurants a rating card that is posted on the front door of the establishment. This isn’t speculation anymore–YouTube must have received at least a million DMCA notices by now. His reply? Ah, I see.

SAG/AMPTP Reach Tentative Deal

Thompson On Hollywood

It is subject to review by the SAG national board of directors at an already-scheduled meeting/video conference in LA and NY this Sunday.

Entertainment Law Update Podcast Episode 14

Gordon P. Firemark

NOW | Los Angeles Times Last Month, the jury awarded Johnson $23.2 Meet the new Napster of television. Letterman v. Phoenix?

The MTP Interview: Canadian Artist Suzana Barbosa Who Really Did #walkmilesformusic

Music Technology Policy

could feel that this vision was already alive, existing, waiting for me to meet it. Remember those really low rates that Pandora pays in the US?

London Calling For Outsourced Writing

DealFatigue

go to meetings for the writer’s optioned property? Could India be next? For instance, can a WGA member: work for a non-struck company?

London Calling For Outsourced Writing

DealFatigue

go to meetings for the writer’s optioned property? Could India be next? For instance, can a WGA member: work for a non-struck company?

London Calling For Outsourced Writing

DealFatigue

go to meetings for the writer’s optioned property? However, reps with writing clients overseas - myself included - are advising caution.

SAG Strike Authorization Ballots Delayed

Digital Media Law

This development was revealed less than two hours ago in an email from SAG National Executive Director Doug Allen to all SAG members, which also stated that an in-person SAG National Board meeting is now set for January 12-13 (all day the 12 th and part of the day the 13 th ). The LA Times beat me on this one by about a half hour.