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The Weird Decisions Episode – Entertainment Law Update Episode 99

Gordon P. Firemark

The Latest episode of my Entertainment Law podcast, Entertainment Law Update, is now available for your enjoyment. Listen here, or subscribe and download in your favorite podcast listening app. Show notes are located at [link]. Here's what we talked about. Rapid Fire: DISNEY’S CAUTIONARY CASE MOVES FORWARD: IN OTHER NEWS… REN VENTURES HAS SUFFERED A DEFEAT (follow-up summary judgement). BLURRED LINES: THE APPEALS SAID NO.

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NBC Internal Investigation Probed Whether 'Biggest Loser' Contestants Were Given Drugs

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NBC is now fighting a subpoena from Rupert Murdoch's New York Post over a TV series that appears to have been cancelled without any official notice. read more. THR, Esq. Business Television Business THR Online

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Fox Shareholder Sues to Stop Disney Acquisition

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The absence of financial projections for Hulu in SEC filings are among the ommissions alleged to violate securities rules. read more. THR, Esq. Business Movies Television Business THR Online

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Factiness EU Style: A Dedicated Group of Like Minded People Carpet Bomb’s The European Parliament

Music Technology Policy

Viddy well, little brother. Viddy well. from A Clockwork Orange , written by Stanley Kubrick based on the novel by Anthony Burgess.

Wimmer on Whether the GDPR Can Reach U.S. Publishers @kurtwimmer

Media Law Prof Blog

Kurt Wimmer, Covington & Burling LLP, is publishing Free Expression and EU Privacy Regulation: Can the GDPR Reach U.S. Publishers? in volume 68 of the Syracuse Law Review (2018). Here is the abstract. The question of whether distant law should

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Are Data Centers The New Cornhusker Kickback and the Facebook Fakeout?

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In case you were scratching your head about why Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse decided to stick his beak into trying to continue discrimination against recording artists who had the misfortune to record before 1972–here’s a possible explanation. Maybe he was just getting his beak wet?

Keller on Whether the Right of Publicity and/or Privacy Can Protect Those Killed Extralegally From (Internet) Infamy

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Deidre A. Keller, Ohio Northern University College of Law, has published Will I Be the Next Hashtag: Can the Right of Publicity and/or Privacy Protect Those Killed Extralegally from (Internet) Infamy? Here is the abstract. Social media has become an

CFAA and Breach of Contract Claims Dismissed in Website Data Scraping Suit

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This past week, an Illinois district court dismissed, with leave to amend, claims relating to a competitor’s alleged scraping of sales listings from a company’s website for use on its own site. Alan Ross Machinery Corp. Machinio Corp. , 17-3569 (N.D. July 9, 2018)).

Watch Out, CNN: Trump’s Supreme Court Frontrunner Is Bad News for Free Speech

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With a single decision four years ago, Brett Kavanaugh led something of a revolution in federal courts. read more. THR, Esq. Business Movies Television Politics Business THR Online

Derrick Bell Describes Marxist Foundation of Critical Race Theory

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@helienne on MMA Safe Harbor

Music Technology Policy

If you take away the right to sue for copyright infringement, the way the MMA proposes, it’s basically introducing a retrospective and perpetual safe harbour – this, as music creators in Europe are trying to get rid of safe harbour. — helienne (@helienne) June 28, 2018. It must be said that Music Modernization Act safe harbor was released the same time as CISAC released an economic impact study of the DMCA safe harbor.

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Messenger on Rethinking the Right of Publicity in the Context of Social Media @ashmessesq @NPR

Media Law Prof Blog

Ashley Messenger, American University, has published Rethinking the Right of Publicity in the Context of Social Media. Here is the abstract. This paper, inspired by a tweet by Chevy (the maker of Corvette) after Prince's death in 2016, explores whether

Judge Allows Profits Lawsuit Against Universal Music Over Drake Albums

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Cash Money may have settled with Lil Wayne, but its legal problems — now Universal's — aren't over. read more. THR, Esq. Music Music Business THR Online

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BBC Goes to Court to Identify 'Doctor Who' Leaker

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The broadcaster has subpoenaed a mobile community a week after scenes from a show to air months from now surfaced online. read more. THR, Esq. Business Television Business THR Online

Do Sacha Baron Cohen's Targets Have a Shot at Winning a Lawsuit? (Guest Column)

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Sacha Baron Cohen’s cinematic exploits as Ali G, Borat, and Brüno have been a lightning rod for litigation.

MGM, Fox to Provide $8.7M Worth of James Bond Films to End Class Action

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The settlement comes in a lawsuit over customers who bought a box set advertising "all" Bond films who didn't get 'Casino Royale' and 'Never Say Never Again.' read more. THR, Esq. Business Movies Business THR Online

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Appeals Court Deals Loss to Chuck Close and Other Artists Seeking Resale Royalties

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Other nations might recognize "droit de suite," but in America, there's the first sale doctrine. read more. THR, Esq. Culture Culture Business THR Online

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Cardi B Files $15M Countersuit Against Ex-Manager

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The hip-hop star alleges Klenord Raphael, known as "Shaft," breached contractual and fiduciary duties. read more. THR, Esq. Music Music THR Online

Johnny Depp Settles Blockbuster Lawsuit Against Business Managers

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About a month away from a trial that would have captivated the entertainment industry, Johnny Depp has settled his blockbuster lawsuit against his former business managers. read more. THR, Esq. Business Movies Television Business THR Online Johnny Depp

Harvey Weinstein Argues No "Pervasive" Sexual Harassment Toward Ashley Judd

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In an attempt to dismiss a lawsuit, he's also contending that she waited too long to sue. read more. THR, Esq. Business Movies Business THR Online

Will Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh Gut Television Broadcasting As We Know It?

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What Trump's nominee said last year during a hearing could send shivers down the spines of broadcasters and other copyright holders. read more. THR, Esq. Business Television Politics Business THR Online

Appeals Court Won't Rehear "Blurred Lines" Case

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Marvin Gaye's family prevails once again against Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams. read more. THR, Esq. Business Music Business THR Online

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Jerry Seinfeld Argues 'Comedians in Cars' Lawsuit Is "Textbook Case" for Statute of Limitations

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The comedian is facing claims from Christian Charles, who directed the pilot episode and credits himself as the show's true creator. read more. THR, Esq. Business Television Business THR Online

'Star Wars' Card Game App Lawsuit Produces Copyright Win for Lucasfilm

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A judge rules an app-maker infringed copyright, but will allow a jury to decide whether the infringement was willful or innocent. read more. THR, Esq. Business Movies Tech Business THR Online

Sumner Redstone Nearing Trial Over His Massive Fortune

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A historic trial was to begin on July 16 until an appellate petition on Friday caused a delay. read more. THR, Esq. Business Television Business THR Online

Justice Department Appealing Decision Allowing AT&T-Time Warner Merger

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A federal judge rejected the government's antitrust contentions in June. The case is now headed to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. read more. THR, Esq. Business Television Business THR Online

Marvel's Ike Perlmutter Sued for Allegedly Sending Court Filing to Hollywood Reporter

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A Toronto businessman, represented by a high-powered law firm, alleges Perlmutter and his own well-known attorney Roy Black committed defamation. again. read more. THR, Esq. Tech Movies Business THR Online

Netflix Gets Termination of Weinstein Co. Output Deal

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In a settlement with The Weinstein Co. and Lantern Entertainment, Netflix won't have to stream the third season of MTV's 'Scream' and also comes to resolution over 'Peaky Blinders' and the sequel to 'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.' read more. THR, Esq. Business Television Business THR Online

Judge Advances Discrimination Lawsuit Arising from Bill Maher's N-Word Use

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Shonitria Anthony says she was let go from ATTN: after protesting a racial slur from one of the news site's investors. A judge rules that she is likely to prevail in her lawsuit. read more. THR, Esq. Business Television Business THR Online

Judge Allows Lawsuit Over Risque Melania Trump Photos

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According to the Florida judge, it's enough to allege ownership despite a copyright registration that credits the photographers as the owners. read more. THR, Esq. Business Television Culture Business THR Online

Appeals Court Won't Take Up Copyright Decision That Raised Alarm About Embedding, Linking

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The 2nd Circuit denies an immediate appeal in a case that challenges how news organizations used embedded photos of Tom Brady. read more. THR, Esq. Business Tech Business THR Online

Sony Must Tell Kesha Who It Interviewed in Dr. Luke Investigation

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Meanwhile, court documents point to involvement in this case from Adam Levine, Kelly Clarkson, Pink, and other star musicians. read more. THR, Esq. Business Music Business THR Online

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Netflix Gets Green Light from Appeals Court to Challenge Fox's Employment Contracts

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Fox had argued that Netflix's legal claims were based on enforcement of contracts, but in a decision with potentially big ramifications, a California appeals court disagrees. read more. THR, Esq. Business Television Tech Business THR Online

Bill Cosby's Ex-Lawyer Marty Singer Escapes Janice Dickinson Lawsuit

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For the second time, Bill Cosby's ex-lawyer Marty Singer has survived a defamation lawsuit brought by former supermodel Janice Dickinson. read more. THR, Esq. Business Television Business THR Online