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AT&T Taps Hollywood Lawyer Daniel Petrocelli to Defend Time Warner Deal

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The THR Power Lawyer's clients have included Fox, SiriusXM and Donald Trump. read more. THR, Esq. Television Television THR Online

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YouTube Protected by CDA Immunity over Claims That It Provided Material Support to Terrorists

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Following the reasoning of several past decisions, a California district court dismissed claims against Google under the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA), 18 U.S.C. 2333, for allegedly providing “material support” to ISIS by allowing terrorists to use YouTube (temporarily, before known accounts are terminated) as a tool to facilitate recruitment and commit terrorism. ( Gonzalez v. Google, Inc. 2017 WL 4773366 (N.D. 23, 2017)).

California Court Enjoins Canadian Court’s Global De-listing Order to Google as Contrary to CDA

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In a decision that sets up a potential international comity showdown, a California district court granted Google’s request for a preliminary injunction preventing enforcement in the U.S. of a Canadian court order that compelled Google to globally de-list certain search results of a former distributor that had allegedly used its websites to unlawfully sell the defendant Equustek Solutions’s (“Equustek”) intellectual property. Google LLC v. Equustek Solutions Inc. 2017 WL 5000834 (N.D. 2, 2017)).

Goliath Never Learns: Tone Deaf Google Takes Down a True Parody by Content Creators Coalition

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If you’ve ever heard some of the truly muddled gibberish from YouTubers or Facebookers justifying counternotifications after being hit with a copyright claim, you’ll know that what seems like 99.9%

An Introduction To Arkansas's 2016 Publicity Rights Act

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Professor Uché Ewelukwa Ofodile, University of Arkansas School of Law, on Arkansas's 2016 Publicity Rights Act (the Frank Broyles Act

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Pasquale on The Automated Public Sphere @FrankPasquale

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Frank A. Pasquale, III, University of Maryland School of Law; Yale University Information Society Project, has published The Automated Public Sphere as University of Maryland Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2017-31. Here is the abstract. The public sphere has experienced

The new Museum of the Bible confronts the challenge of presenting slavery and the Confederacy - The Washington Post

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"Across the country, debates are raging about what to do with images of the Confederate flag and statues of Confederate leaders, most of them erected many decades ago.

Fox Wins Appellate Battle Over The Title of 'Empire"

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With references to Aqua's "Barbie Girl" and OutKast's "Rosa Parks," the 9th Circuit discusses how artistic relevance factors in trademark claims over expressive works. read more. THR, Esq. Business Television Music Business THR Online

Google Meltdown Continues With Missouri Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Subpoenas

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One of Google’s worst policy nightmares is that state attorneys general will wake up to their obligation under state laws to protect both consumers and advertisers from Google’s overreach.

SEC Chairman Jay Clayton’s Remarks on ICOs

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In his remarks at a recent Practicing Law Institute program on securities regulation, Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Jay Clayton once again addressed Initial Coin Offerings, or ICOs.

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French Court Tosses Azerbaijani Defamation Suit Against French TV Network, Journalists

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The Azerbaijani government attempted to bring a case of defamation against two French journalists and a French network in a French court, but the court dismissed the case, agreeing with the public prosecutor that freedom of the press was paramount

Sessions considering second special counsel to investigate Republican concerns, letter shows - The Washington Post. American traitors who colluded with Russia. All they know is diversion and mud slinging as the walls of justice close in on them.

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Prince Estate Aims to Show Tidal "Fabricated" Equity Deal

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An ongoing copyright lawsuit explores what evidence needs to be handed over. read more. THR, Esq. Music Music THR Online

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Brett Ratner Sues Woman for Libel Over Rape Allegation

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The director says Melanie Kohler's claim on Facebook that he raped her more than a decade ago is entirely false. read more. THR, Esq. Movies Movies THR Online Brett Ratner

Weinstein Co. Faces Lawsuit Over $45 Million Loan

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AI International is suing for breach of contract. read more. THR, Esq. Business Movies Business THR Online

ESPN Must Face Copyright Trial Over Football Documentary

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The dispute centers on two films about the life of college football player Chucky Mullins. read more. THR, Esq. Television Television THR Online ESPN

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Judge Asked to Freeze Weinstein Co. Assets

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The request comes from the trustee overseeing Steve Bannon's bankrupt company, who in court papers describes being "almost certainly the largest unsecured creditor of TWC." read more. THR, Esq. Business Movies Television Business THR Online autoplay

Jay-Z's Roc Nation Fires Back at Licensing Lawsuit

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The dispute centers on special edition New Era baseball caps. read more. THR, Esq. Style Style THR Online Jay Z

Dr. Luke Continues to Gain Ground in Legal Battle Against Kesha

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A judge leans towards making Kesha disclose PR documents, including one strategy document where the goal of winning contractual freedom would be accomplished by "inciting a deluge of negative media attention." read more. THR, Esq. Music Music THR Online

'Cosby Show' Producer Sues BBC for Using Clips in Bill Cosby Doc

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In a copyright lawsuit, Carsey-Werner Company alleges the network sought to capitalize on the popularity of 'The Cosby Show.' read more. THR, Esq. Business Television Business THR Online

Hollywood Lawyers Up Amid Harassment Claims: Who Knew What and When?

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In a post-Harvey Weinstein landscape, attention turns to talent agencies while attorneys say they're fielding more calls than ever from both accusers and the accused. read more. THR, Esq. Business Business THR Online

Universal Music Sued Over "Baby Come Back" Royalties

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The 1977 song is still actively licensed, according to the complaint, and has recently appeared in everything from 'The Simpsons' to Toyota commercials. read more. THR, Esq. Music Music THR Online

Disney Accused of Pillaging 'Pirates of the Caribbean' Concepts in New Copyright Suit

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The writers claim they created the first "funny" pirate and Disney copied the character for Johnny Depp's Jack Sparrow. read more. THR, Esq. Movies Movies THR Online

Showtime Says 'The Affair' Actress Shouldn't Complain About Being Called a "Sexytime Double"

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Fighting a lawsuit from a body double hired for the series, the network's attorneys try a 'Dunkirk' analogy. read more. THR, Esq. Television Television THR Online Ruth Wilson Showtime The Affair

Impersonation of N.Y. Times, Wall Street Journal Reporters Brings Lawsuits

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People are allegedly posing as journalists to do everything from collecting social media followers to obtaining corporate secrets. read more. THR, Esq. Business Business THR Online

At Trial, Michael Ovitz Intends to Blame Steven Seagal for Threatening Journalist

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Anita Busch wants the judge to rule that Ovitz can't shift responsibility for the acts of private eye Anthony Pellicano. read more. THR, Esq. Business Movies Business THR Online

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Kesha Wants to Shield Her Talks With PR Firm From Dr. Luke

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The pop star argues that Sunshine Sachs is "an arm" of her legal team and that communications with the firm are privileged. read more. THR, Esq. Business Music Business THR Online

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Under Old Fox Deal, Bill O'Reilly Couldn't Be Fired Unless Allegations Proven in Court

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21st Century Fox independent director Jacques Nasser says the board discussed firing O'Reilly before his contract renewal came up, but realized his situation was different from Roger Ailes. read more. THR, Esq. Business Television Business THR Online

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CBS Hit With Harassment Lawsuit From 'Hawaii Five-0' Locations Assistant

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Kelly Tolar says her co-worker, an executive producer's son, continually harassed and threatened her. read more. THR, Esq. Television Television THR Online

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CAA Sued Over Agent's Alleged Sexual Assault of a Client

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Actress Demi Mann says she was repeatedly sexually assaulted by Cameron Mitchell and the agency ignored her request for help. read more. THR, Esq. Business Movies THR Online

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The Weinstein Company Hit With Racketeering Class Action

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"Weinstein’s widespread sexual misconduct did not occur without the help of others," states the complaint. read more. THR, Esq. Business Movies Business THR Online nsfs

Google Convinces U.S. Court That Canadian Ruling Threatens Free Speech Globally

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The tech giant gets injunctive relief in the latest round of the Equustek dispute, but does the latest ruling mean anything? read more. THR, Esq. Business Tech Business THR Online

Harvey Weinstein Contests Termination From The Weinstein Co. in Arbitration

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In new court papers, TWC also stands by Bob Weinstein amid a sexual harassment allegation. read more. THR, Esq. Business Movies Business THR Online Harvey Weinstein