January, 2012

Digital Media Law

Live on Larry Mantle re SAG-AFTRA Merger

Digital Media Law

I'll be live on Larry Mantle ( [link] ) this morning at about 11:05 a.m. PT for a 14 minute segment on SAG-AFTRA merger. Tune in (is that still the verb?) if you have a chance. It'll probably be available archived as well. _. Check out my new book “Hollywood on Strike!,” available on Amazon (also in a Kindle edition). Subscribe to my blog ( jhandel.com ) for more about entertainment law and digital media law. Check out my residuals chart there too.

What you absolutely must know before you approach investors for your film / play / musical.

Gordon P. Firemark

photo via flickr (bschmove) under Creative Commons License.

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Asked & Answered: I have a person’s life rights. Do I need to option the news article about him, too?

Gordon P. Firemark

Pablo asks: I have a friend who is a war vet that has an amazing personal story. I interviewed him via email two years ago as I saw the potential in it for making a feature film. Recently, an international news network showcased the highlights of his story on TV.

Universal Music May Have Inadvertently Exposed a Flaw in the YouTube Takedown Process

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Eriq Gardner One rap artist speaks out against UMG, YouTube, and SOPA. read more. THR, Esq. Music Music Tech Business Universal Music Group YouTube SOPA

MPAA Fights Back Against Anonymous Attacks

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Eriq Gardner Hollywood trade group says it is working with the feds to identify the people responsible for the attack on its website. read more. THR, Esq. Tech Tech Business Chris Dodd MPAA Piracy

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Lawsuit Claims TNT's 'Falling Skies' Has a Font Problem (Exclusive)

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Eriq Gardner German designer sues TBS for using his font software allegedly wrongfully. read more. THR, Esq. Television Television Tech Business

SOPA Defeat Is Not the End Of Hollywood's Ramped-Up Fight Against Piracy (Analysis)

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Eriq Gardner Hollywood still needs Obama. SOPA and the Protect-IP Act could be red herrings. And bigger fights lie ahead. Time to examine the much larger picture. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Movies Tech Business Chris Dodd SOPA

Megaupload Drops Lawsuit Against Universal Music Over Viral Video (Exclusive)

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Eriq Gardner Amid a criminal case that forced the shutdown of Megaupload, the company has dismissed UMG from a lawsuit over a video that showed many stars endorsing the site. But that doesn't mean the case is over. Instead, Megaupload might be preparing to pick a fight with Google. read more.

U.K. Judge Orders Accused Copyright Pirate Extradited to U.S.

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Eriq Gardner The unprecedented move comes as the debate heats up over legislation that might increase the responsibility for U.S. websites to do something about foreign websites hosting pirated content. read more. THR, Esq. Tech Television Tech Business International

Lawyer for Unmasked Actress Suing IMDb: 'My Client Is Willing to See This Case to Its Conclusion'

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Matthew Belloni Attorney John Dozier speaks out about his client Huang Hoang's decision to reveal her name in her battle against the Hollywood database for disclosing her real age. read more. THR, Esq. THR, Esq. The Business Business IMDB

Actress Suing IMDB Reveals Her Real Name

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Matthew Belloni Huong Hoang is the actress who sued claiming the Internet search database had violated her right of privacy and opened her up to rampant age discrimination in Hollywood by telling everyone she's 40 years old. read more. THR, Esq. THR, Esq. The Business Business IMDB

Bob Marley Family Settles Royalty Dispute With Universal Music

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Eriq Gardner Agreement puts an end to dispute over whether UMG underpaid by millions of dollars of revenue from the digital downloading of Marley's 1970s classics. read more. THR, Esq. Music Music Business Universal Music Group

An Uncensored Look at What the Supreme Court Said Today About Indecency on TV

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Eriq Gardner Television networks argue with the government about whether the First Amendment protects them from unconstitutionally vague and inconsistent policing of indecency. read more. THR, Esq. Television Television Business

Ben Stein Sues Claiming Global Warming Beliefs Cost Him $300,000 Acting Job

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Matthew Belloni The prolific actor and pundit has sued a Japanese conglomerate and its New York ad agency for allegedly backing out of a deal to hire him as a spokesperson when they found out about his beliefs. read more. THR, Esq. THR, Esq. Television Television Environment

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ESPN, Fox Resist Handing Over Sports Broadcast Deals in Lawsuit by Former College Athletes

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Eriq Gardner Bill Russell is among the sports legends involved in a class action that initially focused on the exploitation of athletes in video games and has suddenly become a huge headache for all TV networks broadcasting NCAA sports. read more. THR, Esq.

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Supreme Court Rules Against Putting Foreign Works Back in Public Domain

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Eriq Gardner In a 6-2 decision, the high court finds that the U.S. Constitution's promise to promote arts and sciences gives Congress the right to enter into an international treaty allowing foreign right-holders to restore copyright authority on some works that were previously in the public domain.

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Death of Rock Music Photographer Leads to Copyright Lawsuit Against Fashion Designer

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Eriq Gardner Jim Marshall, whose photographs of musicians became famous, died the night he was scheduled to attend a fashion boutique in SoHo, New York. Here's the strange story of what happened next. read more. THR, Esq. Music Music Style

Rupert Murdoch Madness: Man Files Bizarre Lawsuit Over 'X-Files,' 'Donnie Darko'

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Eriq Gardner A Washington man alleges a series of coincidences. read more. THR, Esq. Movies Movies Television Rupert Murdoch

Karaoke CD Manufacturer Strikes Back At Sony's $1 Billion 'Scheme'

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Eriq Gardner Karaoke might be fun, but it's also proved legally dangerous over the years. One publisher of karaoke discs is taking a publisher co-owned by the Michael Jackson estate to court over alleged abuse. read more. THR, Esq. Music Music Business Michael Jackson Sony

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The Legal Fight Over Karaoke is Getting Loud

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Eriq Gardner Big music publisher and big karaoke distributor do battle in two lawsuits that might shape the future of singing along to music in public. read more. THR, Esq. Music Music Business Michael Jackson Sony

Olbermann Attorney: 'Keith's Lawyers and Current's Lawyers Are Communicating'

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Matthew Belloni The move comes after the Current personality told THR: “I was not given a legitimate opportunity to host under acceptable conditions. They know it and we know it. Telling half the story is wrong.” read more. THR, Esq. Television Television Current TV Keith Olbermann Politics

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Netflix Investors File Class-Action Lawsuit

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Eriq Gardner Legal claim accuses digital subscription outfit with concealing info about contracts with content providers. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Tech Business Netflix

U.S. Authorities Shut Down Megaupload for Piracy

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Eriq Gardner Justice department drops the hammer on Megaupload, arresting its leaders, seizing hundreds of millions of dollars in property, and blasting the popular file-sharing website in a 72-page indictment. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Movies Music Tech Business Piracy SOPA

Why the Marilyn Monroe Estate Paid $3 Million For Photos of the Film Legend (Analysis)

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Eriq Gardner As a result, an important lawsuit impacting the publicity rights of deceased celebrities could be near an end. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Movies Style Business Audrey Hepburn Elizabeth Taylor Marilyn Monroe Marlon Brando My Week With Marilyn

Top Hollywood Labor Lawyer Howard Fabrick Switches Firms (Exclusive)

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Matthew Belloni Fabrick, an expert on guild negotiations and employment disputes, joins Barnes & Thornburg as a partner. read more. THR, Esq. THR, Esq. The Business Business

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Will the Supreme Court Finally Lift Ban on 'Seven Dirty Words' You Can't Say on TV? (Analysis)

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Eriq Gardner In a Tuesday hearing before the high court, broadcasters make the argument that regulatory policy on swear words is a constitutional impingement of free speech. read more. THR, Esq. Television Television Business Cher FCC Nicole Richie

White House: Obama Won't Support Piracy Bill That 'Undermines' Online Freedom

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Matthew Belloni UPDATED: A White House blog says the Administration “will not support legislation that reduces freedom of expression, increases cybersecurity risk, or undermines the dynamic, innovative global Internet.” read more. THR, Esq. THR, Esq. The Business Business Barack Obama Piracy

Newt Gingrich Sued For Using 'Eye of the Tiger' At Campaign Rallies

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Eriq Gardner Although other Republican candidates have backed down from lawsuits by singers, there's still an open legal question over whether permission needs to be attained from songwriters for the public performance of music. read more. THR, Esq. Music Music John McCain Michele Bachmann Newt Gingrich Politics

Woman Sentenced to 22 Months in Prison for Operating Pirated Video Website

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

THR Staff Hana Amal Beshara, 30, a New Jersey resident and a founder of NinjaVideo.net, also was sentenced to two years of supervised release, 500 hours of community service and is being forced to repay more than $200,000 in profits. read more. THR, Esq. THR, Esq. The Business Tech Business Piracy

Kim Kardashian's Reputation in Dispute as the Gap Responds to Lawsuit (Exclusive)

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Eriq Gardner The clothing retailer is getting personal with the reality star, aiming to find out why she was dropped by her former retail partner and looking to question ex-boyfriend Reggie Bush. read more. THR, Esq. Style Television Style Kim Kardashian Reggie Bush

Does Hasbro Have a Strong Trademark on 'Transformers'? (Analysis)

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Eriq Gardner A computer manufacturer argues that its tablet/laptop hybrid should be able to describe itself as a "transformer." Hasbro isn't happy. read more. THR, Esq. Tech Television Tech Business

Megaupload Founder Kim Dotcom Denied Bail

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Eriq Gardner He awaits word on extradition to the U.S. and who will be defending him once he gets there. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Tech Business SOPA

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Judge Declares Batmobile Is Subject to Copyright

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Eriq Gardner DC Comics sued a man who created replicas of the famous vehicle. The Batman rights-holder has proven to a judge that the Batmobile really is something special. Should Justin Bieber be worried? read more. THR, Esq. Heat Vision Movies Movies Business Justin Bieber The Dark Knight Rises

Why Hollywood Is Losing the Public Relations War on Piracy (Analysis)

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Eriq Gardner The entertainment industry's biggest mistakes in advocating stronger IP laws. read more. THR, Esq. THR, Esq. The Business Movies Tech Business Barack Obama Rupert Murdoch

Legal Ethics to Go, Thanks to New Bar App

Media Law

A new mobile app introduced this week by the New York State Bar Association lets lawyers search and access ethics opinions from their mobile phones. The NYSBA Mobile Ethics App includes the state bar’s catalog of more than 900 legal ethics opinions, dating back to 1964.

Entertainment Law Update Episode 27 – Top ten stories of 2011

Gordon P. Firemark

Call us with your feedback: (310) 243-6231. In this Episode: “Santa Claus Is Coming to town” Copyright termination. 9th Circuit upholds DMCA Safe Harbor for VEOH. Our Top Ten Stories of 2011. Predictions for 2012. GET CLE CREDIT for this episode.

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And Now for a Few of My Favorite Smartphone Apps

Media Law

Just last week, someone asked me for a list of my favorite iPhone apps. I get this question a lot, so I thought I’d talk about about a few of my favorite apps. No Angry Birds here. I will restrict myself to apps that have some application in the practice of law.

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'Spider-Man' Producers File Nasty Countersuit Against Julie Taymor

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Eriq Gardner In a filing Tuesday, Taymor is blamed for the show's troubles as producers say they made "superhuman efforts" to save the production. The show is a success despite Taymor, not because of her," say the producers. read more. THR, Esq. THR, Esq.

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App Will Let Lawyers Pick Pro Bono Cases

Media Law

The Legal Services Corporation’s Technology Initiative Grants program held its annual conference last week in Albuquerque. I wasn’t there, but I wish I had been.

Fired Disney Exec Sues Studio

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Daniel Miller Glen Lajeski, a former executive vice president at Walt Disney Studios, alleges his contract was breached when his contract was terminated in June. read more. THR, Esq. Movies Movies Walt Disney Pictures