Collaboration Agreement E-book available

Gordon P. Firemark

What should your collaboration agreements include? The post Collaboration Agreement E-book available originally appeared on Entertainment Law Offices of Gordon P. Do you work on creative projects with others? This FREE ebook lays it all out for you so you can: Protect yourself.

Production Services Agreements

Gordon P. Firemark

A commonly used, but often misunderstood type of contract used throughout the entertainment industry is the Production Services Agreement. What is a Production Services Agreement? When would I use a Production Services Agreement?

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Stormy Daniels Asks Court to Deny Trump Lawyer's Attempt to Compel "Hush Agreement" Arbitration

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The adult star and Trump's personal attorney dispute whether a settlement agreement requiring her silence about an alleged affair is valid. read more. THR, Esq. Politics Politics THR Online Donald Trump

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Google Sued for Allegedly Breaching "Googles" Agreement

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The owner of Googles has something in common with Paul McCartney. read more. THR, Esq. Business Television Tech Business THR Online

Trump Lawyer Seeking $20M From Stormy Daniels for Violating "Hush Agreement"

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Michael Cohen claims in a new filing that Daniels' breaches of a settlement agreement cost her $1 million each. read more. THR, Esq. Politics Politics THR Online Donald Trump

Why most “work made for hire” agreements in theatre don’t work.

Gordon P. Firemark

First, ownership of a work will belong to the employer if prepared as part of an employee's regular duties, or if created by an independent contractor, pursuant to a written agreement so specifying, and provided the work is among the types of works listed as eligible for this treatment.

Browsewrap Agreement Held Unenforceable – Website Designers Take Note!

New Media and Technology Law

The court denied the defendant’s motion, ruling that the plaintiff had no knowledge of the website terms and was not bound by the arbitration clause contained in DSG’s browewrap agreement. Rather, DSG’s terms were presented as a browsewrap agreement, where a website’s terms and conditions are posted on the website via a hyperlink at the bottom of the screen and users are presumed to manifest assent to the terms by use of the website. In Nghiem v Dick’s Sporting Goods, Inc. ,

Another 20 Questions: Manager Agreements

Music Technology Policy

This weeks topic deals with artist management agreements. Post Term Commissions or “Sunset Clause ”: There will be a post-term commission schedule that should apply to specific records that were created and released during the term of the management agreement and the songs in those records, any tours booked but not performed during the term, other elements that you argue about. For a more detailed discussion, see Artist Managment Agreements on the Semaphore blog.

Stormy Daniels' "Hush Agreement" Suit Paused to Preserve Trump Lawyer's Fifth Amendment Rights

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The legal battle between the porn star and the president's lawyer is on hold until July. read more. THR, Esq. Politics Politics THR Online Donald Trump

Producer beware: “Work Made For Hire” agreement creates a “statutory employee” relationship.

Gordon P. Firemark

Under California law, a party transferring rights to any work made under a work for hire agreement is an employee for purposes of workers’ compensation and unemployment insurance.

Trump Decides On The Paris Agreement And The Russia Agreement

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WGA and Producers Reach Agreement

Media Law Prof Blog

From the Hollywood Reporter: The Writers Guild and the studios appear to have reached an agreement, apparently without the kind of bitterness that marked negotiations in 2007/2008 and 2011.

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SAG, Studios Reach Agreement on Basic Cable and Animation

Digital Media Law

The deals are similar to the TV/theatrical agreement reached last week. Details: The Hollywood Reporter

Comcast, Discovery Renew Distribution Agreement

Media Law Prof Blog

The Discovery Network and Comcast have renewed their distribution agreement. The deal takes effect at the beginning of next year. Discovery had balked after Comcast tried a takeover over Time Warner Cable, which failed earlier this year. More here on

Another 20 Questions: Manager Agreements

Music Technology Policy

This weeks topic deals with artist management agreements. Post Term Commissions or “Sunset Clause ”: There will be a post-term commission schedule that should apply to specific records that were created and released during the term of the management agreement and the songs in those records, any tours booked but not performed during the term, other elements that you argue about. For a more detailed discussion, see Artist Managment Agreements on the Semaphore blog.

MGM, Paramount Say 'Ben Hur' Musicians Not Covered by Union Agreement

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The studios make their move to dismiss a lawsuit from a guild that claims that musicians haven't been properly compensated. read more. THR, Esq. Business Movies Music Business THR Online Labor

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Relativity's $1.5 Billion Lawsuit Offers Rare Peek at Netflix License Agreement

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The Ryan Kavanaugh studio asserts Netflix tried to drive it out of business, and the complaint confirms that Relativity is now up for sale. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Movies Television Tech Business THR Online

Judge Finds Sony-Spotify Agreement to Be Ambiguous in Big Royalties Lawsuit

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19 Recordings alleges that "American Idol" stars have been cheated of streaming revenue. read more. THR, Esq. Music Music Tech Business THR Online

Clickwrap Agreement Available Only Through Hyperlink Enforceable Under New York Law

New Media and Technology Law

Last week, the Southern District of New York followed a long line of precedent under New York law and upheld the enforceability of a website clickwrap agreement, granting a website operator’s motion to compel arbitration pursuant to a clause contained in the agreement. In Whitt , the defendant filed a motion to dismiss the plaintiff’s lawsuit and compel arbitration pursuant to the terms of a website clickwrap agreement. the borrower registration agreement.”

Another 20 Questions: Manager Agreements

Music Technology Policy

This weeks topic deals with artist management agreements. Post Term Commissions or “Sunset Clause ”: There will be a post-term commission schedule that should apply to specific records that were created and released during the term of the management agreement and the songs in those records, any tours booked but not performed during the term, other elements that you argue about. For a more detailed discussion, see Artist Managment Agreements on the Semaphore blog.

Supreme Court Rules DirecTV Customers Can't Avoid Arbitration Agreement

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The satellite TV giant wins in a case that had the high court revisiting a 2011 ruling that put federal law above a California rule. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Television Business THR Online

Artist Management Agreements

Music Technology Policy

Reblogged from Semaphore Music: Written by Chris Castle. New artists often think that the first person they need on their team is a “manager”. They’ve all heard the stories of the “big” managers who can snap their fingers and make something happen for their clients. The reality is that when an artist is just starting out, those first 1,000 to 10,000 units are just as hard to sell for the new artist using Internet based tools as it is for the big manager with the major label backing. .

Undoing the Past – New FCC Rescinds Rulings on Noncommercial Ownership Reports, Political Broadcasting Sponsorship Disclosure and Shared Services Agreements

Broadcast Law Blog

At the end of this last week, we saw the FCC’s Media Bureau take actions in three different proceedings directly applicable to broadcasters to undo what had been done during the prior administration – r escinding actions with respect to noncommercial ownership reports , the disclosure of information about the sponsor of political advertisements, and on the treatment of TV assignment and transfer applications for television stations where shared service agreements are involved.

Event: Composer and Music Licensing Agreements for Film, TV, & New Media

Gordon P. Firemark

Composer and Music Licensing Agreements for Film, TV, & New Media. We’ll navigate typical composing and licensing agreements, shed light on strategies for negotiating the best possible deal, and highlight the most common pitfalls.

Bankruptcy Judge Cancels Kodak's Agreement With Sony Pictures

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Over Sony's strong objection, a judge agrees that Kodak used its business judgment to reject a supplier agreement over $18 million in owed rebates.

What’s Up With TV Shared Services Agreements?

Broadcast Law Blog

TV Shared Services Agreements have been one of the targets of public interest groups since the start of the current Quadrennial Review of the FCC’s multiple ownership rules (see our articles here , here , here and here ). Before Christmas, two transactions involving shared services agreements were approved over objections. Cable Carriage Multiple Ownership Rules Television media consolidation quadrennial review of FCC ownership rules shared services agreement TV sidecar arrangemen

Another 20 Questions: Manager Agreements

Music Technology Policy

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Twenty More Questions for Artists: Record producer agreements, Part 1

Music Technology Policy

See also More Questions for Artists: Record Producer Agreements, Part 2 , Part 3 , Part 4 , Part 5. A post with all the current parts in one post is available here , and see also “Artist Management Agreements” on the Semaphore Music blog. Like anyone else on your team, you need to engage the producer and this article will focus on the major deal points in record producer agreements from the artist’s perspective. Please note: This is an installment in a multi-part post.

SAG Sets Informational Meetings re TV/theatrical Agreement

Digital Media Law

If ratified, the agreement would end an over 10-month stalemate. If you work in tech, check out my new book How to Write LOIs and Term Sheets. ——————— Email to SAG members: Dear Screen Actors Guild member, As you know, the Screen Actors Guild National Board of Directors voted April 19, 2009, to approve and recommend to members, new, two-year successor agreements to the 2005 Producer-Screen Actors Guild Codified Basic Agreement and 2005 Screen Actors Guild Television Agreement.

Twenty More Questions for Artists: Record producer agreements, Part 1

Music Technology Policy

Like anyone else on your team, you need to engage the producer and this article will focus on the major deal points in record producer agreements from the artist’s perspective. You would expect to pay for hard drives, but you might not expect to pay a rental fee for plugins or outboard gear. The recording budget becomes part of your producer agreement. Your record producer is probably the most important member of your creative team.

Odds and Ends – Divestiture Trusts, Shared Services Agreements and Determinations of Significantly Viewed Stations

Broadcast Law Blog

In TV, often stations that cannot be owned by a broadcaster who is buying another station in the same market consistent with the multiple ownership rules are not sold through a trust, but instead they are sometime bought by an independent party who can support the station through some sort of Joint Sales or Shared Services Agreements with the buyer. Sometimes the FCC decisions come out in a flurry, often with little nuggets of importance in each one.

Funny How that Works: @edchristman reports: Irving Azoff, Top Radio Groups Reach Temporary Licensing Agreement

Music Technology Policy

31 to sign an interim license agreement with GMR, which will cover them for playing the PROs songs through Sept. The MIC Coalition. When two rational actors are economically interdependent on one another, disputes tend to get solved at a market clearing price.

Sinclair Pays $9.4 Million to FCC to Settle Claims of Improper Joint Negotiation of Retransmission Consent Agreements

Broadcast Law Blog

It is possible that the only real meaning that can be derived from this payment is that the FCC takes seriously its rules (about which we wrote here ) and the subsequent statute (about which we wrote here ) that forbids one TV station from negotiating a retransmission consent agreement on behalf of another non-commonly owned station in the market. Cable Carriage Multiple Ownership Rules Television joint negotiation of retransmission consent agreements retransmission consent

Syria signs Paris Agreement - leaving US only country in the world to refuse climate change deal | The Independent

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Syria signs Paris Agreement - leaving US only country in the world to refuse climate change deal | The Independent

DIRECTORS REACH AGREEMENT WITH PRODUCERS ASSOCIATION

Entertainment Litigation Blog

The Directors Guild announced a tentative collective bargaining agreement with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP). The widely anticipated agreement now increases the pressure on the writers, who are entering the third month of their work stoppage. Whether the writers think the directors' agreement is sufficient remains to be seen.

TV Shared Service and Joint Sales Agreements Back in the News – Is the FCC Poised to Act Soon, and To Also Reject Relaxation of Broadcast-Newspaper Cross-Ownership?

Broadcast Law Blog

Only two weeks ago, we were writing about the FCC’s consideration of TV Joint Sales and Shared Service Agreements (or “ side-car arrangements ” as some have called them) as being an issue that was just being reviewed at the FCC by the new Chairman and his staff. This week’s rumors suggest that, as part of the same action (or through a simultaneous action), the FCC will ask about the public interest benefits and harms of Shared Services Agreements in the TV industry.

Joint Sales Agreements, MInority Ownership, and the FCC

Media Law Prof Blog

FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai''s office has a statement including the results of his office''s investigation of links between joint sales agreements and ownership diversity.

Electronic Arts Reaches Settlement Agreement With NCAA Athletes

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The video game company decides to stop fighting, but a lawsuit continues over billions of dollars of licensing income. read more. The Business THR, Esq. Television Business

More Questions for Artists: Record Producer Agreements, Part 6: Subsequent Producer or Mixer Royalties

Music Technology Policy

See also More Questions for Artists: Record Producer Agreements, Part 2 , Part 3 , Part 4 , Part 5. A post with all the current parts in one post is available here , and see also “Artist Management Agreements” on the Semaphore Music blog. 20 more questions for artists 20 questions for new artists recording artists mixer agreements mixers record producer record producer agreements remixer agreements remixers

Adam Carolla Sued for Allegedly Breaking Partnership Agreement (Exclusive)

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Donny Misraje says his long-time friend behaved "dictatorial" and forced him and two others out of a growing podcast business. read more. Adam Carolla THR, Esq. Television Tech Business