Roc Nation, Tidal Challenge the Authority of the Administrator of Prince's Estate

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The Jay Z-affiliated companies file court papers in response to a copyright lawsuit. read more. THR, Esq. Music Music Business THR Online

'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter' Author Sued Over "Appropriated" Novel

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Hatchette Book Group claims Seth Grahame-Smith's submitted novel is nothing more than an appropriation of a 120-year-old public-domain story. read more. THR, Esq. Culture Culture THR Online

Author Sued for "Children's Versions" of 'Breakfast at Tiffany's,' '2001: A Space Odyssey'

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Big publishers and the estates of Truman Capote, Jack Kerouac, Ernest Hemingway and Arthur C. Clarke have teamed up for a copyright lawsuit. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Business THR Online

Author Sues WME Over Chobani Super Bowl Commercial

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Dov Seidman says WME encouraged an ad agency it has a stake in to use his mantra without asking his permission. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Business THR Online

Fastcase’s ‘Authority Check’ Now Flags Bad Law

Media Law

Legal research service Fastcase has long had a citator function, called Authority Check, that lets you see how a case has been cited. As of last night, Fastcase rolled out Bad Law Bot, an enhancement to its Authority Check function that identifies cases that have been reversed or overturned.

Why theatre authors are more powerful than screenwriters.

Gordon P. Firemark

Authors in theatre enjoy privileges and approval rights not held by their screenwriting brethren. Authors' rights in Theatre are far more expansive than in film, television, etc. but works of modern authors generally do enjoy copyright protection.

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'John Carter' Author's Estate Sues Over 'Pornographic' Comic Book Knockoffs

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Eriq Gardner Two weeks weeks before Disney's 'John Carter' hits theaters, the estate of the original author looks to protect his work. But the case opens up questions about the public domain and the boundaries between copyright and trademark law. read more. THR, Esq.

'Cowboys & Aliens' Comic Book Author Sues Universal for Copyright Infringement

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Matthew Belloni Steven John Busti claims his story was ripped off to create the Jon Favreau-directed film. read more. THR, Esq. THR, Esq. Movies Home Movies Jon Favreau Cowboys & Aliens

John Travolta, Marty Singer Sued for Libel by Author of Spa-Sex Book

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

UPDATED: Robert Randolph claims the lawyer's comments to Gawker have harmed his reputation. Singer threatens to sue for malicious prosecution read more. THR, Esq. THR, Esq. The Business Business John Travolta Marty Singer

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Google says book scanning didn't cost authors a single sale

Music Technology Policy

The arguments, set out in court filings submitted on Friday, come as Google’s long-running dispute with the Authors Guild heads toward an end game. According to Google, its massive book scanning project is fair use because the scanning has delivered many public benefits without harming authors.

Just so you know where you stand: Google attacks authors and photographers organizations in Google Books case

Music Technology Policy

Daralyn Durie stood before Judge Dennis Chin for what seems to me to be a rather shabby proposition: The Authors Guild and the American Society of Media Photographers should be disqualified from representing authors and photographers as a class in the Google Books litigation and that each author and photographer whose work Google infringed should be forced to sue Google individually. The Authors Guild sued in 2005.

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Swiss Authorities Arrest Dr. Who

The Legal Satyricon

DeVoy In a case where life imitates art, Eloi Cole – dressed as the Eleventh Doctor – claims to have traveled through time to stop the Large Hadron Collider from discovering the Higgs Boson. Police said Mr Cole, who was wearing a bow tie and rather too much tweed for his age, would [.].

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'Buck Rogers' Pitch to Syfy Network Brings Legal Trouble for Author's Heirs

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

A judge is allowing a lawsuit from the heirs of the man who originally published Philip Francis Nowlan's work. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Television Business THR Online

Asked & Answered: Do I need a contract with the author of an article or book about true events.

Gordon P. Firemark

Q: Leilani asks whether she needs a contract with the authors of a news article and a book about true people and events that occurred over half a century ago before she can market a screenplay about those people and events.

Asked and Answered: Is my friend a co-author/collaborator?

Gordon P. Firemark

I have no problem with giving him credit, but from a legal perspective: Is there a minimum amount of work required of someone to become a co-author of a screenplay? A: An “ Author ” is someone who contributes original material and participates in the process of creating a work.

Of “Lunch Stands and Merry-Go-Rounds”: Ninth Circuit’s Rejection of FTC Authority Over “Throttling” Could Have Far Reaching Implications for Cable and Other Broadband Providers

New Media and Technology Law

The panel found that a core source of FTC authority (Section 5 of the FTC Act) does not apply to any “common carriers” that are subject to regulation under the Communications Act of 1934. ( FTC v. For example, the FCC has no authority to seek refunds for customers and has a more limited “look back” period to challenge conduct.

'The Reader' Author Bernard Schlink Sues the Weinstein Co. Over Movie Profits (Exclusive)

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Matthew Belloni Schlink claims he hasn't been paid at all from the profits of the hit 2008 drama. read more. THR, Esq. THR, Esq. Movies Movies

Copyright and the Child Author

Media Law Prof Blog

Cromer Young, Thomas Jefferson School of Law, has published From the Mouths of Babes: Protecting Child Authors from Themselves at 112 West Virginia Law Review 431 (2010). Julie D. Here is the abstract. Akiane Kramarik painted some of her earliest

Swiss Authorities Arrest Dr. Who

The Legal Satyricon

DeVoy In a case where life imitates art, Eloi Cole – dressed as the Eleventh Doctor – claims to have traveled through time to stop the Large Hadron Collider from discovering the Higgs Boson. Police said Mr Cole, who was wearing a bow tie and rather too much tweed for his age, would [.].

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'End of Poverty' Author Jeffrey Sachs Sued for Allegedly Causing End of Documentary

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Eriq Gardner The world-famous economist is claimed to have granted an option on his book but refused to participate in a planned film. read more. THR, Esq. Movies Movies Business

Asked & Answered: What obligations when author is dead and publisher can’t be found?

Gordon P. Firemark

Q: If there is a book or books where the author/s are no longer alive or exists and the publisher no longer holds a copyright/patent and/or is defunct — what are my legal or ethical obligations regarding any living relatives (if any) to the original author/s…?

European Court: Linking to Copyrighted Work Doesn't Require Authorization

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The Court of Justice says that linkers are not bringing already available content to any "new public." read more. The Business International THR Online THR, Esq. Tech Business

Advertising Standards Authority Finds Supermarket Ad Breaches Code; Targets Children

Media Law Prof Blog

The UK Advertising Standards Authority has upheld a complaint against the supermarket chain Morrisons, which mounted an ad campaign featuring as a prize a trip to Disneyland Paris. The campaign showed children "pestering" their parents to take them to Morrisons

Talent Managers Sue Author Orson Scott Card Over 'Ender's Game' Commissions (Exclusive)

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Eriq Gardner NIAD Management says a movie not involving Warner Bros. entitles them to commission on Card's take. read more. THR, Esq. Movies Movies

'Friday the 13th' Author Disputes Producer's Ownership Theories

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Victor Miller is attempting to terminate a copyright grant on the 1980 horror film. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Movies Business THR Online

Enlightenment Authors and Copyright

Media Law Prof Blog

Maria Chiara Pievatolo, University of Pisa, Department of Political Science, has published Back to the Future: Authors, Publishers and Ideas in a Copy-Friendly Environment. Here is the abstract. How could scholars survive in a copy-friendly environment jeopardizing the established system

New Jersey Court Upholds Grant of Summary Judgment To Author in Trump Defamation Suit

Media Law Prof Blog

An appellate New Jersey superior court has affirmed a grant of summary judgment to an author and publisher in the matter of Trump v. O'Brien. Donald Trump had argued that Timothy O'Brien's book TrumpNation: The Art of Being The Donald

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The AI Author and Copyright

Media Law Prof Blog

Annemarie Bridy, University of Idaho College of Law, has published Coding Creativity: Copyright and the Artificially Intelligent Author. Here is the abstract. For more than a quarter century, interest among copyright scholars in the question of AI authorship has waxed

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'The Help' Author Responds to Lawsuit By Maid Who Says Book Is Based on Her

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Eriq Gardner Today's entertainment law news. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Business

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'Occupy Wall Street' Filmmakers Claim Iran's TV Authorities Stiffed Them

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Blazing Kat Productions demands at least $250,000 for the filming of American protesters. read more. The Business International THR, Esq. Television Business

FCC's Authority to Regulate Cable TV Competition Under Attack

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

At an appellate hearing, several judges appear highly critical of a ruling last year that punished Comcast for discriminating against the Tennis Channel. read more. The Business THR, Esq. Television FCC Business

Delaware Authorizes Stocks on Blockchain

New Media and Technology Law

SB 69 amends the Delaware General Corporation Law (“DGCL”) to explicitly authorize the use of distributed ledger technology in the administration of Delaware corporate records, including stock ledgers. Thus §224 explicitly authorizes the use of blockchains in the course of general corporate recordkeeping. DGCL §219 extends that authorization specifically to stock ledgers. On July 21st, Delaware Governor John Carney Jr. signed SB 69 into law.

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Iraqi Media Regulatory Authority Tells Broadcasters To Close Down Over Failure To Pay For Licenses

Media Law Prof Blog

The Iraqi licensing authority Communications and Media Commission is currently negotiating with the companies, which include such heavyweights as the BBC From MSNBC.com, news that Iraq is ordering numerous media outlets to close because of a dispute over licensing fees.

Clint Eastwood, Warner Bros. Face Copyright Lawsuit Over 'Jersey Boys' Adaptation

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

An author's widow files a new complaint in a dispute stretching back a decade. read more. THR, Esq. Business Movies Business THR Online

'Friday Night Lights' Author Slams Peter Berg's Letter to Mitt Romney: 'Uninformed and Offensive'

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

"I love Pete but he is being childish and petulant," Buzz Bissinger says in a statement to THR. "He He should be flattered that Romney is honoring his show. Obama tried to use the slogan as well but unsurprisingly was ineffective in getting the message across." read more. Mitt Romney THR, Esq.

First Amendment Alert! Author arrested for writing a book

The Legal Satyricon

I’m the first to admit that Phillip Greaves is not the most sympathetic figure in America. Greaves wrote “The Pedophile’s Guide,&# which was originally for sale on Amazon.com before the online retailer bowed to public pressure and pulled the book from its online shelves. I don’t necessarily have a problem with that. But, I have [.].

Sales Outfit Green-Light Challenges Arbitrator's Authority After Sanctioning in 'Urge' Dispute

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Jeff Elliot's company resists order to transfer more than $400,000 and pay more than $170,000 in sanctions and attorney fees. read more. THR, Esq. THR, Esq. The Business Movies Business THR Online

Appeals Court Rules 'Twin Peaks' Author Didn't Give Up Film Rights to Book

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Why a dealmaker who writes, "Done, thanks!" hasn't necessarily closed a deal. read more. Movies THR, Esq

Judge Tosses Lawsuit Against "Three Cups of Tea" Author

Media Law Prof Blog

District Court Judge Sam Haddon has dismissed a lawsuit against author Greg Mortenson, ruling that the plaintiffs in the suit, who alleged that Mr. Mortenson misstated facts in his bestseller Three Cups of Tea, failed to make out

Pentagon Considers Lawsuit against Bin Laden Raid Account Author

Media Law Prof Blog

According to NBC and other media, the Pentagon and the CIA are considering suing Matt Bissonette, the author of a soon-to-be-published account of the raid on Osama bin Laden's compound that killed the al Qaeda leader. In his book, "No

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