Should you have a loan-out company for your work in entertainment?

Gordon P. Firemark

I’m frequently called upon by clients to form a so-called “Loan-Out company” for them. What is a Loan-Out company? A loan-out company is a legal business entity established for the purpose of providing the personal services of its owner/employee to third parties.

NBCUniversal Sues Company for Infringing on "NBCU" Trademark

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

No, the company isn't suing itself. read more. THR, Esq. Television Television THR Online

Transitioning from Kickstarting to Company Starting

Gordon P. Firemark

This alternate method, which uses a new securities law exemption, allows artists and creators to use the power and reach of the Internet to raise money for their company as a whole, rather than for a specific project. In contrast to the contribution model, an equity funding model raises money by selling equity shares in a project or company. The differences between contribution crowdfunding and equity funding.

The Weinstein Company Hit With Racketeering Class Action

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

"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

Edward Norton's Production Company Sued Over Harlem Movie Set Fire

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

A man and woman who live in the building claim residents weren't warned by producers when a fire started during filming of 'Motherless Brooklyn.' read more. THR, Esq. Movies Movies THR Online

Kate Hudson's Fashion Company Exec Sues for Wrongful Termination

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The suit claims the company assumed Talitha Peters was being treated for an addiction to illegal substances while on a temporary medical leave. read more. THR, Esq. Style Style THR Online

Media Companies Just Got More Bad News in Gawker Bankruptcy

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

A New York judge decides that California's free speech statute conflicts with federal rules. read more. THR, Esq. Business Movies Tech Business THR Online

Bill Cosby Scores Victory Against Insurance Company

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

AIG Property Casualty wanted out from having to defend the comedian against Janice Dickinson. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Television Business THR Online

ABC Sued By Insurance Company Over "Pink Slime" Settlement

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

AIG is resisting reimbursement of $25 million by arguing that the broadcaster had an obligation to go to outside counsel before running its controversial reporting. read more. THR, Esq. Business Television Business THR Online

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New Leader at Needles Signals New Direction for this Case Management Company

Media Law

In a move that signals a new strategy for Needles, a company that provides case-management software for plaintiff-focused law firms, its owners have named a new leader to take charge of the brand and oversee the launch of its cloud version.

Innovative Law Firm/Tech Company Atrium Raises $65 Million

Media Law

Just last week, I reported on a $50 million investment in artificial intelligence company Kira Systems. Now comes news that Atrium — the combination law firm and legal technology company — has raised $65 million in a round that includes some of the biggest names in venture capital, with Andreessen Horowitz leading the round and General Catalyst , YC Continuity Fund , and Sound Ventures as co-investors. When it rains it pours for investment in legal technology.

Gannett Makes Higher Offer For Tribune Company

Media Law Prof Blog

The Gannett Company has raised its offer for the Tribune Publishing Company to $864 million, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The Tribune owns several major dailies, including the L. Times and the Chicago Tribune. More here from THR

Roundup of Company and Product News from ILTACON, Part 1

Media Law

Here is Part 1 of a roundup of some of the legal technology companies and news I saw there. It works easiest with the research platforms Fastcase and Casemaker, thanks to arrangements the company made with them, but is not limited to those services.

Ava DuVernay's Company Sued in Dispute Over Documentary's Awards Run

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

A documentarian says the company didn’t submit his film for awards as agreed — and now won't stop claiming rights. read more. THR, Esq. Movies Movies THR Online Ava DuVernay Selma

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David Letterman's Production Company Beats Lawsuit from Royalty Collector

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

A judge rejects a lawsuit from Worldwide Subsidy Group. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Television Business THR Online

Producer Claims CEO Sexually Manipulated Him to Take Control of His Company

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Ryan Wiik says Tasmin Lucia-Khan used sex and lies to force him out of the company he founded. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Business THR Online

Ava DuVernay's Company Sued For Botching Documentary's Awards Run

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

A documentarian says the company didn’t submit his film for awards as agreed — and now won't stop claiming rights. read more. THR, Esq. Movies Movies THR Online Ava DuVernay Selma

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AI Company Kira Systems Gets $50 Million Series A Investment

Media Law

This is the first outside investment taken by the company, which was founded in 2011 by Noah Waisberg , a former corporate lawyer at Weil, Gotshal & Manges who is now CEO, and Dr. Alexander Hudek , a computer scientist who is now CTO. Waisberg and Hudek retain majority control of the company. Waisberg would not say the percentage of the investment or the valuation on which it was based, but this gives the seven-year-old company a valuation somewhere above $100 million.

A Legal Campaign Against Spotify Intensifies Ahead of the Company's Plan to Go Public

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Hundreds of settlement objectors (Tom Petty, Weezer's Rivers Cuomo, Sir Anthony Hopkins, et al.), a new copyright lawsuit and a scathing reply to Spotify's recent bombshell filing. read more. THR, Esq. Business Music Tech Business THR Online

Lucy Bassli, Former Microsoft Assistant GC, Joins AI Company LawGeex

Media Law

Two weeks after announcing her departure as assistant general counsel at Microsoft, Lucy Bassli has joined LawGeex, the artificial-intelligence contract review company, as chief legal strategist. The post Lucy Bassli, Former Microsoft Assistant GC, Joins AI Company LawGeex appeared first on Robert Ambrogi's LawSites.

Asked and Answered: Should I have a Loan Out Company?

Gordon P. Firemark

“Asked and Answered&# will be a new occasional feature of this blog. From time to time, I’ll answer some of the most frequently asked questions I receive in my practice. This is intended as general information only and does not establish an attorney-client relationship. It is not a substitute for a private, independent consultation with [.].

HBO, John Oliver Sued By Energy Company Over Segment on Coal Mining

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The defamation lawsuit discusses how Oliver created a "villainous" portrait of Murray, 77, who "needs a lung transplant" and who "does not expect to live to see the end of this case." read more. THR, Esq. Business Television Business THR Online

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What YouTube Could Learn from Record Companies

Music Technology Policy

Ask any journalist who’s been threatened with a lawsuit by the most litigious company in commercial history if they dared to publish royalty rates. So here’s what YouTube can learn from record companies. No record company discloses to the public the royalties they paid to any of their artists and no record company would ever put their artist in the position of being a lottery winner poster child to promote the label.

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Biometric Suits Continue, Including Recent Action Against IoT Company

New Media and Technology Law

Beyond the myriad of BIPA-related lawsuits against employers that used biometric timekeeping devices to track employees clocking in and out, and the suits against social media companies for photo tagging or similar functions, some recent lawsuits have been filed against companies that use biometrics as part of their core products and services. Last December, we noted the continuing robust wave of Illinois biometric privacy suits.

Martin Scorsese Production Company Escapes 'Wolf of Wall Street' Libel Lawsuit

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

A former executive at Stratton Oakmont didn't like being portrayed as a criminal. read more. THR, Esq. Business Movies Business THR Online

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Following Avvo’s Acquisition, Founder Britton is Leaving the Company

Media Law

Mark Britton Mark Britton, the 51-year-old lawyer and entrepreneur who founded the often-controversial legal marketplace and lawyer-rating site Avvo in 2007 and served as its CEO ever since, is leaving the company. The post Following Avvo’s Acquisition, Founder Britton is Leaving the Company appeared first on Robert Ambrogi's LawSites.

'Orphan Black' Production Company Must Face Copyright Lawsuit in California

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The $5 million lawsuit alleges the series was cloned from a screenplay submitted to producers a decade ago. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Television Business THR Online

CRTC Fines Canadian Company Over Spam Emails

Media Law Prof Blog

The agency found the Quebec-based company sent commercial emails to consumers without consent and then further violated Canadian law by failing to The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) is fining Compu.finder $1.1

Deadmau5 Sues Vape Company for Trademark Infringement

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The deadmodz vape brand is confusing deadmau5 fans who think the electronic music star is behind the electronic cigarette line, according to the lawsuit. read more. THR, Esq. Music Music THR Online

'Midnight Rider' Producer Claims Insurance Company "Sabotaged" Film

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Film Allman asserts it was pushed into a settlement with Sarah Jones' family, says that Randall Miller's guilty plea doesn't mean he's guilty, and describes how it attempted to revive the rock & roll film. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Movies Business THR Online

Law Practice Management Company PracticePanther Names New CEO

Media Law

The cloud law practice management company PracticePanther is announcing today that it has named Soumya Nettimi as its chief executive officer. Cofounder David Bitton, who has been CEO since starting the company in 2012, will remain with the company as chief marketing officer, and cofounder Ori Tamuz will continue as chief technology officer. This is the second major news development this week involving a practice management company.

Vice Media and Porn Cryptocurrency Company Headed to Court Over Trademark

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Vice Industry Token is asking the court to evaluate whether it's infringing on Vice Media's trademark. read more. THR, Esq. Tech Tech THR Online

Marvel Sued by Luggage Company Over 'Avengers' Box Set Packaging

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

German company says the Disney-owned studio has replicated its "impervious" attaché case used by Samuel L. Jackson in the film. read more. THR, Esq. Movies Movies Style Business Avengers The Avengers International

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Three’s Company “Brunette” Arrested for DUI on Independence Day

Law of Hollywood Land

On July 4th Joyce DeWitt, best known as Janet Wood on “Three’s Company&# , was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving. Tags: Celebrity DUI Drunk Driving Under Arrest joyce dewitt three's company Joyce DeWitt Mugshot.

Ex-ESPN Analyst Argues Network Wasn't "Media Company" in Publishing "Fake Texts"

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Adrienne Lawrence also contends that her lawsuit against the sports leader appropriately includes older reports about sexual hostility. read more. THR, Esq. Business Television Business THR Online

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Viacom's Top Lawyer Michael Fricklas to Depart Company

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The general counsel who worked on the copyright suit with YouTube, the war with the Redstone family, and an aborted CBS merger, is assisting the media conglomerate in looking for his replacement. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Television Business THR Online

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Legal Research Company Casetext Closes on $12 Million in Funding

Media Law

Excluding e-discovery companies, it is one of the largest investments in a legal technology startup ever. The post Legal Research Company Casetext Closes on $12 Million in Funding appeared first on Robert Ambrogi's LawSites. Jake Heller, founder and CEO, and Laura Safdie, chief operating officer and general counsel. The legal research service Casetext is announcing today that it has closed on a $12 million Series B funding round.

Non-Artificial Contracts Intelligence Joins Artificial Intelligence Contracts Company

Media Law

In news that should bring solace to all lawyers who fear losing ground to AI robot overlords, an artificial intelligence contract-review company has announced the addition to its board of advisors of a distinctly non-artificial intelligence in the area of legal contracts. The post Non-Artificial Contracts Intelligence Joins Artificial Intelligence Contracts Company appeared first on Robert Ambrogi's LawSites.

Roundup of Company and Product News from ILTACON, Part 3: NetDocuments, WindTalker, American LegalNet, AdvoLogix

Media Law

Last week, I attended ILTACON, the annual meeting of the International Legal Technology Association, where I sat down with a number of legal technology companies for briefings on their latest news and products. I’m posting a four-part roundup of those companies.

'Duck Dynasty' Co-Creators Lose Autonomy Over Their Company

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

An appellate court finds Scott and Deirdre Gurney can't run Gurney Productions unchecked, though they remain on the board, while another judge addresses ITV's alleged "Operation Peking." read more. THR, Esq. Television Television THR Online

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Roundup of Company and Product News from ILTACON, Part 2: iManage, Relativity, BigHand, CaseFleet

Media Law

Last week, I attended ILTACON, the annual meeting of the International Legal Technology Association, where I met with a number of legal technology companies for briefings on their latest news and products. Yesterday, I posted the first of a four-part roundup of those companies.

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On LawNext: LegalZoom’s GC on the Company’s $500 Million Investment

Media Law

Earlier this week, as I reported here , the online legal services company LegalZoom announced a $500 million secondary investment , the largest investment ever in a legal technology company. It comes as the company continues to expand both its services and its geographic reach. With a valuation of $2 billion and a customer base of 4 million, what will this investment mean for LegalZoom now and into the future?

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Experience Shooting a Video for Heating AC Service Company

Film and Television Law Blog

Exactly two months ago, we got a call from a local leading heating AC service company that is well known for their quality HVAC services. We were keen to include all the major aspects and points that the Heating AC Services company wanted highlighted in the video.