The importance of “Court approval” of a minor’s contracts.

Gordon P. Firemark

“She signed a contract! ” Did you know that a minor can walk away from a contract without consequence? Did you know that in the eyes of the law, a minor isn’t considered “competent” to make a binding contract?

Contracts must prohibit sexual harassment in the entertainment workplace.

Gordon P. Firemark

So, here's my call to action to all my clients, fellow lawyers, and to the entire community: Every deal, every transaction, every business activity must, from this day forward , confront the issue of sexual harassment head-on and include a provision declaring sexual harassment unacceptable, a breach of contract, and grounds for immediate termination. . ” All of our contracts need to explicitlyy say that harassment will get you fired.

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20 Questions for New Artists Part 5: Pre-Existing Contracts and Sound Recording Aggregators

Music Technology Policy

Pre-existing Contracts: Ask your band mates for copies of any music industry contracts the band, or any of you, have previously signed before you formed or joined the band. 20 questions for new artists digital aggregators pre-existing contracts

Warranties and Representations – What these contract clauses really mean.

Gordon P. Firemark

If you're like most of the entertainment industry folks I come into contact with, you've signed a few contracts in your day. What am I promising when I sign this contract? Warranties and Representations – What these contract clauses really mean.

Web Scraping Decisions Consider Contract Cause of Action

New Media and Technology Law

Two recent web scraping disputes highlight some important issues regarding whether a website owner may successfully allege a breach of contract action against a commercial party that has scraped website content contrary to “ clickwrap ” and “ browsewrap ” website terms of use. s (“Southwest”) breach of contract claim against an entity that scraped airfare data from Southwest’s site in violation of the website terms of use.

Arbitration in Entertainment Contracts: Worth fighting about?

Gordon P. Firemark

Yesterday, the producers secured a victory on this front, with the Court ordering claims to arbitration under Sheen’s contract. Arbitration clauses are common in entertainment industry contracts for a number of reasons. Arbitration in Entertainment Contracts: Worth fighting about?

The unreasonable expansion of the Right of First Refusal Clause in entertainment contracts.

Gordon P. Firemark

The unreasonable expansion of the Right of First Refusal Clause in entertainment contracts. A right of last refusal gives one party to a contract the right to accept any bona fide offer made by a third party for some right.

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. LegalSifter, whose product uses AI to review contracts and identify critical or missing […].

Second Circuit Upholds Uber’s Mobile Contracting Process, Establishing Template for Mobile Online Contracting

New Media and Technology Law

While clearly good news for Uber in this litigation, in blessing Uber’s mobile contracting process, the court also established something of a template for other mobile apps to follow to ensure that their terms and conditions will be enforceable against their members or users. .

New Contract Drafting Tool: ACC Contract Advisor

Media Law

The Association of Corporate Counsel today launched ACC Contract Advisor , a contract-drafting tool built on what is described as a “vast collection” of sample contracts and thousands of real-world clauses. General contracts

Smart Contracts Company Clause Raises $5.5M; DocuSign Among Investors

Media Law

The smart-contracts company Clause said today that it has raised $5.5 Clause said that the funds will be used to accelerate its business development efforts, further augment its engineering teams, and nurture the broader smart contract ecosystem.

CFAA Claim Dismissed in Scraping Suit, While Contract Claim Survives

New Media and Technology Law

As a result, CouponCabin brought several causes of action against PriceTrace, including claims under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA), tortious interference and breach of contract. The contract claim also survived dismissal. Instead, the court allowed the contract claim to go forward based on the allegation that PriceTrace received the C&D letter from CouponCabin that highlighted the terms yet still continued to access the site despite this knowledge.

SAG Contract Graveyard

Digital Media Law

Where do SAG contracts go when they expire? Here’s the tally of contracts that have expired or will do so shortly, in order by expiration date: Agency Franchise Agreement (expired 2002). As SAG itself explains , the Franchise Agreement’s expiration means that SAG members have less protection from agents who, for instance, seek commissions greater than 10%, or a longer contract term length (for the representation) than the previously-effective franchise agreement allowed.

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How do you Persuade Your Competitors and Colleagues to Comply with Copyrights and Contract Provisions? – Entertainment Law Asked & Answered

Gordon P. Firemark

TRANSCRIPT: How do you persuade your competitors and colleagues to comply with copyrights and contract provisions? So how do you convince folks to respect copyrights and contracts? VIDEO: [link].

Fixing the Legacy DMCA by Contract

Music Technology Policy

Don’t these artists deserve a modern contract with the most valuable company on the planet? Which should come first: Fixing the legacy business problems in a contract or a legislative fix? If you check all the YouTube contracts, they are all with Google, not YouTube.

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‘Contract Tools’ Is A Toolkit for Reviewing Complex Contracts in Word

Media Law

That’s the idea behind Contract Tools, a Microsoft Word for Windows add-in designed to provide attorneys with the right tools to analyze, navigate, search, proofread and edit contracts. The post ‘Contract Tools’ Is A Toolkit for Reviewing Complex Contracts in Word appeared first on Robert Ambrogi's LawSites. General Contract Tools Paper SoftwareAny job is made easier by having the right tools.

LexisNexis Gets Into Enterprise Contract Analytics through Joint Venture with Knowable

Media Law

LexisNexis Legal & Professional today announced that it has entered into an agreement to form a joint venture with Knowable , a company that uses machine-learning technology to help companies better understand their contracts.

Fox-Netflix Poaching Fight Questions Enforceability of Employment Contracts

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Can an employer enforce a contract by any means other than litigation? read more. THR, Esq. Business Business THR Online Netflix

Teamsters Ratify Contract; Strike Averted

Digital Media Law

In a surprising development, Hollywood Teamsters leaders at a standing room only membership meeting this morning asked the membership to ratify a 2 year contract proposed by the studios. The membership then voted 97.3% to 2.7% to ratify, ending the possibility of a strike that could have shuttered much film and television production. For details, see my Hollywood Reporter story. ——————— Subscribe to my blog ( jhandel.com ) for more about entertainment law and digital media law.

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Is a Pay or Play contract really all it’s cracked up to be?

Gordon P. Firemark

One of the most coveted clauses in entertainment industry contracts is the Pay or Play Clause. “Guarantee” suggests the involvement of a third-party who's promising to pay if the primary party to the contract fails to perform.

How do you Persuade Your Competitors and Colleagues to Comply with Copyrights and Contract Provisions? – Entertainment Law Asked & Answered

Gordon P. Firemark

TRANSCRIPT: How do you persuade your competitors and colleagues to comply with copyrights and contract provisions? So how do you convince folks to respect copyrights and contracts? VIDEO: [link].

Conan's 'Tonight Show' contract revealed

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

By Matthew Belloni If there was one big mystery in the Great Late-Night Fiasco of 2010, it was whether NBC actually specified in Conan O'Brien's contract that “The Tonight Show” had to begin at 11:35 p.m. Tags: Contracts & Riders Talent & Studios Television This seemingly small detail.

Is “throughout the universe” contract language broad enough?

Gordon P. Firemark

In his post today he discusses a Wall Street Journal article that pokes fun at entertainment lawyers’ use of “throughout the universe, in perpetuity&# to define the territorial scope and the term of rights being granted by a contract. Related posts: Copyright and Contract in conflict? Is Jon Lovitz's life-long contract really a life sentence Eriq Gardner at the Hollywood Reporter, Esq. blog has got me thinking.

Ratification of Teamsters / Basic Crafts Contract Complete

Digital Media Law

The Teamsters ratified their contract several weeks ago. Ratification by those unions was expected and, indeed, the AMPTP said today that the last of those just ratified their contract. Here's the organization's press statement: "The five Basic Crafts Unions have now ratified new contracts with the producers represented by the AMPTP, ensuring that production can continue without interruption for the studios and union members.

Conan's 'Tonight Show' contract revealed

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

By Matthew Belloni If there was one big mystery in the Great Late-Night Fiasco of 2010, it was whether NBC actually specified in Conan O'Brien's contract that “The Tonight Show” had to begin at 11:35 p.m. Tags: Contracts & Riders Talent & Studios Television This seemingly small detail.

Cardi B Accused of Breaching Contract and Defaming Ex-Manager

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Klenord Raphael, known as "Shaft," alleges being shafted in $10 million lawsuit. read more. THR, Esq. Business Music Business THR Online

Judge Won't Let Kesha Escape Dr. Luke Contract

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Despite the pop star's sexual abuse allegations, the judge says it's not reasonable to "decimate a contract that was heavily negotiated." read more. THR, Esq. The Business Music Business THR Online Dr. Luke

'London Fields' Producers Allege Director Violated Contract

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Mathew Cullen is accused of failing to deliver the film on time and withholding promotional support. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Movies Business THR Online

Richard Gere Countersued in Book Adaptation Contract Dispute

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Scott and Anna Elias say Gere is trying to "steal" a project they brought to him in 2009. read more. THR, Esq. Movies Movies THR Online Richard Gere

Johnny Depp Asks Court to Rule That Jake Bloom's "Oral Contract" With Him Is Invalid

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The actor argues their contingency fee deal needed to be in writing and his ex-lawyer can't sue him for breach of contract because it wasn't. read more. THR, Esq. Movies Movies THR Online Johnny Depp

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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.

Warner Bros. Can Sue Tolkien Estate For Breaching 'Hobbit' Contract

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Appeals court makes a ruling, which will unpause a case that has been in limbo for more than two years. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Movies Business THR Online

ESPN Claims Verizon Is Breaching Carriage Contract

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The sports network believes that Verizon can't put its channels on separately priced tiers in the new personalized FiOS service. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Television Business THR Online

Elimination of Requirement for Broadcasters to File Contracts and Agreements with the FCC Becomes Effective

Broadcast Law Blog

Back in October, the FCC eliminated the requirement that broadcasters file contracts and organizational documents with the Commission. General FCC filing of broadcasters contracts Modernization of Media Regulation Initiative online public inspection file station contracts and agreementsSee our post here for more details. That change became effective on January 22, 2019 , as noted in an FCC Public Notice released earlier this week.

New York State Court Declines to Compel Arbitration, Cites Purported Ambiguities in Mobile Contracting Process

New Media and Technology Law

Courts are increasingly taking a magnifying glass to electronic contracting processes, particularly how the presentation of the terms of service and call to action are displayed. As outlined by the court, the contracting process was a multistep process.

Netflix Gets Green Light from Appeals Court to Challenge Fox's Employment Contracts

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Fox had argued that Netflix's legal claims were based on enforcement of contracts, but in a decision with potentially big ramifications, a California appeals court disagrees.

Inside the Octomom reality show contract

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Because the children are minors, the parties took the contract. Tags: Contracts & Riders Labor Talent & Studios Television By Eriq Gardner Last week, "Octo-Mom" Nadya Suleman signed a deal with Eyeworks, a British production company, to begin work on a TV show that will feature her 14 children.

Elimination of Requirement for Broadcasters to File Contracts and Agreements with the FCC Becomes Effective

Broadcast Law Blog

Back in October, the FCC eliminated the requirement that broadcasters file contracts and organizational documents with the Commission. General FCC filing of broadcasters contracts Modernization of Media Regulation Initiative online public inspection file station contracts and agreementsSee our post here for more details. That change became effective on January 22, 2019 , as noted in an FCC Public Notice released earlier this week.

Roger Ailes Claims Gretchen Carlson Evading Contract, Confidentiality Obligations

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The former anchor ignored an arbitration provision in her multi-million dollar contract in order to "tar" Ailes' reputation, the CEO claims. read more. THR, Esq. Television Television THR Online

Evisort’s New Document Analyzer Offers Out-of-the-Box AI to Mine All A Company’s Contracts

Media Law

Today, the company is introducing its flagship product, Document Analyzer, a cloud-based AI and text-mining application that helps companies mine contracts for data. Enhanced document summary pages, showing key information about contracts along with previews of the actual contract.

LawNext Episode 39: An Exclusive Look at LegalZoom’s New Project to Develop Better Contracts for Small Businesses

Media Law

This week on LawNext, we get to reveal a project that could change the face of contracting for small businesses worldwide. — has quietly launched a development initiative to deliver better contracts to small businesses.

Subsidiary Rights Clauses in Theatrical Production Contracts. What’s the big deal?

Gordon P. Firemark

If you’re contemplating a license for production of a play or musical (whether as author, producer or in some other capacity), it’s important to consult with a skilled, knowledgeable theatrical attorney to draw up the contracts.

Taylor Swift Must Face Jury Trial Over DJ's Contract Interference Claim

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The pop star will be in Colorado in August to face off against former KYGO radio host David Mueller. read more. THR, Esq. Business Music Business THR Online