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 […].

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.

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. .

‘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.

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.

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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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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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

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.

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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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?

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.

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

Why it’s dangerous to rely on free online entertainment law contract forms

Gordon P. Firemark

Boilerplate contracts: 3 Legal Risks. Last week, I read an interesting post by Betty Wang , over at Findlaw's Free Enterprise blog, titled “Using Boilerplate Contracts? Unfortunately, many contract forms found in books or on the web are simply outdated.

Ninth Circuit Rejects Claim That Amazon’s Terms and Conditions Are an Unconscionable Contract

New Media and Technology Law

Contracts Online Commerce arbitration provision clickwrap agreements Electronic Contracting unconscionable termsIn an unpublished opinion, the Ninth Circuit affirmed a lower court’s ruling that had sent a putative class action against Amazon over its pricing practices to arbitration, as per Amazon’s terms of service. Wiseley v. Amazon.com, Inc. , 15-56799 (9 th Cir. 19, 2017) (unpublished)).

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

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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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

New York Court Dismisses Antitrust Defense to Breach of Distribution Contract

New Media and Technology Law

Your client is sued for failure to pay on a contract and says it shouldn’t have to pay because the prices were fixed by a cartel or that it was strong-armed into paying for a “bundle” of services or distribution channels even though it only wanted a subset of the bundle. After all, aren’t contracts for unlawful ends unenforceable? Commercial Litigation Contracts Television antitrust breach of contract bundle cable TV channel distribution Donnelly Act

AI-Powered Contract Review Platform LawGeex Raises $12 Million in New Funding

Media Law

LawGeex, a company whose product uses artificial intelligence to help in-house legal teams automate the review and approval of everyday contracts, is today announcing the closing of a $12 million Series B funding round led by venture capital fund Aleph. The post AI-Powered Contract Review Platform LawGeex Raises $12 Million in New Funding appeared first on Robert Ambrogi's LawSites.

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.

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.

Arizona Passes Groundbreaking Blockchain and Smart Contract Law – State Blockchain Laws on the Rise

New Media and Technology Law

Of course, there are questions about the enforceability of blockchain-based transactions and related, self-executing “smart contracts.”. This law clarifies some of the enforceability issues associated with the use of blockchain and smart contracts under Arizona law, in particular with respect to transactions relating to the sale of goods, leases, and documents of title governed respectively under UCC Articles 2, 2A and 7.

Wiz Khalifa Sues to End Contract with Manager

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The rapper is seeking to end a 360 deal he agreed to when he was 16 years old. read more. THR, Esq. Music Music THR Online

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.

AI Contract Review Platform LawGeex Raises $7M in Funding Round

Media Law

Today brings news that LawGeex, a contract review platform based on artificial intelligence, closed a $7 million Series A funding round. The post AI Contract Review Platform LawGeex Raises $7M in Funding Round appeared first on Robert Ambrogi's LawSites. Another day, another investment in a legal startup. Yesterday, I reported that cloud-based litigation management platform Allegory had raised over $500,000.

'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

Judge Rules Reality Star's Contract Doesn't Bar Defamation Suit Against Discovery

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Cody Lundin, former co-host of 'Dual Survival,' alleges that producers edited footage to falsely portray him in the final episode as mentally unstable. read more. THR, Esq. Business Television Business THR Online

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

Montana's Governor Signs EO Requiring ISPs To Adhere To Net Neutrality Principles If They Want To Enter Into State Contracts

Media Law Prof Blog

Via The Hill: Steve Bullock, Montana's Governor, has signed an executive order that requires ISPs to adhere to net neutrality principles if they want to enter into state contracts.

Cable Network May Proceed with Claims Against Distributor on Theories Beyond Written Contract

New Media and Technology Law

That transactional wave is beginning to spawn a litigation wave, principally over interpretation and application of the pre-existing licenses and contracts between networks and distributors. A recent ruling in one California case is noteworthy to the extent that it allowed a network to proceed against a distributor on multiple theories beyond the parties’ written contract. AT&T Services Oral Agreements Written Contracts

Arbitrator Rules Mayan Prophesy Filmmaker Breached Contract

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Raul Julia-Levy, who claims to be the son of late actor Raul Julia, wished to make a film entitled "Revelations of the Mayans 2012 and Beyond." read more. Movies THR, Esq

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

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.

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.

New Software Promises to Simplify Contract Drafting, But Only on Macs

Media Law

Two brothers — one a lawyer, the other a software engineer — have teamed up to create a software application they say will make the process of creating and analyzing contracts more accurate and efficient. The post New Software Promises to Simplify Contract Drafting, But Only on Macs appeared first on Robert Ambrogi's LawSites. General contracts

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Launching Today: ‘eBrevia Bespoke’ Provides Customized Contract Analytics

Media Law

The company eBrevia is today launching a new product, eBrevia Bespoke, that extends its contract review and analytics technology to a much-wider range of custom applications for specific types of contracts and industries. eBrevia’s flagship product, Diligence Accelerator, uses artificial intelligence to automate the due-diligence contract review process in mergers and acquisitions.