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

Pandemic: Force Majeure Contracts and Insurance in the Music Business

Music Technology Policy

Force majeure” or the less secular “Act of God” clause is a species of the “impossibility of performance” defense to a breach of contract claim that excuses the liability of a nonperforming party. Force majeure clauses typically break between suspending performance for a period of time and allowing the parties to terminate the contract, with little or no penalty. Contract 1. Contract 2. Contract 1. Contract 2. Contract 1. Contract 2.

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.

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?

Three Legaltech Companies, All in Contracts, Have Financing Rounds, for Total of $26M

Media Law

We may all be working from home, but that doesn’t mean investment money isn’t flowing into legaltech — and particularly into legaltech for commercial contracts.

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.

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

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. .

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 […].

Exigent Unveils Scarlett, AI Tool for Turning Contracts into Data

Media Law

The legal technology company Exigent is today unveiling a major update to its contract management software that introduces Scarlett, an artificial intelligence tool for automatic extraction of contract data and enhanced contextual search.

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.

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.

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.

On LawNext: Mark Harris on the Post-Pandemic Tsunami for Corporate Contracts

Media Law

Businesses are about to confront a tidal wave of urgent questions from suppliers, customers, partners, employees, and others, they warn, the answers to which are buried in thousands or hundreds of thousands of commercial contracts.

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].

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

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.

Contract Management Company SirionLabs Raises $44M to Further Develop Its AI Platform

Media Law

SirionLabs , developer of AI-powered enterprise contract lifecycle management technology, said yesterday it has raised $44 million in a Series C round, bringing its total capital raised to date to $66 million.

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.

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].

UK Contract Management Company Raises $5M from Major U.S. Investor

Media Law

Its platform, it says, transforms legal contracts from static files into dynamic, modular agreements that integrate easily with core business processes, helping businesses close contracts more quickly and get deeper insight into contract data. The prominent U.S.

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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.

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.

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

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

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.

Knowable Responds to Pandemic with New Products, Including Free Contract Management

Media Law

The contract management company Knowable is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic with the release of two new products designed to help companies understand their crisis-related contractual obligations and entitlements, one of which it is offering free through year-end.

AI Contract Management Company Evisort Raises $15M to Drive Next Phase of Growth

Media Law

Twelve months ago this week, the company introduced its flagship product, Document Analyzer, a cloud-based AI and text-mining application that helps enterprises analyze and manage their contracts. “This data is contractual in nature, so why limit our platform to long-form contracts?

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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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

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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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

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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AI Contract Management Company Evisort to Roll Out Pre-Signature Workflow Module #Legalweek20

Media Law

Evisort says that the new module, slated for release in the second quarter of this year, will enable companies to unify their contracting process within a single, centralized framework. .

How long does it take to start showing symptoms after contracting COVID-19?

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

How long does it take to start showing symptoms after contracting COVID-19

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.

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.