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.

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?

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.

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].

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 […].

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

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

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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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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‘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.

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.

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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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

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

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.

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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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

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.

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

LawNext Episode 21: Blockchain, Smart Contracts and the Future of Law, with Casey Kuhlman of Monax

Media Law

Is the traditional form of contracting broken? Casey Kuhlman , CEO of the blockchain and smart contracts company Monax, believes we’re on the brink of a paradigm shift in how we form and execute legal agreements. These “archetypes,” as Kuhlman calls them, would combine legal text with smart-contract workflows to allow commercial clients to create their own active agreements. Are static legal agreements irrelevant in a fast-moving global economy?

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

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.

FCC Adopts Change in Rules Eliminating Broadcasters’ Obligations to File Certain Contracts

Broadcast Law Blog

The FCC yesterday adopted an Order eliminating the requirement that broadcasters file with the Commission copies of certain contracts, agreements and other documents relating to ownership and control – instead relying on the obligations to either upload the documents to a station’s online public file, or to place a list of the documents in the public file (with information listing the parties involved, and the dates of execution and of expiration).

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

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.

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

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)).

CFAA and Breach of Contract Claims Dismissed in Website Data Scraping Suit

New Media and Technology Law

” The court also dismissed plaintiff’s breach of contract claims, concluding that defendant did not have notice of the plaintiff’s website terms and conditions based upon an unenforceable browsewrap agreement. The plaintiff brought several claims, including CFAA (for accessing its site without authorization in circumvention of technical barriers) and breach of contract (for scraping the plaintiff’s site contrary to the terms and conditions).

FCC Releases Draft Order to Eliminate Broadcasters’ Obligations to File Contracts, Relying on Online Public File to Make Documents Available

Broadcast Law Blog

The FCC this week released its draft order proposing to eliminate the requirement that broadcasters file certain contracts relating to ownership and control with the Commission. FCC Fines General FCC Multiple Ownership Rules Programming Regulations broadcast ownership report filing of broadcasters contracts joint sales agreement online public inspection file time brokerage agreements

SAG TV/Theatrical Contract Ratified Overwhelmingly, 78%-22%

Digital Media Law

In a stunning defeat for the hardline Membership First faction, SAG's TV/theatrical contract passed overwhelmingly, by a 78%-22% margin (almost 4 to 1), those numbers according to the guild. The contracts provide more than $105 million in wages, increased pension contributions, and other gains and establishes a template for SAG coverage of new media formats. percent returned them – a return that is above average compared with typical referenda on Screen Actors Guild contracts.

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

FCC Releases Draft Order to Eliminate Broadcasters’ Obligations to File Contracts, Relying on Online Public File to Make Documents Available

Broadcast Law Blog

The FCC this week released its draft order proposing to eliminate the requirement that broadcasters file certain contracts relating to ownership and control with the Commission. FCC Fines General FCC Multiple Ownership Rules Programming Regulations broadcast ownership report filing of broadcasters contracts joint sales agreement online public inspection file time brokerage agreements