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?

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. .

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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 Unfortunately, many contract forms found in books or on the web are simply outdated.

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

Media Law

Yesterday, I reported that cloud-based litigation management platform Allegory had raised over $500,000. 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.

Agent defection creates nasty litigation

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Tags: Contracts & Riders Labor Litigation Representation Sports

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Michael Douglas' ex claims 'greed' in 'Wall Street' trial

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Tags: Celebrity Contracts & Riders Litigation

WME dragged into Live Nation antitrust case

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Tags: Antitrust Contracts & Riders Dealmaking Litigation Music Representation

Court details long, strange road to 'Easy Rider' sequel

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Tags: Accounting Contracts & Riders Decisions Roundup Film Litigation

MTV denies woman was drunk in 'Real World' lawsuit

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Viacom, Tags: Contracts & Riders Defamation Litigation Privacy Television By Eriq Gardner As "The Real World" kicks off its 24th season tonight with a return to New Orleans, the show's producers are fighting back against a woman who claims she was humiliated on the previous Washington D.C. season.

Dr. Dre loses two claims against Death Row for reissuing 'The Chronic'

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Tags: Accounting Contracts & Riders Decisions Roundup Litigation Music Right of Publicity Trademark

Woman wants $5 million for being humiliated in 'Real World' house

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Tags: Borat Contracts & Riders Defamation Girls Gone Wild Litigation Television

DMX sues for royalties from jail

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Tags: Accounting Contracts & Riders Copyright Litigation Music

Patrick Dempsey fighting tequila hangover

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Tags: Advertising Celebrity Contracts & Riders Litigation

Jennifer Lopez sex tape update: TRO granted, but this isn't over

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Tags: Celebrity Contracts & Riders Litigation Right of Publicity Sex Tapes

Appeals court finds no 'Borat' fraud

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Tags: Borat Contracts & Riders Decisions Roundup Litigation

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Game developer claims Atari owes $30M on "Dungeons and Dragons"

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Tags: Contracts & Riders Litigation Video Games

Paris Hilton declares Hon. Federico Moreno 'my best judge forever'

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Tags: Celebrity Contracts & Riders Litigation Paris Hilton Talent & Studios

Law student seeks to collect on 'Dateline' $1 million challenge

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Tags: Contracts & Riders Lawyers, Miscellaneous__ Litigation Television

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Producer Cathy Konrad says Weinsteins cut her out of 'Scream 4'

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for breach of contract, claiming that "Scream 4" was developed behind her back. Tags: Litigation By Matthew Belloni Producer Cathy Konrad is suing the Weinstein Co. MORE COMING.

Switching Consumer Device to Ad-Supported Environment Is Not Deceptive under New York Law

New Media and Technology Law

In In re Sling Media Slingbox Advertising Litig. , Lastly, and importantly for the “smart” device industry, the court noted that plaintiffs could not establish that ad insertion impaired any “legal right established by contract.” Commercial Litigation Contracts Internet Technology Video ad insertion ad-supported platform mobile devices Slingbox smart devices streaming device

Example of “New Boss” Contracts: The YouTube covenant not to sue

Music Technology Policy

In case you needed some proof, here is an excert from a “New Boss” contract, being Google’s indie publisher license for YouTube (Google’s heavily subsidized and dominant entry into the video and video advertising verticle).

The Cross-Industry Promise of Blockchain

New Media and Technology Law

Conceivably, many of these functions could be conducted through a “smart contract” – a completely automated process, executed via a software application that runs “on chain.” Supply chain management – Blockchain technology is being tested, in conjunction with IoT devices and smart contracts, to automatically release payment for goods when they have arrived at their shipping destination. What are Smart Contracts? digital wallets, smart contracts).

Class action claims Disney stiffed financial analysts on overtime

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Thirty-six financial analysts and contract researchers. Tags: Accounting Labor Litigation By Matthew Belloni EXCLUSIVE: Some of the Disney employees who make sure A-list stars get paid accurately by the studio are now suing claiming—yes, you guessed it—that they weren't paid accurately by the studio.

Website Design Implicated in Two Rulings on Enforceability of Online Terms – Highlights the Importance of Legal Review of Design Decisions

New Media and Technology Law

Now two decades in, online contracting is commonplace and it is assumed that the reasonable consumer generally appreciates that by signing up for a particular service or completing an online purchase, they will be agreeing to the terms and conditions of the site or provider.

Joel Silver sues Goldman Sachs for $30 million

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Producer Joel Silver today sued Goldman Sachs for breach of contract and fraud, claiming the powerhouse investment bank stiffed him on more. Tags: Litigation By Matthew Belloni EXCLUSIVE: One of Hollywood's most powerful producers is boldly taking on a Wall Street behemoth.

Jill Scott sued by record label for undelivered albums

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By Matthew Belloni R&B superstar Jill Scott was sued this morning by her longtime record label, which is accusing the multi-platinum songstress of skipping out halfway through a six-album contract and potentially owing millions of dollars in damages. The lawsuit, Tags: Litigation Music

What does an entertainment lawyer do? (Part I)

Gordon P. Firemark

Within the field of enteratinment law, lawyers typically focus on one of two “sides”: Transactional or litigation. Transactional vs. Litigation.

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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

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

Browsewrap Agreement Held Unenforceable – Website Designers Take Note!

New Media and Technology Law

Interestingly, DSG argued that because the plaintiff was an attorney whose former firm handled TCPA cases (including litigation against DSG), he should be charged with knowledge of the terms and arbitration clause. These recent cases should prompt companies to reexamine electronic contracting practices to ensure that consumers are offered notice sufficient to understand that use of a website will constitute agreement to the terms. In Nghiem v Dick’s Sporting Goods, Inc. ,

ENTERTAINMENT LITIGATION: DISNEY/PIXAR DEFEAT COPYRIGHT LAWSUIT

Entertainment Litigation Blog

STUDIO WINS ENTERTAINMENT LITIGATION RELATING TO "CARS" FRANCHISE The studios behind the "Cars" motion picture franchise ended their July with a bang -- winning their litigation in Los Angeles federal court over the creation of the franchise.

Does an indemnification clause really protect you?

Gordon P. Firemark

Nearly every entertainment industry contract includes an indemnification clause, and for many players in the business, it’s an integral, and non-negotiable provision. Should you still include indemnification provisions in your contracts?

Craigslist Files Another Suit against Data Scraper

New Media and Technology Law

In its complaint , craigslist claims that after the 3Taps litigation was settled in June 2015, RadPad or its agents began their own independent efforts to scrape craigslist site. While the law surrounding scraping remains unsettled, craigslist has notched some notable litigation successes in recent years, including, in the prior 3Taps case. Contracts Copyright E-mail Online Content Screen Scraping CFAA database scraping screen scaping spam web scraping

Hasta la vista, 'Terminator' litigation

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for $160 million, claiming they breached a contract with him by not paying producer's fees. The lawsuit seemed to us like an empty threat and didn't imperil the opening of the film, but it's nice to clear litigation before the marketing campaign kicks into high gear.

Craigslist Garners $60 Million Judgment against Radpad in Scraping Dispute

New Media and Technology Law

In its complaint , craigslist claimed that after the 3Taps litigation was settled, RadPad and its agents began their own independent efforts to scrape craigslist site, despite receiving a cease and desist letter from craigslist barring Radpad from using the craigslist site. During the course of the litigation, Radpad became insolvent and its attorney withdrew from representation, essentially allowing craigslist to obtain what amounts to a default judgment.

Who Owns an Employee's Twitter and Other Online Accounts?

New Media and Technology Law

politics, learned that disputes over ownership and control of online accounts can impair the ability of an nonprofit organization to pursue its business and require costly litigation to resolve. Quick action by the employer to change account access information when an employee leaves may avoid the cost and delay involved in litigation to recover account control. Contracts Twitter employee employer online account ownership social media

George Hedges, litigator was 57

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We're sorry to hear about the passing of one of Hollywood's top litigation lawyers. When he got Ed free from his contract at ICM, he was very touched,” Quinn Emanuel partner Jeff McFarland told us today. By Matthew Belloni.

SAG TV/Theatrical Ballots Later Than Expected; SAG Litigation Continues; and More

Digital Media Law

The ballots for SAG’s recently approved TV/theatrical contract won’t be going out until mid to late May, a source tells me, several weeks later than the early May target that the Guild stated as recently as a week or so ago. Meanwhile, ballots for the commercials contract will be mailed to both SAG and AFTRA members Thursday, and due back May 21, reports Variety. SAG wants its contract to expire in mid-2011, to synch up with the WGA, AFTRA, and DGA.

No California love for Morgan Creek in Tupac litigation

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The cross-complaint says key details of a deal, including an executive producer credit and backend participation for Afeni Shakur, were not worked out with Morgan Creek and that she hadn't even seen the proposed contract. Tags: Litigation By Matthew Belloni.

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ENTERTAINMENT LITIGATION: "JUDGE ALEX" LOSES SUPREME COURT APPEAL

Entertainment Litigation Blog

Alex Ferrer, a former Florida judge now known as Fox's "Judge Alex" on television, entered into a contract with Arnold Preston, a lawyer who provides "services" to people in the entertainment industry. Pursuant to an arbitration clause in their contract, in 2005, Preston demanded arbitration on his claim that Ferrer failed to pay for his services. Finally, the case illustrates the irony that sometimes arises during a hotly contested litigation.