Special Episode: Iancu v. Brunetti (USSC deals with FUCT trademark)

Gordon P. Firemark

Brunetti (USSC deals with FUCT trademark) originally appeared on Entertainment Law Offices of Gordon P. The Latest episode of my Entertainment Law podcast, Entertainment Law Update, is now available for your enjoyment. Listen here, or subscribe and download in your favorite podcast listening app. Show notes are located at [link]. Here's what we talked about. Iancau v. Brunetti-SCOTU S. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - The post Special Episode: Iancu v.

Why you should have a lawyer for every deal

Gordon P. Firemark

Hiring a lawyer, I tell them, is the best way to ensure that their deals succeed. Film production deals. All too often these days, I'm contacted by someone who used one of these online services to set up a business, or make a contract, only to find out later that they didn't get everything needed to move forward with the deal. Let's face it, you've got a lot invested in your deal. Why hire a lawyer?

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Exterro Acquires AccessData In Nine-Figure Deal, Expanding Its Platform And Setting Stage For Possible IPO

Media Law

In an interview yesterday, Bobby Balachandran , Exterro’s CEO, declined to disclose the financial terms of the deal, but said that the value was substantial and in nine figures, meaning somewhere more than $100 million. Today is E-Discovery Day 2020 , and Portland, Ore.-based

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ALM Media Licenses Its Legal News To Bloomberg Law, Ending Exclusive Deal with LexisNexis

Media Law

But last Friday, Jean O’Grady at Dewey B Strategic blog broke the news that ALM had ended its exclusive relationship with LexisNexis, signing a new deal that allowed LexisNexis continued use of the content while allowing ALM to license it to other companies.

Why you need an entertainment attorney to help negotiate your television acting deals.

Gordon P. Firemark

Why you need an entertainment attorney to help negotiate your television acting deals. This actor feels he's undervalued on the show, and wants to renegotiate his deal. If he'd had an experienced entertainment lawye r work on the deal before signing, this could have been avoided, or at least the risk of a bad deal could have been reduced. Your lawyer can be instrumental in securing a fair, reasonable, and worthwhile deal.

New questions emerge about GOP Senator David Perdue's financial dealings

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

How to get the best deal possible: Negotiation strategies I learned from my 5 five-year-old.

Gordon P. Firemark

I think they apply equally well to the art of negotiating deals in show business. It makes sense to ask for everything you want from a deal, even if you don't expect to get exactly what you've specified. ” If it's really a “must have” item on your list of deal points, you can't give up. Either you get what you need, or,the deal isn't worth doing. There's no “deal” here.

The Return of the Fifty Dollar Handshake: Are Spotify?s Direct Artist Deals Really Less Than Meets the Eye?or Are We Looking in the Wrong Place?

Music Technology Policy

I guess Beyoncé & Jay-Z didn’t get the memo: Spotify is pumping up the earned media about its “direct artist deals” and also trying to pump up the bizarre behavior of its low volume stock price (and that story has yet to be told but is for another day). These deals cut out record labels and independent distributors, yielding more revenue per stream for Spotify, the musicians and their managers. If I gave two f s – two f s about streaming numbers.

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Chorus Line Dancers Make A New Deal

DealFatigue

Although “A Chorus Line&# opened on Broadway over thirty years ago, the dancers who signed away their life story rights as the basis for the musical back in 1974 recently renegotiated the terms of their deal. The “Chorus Line&# renegotiation provides broader implications to deal making for two reasons: 1. Leverage only comes from immediately recognizing the other party’s needs and fears in a particular deal and then effectively using that leverage in negotiations.

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The Win-Win Deal-Making Fallacy

DealFatigue

@DanWilliams @lrozen win-win should always be the goal in any negotiation, but I get nervous when one side says that. It's a zero-sum tell. — Peter Kaufman (@Dealfatigue) February 11, 2015. Negotiations The Culture game theory twitter win-win zero-sum game

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Netflix Countersues Fox, Claims Employee Deals Unenforceable

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The streaming giant alleges that Fox has created "a form of involuntary servitude" in its workforce and advises a judge it will be looking to recruit more Fox employees. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Movies Television Tech Business THR Online

Little-Noticed Music Deal

Digital Media Law

Turns out their union, the American Federation of Musicians, made a deal three weeks ago with the studios — but it appears (correct me if I’m mistaken) that no one reported it (though the LA Times did mention that the deal was in negotiation). Everyone listens to music, but musicians unions may not attract the same attention.

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POTUS Announces Google Deal in Cuba

Music Technology Policy

Google spokesperson Barack Obama…no sorry, the President of the United States… announced Google’s triumph of crony capitalism in Time : “One of the things that we’ll be announcing here is that Google has a deal to start setting up more WiFi and broadband access on the island,” Obama told ABC anchor David Muir.

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Disney Can't Keep Its Deals With Harvey Weinstein Confidential

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The decision comes in a lawsuit brought by an anonymous Toronto actress, who says she was twice victimized by Harvey Weinstein. read more. THR, Esq. Business Movies Business THR Online

Prince Estate Aims to Show Tidal "Fabricated" Equity Deal

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

An ongoing copyright lawsuit explores what evidence needs to be handed over. read more. THR, Esq. Music Music THR Online

How a Rock Band's Lawsuit Could Upend Record Deals Everywhere

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

A coming trial between Avenged Sevenfold and Warner Bros. Records may dissuade or embolden hot artists looking to escape their contracts. read more. THR, Esq. Music Music Business THR Weekly Magazine

Chorus Line Dancers Make A New Deal

DealFatigue

Although “A Chorus Line” opened on Broadway over thirty years ago, the dancers who signed away their life story rights as the basis for the musical back in 1974 recently renegotiated the terms of their deal. The “Chorus Line” renegotiation provides broader implications to deal making for two reasons: 1. I suspect the 16-month lag in closing this deal was due in part to those detracting elements on the dancers’ side of the equation.

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Chorus Line Dancers Make A New Deal

DealFatigue

Although “ A Chorus Line ” opened on Broadway over thirty years ago, the dancers who signed away their life story rights as the basis for the musical back in 1974 recently renegotiated the terms of their deal. The “Chorus Line” renegotiation provides broader implications to deal making for two reasons: 1. I suspect the 16-month lag in closing this deal was due in part to those detracting elements on the dancers’ side of the equation.

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DGA Board Approves Tentative Deal

Digital Media Law

The deal, which provides for 2% annual pay increases and a one-time 1.5% boost in pension and health, will soon go to the membership for ratification, with a ballot return date in January. Details: The Hollywood Reporter. Watch for my new book “Hollywood on Strike!,” due out next month. Subscribe to my blog ( jhandel.com ) for more about entertainment law and digital media law. Check out my residuals chart there too. Go to the blog itself to subscribe via RSS or email.

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Legal Innovators, ALSP that Promotes Diversity, Enters Deal with Global Engineering Firm Bechtel

Media Law

alternative legal services provider that aims to promote diversity and inclusion among junior legal hires, has entered a deal with the global engineering, construction and project management company Bechtel to place recently graduated lawyers in its legal department.

Deal Points for Digital Distribution

Music Technology Policy

If you’re in the music business, you’d have to live under a rock not to know that many artists don’t like streaming services. You may also be aware that many artists also have issues with digital retailers whose advertising arms sell ads to pirate sites. Well, that kind of narrows it down, I guess, but you get the idea. It’s gotten to the point where artists need to have control over where their music appears online.

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Hollywood Crew Deal Ratified

Digital Media Law

The deal had been opposed by some members, who cited rollbacks in the healthcare plan, as well as concerns regarding new media. As expected, the membership of IATSE , the union representing Hollywood crew members, ratified that organization’s proposed contract with the studios yesterday, although not without significant opposition. The new contract takes effect August 1 and runs for three years, as is usual with Hollywood labor agreements. It includes 3% annual wage increases.

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Harvey Weinstein Employment Deal Becomes Public Record

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Alleged victims of Harvey Weinstein's sexual misconduct convince a judge to let them move forward with a lawsuit that was paused by the bankruptcy of The Weinstein Co. read more. THR, Esq. Business Movies Business THR Online Harvey Weinstein The Weinstein Company

WGA, AMPTP Reach New Three-Year Deal

Digital Media Law

The tentative pact, which is in line with deals reached by SAG, AFTRA and the DGA, provides for 2% annual wage increases but also keeps network primetime residuals at current rates. Details: The Hollywood Reporter. _. Check out my new book “Hollywood on Strike!,” available on Amazon (also in a Kindle edition). Subscribe to my blog ( jhandel.com ) for more about entertainment law and digital media law. Check out my residuals chart there too.

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Breakthrough in Teamsters talks; deal ratified

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.

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How to effectively outsource Business and Legal Affairs work in the Film, Television, Theatre and Media Industries

Gordon P. Firemark

You spend an inordinate amount of your time managing dealmaking processes, negotiating minor deals, and drafting contracts that really need to be handled by a staff lawyer. If you’re a film producing business, your staff is probably pretty good at dealing with film-related issues… but what happens when you decide to adapt something that originated in another medium? Introduction.

Ocasio-Cortez insists Green New Deal won't restructure government

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

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SAG-AFTRA Netcode Deal Reached

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Terms of the deal are expected to be released later in the evening. read more. The Business THR Online THR, Esq. Television SAG-AFTRA Labor Business

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SAG & Studios Agree to Tentative Deal

Digital Media Law

The deal will probably be approved by the SAG board today or tomorrow and ratified by the membership by mid-May, but the hardline MembershipFirst faction has vowed to fight the deal, so ratification, although likely, is not assured. Assuming the deal is in fact ratified (which takes a 50% majority), the stalemate would be over by mid-May. The deal has wide support among the leadership and is expected to pass easily.

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AFTRA, Networks Reach New Three Year Deal

Digital Media Law

AFTRA and the television networks reached agreement on a new three-year contract today, with the new pact featuring now-standard 2% annual wage increases and an unusually large 1% increase in employer contributions to health and retirement. Notably, the union achieved the H&R increase without employers taking a bite out of the annual wage increase.

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@SGAWrites and Society of Composers & Lyricists Proposal for Secret Deals — Artist Rights Watch

Music Technology Policy

[Editor Charlie sez: Here’s an excerpt from the important joint comment by the Songwriters Guild and the Society of Composers & Lyricists to the Copyright Office about how to address the previously secret deals between digital music services and publishers (called the “Negotiated Agreements”.

SAG Board Approves Studio Deal

Digital Media Law

Voting on party lines, a sharply divided SAG board approved the tentative deal with the studios yesterday by a vote of about 53% to 47%. The deal now goes to the membership for ratification, with a bruising fight promised by the hardline MembershipFirst faction. The balloting material will be accompanied by both pro and con statements, and the fight over the deal will be a prelude to SAG’s presidential and board elections, which will commence in July and run through September.

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In Win for Litera, Major European Bank Adopts Litera Transact To Manage Deals

Media Law

One legal team within Nordea is using Litera Transact exclusively to digitally manage commercial finance transactions, and the bank has whitelisted the platform for use throughout its organization and is encouraging its adoption for all the bank’s deals.

Universal Leads Royalty Deadbeat Facebook Out of the Cold With Precedent Setting Licensing Deal

Music Technology Policy

This is what happens when you stick to your property rights– Bloomberg reports that Facebook, aka royalty deadbeat, has signed a multiyear licensing deal with Universal Music Group: Facebook Inc. signed a multiyear licensing deal that lets the social network carry songs and artists from the world’s biggest record label, Universal Music Group , across its platforms. It also must be said that the Universal deal shows the importance and power of statutory damages.

Clio Gets $20 Million Financing Deal

Media Law

The post Clio Gets $20 Million Financing Deal appeared first on Robert Ambrogi's LawSites. Big news this morning from Clio, the cloud-based practice management platform: It announced this morning that it has raised $20 million in Series C financing led by Bessemer Venture Partners. Clio says it will use the new funding to accelerate product development and sales and fuel international expansion. Clio says it plans on doubling its […].

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Opinion | Take the deal, Congress. Then immediately start working on the next one.

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

Take the deal, Congress. The deal reportedly includes more aid for the unemployed and small businesses and a second round of stimulus payments, among other measures, with a total price tag of about $900 billion. Absent a legislative deal, a sharp benefits cliff looms right after Christmas. A deal that preserves these lifelines is urgently needed. Opinion | Take the deal, Congress. Then immediately start working on the next one.

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DGA Deal Details Revealed

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The Memorandum of Agreement posted by the guild describes new residuals formulas and more. read more. The Business DGA THR Online THR, Esq. Labor Business

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Amanda Knox Signs Book Deal

Media Law Prof Blog

Harper Collins has signed a deal with Amanda Knox, whose murder conviction was overturned last year by an Italian appellate court, to publish her memoir. Knox's agent is Robert Barnett. More from The Hollywood Reporter

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Do you know your showbiz deal terms?

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Regular commentator Schuyler Moore is back with another attorney guest post, this time tackling the difference between "gross," "adjusted gross" and "net" in Hollywood deals. Test your knowledge against the master. By Schuyler Moore Hey, ever been at a Hollywood.

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TV Networks Hit With Antitrust Lawsuit Over NFL Rights Deals

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Plaintiffs say that CBS, NBC, Fox and ESPN are harming competition in the pro-football marketplace. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Television Business THR Online CBS DirecTV ESPN NBC NFL Sports

Pro-Deal Rally at SAG

Digital Media Law

Over 100 crew members and others rallied in front of SAG HQ in LA today, urging the union and the studios to make a deal. The rally, organized largely by camera operators Ed Gutentag and Jon Philion and cinematographer Bruce McCleery under the rubric “Back to Work,” was joined by another gathering consisting of several dozen Membership First supporters, who protested what they anticipate will be an unpalatable deal.

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Netflix Gets Termination of Weinstein Co. Output Deal

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

In a settlement with The Weinstein Co. and Lantern Entertainment, Netflix won't have to stream the third season of MTV's 'Scream' and also comes to resolution over 'Peaky Blinders' and the sequel to 'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.' read more. THR, Esq. Business Television Business THR Online

CBS, Netflix Seal Content Deal

Media Law Prof Blog

From The Hollywood Reporter: CBS and Netflix have entered into a two year deal to provide Netflix users streaming content of CBS Corp's material, including 90210, United States of Tara, Californication, and Dexter. In addition, Latin American subscribers will get