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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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

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.

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

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.

Seminar -The Law Of Performing Arts: Business, Legal and Practical Deals for the Stage

Gordon P. Firemark

On Wednesday, September 11, 2013, I’ll be presenting The Law Of Performing Arts: Business, Legal and Practical Deals for the Stage. Seminar -The Law Of Performing Arts: Business, Legal and Practical Deals for the Stage is a post from: Law Offices of Gordon P. I’m pleased to announce that the good folks at California Lawyers for the Arts have asked me to present a workshop.

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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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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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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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Supreme Court deals blow to immigrants in new ruling

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

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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

New Clio-ABA Partnership Offers Mutual Discounts and Deals

Media Law

A new partnership announced today between the American Bar Association and practice management company Clio gives Clio customers free ABA memberships and ABA members discounts on Clio’s annual plans.

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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Unique Deal Gives Kentucky Lawyers Access to Two Research Services Plus AI Tool

Media Law

In what appears to be a first-of-its kind member benefit, the Kentucky Bar Association has entered into an affiliation with two legal research companies, Casemaker and vLex , to offer its members free access to both platforms, plus access to vLex’s artificial intelligence research assistant, Vincent.

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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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

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

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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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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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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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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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.

How Rep. Ocasio-Cortez is dealing with the ‘trauma’ of Capitol attack

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

Ocasio-Cortez is dealing with the ‘trauma’ of Capitol attackHow Rep.

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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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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.

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.

Pandora Agrees to $90 Million Deal to End Pre-72 Lawsuit By Major Labels

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The settlement follows a SirusXM deal. The labels work out how to share proceeds with artists. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Music Tech Business THR Online

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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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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

Groupon for Lawyers: MyLegal.com Delivers Legal Deals

Media Law

Websites offering coupons and daily deals are all the rage. No longer need they be, thanks to a new feature of MyLegal.com that offers special deals on products and services targeted to lawyers, paralegals, legal secretaries and legal administrators. Starting in October, it added vendor deals, enabling vendors to offer discounts on their products and services. You can sign up to receive each day’s deal by email or you can visit the site and browse the list of deals.

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In E-Discovery Deal, OpenText Acquires Catalyst for $75 Million

Media Law

OpenText , a Canadian company that specializes in enterprise information management, has acquired Denver-based e-discovery company Catalyst Repository Systems , a provider of e-discovery technology for corporate legal departments and top law firms. The purchase price of the acquisition is approximately $75 million in an all-cash transaction, according to a statement by the company. Catalyst will be integrated into OpenText’s discovery products, the statement said.

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

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

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

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

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

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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Is Jay Z's Live Nation Deal Like the Formula for Coca-Cola?

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The harm of exposing a secret deal is among the issues being resolved ahead of a "Big Pimpin" trial opening October 13. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Music Business THR Online Jay Z Live Nation Entertainment

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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