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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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. If the deal is worth papering, it is worth papering thoroughly.

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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.

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.

@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”.

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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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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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

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

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

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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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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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

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

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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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.

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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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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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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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.

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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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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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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Appeals Court Deals Loss to Chuck Close and Other Artists Seeking Resale Royalties

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Other nations might recognize "droit de suite," but in America, there's the first sale doctrine. read more. THR, Esq. Culture Culture Business THR Online

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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.

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. Under the agreement, any Clio customer with an annual subscription can get free one-year membership in the ABA. The offer extends to anyone who purchases a Clio annual subscription by Dec. 31, 2020. The partnership gives ABA members 10% discount on Clio’s annual plan.

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

Media Law

A year ago, the document technology company Litera made a major move into the area of deal-management technology with the acquisitions of two of the leading platforms within a month of each other, first acquiring Workshare Transact in July and then Doxly in August, out of which it created a single product, Litera Transact. “… We are encouraging the use of Litera Transact to promote more efficiency across all of our deals.”

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

Post Mortem Of A Deal Gone Sideways

DealFatigue

Caught up with the rhapsody of the wanting vs. the drinking from the trough of distrust.

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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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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

SAG-AFTRA Members Ratify Netcode Deal

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The deal was approved by 96.5 percent read more. The Business THR Online THR, Esq. Television SAG-AFTRA Labor Business

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