Producer vs. Director. 2nd Circuit: “No director copyright”

Gordon P. Firemark

The Hollywood Reporter last week reported that the 2nd Circuit has ruled against a director’s claim of ownership in his individual contribution to a film. The case involved a short film called “Heads Up”, directed by Alex Merkin, and Produced by 16 Casa Duse and it’s principal Robert Krakofski. The post Producer vs. Director. 2nd Circuit: “No director copyright” originally appeared on Entertainment Law Offices of Gordon P.

RCFP Seeks Pro Bono Director For New Media Law Network @rcfp

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The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press is accepting applications for a Pro Bono Director to run a media law network to support local journalists.

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A Conversation with David Colarusso, Director of Suffolk Law’s LIT Lab

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David Colarusso , director of the Legal Innovation & Technology Lab at Suffolk Law School in Boston, recently joined me for an episode of my Law Insights program on Litera TV.

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Entertainment Law Update Podcast: Episode 61 – Blurred Lines and Directors doing time

Gordon P. Firemark

The post Entertainment Law Update Podcast: Episode 61 – Blurred Lines and Directors doing time 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].

Directors Guild Denies Violating Obamacare

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

A lawsuit asserts that refusal to pay for naturopathic care violates discrimination provisions of the controversial law. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Television Business THR Online Labor

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'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

Duke University School of Law Now Accepting Applications For Director of First Amendment Clinic

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Duke University School of Law is accepting applications for a director for its First Amendment Clinic. The new director will work with the clinic’s supervising attorney to build on the clinic’s existing work with the goal of being among the

Delta variant accounts for 83% of new cases in US, CDC director says A cluster of midwestern and southern states have emerged as new hotspots for Covid

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Delta variant accounts for 83% of new cases in US, CDC director says A cluster of midwestern and southern states have emerged as new hotspots for Covid Coronavirus – live global coverage Rochelle Walensky, CDC director, at a Senate hearing on Tuesday.

BBC Appoints New Editorial Director

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From the Guardian: the BBC has appointed Roger Mosey as its editorial director, to oversee editorial issues across tv, radio, and news. The BBC has also appointed new directors of news, tv, and radio but has indicated that Mr. Mosey

LawNext: When A Tech Accelerator Goes Virtual – LexLab Director Drew Amerson and Anü Founder Tiyani Majoko

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In this episode of LawNext, we speak with LexLab’s director, Drew Amerson , and Tiyani Majoko , cofounder of Anü , one of the startups that participated in the program, about the accelerator program and about the good and bad of the experience of conducting it virtually.

Former FDA director says Pfizer's coronavirus vaccine approval was speed.

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RCFP Names New Executive Director

Media Law Prof Blog

Former journalist Bruce Brown, now with Baker & Hostetler, is the newly named executive director of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press

Power Transition, Lawfare and the Spotify/Google Interlocking Directorate

Music Technology Policy

On May 12, 2014, Spotify’s director of economics Will Page gave a presentation at the Music Biz Conference in Nashville (hosted by the Google-dominated Music Business Association, formerly known as NARM in a soon to be forgotten day). Recall for a moment that the Federal Trade Commission pressured Google Executive Chairman (and then-CEO) Eric Schmidt to resign from the Apple board of directors. Director of U.S. Though this be madness, yet there is method in it.

Katie Couric, 'Under the Gun' Director Face $13M Defamation Lawsuit

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A pro-gun group contends that Couric’s question didn’t leave them speechless — allegedly deceptive editing accomplished that. read more. THR, Esq. THR, Esq. Movies Movies THR Online

Rep. Clyburn threatens to subpoena CDC director, Secy. Azar for hiding Covid information

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Clyburn threatens to subpoena CDC director, Secy. Azar for hiding Covid information

'Citizenfour' Director Laura Poitras Sues Over "Kafkaesque" Airport Screening

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She's demanding answers to why she was detained on more than 50 occasions in an FOIA suit against the U.S. government. read more. THR, Esq. Culture Movies Culture THR Online

Appeals Court Rules Producer, Not Director, Gets Film Copyright

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The 2nd Circuit examines contributions and ownership in creative works. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Movies Television Music Business THR Online

'Midnight Rider' Director's Incarceration Being Probed by FBI

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Two lawyers submit sworn affidavits that they've been contacted by FBI agents looking into possible civil rights violations. read more. THR, Esq. Business Movies Music Business THR Online

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Director John McTiernan Loses His Pellicano Appeal

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The man behind "Die Hard," "Hunt for Red October" and "Predator" could soon begin serving his sentence of 12 months in prison. read more. The Business Die Hard Movies THR, Esq

Iranians Release Famed Director

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The BBC reports that the Iranian government has released director Jafar Panahi ("The White Meadows," "Border Cafe") on bail. He had been detained after he expressed support for anti-government politicians in last year's elections

BBC Director General Steps Down

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CNN is reporting that the Director General of the BBC, George Entwhistle, is stepping down, and taking responsibility for erroneous information in a report the BBC broadcast concerning sex abuse allegations during the BBC's well-known NewsNight program.

Director Sues Actress for Using Clips of Unreleased Film on Her Demo Reel

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Film Independent and L.A. MediaWorks are also defendants in the suit. read more. THR, Esq. Movies Movies THR Online

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'London Fields' Director Asserts Producers Lied About Creative Control, Funding

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The difficulties on adapting the 25-year-old celebrated novel continue. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Movies Business THR Online

Ousted vaccine director says pandemic warnings were ignored

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Coronavirus updates: CDC director says masks not political issue - ABC News

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Coronavirus updates: CDC director says masks not political issue - ABC News

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Should there be a “Director’s Copyright” in stage directions? (Reader survey)

Gordon P. Firemark

I’ve recently been grappling with a question of whether a theater director’s efforts to stage a play or musical can be protected by copyright. Directors routinely include in their contracts a clause providing that the Director will own the “direction&# of the show, and shall have the right to copyright it in his/her own name. Should the director be entitled to a royalty if his/her staging is re-created by later licensees of the show?

Real 'Glee' Show Choir Director Beats Song Stealing Suit

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The real-life New Directions' leader is singing a happy tune following a Thursday decision. read more. THR, Esq. Music Music THR Online Glee

Fmr. Acting CDC Director: ‘We are in a worse place than we were early on’

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Acting CDC Director: ‘We are in a worse place than we were early on

ICYMI: My Litera TV Interview with Melissa Speidel, Director of Business Transformation at K&L Gates

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Last week on my live-streaming legal program Law Insights on Litera TV , I interviewed Melissa Speidel , director of business transformation at the law firm K&L Gates.

Director Polanski Denied Bail

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The Swiss justice ministry has denied director Roman Polanski bail, having determined that he is a flight risk. Read more here in a BBC story and here in an article from the Guardian. Mr. Polanski is fighting extradition to the

Weinstein Co. Fighting Director's $4.8M Fraud Lawsuit Over 'One Chance'

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David Frankel claims the distributor agreed to release the film on at least 800 screens but instead buried it. read more. THR, Esq. Movies Movies THR Online

Film Directors Are Authors, Right? Not Necessarily, Says Judge

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Producers vs. directors: another chapter in the sometimes stormy relationship. This one is primed to be heard by an appeals court. read more. Movies THR Online THR, Esq. Business

Geffen Playhouse Hit With Age Discrimination Suit from Ex-Artistic Director

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Randall Arney says the theater fired him because of his age and/or Bell's Palsy diagnosis and lied about the circumstances of his exit. read more. THR, Esq. Culture Culture THR Online

University of Georgia School of Law Seeks Full-Time Director for New First Amendment Clinic @UGASchool of Law

Media Law Prof Blog

The University of Georgia School of Law is accepting applications for a full-time director for its new First Amendment Clinic. The position will begin in January 2020. Information about the posting is available here: [link

'Die Hard' Director John McTiernan Released From Prison

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

After nearly ten months in a federal prison camp after being convicted of lying to the FBI, the director of "Predator" and "Hunt For Red October" is filing a complaint with the Justice Department in an effort to clear his name. read more. The Business THR Online THR, Esq. Business

SAG National Executive Director Firing – How it Went Down

Digital Media Law

The SAG board’s moderate majority fired National Executive Director Doug Allen today by using a document signed by board members and called a “written assent.” the following actions are hereby authorized through written assent by a majority of the members of the SAG National Board of Directors. He is no longer the National Executive Director and has no authority to take any action, make any statement on behalf of this union or direct any Guild employee to take any action.

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Suge Knight Arraigned for Allegedly Threatening to Kill 'Straight Outta Compton' Director F. Gary Gray

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The former rap mogul is also awaiting trial for murder in connection with a hit and run that happened during filming. read more. THR, Esq. Movies Movies Music THR Online Suge Knight Straight Outta Compton

Tomorrow on Litera TV: Dan Linna, Director of Law and Tech at Northwestern Law

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director of Law and Technology Initiatives and senior lecturer at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law and McCormick School of Engineering. Join me tomorrow at 10:30 a.m. ET on Litera TV for a live interview with Daniel W. Linna Jr.

ACEDS Names Industry Veteran As New Executive Director

Media Law

Two months ago here, I reported that Mary Mack, the executive director of the Association of Certified E-Discovery Specialists (ACEDS), the leading membership and certification organization for e-discovery professionals, and Kaylee Walstad, who Mack brought on in 2018 as vice president of client engagement, would leave the organization at the end of October. Most recently, he was founder and managing director of his own consulting firm, eDPM Advisory Services.

MGM Sues 'Buckaroo Banzai' Writer and Director Over Right to Make New TV Series

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Earl Mac Rauch and Walter Richter proclaim they own rights — and have been telling others including Amazon Studios and Kevin Smith's agents at WME. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Movies Television Business THR Online

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'Star Wars' Director Rian Johnson Sued By Ex-Agent For Commissions

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The director's former agent, Brian Dreyfuss, claims that he's owed a 10 percent commission from Johnson for 'Star Wars: Episode VIII.' read more. THR, Esq. Movies Movies THR Online

Ousted Viacom Director Accuses Shari Redstone of Breaching Fiduciary Duties

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Frederic Salerno demands a judge keep for now the status quo. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Movies Television Business THR Online

'Midnight Rider' Director Randall Miller Looks to Sue Upon New Revelations About Fatal Crash

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

An ongoing insurance dispute over the ill-fated Gregg Allman biopic takes a turn as internal emails, new video, and depositions are released. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Movies Music Business THR Online