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

Gordon P. Firemark

When Merkin made threats against the producer for entering the film into festivals, Casa Duse filed suit for an injunction against Merkin. The trial court held in the producer’s favor, and the director appealed. The post Producer vs. Director.

'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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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

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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

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.

'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

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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

Directors Guild Denies Violating Obamacare

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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

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

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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

'Star Trek Beyond' Director Pushed Studios to Drop Lawsuit Over Fan Film

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A happy ending is in store for the filmmakers behind 'Axanar.' read more. THR, Esq. Movies Movies THR Online

'Big Bang Theory' Assistant Director Hits Warner Bros. With Age Discrimination Lawsuit

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Christopher Klausen claims the producers conspired to remove him from the show after he turned 50. read more. THR, Esq. Live Feed The Business Home Television Business THR Online CBS Warner Bros. The Big Bang Theory

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

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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

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Blue Man Group Fights Music Director Over Royalties From Billion Dollar Show

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Ian Pai, early collaborator, is trying his luck at hundreds of millions in damages. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Music Business THR Online

'Jungle Book' Director Jon Favreau Recalls Marvel's Perilous Start at THR's Power Lawyers Event

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The filmmaker, riding high on a $103 million opening weekend, revealed the high stakes in the first 'Iron Man' film, the possibility of a 'Swingers' sequel and talked about Hollywood's next frontier: virtual reality. read more. THR, Esq. Movies Movies THR Online

Movie Director Indicted in $4.7 Million Tax Rebate Fraud Case

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Alex Ben Block Daniel Adams faces up to 32 years in prison for claims associated with his films "The Lightkeepers" and "Golden Boys." read more. THR, Esq. Movies Movies Business

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Judge Tosses Lawsuit Against Director of '2016: Obama's America'

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Judge denies injunction request from producer Douglas Sain against Dinesh D'Souza, the documentary's star and director. read more. Movies THR, Esq. Politics 2016: Obama's America

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

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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

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

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

'Die Hard' Director John McTiernan Headed to Prison After Supreme Court Denies Appeal

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The filmmaker will serve a one-year sentence and pay a fine for making false statement to the FBI during its investigation into Anthony Pellicano. read more. The Business THR, Esq. Business

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

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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

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

Power Transition, Lawfare and the Spotify/Google Interlocking Directorate

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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). Director of U.S.

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'Iverson' Director Sued By Producer Who Bought Rights to Documentary on Ex-NBA Superstar

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Mark Brown says he was surprised by an airing on Showtime, which allegedly licensed the documentary for $325,000. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Movies Television Business THR Online

HBO Documentary Investor Doesn't Like Director's New Job

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HBO allegedly found a way to get a price discount on ''All About Ann: Governor Richards of the Lone Star State'' read more. The Business HBO THR Online THR, Esq. Television Business

Staffing: SAG exec director honored by black lawyers

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A few entertainment law odds and ends: Screen Actors Guild national executive director David White has been named Entertainment, Sports & Art Law Section Attorney of the Year by the National Bar Association, the country's oldest and largest association of.

Directors Guild slams judge for Viacom/YouTube decision

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Now the Directors Guild of America is about to issue a statement predicting a. By Matthew Belloni Reaction is coming in from the content community to yesterday's ruling in favor of Google in Viacom's $1 billion copyright litigation over YouTube.

'Men in Black' Director Barry Sonnenfeld Loses $325,000 Arbitration to UTA (Exclusive)

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Matthew Belloni The arbitration ruling was confirmed in a court filing Wednesday in Los Angeles Superior Court. read more. THR, Esq. Movies Movies Barry Sonnenfeld Men in Black III

Director John McTiernan Wants to Make a 'Thomas Crown' Sequel to Fight Bank Liquidation

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He's the only Hollywood figure incarcerated for a crime related to PI Anthony Pellicano. Now freed, the bankrupt helmer reveals projects and fights creditors. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Movies Business THR Online

'Wanted and Desired' director responds to Polanski prosecutor bombshell

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By Matthew Belloni Marina Zenovich, director of the HBO documentary "Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired," has come out swinging against the statement yesterday by Polanski prosecutor David Wells that he lied to Zenovich about colluding with the judge in the.

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National Amusements Directors Pen Snarky Letter in Response to Viacom Board Unrest

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"There is no world in which Mr. Dauman and Mr. Abrams could have vetoed" the decision to replace nearly half of the Viacom board, states the letter. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Business THR Online Philippe Dauman Sumner Redstone Viacom

'Star Wars' Director Rian Johnson Claims the 20 Percent He's Paying Agents Is Unlawful

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Which talent agency gets a cut of his "Star Wars" money? read more. THR, Esq. The Business Movies Business THR Online

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

Director Bryan Singer Accused of Sexually Abusing 17-Year-Old Boy in 1999

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A lawsuit filed Wednesday in Hawaii Federal Court alleges that Singer raped the boy, used other force and forced him to inhale cocaine. read more. Movies THR Online THR, Esq. Bryan Singer Heat Vision Business

'Beverly Hills Ninja 2' director says he was karate-chopped

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By Matthew Belloni EXCLUSIVE: We've got four words of caution for those hoping to cobble together money for a sequel to "Anchorman": "Beverly Hills Ninja 2." Let's explain. Back in 2006, Mitchell Klebanoff, who co-wrote the 1997 Chris Farley comedy.

'Jane Got a Gun' Producers Sue Director Lynne Ramsay: 'Abusive' and 'Under the Influence'

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They allege that Ramsay, who quit the Natalie Portman Western a day before shooting began, was paid $750,000 for a job she didn''t complete. read more. Lynne Ramsay Movies THR Online THR, Esq. Jane Got a Gun Natalie Portman Business

Sony Settles Dispute With 'Skyline' Directors Over 'Battle: LA' Special Effects

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Matthew Belloni The studio had alleged that Greg and Colin Strauss ripped off their ideas and equipment for their similar alien invasion movie. read more. THR, Esq. Movies Business

WGA East Executive Director Optimistic on Guild Negotiating Goals

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Lowell Peterson also confirms that there is no date set for negotiations. See The Hollywood Reporter exclusive. _. 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. Or, follow me on Twitter , friend me on Facebook , or subscribe to my Forbes.com or Huffington Post articles.

'Die Hard' Director John McTiernan Has Until April 3 to Surrender in Pellicano Case

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More developments in the Anthony Pellicano saga: The infamous private eye might be appearing via teleconference at a hearing, and a judge sets a mid-June trial date in Anita Busch's lawsuit. read more. The Business THR, Esq. Business

Hollywood Docket: Bill Cosby; Disney's Board of Directors; 'Gilmore Girls' Settlement

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Some new developments in entertainment law including resolution to a battle over whether interoperability codes for digital cinema systems are subject to copyright. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Business THR Online

Director Hal Needham Sues Warner Bros. in Growing Home-Video Royalty Flap

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Five studios have been sued in a class-action lawsuit alleging underreporting of home-video revenue. read more. Movies Warner Bros. THR, Esq