June, 2018

AT&T-Time Warner Merger Gains Judge's Approval

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The blockbuster ruling comes in a historic antitrust case that will impact the future of the entertainment and media landscape. read more. THR, Esq. Business Movies Television Tech Business THR Online

Pimpin’, Puppets, and “The Rant” – Entertainment Law Update Episode 98

Gordon P. Firemark

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. FOLLOW UP: COPPERFIELD NOT LIABLE (Just 3 sentences should do). KRUSTY KRAB FOLLOW UP, YES, IT IS PROTECTED (SORRY SABBAC). TO BOLDLY GO GOES ON TO WIN (FOLLOW UP). DANCING BABY CASE ENDS (FOLLOW UP).

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Here Comes the Shiv: Sen. Sasse to Move to Strike the CLASSICS Act and Screw Pre-72 Artists

Music Technology Policy

MTP readers will not be surprised to learn that Senator Sasse is c irculating an amendment to strike the CLASSICS Act from the Senate version of the Music Modernization Act. The amendment appears to have been drafted by the Google Shills at Public Knowledge.

Rothman on The Right of Publicity: Privacy Reimagined For a Public World (Introduction) @profrothman

Media Law Prof Blog

Jennifer Rothman, Loyola Law School (Los Angeles), has published The Right of Publicity: Privacy Reimagined for a Public World (Introduction) (Harvard University Press, 2018). Here is the abstract. THE RIGHT OF PUBLICITY: PRIVACY REIMAGINED FOR A PUBLIC WORLD (Harvard University

Marc Randazza at Alex Jones Show: The most intriguing moments of the latest interviews

The Legal Satyricon

Over the past few weeks, Marc Randazza has been appearing on Info Wars. You can take a look at the video interviews on the Randazza Legal Group YouTube channel. Marc Randazza discussed various issues related to the First Amendment and freedom of speech and expression. In the interview (titled) Marc Randazza at Infowars: freedom of […]. First Amendment free speech misc internet interview

Parents and Children Remain Separated by Miles and Bureaucracy - The New York Times

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

"Yeni González emerged into the warm evening air in Eloy, Ariz., her hair braided by the other women in the detention center. We’re braiding up all your strength, they had told her in Spanish. You can do it.

Al Jazeera Says Peyton Manning Was "Source" Confirming Doping Claims in Film

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

In court briefs in an ongoing defamation case, the news network also states that its primary source only recanted after being visited by Manning's investigators. read more. THR, Esq. Business Television Business THR Online

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Ron Wyden’s Teachable Moment: Should one Senator be allowed to stop 415 Members of Congress on the Pre-72 Fix

Music Technology Policy

It’s rare that we get insight into just how sleazy the Congress can be–but Senator Ron Wyden is giving us all a guided tour when it comes to his singular dedication to screwing pre-72 artists.

McCutcheon on Copyrighting Culture: Photography and the Public Domain @UWALawSchool

Media Law Prof Blog

Jani McCutcheon, University of Western Australia Law School, is publishing Copyrighting Culture: Photography and the Public Domain in Photography and Culture (forthcoming). Here is the abstract. This article is inspired by the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art’s recent announcement

Dr. Dre, Jimmy Iovine Hit With $25M Verdict at Beats Trial

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Steven Lamar come out ahead at trial with a verdict for headphone royalties. read more. THR, Esq. Business Music Business THR Online

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Ed Sheeran's Copyright Battles Are Much Weirder Than Anyone Can Imagine

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Investment bankers, Bowie bonds, paternity challenges and alleged adoption concealment — when it comes to a copyright lawsuit over "Thinking Out Loud," alleged to be a rip-off of Marvin Gaye's classic "Let's Get It On," there are fireworks. read more. THR, Esq. Business Music Business THR Online

Ticketmaster Secretly Provides Scalpers With Bot Software, Brokers Claim

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

On the defensive for using its own bots to bypass CAPTCHA, two firms file counterclaims against the Live Nation subsidiary. read more. THR, Esq. Business Music Business THR Online

Hollywood Docket: Dr. Dre Goes to Trial in $100 Million Beats Headphone Royalties Case

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

A roundup of entertainment law news including Viacom getting a First Amendment victory in a lawsuit brought by Jayceon Taylor, the rapper known as The Game. read more. THR, Esq. Business Business THR Online

Bill Cosby Replaces Legal Team as He Awaits Sentencing

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Tom Mesereau has been fired, Cosby's publicist confirms. read more. THR, Esq. Culture Television Culture THR Online

AMC's 'Fear the Walking Dead' Is Target of Copyright Lawsuit

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Mel Smith alleges the second season was a rip-off of his zombie comic series, "Dead Ahead." read more. THR, Esq. Business Television Business THR Online

A Landmark Legal Battle Over a Toddler Dancing to Prince Song Looks to Be Ending

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

After 11 years, and several brain-twisting takes including from the Trump Administration, the lawsuit brought by Stephanie Lenz against Universal Music is settling. read more. THR, Esq. Business Television Music Tech Business THR Online

Dr. Luke vs. Kesha: How the Case Could Impact Reporting of Sexual Assault Allegations

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

In a new move, the producer seeks to amend a complaint and argues that no privilege applies to a "sham" complaint leaked to TMZ before it was filed in court. read more. THR, Esq. Music Music Business THR Online

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Weinstein Co. Board Members Targeted in Racketeering Class Action

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The new case follows a similar action, which has stalled thanks to the bankruptcy of TWC. read more. THR, Esq. Business Movies Business THR Online The Weinstein Company

Hollywood Docket: Bravo's Filmed Birth; DJ Khaled's Trademark; 'Blackish' Settlement

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

A roundup of entertainment law developments. read more. THR, Esq. Business Television Music Business THR Online

Steven Mnuchin Wins Appeal in Film Finance Fraud Suit

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The Treasury Secretary preserves his win in a case examining the alleged misappopriation of tens of millions of dollars for print and advertising expenses. read more. THR, Esq. Movies Movies Business THR Online

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Judge Allows Copyright Claims Over Technology Used on Disney's 'Avengers'

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Disney, Paramount and Fox must contend with a lawsuit over "stolen" technology. The judge looks at past piracy cases and finds this situation more comparable to Napster than Google. read more. THR, Esq. Business Movies Tech Business THR Online

Sinclair Broadcasting Looks to Shed Responsibility for Sexual Harassment Allegations

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Three comedy writers say they endured a hostile workplace, but whose workplace was it? read more. THR, Esq. Business Television Business THR Online

Spotify’s Latest Wrong Turn: Direct Licenses With Managers for Rights They Don’t Control

Music Technology Policy

Billboard reports that Spotify’s latest and greatest is paying a minimum guarantee (aka an advance against royalties) for direct deals for artists: Under the terms of some of the deals, management firms can receive several hundred thousand dollars as an advance fee for agreeing to license a certain number of tracks by their independent acts directly to Spotify. That is an odd sentence for a number of reasons.

Bill Cosby Asking Supreme Court to Review Janice Dickinson Defamation Lawsuit

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The comedian's lawyer wants the high court to analyze whether statements of opinion can be actionable. According to an application to Justice Anthony Kennedy on Friday, uncertainty in the law chills an attorney's ability to effectively represent an accused client. read more. THR, Esq.

Bill O'Reilly Claims He's Beneficiary of Sexual Harassment Settlement

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The former Fox News host looks to kick a dispute with Laurie Dhue into arbitration even though he had no direct deal with her. read more. THR, Esq. Business Television Business THR Online

Hollywood Guilds Sue Union Bank Over Weinstein Movie Residuals

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Lantern Capital made a successful $310 million bid for Weinstein Co. assets, but where will the proceeds go? read more. THR, Esq. Business Movies Business THR Online

AT&T-Time Warner Legal Analysis: How the Judge Came to Approve a Mega-Merger

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

District Judge Richard Leon examined the government's theories and finds vertical mergers "are not invariably innocuous," but faults the Trump Justice Department for presenting insufficient evidence demonstrating why competition in the media industry will be substantially lessened. read more.

Mel Gibson Loses Court Bid to Reclaim Rights to 'Madman' Film

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

A Los Angeles judge doesn't see enough evidence that Voltage Pictures breached a contract to a motion picture about the origins of the Oxford English Dictionary. read more. THR, Esq. Business Movies Business THR Online

Misreading Spotify’s Stock Behavior

Music Technology Policy

We live in an era of fraud in America. Not just in banking, but in government, education, religion, food, even baseball… What bothers me isn’t that fraud is not nice. Or that fraud is mean. For fifteen thousand years, fraud and short sighted thinking have never, ever worked. Not once.

AT&T Will Be Allowed to Close Time Warner Merger

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The government confirms it won't seek a stay, but an appeal could happen nevertheless after AT&T agrees to "firewall" Turner Network operations. read more. THR, Esq. Business Movies Television Tech Business THR Online

NY Appeals Court OKs Lawsuit Alleging Charter Falsely Promised Reliable Access to Online Content

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The online provider loses its argument about the preemptive reach of an FCC rule. read more. THR, Esq. Business Television Tech Business THR Online

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Dr. Dre & Jimmy Iovine Testify in Court for $100 Million Beats Headphone Royalties Case

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Dre & Jimmy Iovine testified in court for Beats Headphone Royalties Case, where they summarized their musical expertise, their company’s foundation and the headphones' emblematic, trademarked legacy. read more. THR, Esq. THR, Esq. Music Music Billboard Dr. Dre Jimmy Iovine

BuzzFeed Allowed Key Defense in Russian's Defamation Suit Over Trump Dossier

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

A Florida judge rejects a Russian entrepreneur who argued that the Trump dossier publication wasn't protected as a fair report of official government action. read more. THR, Esq. Business Business THR Online

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 Directors Ask Judge to Reject Shareholder Lawsuit Over Executive Bonuses

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The plaintiff accuses Netflix's board members of not disclosing Netflix's liability on the tax front after allegedly rigging its compensation system with sham bonuses. read more. THR, Esq. Business Television Business THR Online

Netflix Gets Green Light from Appeals Court to Challenge Fox's Employment Contracts

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Fox had argued that Netflix's legal claims were based on enforcement of contracts, but in a decision with potentially big ramifications, a California appeals court disagrees. read more. THR, Esq. Business Television Tech Business THR Online

Judge Rules Morgan Spurlock Production Co. Likely Breached Deal for TNT Docuseries

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Turner sued after Spurlock's #metoo confession, and the judge has now issued a preliminary injunction after hearing that funds for a women's issues docuseries were commingled into a general operating account. read more. THR, Esq. Business Television Business THR Online