Sat.Mar 03, 2012 - Fri.Mar 09, 2012

Moviegoer Files Class Action Lawsuit Over High Cost Of Food and Drinks At Theaters

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Eriq Gardner Movie theaters make $3000 on every bag of raw popcorn that costs them $30. One consumer has had it. read more. THR, Esq. Movies Movies Business

SAG/AFTRA Members: Will your dues go up or down? Now you can tell.

Digital Media Law

There's been a lot of discussion about how dues will change if SAG and AFTRA merge, but no one's made it easy for you to know exactly what will happen to your own. For a detailed breakdown -- and a graph that encompasses earnings from $0 to $250K, see The Hollywood Reporter. Whether you're SAG-only or a dual cardholder (or if you're AFTRA-only or even a broadcaster), the graph will show you exactly what will happen to your dues if merger passes. _. Check out my new book “Hollywood on Strike!,”

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Asked & Answered: More about life-rights

Gordon P. Firemark

Ros wants to know about the type of agreement needed when preparing a biopic about a person based on conversations and letters from the subject.

A First Look at the Newest Casemaker

Media Law

Almost a year ago, I wrote here about the major upgrade in the works for the Casemaker legal research service. At the time, I was given a demonstration that previewed the new interface but I was not then able to try it out directly.

Sony Pays $8 Million to Settle Digital Music Class Action Lawsuit

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Eriq Gardner The music giant Sony BMG ends it five-year battle with musicians including The Allman Brothers, Cheap Trick and The Youngbloods read more. THR, Esq. The Business Music Business Sony

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Megaupload Founder Kim Dotcom Defends Himself as He Fights Extradition (Video)

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Eriq Gardner The U.S. moves to bring the "piracy king" from New Zealand to face charges. Kim Dotcom speaks up. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Movies Tech Business

Spanish Court Asks For Preliminary Ruling On Whether Google Must Delete Personal Material On Request

Media Law Prof Blog

Spain's highest court has requested a preliminary ruling from the European Court of Justice on the matter of the "right to be forgotten." Specifically, it has asked the ECJ whether Google must delete material from the net if individuals ask

Allman Brothers Settle Class Action With Sony Over Digital Downloads

Current Trends

In a much watched lawsuit, the Allman Brothers, Cheap Trick and the Youngbloods reached a settlement with the Sony record label for back payment of digital download royalties. The lawsuit has been in the forefront of the dispute between record labels and recording artists over the treatment of digital download income in respect to contracts signed back before the advent of iTunes and mp3 files.

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Music Technology Policy


'Yu-Gi-Oh!' Studio Gets $8 Million, Retains Distribution Rights in Legal Settlement

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Eriq Gardner 4Kids Entertainment stands a good chance of emerging from bankruptcy strong after successfully battling 'Yu-Gi-Oh!' creators' accounting charges. read more. THR, Esq. THR, Esq. The Business Television Business Asia International

Panel This Week on Cameras in the Courts

Media Law

The U.S. District Court in Massachusetts is among 14 federal courts participating in a pilot project allowing cameras in the courtroom. I am moderating a panel this week that will look at this pilot project, and also contrast it with the experimental OpenCourt digital-access project under way in Quincy District Court. Also on the panel will be former U.S. District Judge Nancy Gertner , now a professor at Harvard Law School, and Joe Spurr , a multimedia journalist and the director of OpenCourt.

FCC seeks comment on police shutdowns of cell service | InSecurity Complex - CNET News

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

FCC seeks comment on police shutdowns of cell service | InSecurity Complex - CNET News The Federal Communications Commission wants to know what the public has to say about government officials asking carriers to disable cell service for public safety purposes. The agency's concern is a reaction to last year's cutting of service by San Francisco Bay Area subway police ahead of a protest.

Lessig’s UK Gloat Fest: “A Dedicated Group of Likeminded People” Redux

Music Technology Policy

Cass Sunstein of the Obama administration’s Office of Management and Budget issued a memo to the heads of executive branch departments and regulatory agencies which dealt with the use of social media and web-based interactive technologies. The memo would likely rule out the “Petitions” available on the White House website. Specifically, the memo warned that “[b]ecause, in general, the results of online rankings, ratings, and tagging (e.g.,

TV Lawyer Sues CBS For Failing to Refer Him Clients

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Eriq Gardner An attorney who appeared on a live call-in show to offer legal advice is now suing the network for not giving him enough business. read more. THR, Esq. Television Home Television Business CBS

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Emotive Speech and Fleeting Expletives

Media Law Prof Blog

Wat Hopkins, Virginia Tech, has published When Does F Not Mean F : FCC v. Fox Television Stations and a Call for Protecting Emotive Speech, at 64 Federal Communications Law Journal 1 (2011). Here is the abstract. The Supreme Court

Rightaven: Downfall

The Legal Satyricon

Someone really should make a “Downfall” parody of Righthaven. As a result of Righthaven losing all its copyrights, Judge Navarro wants to know why she shouldn’t dismiss all the rest of the Righthaven cases on her desk. source) Filed under: misc.

Egginghaus and German Street View

Music Technology Policy

[Editor Charlie says: This Chris Castle post originally appeared in MTP on Nov. 23, 2010. We are reposting in light of the odd correlation between Google's investment in Germany, someone at night egging the houses of Germans who did not want to participate in Street View, statements by the EU privacy minister over Google's change in privacy policy to what we call the "snooper scooper" approach, and the oddly symmetrical anti-ACTA campaign in Germany. A dedicated group of like-minded people?].

Marlon Brando Estate Settles Lawsuit With Harley-Davidson Over 'Brando' Boots

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Eriq Gardner Motorcycle company was accused of selling "Brando" boots that looked like the ones worn in "The Wild One." read more. THR, Esq. Movies Movies Business Marlon Brando

Mashups and Copyright

Media Law Prof Blog

Elina Lae, University of Michigan Law School; University of Helsinki Faculty of Law, has published Mashups ? A Protected Form of Appropriation Art or a Blatant Copyright Infringement? Here is the abstract. Mashup music, in its simplest definition, is a

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Trademarks and Domain Names Webinar Recording

Cyberlaw Central

The recording of my webinar on “ Trademarks and Domain Names ” has been posted to my Firm’s blog here – [link]. I covered the following topics: - Trademark Overview. Domain Name Overview. Domain Name Formats. Domain Names as Trademarks. Domain Names Including Trademarks. Cybersquatting and Typosquatting. Hypotheticals. For those of you who need Illinois MCLE credit, information on requesting credit can be found there as well. Related Posts: General Media v.

The Success of Louis C.K. is Not a Joke on Anyone

Music Technology Policy

“Pretty soon, they all want to get into the act.”. Attributed to Jimmy Durante. Why Does The Press Consistently Get it More Wrong Than Right? I don’t know why the press continually focuses on the wrong issues when it comes to selling music and movies online—whether it’s the Bloomberg editors’ “relax and enjoy it” advice to songwriters and film makers ravaged by theft or the more recent analysis by the Financial Times of the Louis C.K. direct to fan release “Live from the Beacon Theater”.

'Desperate Housewives' Trial: Marc Cherry Describes Hitting Nicollette Sheridan With 'My Fingers'

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Alex Ben Block The actress' attorney asked repeatedly if Sheridan had given him permission to demonstrate a scene by striking her. “I I didn’t think I needed to,” Cherry answered. Permission was understood.” read more. THR, Esq. THR, Esq.

UK Watchdog Body Press Complaints Commission To Shut Down

Media Law Prof Blog

The Guardian reports that the self-regulatory body the Press Complaints Commission (PCC) is closing down, yet another victim of the phone-hacking scandal. Blogger Roy Greenslade comments here. More coverage here from the Hollywood Reporter, here from the Independent, commentary from

UK judge allows service via Facebook

The Legal Satyricon

Facebook users in the UK might start thinking twice before accepting friend requests from people they absolutely don’t know. An English High Court judge allowed two lawyers to serve a defendant they had been unable to contact in person or via email through Facebook. Source. Although courts in Canada, Australia, and New Zealand have used [.]. internet law tech news

Dissembling on Factiness Six Times Before Breakfast: Is the Geist Scandal Widening?

Music Technology Policy

“There is no use trying,” said Alice. “One One can’t believe impossible things.” “I I dare say you haven’t had much practice,” said the Queen. Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland , by Lewis Carroll.

Jay-Z Battles Egyptians Over 'Big Pimpin' Outrage

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Eriq Gardner After allegedly infringing the "moral rights" of a song first featured in a 1960 Egyptian film, Jay-Z might be on the hook for paying some of his concert profits to the Egyptian film composer's heir. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Music Business Jay-Z

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The Max Mosley Case and English Privacy Rights

Media Law Prof Blog

James E. Stanley has published Max Mosley and the English Right to Privacy at 10 Washington University Global Studies Law Review 641 (2011). Here is the abstract. Mosley v. News Group Newspapers marked a landmark moment for the English right

Lottery Winner on Food Stamps

The Legal Satyricon

Amanda Clayton is a 24 year old from Lincoln Park, Michigan, who won the Michigan Lottery. She got $1 millon, but complained that it wasn’t really that much, since the government took 1/3 of it in taxes. She got caught using $200 a month in food stamps, despite her million dollar (before taxes) windfall. When [.].

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A Further Thought on the Canadian Bar Association Submission: It now has to be true

Music Technology Policy

”Tom Bishop : Just trying to find out where she got that dress. Nathan Muir : What if she were an asset? You told her four lies that now have to be true.”. Spy Game , Copyright 2001, Universal Pictures, Screenplay by Michael Frost Beckner and David Arata. In light of yesterday’s story in the National Post about him , I reread the Michael Geist section of Winning the Web , the anti-copyright movement’s organizing manual.

Los Angeles' New Adult Film Condom Law Has Holes

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Eriq Gardner Observers question who will be enforcing a new law mandating condom use on L.A.-based based porn sets. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Movies Business

Another Look At Brown v. Entertainment Merchants Association

Media Law Prof Blog

Alan E. Garfield, Widener University School of Law, has published 'Reasoning-Lite' in the Violent Video Game Case at 1 Wake Forest Law Review Online 124 (2011). Here is the abstract. One might have expected that the Supreme Court’s recent decision

Quiz: Which religious cult slices up its babies’ genitals and then sucks on them?

The Legal Satyricon

There’s this strange cult where they cut off a piece of a little girl’s genitals, and then the witch doctor who does it sucks the little girl’s vagina. Isn’t that disgusting? Barbaric? Stone age? Oh, wait, its not little girls, its little boys. The “cult” is a sect of judaism. As part of the ultra-orthodox [.].


Update: Canadian Bar Association Submission Redux

Music Technology Policy

UPDATE: The National Post reported on the Canadian Bar Association’s C-32 submission covered in this post and the positions of the CBA and leading IP practitioners. According to the National Post : “The lawyers who complained to the CBA [about the] document…[i]n their Feb. 21 letter, [offered] 16 examples where the CBA submission uses language that is substantially similar, and often identical, to that used in blog postings made by Mr. Geist. In her March 1 letter, Ms.

SAG/AFTRA: Former Mercer Official Rejects Anti-Merger Lawsuit's Reliance on 2003 Mercer Report

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Jonathan Handel The company’s chief actuary at the time the report was written says a study couldn’t spell out plan benefits because benefit choices are a matter for trustees to determine. Another defendants’ expert says a study would “worthless,” but several plaintiffs’ experts disagree. read more.