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'Walking Dead' War: Creator Robert Kirkman Sued By Collaborator (Exclusive)

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Matthew Belloni Michael Anthony ("Tony") Moore, a fellow comic book artist, filed suit Thursday in Los Angeles Superior Court. read more. THR, Esq. Television Television

ENTERTAINMENT LITIGATION: MADONNA’S BATTLE OVER “MATERIAL GIRL” TRADEMARK

Entertainment Litigation Blog

STAR OF SUPER BOWL XLVI HALFTIME SHOW FOUGHT FOR “MATERIAL GIRL” TRADEMARK RIGHTS IN CLOTHING. Before her appearance at the Super Bowl festivities this weekend, singer/songwriter Madonna was locked in a battle over the trademark “Material Girl” with a clothing manufacturer who has been manufacturing clothing under that name for almost 15 years.

Onit App-ifies Legal Process Management

Media Law

Onit just may be onto something. At LegalTech last week, the company revealed that it is moving in a new direction, away from a single, soup-to-nuts process-management platform in favor of a new line of task-specific apps, each designed to address a specific business process.

The Future for Television: More Google Union-Busting

Music Technology Policy

Google Backed Netcoalition’s Anti-Union Dirty Tricks Campaign. This flyer was circulated by the Net Coaltion lobby shop in Washington recently. As you will see it clearly refers to a “host of union thugs” who had the temerity to oppose Net Coalition backer Google and other giant consumer electronics companies. Who is in the “host of union thugs”?

Indiana Moves to Grant Broad New Legal Rights to Dead Celebrities

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Eriq Gardner How the state is considering bolstering the so-called "James Dean law" that confers enormous publicity rights for the estates of dead celebrities. read more. THR, Esq. Movies Movies Business James Dean

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California's Prop. 8 Gay Marriage Ban Ruled Unconstitutional, Supreme Court Showdown Next

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

THR Staff The 2-1 decision by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals found that Proposition 8, the 2008 ballot measure passed by Californians, violated the U.S. Constitution. read more. THR, Esq. THR, Esq. Style Style Politics

Kant and Expressive Freedom

Media Law Prof Blog

Anne Barron, London School of Economics & Political Science, Department of Law, has published Kant, Copyright and Communicative Freedom at 31 Law and Philosophy 1 (2012). Here is the abstract. The rapid expansion of copyright worldwide has sparked numerous efforts

Does Phone Call Equal Song Lyrics? Drake Sued by Ex As Co-Writer of Song

Current Trends

Grammy nominee Drake has been sued by an ex-girlfriend who claims she co-wrote the hit song “Marvin’s Room” and is entitled to part ownership in the copyright in the song; copyright in the sound recording; and payment of songwriter royalties. The first 30 seconds of the song is a recording of a phone conversation with the ex-girlfriend and plaintiff, Erika Lee.

Dear Tech Industry, it’s not nice to sell your customers (or their kids)

Music Technology Policy

The Internet can be great for creators and their community, but Silicon Valley’s own leadership refuses to recognize and take advantage of its promise.

Indecency Intrigue: M.I.A.'s Middle Finger and an Unaired Commercial at This Year's Super Bowl

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Eriq Gardner The FCC isn't likely to fine NBC for the Super Bowl flap. Instead, the agency made a big ruling on a Super Bowl advertisement you might not have heard about. read more. THR, Esq. THR, Esq. Television Television Business M.I.A. Madonna Nicki Minaj Super Bowl Super Bowl 2012

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Daily Mail Editor Defends Sources During Leveson Inquiry Appearance, Attacks Hugh Grant Testimony

Media Law Prof Blog

During an appearance before the Leveson inquiry, Daily Mail editor Paul Dacre still insisted that actor Hugh Grant was not truthful during his own testimony before the inquiry, calling the actor's words "a mendacious smear." The exchange occurred during Mr

The Great American Movie

The Legal Satyricon

DeVoy Remember Falling Down, where Michael Douglas goes on a rampage in LA, shooting up a McDonald’s, a phone booth, and attacking a construction project with a rocket launcher? Cathartic, no? This appears to be even better. The thing about Falling Down is that it did not go far enough in its attack [.]. culture

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The Joe Camel of Search Brands: Are YouTube and Google Music Just Honeypots for Data Collection?

Music Technology Policy

MTP readers will remember that we have beat the drum about how Google will make “non display uses” of data associated with music and videos that they use as part of YouTube, Google Music and any other legal or illegal music services. This has never been more apparent than now given the revelations about Google’s consolidation of its privacy policies.

Judge Denies Initial Effort To Shut Down 'Used' Digital Music Seller ReDigi

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Eriq Gardner The recording industry's lawsuit over what it believes to be a "clearinghouse for copyright infringement" continues after the defendant wins the first round. read more. THR, Esq. THR, Esq. Music Music

Paramount's Response To Anti-Piracy Bill Backlash

Media Law Prof Blog

Surprised by the discontent over SOPA and PIPA, Paramount Studios is inviting dozens of law professors to engage in discussions about copyright law and piracy with it. The studio has sent letters to the academics, asking them to invite reps

The Great American Movie

The Legal Satyricon

DeVoy Remember Falling Down, where Michael Douglas goes on a rampage in LA, shooting up a McDonald’s, a phone booth, and attacking a construction project with a rocket launcher? Cathartic, no? This appears to be even better. The thing about Falling Down is that it did not go far enough in its attack [.]. culture

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Fascinating (and Funny) Parliamentary Debate on the UK “Google” Report

Music Technology Policy

An excellent video of debate on UK laws of great importance to US copyright owners–the Hargreaves Report (aka the Google Report) and the implementation of certain provisions of the Digital Economy Act that has caused the UK to fall behind France, Germany, and New Zealand. The debate is lead by Pete Wishart (current MP and former member of the Scottish group Runrig) who holds feet to the fire of Hargreaves and the British Intellectual Property Office

Super Bowl Madness: 6 Big Legal Questions (and Answers)

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Eriq Gardner It's only the "Big Game." What could possibly go wrong? read more. THR, Esq. THR, Esq. Television Television New England Patriots New York Giants Super Bowl Super Bowl 2012

CNN Suspends Analyst Roland Martin Over Super Bowl Tweets

Media Law Prof Blog

CNN has suspended popular analyst Roland Martin over some tweets he made concerning some of the Super Bowl commercials, particularly one concerning the David Beckham underwear ad. GLAAD (Gay Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) says that Mr. Martin's remarks are homophobic

Strong Interest in FCC Auction for New FM Construction Permits

Broadcast Law Blog

The FCC today released its further Public Notice in connection with FCC Auction No. 93, which offers for sale 119 construction permits for new FM radio stations in various communities across the country. Further details about the auction can be found in our earlier post here as well as on the Commission's auction page here.

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New Music Weekend: Shooter Jennings, Allison Weiss, First Aid Kit, Benjamin Francis Leftwich, Jacques Lu Cont

Music Technology Policy

Staff picks from Semaphore Music. Shooter Jennings (Nashville) “ The Deed and the Dollars ” @shooterjennings. Allison Weiss (Brooklyn) “I Was an Island” @allisonweiss. First Aid Kit (Stockholm) “I Met Up With the King” @firstaidkitband. Benjamin Francis Leftwich (York) “Atlas Hands” @benleftwich. Jacques Lu Cont (Reading) “Tracques” @jacqueslucont.

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Fight Over Who Owns 'Raging Bull' Carried Up To Ninth Circuit Appeals Court

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Eriq Gardner An author's heir argues that Martin Scorcese and Robert De Niro could be witnesses in a case over whether rights to the film reverted to the owner of allegedly underlying material. read more. THR, Esq. THR, Esq. Movies Movies Martin Scorsese Robert De Niro Raging Bull

Who's a Pirate?

Media Law Prof Blog

Just so. The pirates is us? From the New York Times

Constitutionality of Copyright Royalty Board Argued Before the US Court of Appeals - How Will It Affect Future Music Royalty Rate-Setting?

Broadcast Law Blog

The Copyright Royalty Board makes many important decisions, yet for the last several years, there has been a cloud over its operations, as there have been questions as to whether its members were constitutionally appointed (see our articles here , here and here ). Well, the question is before the Courts again – this time squarely in front of the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia – a Court one step below the Supreme Court.

It’s Not Over Yet.

The Legal Satyricon

I, for one, am elated that the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals found Prop 8 Unconstitutional. Source. However, I would be remiss if I didn’t at least bring up the one thing Prop 8 supporters have going for them- Prop 8 was passed by the voters. And that is a very good, very important [.]. Civil Liberties religion

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Art Collector Dean Valentine Pays to Settle High-Profile Royalties Lawsuit (Exclusive)

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Eriq Gardner Artist Mark Grotjahn gets what he was owed under a California law in a closely watched case. Will other big-name artists get the same from art collectors and auction houses? read more. THR, Esq. Style Style Business

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Rethinking the Goal of Trademark Law

Media Law Prof Blog

Mark P. McKenna, Notre Dame Law School, is publishing A Consumer Decision-Making Theory of Trademark Law in volume 98 of the Virginia Law Review (2012). Here is the abstract. The consumer search costs theory has dominated discussion of trademark law

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Three $10,000 FCC Broadcast Fines, All Involving the Public File, Show Differences in Enforcement

Broadcast Law Blog

In the last few days, the FCC proposed three fines - all involving violations of the public inspection file rule , and all amounting to $10,000. But the facts of the three cases are radically different, and one wonders about why all ended up with the same fine.

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It’s Not Over Yet.

The Legal Satyricon

I, for one, am elated that the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals found Prop 8 Unconstitutional. Source. However, I would be remiss if I didn’t at least bring up the one thing Prop 8 supporters have going for them- Prop 8 was passed by the voters. And that is a very good, very important [.]. Civil Liberties religion

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Relativity Hit With $44 Million Lawsuit by Aramid Entertainment

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Alex Ben Block Aramid says in the suit it is owed at least $44 million plus damages. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Movies Relativity Media

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The Intersection of Federal Copyright Law and State Public Record Law

Media Law Prof Blog

Susan B. Wainscott, San Jose State University, School of Library & Information Science, has published Public or Protected by Copyright: How Federal Copyright Law and State Public Record Law Intersect. Here is the abstract. While United States copyright law precludes

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$44,000 Fine for Radio Station Not Including Sponsorship Identification in Paid Message

Broadcast Law Blog

The FCC proposed a $44,000 fine on a Chicago radio station for running 11 announcements that did not contain a sponsorship identification. This fine was not for 11 different announcements for different groups, but instead a single announcement run 11 times. Each airing of the announcement triggered a $4000 fine (which is the amount of the FCC "base fine" for a sponsorship identification violation).

Georgia Supreme Court Helps Legitimize Assisted Suicide

The Legal Satyricon

DeVoy While illegal in 39 states, assisted suicide in not illegal in Georgia. The state attempted to create the illusion that the practice was illegal, however, by outlawing public advertisement of assisted suicide services through OCGA § 16-5-5(b). The statute did not forbid all offers to provide assisted suicide services, but only those publicly advertised. [.]. censorship Civil Liberties culture

Actress Suing IMDb for Revealing Her Age Gets Trial Date

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Eriq Gardner Discovery will happen over the next six months and could focus on privacy issues. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Tech Business IMDB