Sat.Mar 24, 2012 - Fri.Mar 30, 2012

U.S. Patent Examiner Cites Borat's Famous Swimsuit in Rejecting Claimed Invention

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Eriq Gardner An examiner recently rejected an application for a "Scrotal Support Garment," citing the famous swimsuit worn by Sacha Baron Cohen. read more. THR, Esq. Movies Movies Tech Sacha Baron Cohen

Judge rules, again, that blogger Crystal Cox is not a journalist. You know why? Because she ISN’T a journalist.

The Legal Satyricon

Scott Greenfield, over at Simple Justice, brings us a good perspective on the Crystal Cox “bloggers are not journalists” case. For those of you not familiar with the case, it was a bit of a blogosphere kerfuffle when U.S. District Judge Marco Hernandez ruled that Cox is not a journalist under the definition of Oregon’s [.].

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Entertainment Law Update – Episode 29

Gordon P. Firemark

Call us with your feedback: (310) 243-6231. In this Episode: 360 Deals and the Talent Agencies Act. More music sale vs. license litigation. Copyright Termination update. ReDigi injunction denied. Aereo and retransmission fees. and more.

Clio and Rocket Matter Both Launch APIs and Integration with Third-Party Apps

Media Law

I’m starting to wonder whether Clio and Rocket Matter are engaged in high-tech corporate espionage. In January, within days of each other, both companies added document assembly to their cloud-based practice management applications. See my earlier posts here and here.)

Judge: CNN Must Face Lawsuit from Deaf Group

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Eriq Gardner CNN argued the First Amendment gave it a pass from having to contend with a lawsuit over its decision not to close-caption its online videos. read more. THR, Esq. Television Television Business CNN

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Paparazzi Agency Sues Vibe Over Pregnant Beyoncé Pictures (Exclusive)

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Eriq Gardner Celebrity photography agency Mavrix is on a legal warpath against websites that post its photos of stars without permission. read more. THR, Esq. Style & Culture Style Business Beyonce

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Here we go again: Human Rights Advocates Call on Google to Stop Profiting from Human Trafficking Advertising

Music Technology Policy

We were rather startled to receive this letter from the National Association of Human Trafficking Victim Advocates: Dear Friends, Google claims its unofficial motto is “Don’t be evil,” yet it has made substantial profits from online advertising that includes adult advertisements showing the tell-tale signs of human trafficking as well as other illegal activities, says the National Association of Human Trafficking Victim Advocates, the Women’s News Network, and 37 anti-trafficking organizations.

The NFL's Intellectual Property Claims

Media Law Prof Blog

Eric E. Johnson, University of North Dakota School of Law; Stanford Law School Center for Internet and Society, has published The NFL, Intellectual Property, and the Conquest of Sports Media at 86 North Dakota Law Review 760 (2010). Here is

More News from MyCase: A Built-In Word Processor

Media Law

I wrote just yesterday about the announcement from MyCase of its application programming interface and App Bar, which will allow third parties to develop applications to integrate with the MyCase practice management platform. Today at ABA Techshow , the company had another announcement: the launch of MyCase Draft, an internal word processor and document generation tool. The tool lets users create and edit documents from within MyCase.

U.K. Judge Makes History in Twitter Defamation Verdict

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Eriq Gardner Former head of Indian cricket league ordered to pay New Zealand player for libeling him on Twitter. read more. THR, Esq. Tech Tech Business International

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U.S. News - Trayvon Martin: Mayor says police resisted release of 911 tapes

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

News - Trayvon Martin: Mayor says police resisted release of 911 tapes

Fan Speech and the First Amendment

Media Law Prof Blog

Is fan speech that goes beyond "yelling or screaming" at a sports event protected by the First Amendment? Bill Pennington examines the question in a New York Times article here

MyCase Announces Launch of its own API and ‘App Bar’

Media Law

Just yesterday, I posted here about announcements by two of the leading cloud-based practice management platforms, Clio and Rocket Matter , that they had launched application programming interfaces (APIs) that will allow third-party application developers to integrate directly with their platforms.

Superman's WB Future at Stake as Appeals Court Battle Begins

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Eriq Gardner In advance of oral arguments, Warner Bros. files a 117-page brief in attempt to hold onto all rights to the famed superhero. The outcome will determine the future of the franchise, but in dueling legal briefs, the parties discuss the history. read more. THR, Esq.

msnbc video: Very Last Word: The Politics of Trayvon

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What Megaupload Did

Media Law Prof Blog

Stuart P. Green of Rutgers University Law School addresses an important question: did the website Megaupload actually "steal" anything? The Justice Department thinks so, and is framing its case against the site in those terms. But Professor Green is asking

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Does Size Really Matter? Consolidation In The Digital Distribution Business

The Digital Lowdown

(Author’s Full Disclosure: Steven Corn is co-founder and CEO of BFM Digital, a competitor of both IODA and The Orchard. The following should be read as opinion.). Recently it was announced that IODA and The Orchard are merging and majority stake will be owned by Sony Music. Universal Music still owns a large stake in InGrooves. Kobalt just purchased AWAL. What does all this activity mean for the indie artist?

The Beatles Prevail in Trademark Dispute Over 'Beatle' Wheelchair

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Eriq Gardner No ticket to ride for Dutch mobility aid company that attempted to trademark "Beatle" over Apple Corps' objection. read more. THR, Esq. Music Music Business The Beatles

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msnbc video: Who are the Zimmermans?

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

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Rupert Murdoch Responds To Piracy Allegations

Media Law Prof Blog

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Rupert Murdoch is responding vigorously via Twitter to allegations from the BBC that its Australian operations engaged in piracy in order to gain a competitive edge over rivals. The UK agency Ofcom says it is

Android is the Joe Camel of Privacy: Android Daddy Tells Congress to Live Long and Prosper

Music Technology Policy

When Eric Schmidt testified before the U.S. Senate Antitrust Subcommittee, he was sworn in and had his swearing in picture taken. This is as much a rite of passage for Fortune 100 CEOs as is refusing to answer questions under oath on the advice of counsel. Schmidt did both that day.

Judge Denies Habro's Attempt to Stop 'Transformers' Laptop

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Eriq Gardner One of entertainment's biggest brands vs. a tablet/laptop hybrid. More than meets the eye? Yes, says a judge. read more. THR, Esq. Tech Movies Tech Business Hasbro Inc. Transformers

msnbc video: What the police tape tells us

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

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Pretrial Publicity and Change of Venue Fifty Years On

Media Law Prof Blog

Jordan Gross, University of Montana School of Law, has published If Skilling Can't Get a Change of Venue, Who Can? Salvaging Common Law Implied Bias Principles from the Wreckage of the Constitutional Pretrial Publicity Standard. Here is the abstract. Fifty

A picture says a thousand gmail accounts….

Music Technology Policy

Actress Sues Over Controversial Vodka 'Rape' Advertisement

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Eriq Gardner Alicyn Packard says she hasn't gotten an apology from Belvedere Vodka and is suing for violations of her publicity rights. read more. THR, Esq. Television Television Business

msnbc video: Mayor of Sanford speaks out

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

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Cramming Is Back

Media Law Prof Blog

The New York Times' The Haggler takes up the cause of an angry consumer who found charges for unwanted services on her cellphone bill. Why, after so many years, and so many complaints, is cramming still such a problem

Epsilons at the Brave New Googleplex: Film by Fired Google Whistleblower Explains Horrendous Google Books Metadata

Music Technology Policy

MTP readers will recall the article in the Chronicle of Higher Education by Professor Geoffrey Nunberg, “ Google Book Search: A Disaster for Scholars.”

Judge Allows Actress Suing IMDb Over Age Revelation to Go Forward on Lawsuit (Exclusive)

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Eriq Gardner But judge dismisses two of Hoang's core claims, including an alleged privacy violation, and won't allow her to seek $1 million in punitive damages. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Movies Tech Business

U.S. News - Police video shows George Zimmerman shortly after Trayvon Martin shooting

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

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April Fools Gags on Air? Play It Safe, and Remember the FCC's Hoax Rule

Broadcast Law Blog

With April Fool's Day only a few days away, we need to repeat our annual reminder that broadcasters need to be careful with any on-air pranks, jokes or other jokes prepared especially for the day. While a little fun is OK, remember that the FCC does have a rule against on-air hoaxes - and, of any day in the year, April 1 is the day that the broadcaster is most at risk.

What Principles Apply to Agents? Who Audits the Auditors?

Music Technology Policy

“Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?” ” Decimus Junius Juvenalis, Satires, Satire VI, lines 347–8. According to Digital Music News, “Google has just tapped the Harry Fox Agency (HFA) to handle certain music-related licensing and administration services for Google Play.” ” Depending on what this means, it raises some interesting questions.

Judge Denies Injunction Against SAG/AFTRA Vote Count

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Jonathan Handel Results will be announced Friday -– but the lawsuit will continue, and anti-merger activists hint at a class action lawsuit a year from now. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Business SAG SAG-AFTRA Labor

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