2017

Contracts must prohibit sexual harassment in the entertainment workplace.

Gordon P. Firemark

It's a tragedy that the headline of this story even needed to be written. But it did. Desperately. By now, we've all heard about the truly despicable behavior of some hollywood heavyweights. Men in power abusing that power to take advantage of, demean and humiliate women. And we're learning just how persuasive this kind of thing has been throughout the entertainment industry. Thanks to the courage and tenacity of a handful of prominent women in the business, the dirty little (big?)

Mel Gibson Sued by Voltage Pictures Amid 'Professor and the Madman' Legal War

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The actor and the film's director Farhad Safinia are being accused of "willful conspiracy to unlawfully hijack control of" the film's distribution. read more. THR, Esq. Movies Movies THR Online

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Iliza Shlesinger's Girls-Only Show Sparks Lawsuit Over "War on Men"

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The suit likens the show to a kind of "old-fashioned sexism." read more. THR, Esq. Culture Culture THR Online

Hollywood Docket: Fox News Defamation Lawsuit; Univision-Charter Settlement; Gawker Bankruptcy Decision

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A roundup of entertainment law news. read more. THR, Esq. Business Business THR Online

Will Congress Bring Songwriters a Lump of Coal or Justice?

Music Technology Policy

It is axiomatic that as government expands, liberty contracts. Songwriters are among the most highly regulated workers in America, so on the continuum of liberty, guess where songwriters score? Most people are surprised by that unadulterated, and rather bleak, fact. After all, songwriters don’t make anything toxic or build in places they shouldn’t or dump chemicals in a waterway. Songwriters don’t have monopoly power.

Free Law Project to Download All Opinions from PACER and Make Them Available to Public

Media Law

The Free Law Project, a non-profit dedicated to providing free, public access to primary legal materials, has announced plans to download all of the free opinions and order available on PACER, the federal courts’ system for electronic access to court records. Although PACER charges fees for downloading case documents and dockets, it does not charge […].

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Collaboration Agreement E-book available

Gordon P. Firemark

Do you work on creative projects with others? What should your collaboration agreements include? This FREE ebook lays it all out for you so you can: Protect yourself. Protect your collaborators. Protect your work. Maximize your chances of success. Simply enter your details, and it'll come your way instantly! I want the collaboration guide. Simply enter your information, confirm, and you'll receive the ebook by email right away! Send my ebook.

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Filming in Public – Entertainment Law Asked & Answered

Gordon P. Firemark

AUDIO: TRANSCRIPT: [link]. link]. What are the legal risks when you film in places and at events where people will inevitably wind up in the background of your shots? Hi I'm entertainment business lawyer Gordon Firemark, and this is Asked and Answered, where I answer common entertainment law questions, so you can take your career and business to the next level. Amber is a documentary filmmaker who recently shot fashion week, and related events.

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Retain Ownership of TV Show – Entertainment Law Asked & Answered

Gordon P. Firemark

AUDIO: TRANSCRIPT: [link]. Can you make a TV show, and still retain the rights? Hi, I'm attorney Gordon Firemark, and this is Asked and Answered, where I answer your entertainment law questions, to help you take your career and business to the next level. Hannah asked if it’s possible to make a TV show and retain the rights. The short answer is YES.

Happy New Year!

Gordon P. Firemark

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Episode 83 – Down a dark desert highway

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… Stairway to Heaven fight ascends to the 9th circuit. Pre 1972 Sound Recordings copyright issue certified to California Supreme Court Is there still gold in these oldies?

Exposure for Podcast Co-hosts – Entertainment Law Asked & Answered

Gordon P. Firemark

AUDIO: TRANSCRIPT: [link]. link]. What exposure do you have if your podcast co-host says or does something that brings liability? Hi, I'm attorney Gordon Firemark, and this is Asked and Answered, where I answer your entertainment law questions, to help you take your career and business to the next level. This question comes in from my friend Joe. He says: ” you spoke of co-hosts possibly owning a part of the podcast if there's no agreement in place.

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Olivia de Havilland's FX Feud Tests Boundaries of Storytelling in Docudramas

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The 101-year-old actress sued over her portrayal in the series 'Feud: Bette and Joan.' read more. THR, Esq. Television Television THR Online International

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Episode 84 – Stripes, Chevrons and Lunchboxes?

Gordon P. Firemark

Show notes are located at [link] 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. Here's what we talked about… New Bill Makes the Appointment of the Register of Copyrights More Democratic. Point Counterpoint). Film on Denied Compulsory Licenses (Follow Up – Ep 58). Cheerleading Uniforms: Designs are Separable (followup).

Universal Leads Royalty Deadbeat Facebook Out of the Cold With Precedent Setting Licensing Deal

Music Technology Policy

This is what happens when you stick to your property rights– Bloomberg reports that Facebook, aka royalty deadbeat, has signed a multiyear licensing deal with Universal Music Group: Facebook Inc. signed a multiyear licensing deal that lets the social network carry songs and artists from the world’s biggest record label, Universal Music Group , across its platforms.

In Blow to Open Law, Court Upholds Private Copyright in Public Safety Laws

Media Law

A federal court has issued a permanent injunction barring Public.Resource.Org from publishing technical and scientific standards that are written by private standards developing organizations (SDOs) but that are incorporated by reference in the Code of Federal Regulations. The CFR incorporates some 9,500 of these private standards. They help to regulate a wide range of everyday […].

Entertainment Law Update 81 – Slants and Supremes

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]. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -. The post Entertainment Law Update 81 – Slants and Supremes originally appeared on Entertainment Law Offices of Gordon P. Firemark. Entertainment Law Offices of Gordon P.

The Equifax Breach, and what you should do to protect your credit

Gordon P. Firemark

While this post is not, strictly speaking, on the “Entertainment Law” beat, several clients asked me about it, and I addressed their concerns in my e-newsletter (sign up in the sidebar). On recommendation from a friend, I'm reposting it here as a service to readers. DISCLAIMER : I'm not a data-security expert, and the above should not be considered legal advice. This is not an exhaustive list of recommendations.

Entertainment Lawyer Explains Fair Use

Gordon P. Firemark

AUDIO: [link]. TRANSCRIPT: What is Fair Use, and when does it apply? Hi, I'm attorney Gordon Firemark, and this is Asked and Answered, where I answer your entertainment law questions, to help you take your career and business to the next level. One of the most important concepts in copyright law these days is “Fair Use” But there are a lot of misconceptions out there about it.

Answers to some common Trademark Questions

Gordon P. Firemark

Your Trademark Questions Answered. Battles are waged in the market and lawsuits are filed all in the name of trademarks. You might have heard about the case filed by Nike against counterfeiters, and you have read in the papers the temerity of other fly-by-night businesses of copying the marks and names of successful companies. So what's with trademarks that stir up a storm of lawsuits and battles? Trademarks are enormously valuable business assets.

Clip Clearance – Entertainment Law Asked & Answered

Gordon P. Firemark

AUDIO: [link]. TRANSCRIPT: Is there a way to clear rights for clips from old films easily and cost-effectively? Hi, I'm attorney Gordon Firemark, and this is Asked and Answered, where I answer your entertainment law questions, to help you take your career and business to the next level. Lee Wrote in with this question: I have a film copyright enquiry.

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Episode 86 – Rock, Re-runs, and Registrations

Gordon P. Firemark

Show notes are located at [link] 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. Here's what we talked about… Supreme Court Denies Cert. in Lenz V. Universal. The Slants is Finally Out. Federal Judge Overturns Jury Verdict in Jersey Boys Lawsuit. Vid Angel is back with a Clever New Approach to Filtering Content.

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Entertainment Law Update 82

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]. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -. The post Entertainment Law Update 82 originally appeared on Entertainment Law Offices of Gordon P. Firemark. Entertainment Law Offices of Gordon P.

Why Won't Google Comment On a Lawsuit Accusing YouTube of Censoring Conservatives?

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

What's driving the tech giant's silence on a claim of violating the First Amendment? read more. THR, Esq. Business Tech Business THR Online

2017 year in review – Entertainment Law Update Podcast Episode 92

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. Breaking News:? 2nd Circuit affirms lower court ruling against 100% licensing. GRONKING TO REMEMBER (FOLLOW UP). BIG PIMPIN’ FOLLOW UP. COMICON IS TRADEMARKED. YEAR IN REVIEW LIST BELOW. Net Neutrality. The Slants. Monkey Selfie.

Guest Post: Making Fake Art: “1984”, The New Rembrandt, and The “Fake Artist”

Music Technology Policy

By Laura Kobylecky. “It It was only an ‘opeless fancy. It passed like an Ipril dye, But a look an’ a word an’ the dreams they stirred! They ‘ave. stolen my ‘eart awye! The tune had been haunting London for weeks past. It was one of countless similar songs published for the benefit of the proles by a sub-section of the Music Department.”. From 1984 by George Orwell. In the dystopian world of George Orwell’s 1984 , there is a machine called a “versificator.”

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New Site Helps Vets Appeal Benefits Decisions, Find Pro Bono Legal Help

Media Law

Two organizations have teamed up to launch a website to help veterans appeal denials of Veterans Affairs benefits. Through the site, veterans can either appeal their cases on their own or request a free attorney to help with the appeal. The site, at vetsprobono.org, was launched this week by The Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program, […]. The post New Site Helps Vets Appeal Benefits Decisions, Find Pro Bono Legal Help appeared first on Robert Ambrogi's LawSites. General

Who owns the cover art for a novel? – Entertainment Law Asked & Answered

Gordon P. Firemark

AUDIO: ?. link]. TRANSCRIPT: Who owns the cover art for a novel? Hi, I'm attorney Gordon Firemark, and this is Asked and Answered, where I answer your entertainment law questions, to help you take your career and business to the next level. Ralph writes in with this question: I'm working on my first novel which I plan to self-publish and I wanted to know if' or how I can retain all rights to my book and all royalties from book sales after business with a book cover artist has concluded.

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Episode 91 – Curiously Curious

Gordon P. Firemark

Show notes are located at [link]. 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. Here's what we talked about. QUICK FOLLOW UP: COMIC-CON. SIRIUS XM RULING: FLORIDA DOESN’T DO PERFORMANCE RIGHTS. FOX WINS ON EMPIRE TRADEMARK SUIT (FOLLOW-UP). IMPERSONATIONS AND TRADEMARK: H&M AND WOOF-TANG CLAN.

Episode 90 – Going’ Bananas!

Gordon P. Firemark

Show notes are located at [link]. 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. Here's what we talked about. GRINCH PLAYWRIGHT DENIED ATTORNEY FEES. COMIC-CON TRADEMARK INFRINGEMENT LAWSUIT. FILMCHELLA RULING IS IN – Music Festival prevails. HARVEY KEITEL LOSES APPEAL-INDUSTRY CUSTOM DOESN’T OVERRULE LAW. VID ANGEL DECLARES BANKRUPTCY.

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Episode 89 – you’re a mean one, Dr. Seuss

Gordon P. Firemark

Show notes are located at [link]. 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. Here's what we talked about. 1 SCREEN ACTORS GUILD URGES JUDGE TO SAVE AGE-CENSORSHIP LAW TO COMBAT RAMPANT BIAS. 2 FOLLOW UP: MONKEY SELFIE SETTLES (KINDA). 3 “OH MICKEY” SINGER FILES LAWSUIT FOR RIGHT OF PUBLICITY. 4 STEINBECK HEIRS CASE VERDICT.

Register your DMCA Agent by December 31 or risk losing your “safe-harbor” protection against copyright infringement lawsuits.

Gordon P. Firemark

Earlier this year, the copyright office finalized the plan to modernize the process for registering your DMCA Agent. Registration offers important protections for all operators of online service providers. This includes you if you have a website, blog, podcast or other online presence. Operators of sites with a registered DMCA Agent can benefit from a “safe harbor” providing immunity from certain kinds of infringement suits if they comply with some basic protocols.

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Episode 88 – Beatles, Talking Squirrels and Footballer Skins

Gordon P. Firemark

Show notes are located at [link]. 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. Here's what we talked about… Podcasting Patent Invalidation upheld by appeals Court (quick take). Beatles Concert Film Ownership Challenge – Judge Rules for Beatles. John Oliver v.

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Episode 87 – Monkeys, Machines & McCartney

Gordon P. Firemark

Show notes are located at [link] 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. Here's what we talked about… FOLLOW UP: Widow of Four Season’s autobiography ghostwriter sues the producers of the Jersey Boys movie. IMDB FOLLOW UP. A FEDERAL JUDGE HAS RULED POKEMON GO PROTECTED UNDER CONSTITUTION (Quick take). MONKEY SELFIE IN THE 9TH CIRCUIT.

Hollywood Confronts a Copyright Argument With Potential for Mass Disruption

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Who really owns the CG characters in blockbuster films like 'Avengers' and 'Night at the Museum'? On Monday, a judge was told it's not the studios. read more. THR, Esq. Business Movies Tech Business THR Online

What can You Do when Someone Uses Your Content Without Permission – Entertainment Law Asked and Answered

Gordon P. Firemark

AUDIO: [link]. TRANSCRIPT: What can you do when someone uses your content without permission? Hi, I'm attorney Gordon Firemark, and this is Asked and Answered, where I answer your entertainment law questions, to help you take your career and business to the next level. So, this is one of the more common questions I get asked, and it’s universal. People at all levels of experience eventually encounter someone using their material without permission.

Jean-Michel Jarre Identifies the Value Transfer

Music Technology Policy

Jean-Michel Jarre. Composer and performer Jean-Michel Jarre put his finger right on the right approach to online policy in a recent speech to policy makers at an SIAE event in Italy. Jean-Michel is the current president of CISAC.) Jean-Michel gave his own interpretation of the “value gap” calling it instead a “transfer of value” which is exactly what it is.