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Why it’s called “Show BUSINESS”

Gordon P. Firemark

It’s not just about talent or luck. Have you ever wondered why some entertainers are phenomenally successful, and others can never seem to catch a break? What if I told you that talent was only part of the equation? For most, what it comes down to is hard work, perseverance, and vision.

VFX Town Hall Meeting Urges Trade Association and Union

Digital Media Law

Normal. false. false. false. However, panelists also acknowledged the difficulty of achieving either goal. Pi Day – a multi-city international meeting of VFX artists – took place Thursday evening amid rising concern about the state of the industry.

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The Club DJ As Celebrity Artist In Residence

DealFatigue

I’m fascinated by the growing celebrity and brand recognition of club DJ ’s with the general public. This is trending. #fb fb #in. — Peter Kaufman (@Dealfatigue) February 16, 2013. What happens in Vegas , may spread to the rest of the country. Career Celebrities Music club dj las vegas music business

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Do LinkedIn Endorsements Violate Legal Ethics?

Media Law

An update from LinkedIn this morning indicated that a connection of mine had endorsed me as being skilled in litigation. The person who endorsed me is someone I know only through the Internet. We have never met or spoken, that I can recall.

Pandora Runs to the Government to Screw Songwriters Again

Music Technology Policy

Good news: Pandora is scheduled to come to the stock market with a “secondary offering”, meaning the company is essentially having a second IPO. According to the Wall Street Journal : The Internet radio company and its venture-capital backer Crosslink Capital Inc.

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Hello Officer, read my middle finger!!

Entertainment Law

In a 14-page opinion, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit ruled that the “ancient gesture of insult is not the basis for a reasonable suspicion of a traffic violation or impending criminal activity.” ” Read this: giving a cop the finger!

'Storage Wars' Rigging Lawsuit: David Hester Says A&E Can't Plead First Amendment

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Is reality television subject to the same law that was used to clean up TV quiz shows in the 1950s? read more. THR, Esq. Television Business

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You get the journalism you deserve, Boston

The Legal Satyricon

I’m usually pretty proud to be from Massachusetts. Cradle of Liberty, great education system, almost no country music… Massachusetts is supposed to be one of the places that helps pull the center of the national intellectual curve up a bit. Nevertheless, once and a while, I have an epic facepalm that makes me realize that […].

Digital Copyright, Fair Use, and Digital Rights Management

Media Law Prof Blog

Nicolo Zingales, Tilburg Law and Economics Center (TILEC), has published Digital Copyright, ''Fair Access'' and the Problem of DRM Misuse in the Boston College Intellectual Property & Technology Forum (2012). Here is the abstract. The advent of the digital

Why most “work made for hire” agreements in theatre don’t work.

Gordon P. Firemark

Writers and Producers familiar with the way things are done in Hollywood have surely seen the ubiquitous term “Work Made For Hire” in their contracts. It's often a surprise, however, when they learn that in the theatre, Work Made For Hire is the rare exception, rather than the rule.

Why you should have a lawyer for every deal

Gordon P. Firemark

Why hire a lawyer? I'm often contacted by do-it-yourselfers who just need a small tidbit of information or advice about whatever legal transaction it is they're working on.

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How Talent Loses if Aereo Wins

Digital Media Law

Follow the money and discover an unstated reason the Hollywood unions weighed in with briefs opposing the new service.

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The Club DJ As Celebrity Artist In Residence

DealFatigue

I'm fascinated by the growing celebrity and brand recognition of club DJ's with the general public. This is trending. #fb fb #in. — Peter Kaufman (@Dealfatigue) February 16, 2013. What happens in Vegas , may spread to the rest of the country. Career Celebrities Music club dj las vegas music business

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The Library of Congress is Archiving Legal Blogs

Media Law

On the Internet there is no rule against perpetuities. To the contrary our perpetuation seems assured. Latest case in point: the new Legal Blawgs Web Archive from the Library of Congress.

Hey Tumblr Users, Why Is This Man Smiling? Because he sold your content and you worked for him for free.

Music Technology Policy

Great news for Tumblr users–the eponymous Mr. Dave Karp just sold your content for $1.1 billion! In cash! And of course, he’s sharing that money with you, right? No, he’s not.

Asked & Answered – How to license music for low budget film

Gordon P. Firemark

In this video, Entertainment Lawyer Gordon Firemark answers a question about licensing music on a shoestring. Is it wise to get a “Festival only license?” ” Or, should filmmakers get more comprehensive licenses. And, how the licensing request is made.

Sony Pictures Wins 'Midnight in Paris' Lawsuit Over Faulkner Quote (Exclusive)

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The use of a nine-word quote from a 220-page novel in a feature film doesn''t equate to copyright infringement. read more. The Business Movies THR, Esq. Midnight in Paris Business

Copyright Basics FAQ

Current Trends

Cop yrigh t FAQ. The US Copyright Office has a wealth of information available at their website on the copyright registration process. What is a copyright? Copyright is an original work of authorship fixed in a tangible medium of expression — such as a song, book, or sound recording.

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Miley Cyrus

The Legal Satyricon

What do I think of Miley Cyrus’ “performance?” ” F**k you. That’s what I think of it. Why was anyone even watching the “MTV” “music” “awards?” ” Who gives a sweet holy f**k about them? A cabal of a few a s picks their favorite corporate-approved “artists” and sells them to F **G SHEEP, and then the sheep are […].

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Libel Tourism Era Over In UK?

Media Law Prof Blog

From the Guardian: British attorneys are saying the golden era of "libel tourism" is over, after a British judge dismissed a libel action brought by a Russian ex-police officer against a UK businessman, holding that the former cop had no

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Why theatre authors are more powerful than screenwriters.

Gordon P. Firemark

Authors in theatre enjoy privileges and approval rights not held by their screenwriting brethren. Sometimes, this can lead to trouble for producers and playwrights alike. A recent article at The Guardian asks: “Should a playwright have the final say over a production?

Entertainment Industry Insights Podcast #004: Nat Mundel

Gordon P. Firemark

Entertainment Industry Insights Podcast. Episode 4: Nat Mundel. In this episode of Entertainment Industry Insights, I speak with Nat Mundel , Founder of Voyage Media, and Co-Founder of TODpix. Voyage Media CEO and Founder, Nat Mundel.

New book - Entertainment Labor: An Interdisciplinary Bibliography

Digital Media Law

A must-have for academics, union staff and attorneys working in entertainment labor, ENTERTAINMENT LABOR: An Interdisciplinary Bibliography is a 345 page annotated bibliography of over 1,500 books, articles, dissertations, legal cases and other resources dealing with entertainment unions and guilds and various other aspects of entertainment labor. The book is the product of hundreds of hours of research and of compilation of search results from almost twenty databases.

Resiliency

DealFatigue

Resiliency is not baked in to us; it’s something you learn over time. After in-artfully coping with setbacks and disappointment. Many times. — Peter Kaufman (@Dealfatigue) January 19, 2013. Career long game patience resiliency

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RIP: Ross Kodner, Legal Technology Guru

Media Law

The legal technology field lost a giant this week with the death of Ross Kodner, who suffered a heart attack.

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Resistance is Futile: Google Says Don’t Fetishize Royalties

Music Technology Policy

If I worked for a company like Google that got slammed by Members of Congress for promoting “sex club” apps on Android and YouTube , I’d be a bit careful about using the word “fetish” to describe anything, even metaphorically.

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Seeking investors for your film project? Things just got a little easier (almost).

Gordon P. Firemark

SEC Adopts Rules implementing [some] provisions of the JOBS Act of 2012. If you're planning to finance your film, play, musical or other project by seeking investors, things may have just gotten a little bit easier for you.

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'Freeway' Ricky Ross Taking Battle Over Rapper Rick Ross to Appeals Court

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The former drug kingpin has suffered another setback as a judge throws out his identity theft claims against Warner Bros. Records. read more. Music Rick Ross THR, Esq

Top 10 Entertainment Law Cases/Disputes/Fun Facts of 2012

Current Trends

Join LA film attorney Gordon Firemark and Texas music lawyer Tamera Bennett as they highlight the top legal issues in 2012 faced by the entertainment industry. Click here for the Entertainment Law Update Podcast

Carlos Miller – First Amendment Hero

The Legal Satyricon

If you don’t already know who Carlos Miller is, you should. You are more free because Miller won’t let newsgathering and photography die under the wheels of a paranoid nation, shrieking with fear at imaginary terrorists, and hiring policies in police departments that seem to favor people with personality disorders that would make Eric Cartman [.]. awesomeness First Amendment First Amendment Bad Ass Flori-duh flunkies

Copyright Protection For Sexually Explicit Media

Media Law Prof Blog

Derek E. Bambauer, University of Arizona College of Law, has published Exposed in volume 98 of the Minnesota Law Review (2014). Here is the abstract. The production of intimate media – amateur, sexually explicit photos and videos – by consenting

Why it’s dangerous to rely on free online entertainment law contract forms

Gordon P. Firemark

Boilerplate contracts: 3 Legal Risks. Last week, I read an interesting post by Betty Wang , over at Findlaw's Free Enterprise blog, titled “Using Boilerplate Contracts? 3 Legal Risks.”

9 Tips to keep your podcast legal

Gordon P. Firemark

This article first appeared as a guest post on [link] , as part of a series called “31 days to a better podcast.” ” 9 Tips to keep your podcast legal.

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Canadian Talent Consultant Charged in Alleged Actor Visa Scam

Digital Media Law

Normal. false. false. false. Actor Andrew Boryski was charged with multiple criminal counts for cheating aspiring actors out of thousands of dollars in an immigration visa scam, the Los Angeles City Attorney’s office said Thursday in a press release. Normal. false. false. false. Boryski is charged with 32 counts; “this suspect, who’s an aspiring actor himself, has landed a role in a real life crime drama” says a federal agent. Normal. false. false. false.

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Resiliency

DealFatigue

Resiliency is not baked in to us; it's something you learn over time. After in-artfully coping with setbacks and disappointment. Many times. — Peter Kaufman (@Dealfatigue) January 19, 2013. Career long game patience resiliency

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The Most Popular Apps for Lawyers, According to ABA Tech Survey

Media Law

What are the most popular legal and business smartphone apps among lawyers? According to the 2013 ABA Legal Technology Survey Report, the most popular legal app by a long shot is Fastcase. The most popular business app is Dropbox.

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Goldieblox Meets Chucky: Case Targets Songwriters and Producers

Music Technology Policy

Producers and songwriters should be aware that in the Temporary Autonomous Zone of Northern California (home of the class action award payoffs to the EFF, Berkman Center and other places where copyright haters thrive), the new new thing appears to be suing record producers and songwriters.

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