2012

DON’T SIGN THAT! – Webinar April 17th.

Gordon P. Firemark

On April 17th, at 10am PST , I’ll be joining my friend Adam Leipzig for a teleseminar entitled : “ DON’T SIGN THAT!

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Actors Union SAG-AFTRA and Industry Postpone Commercials Negotiations

Digital Media Law

SAG-AFTRA and the advertising industry have agreed to postpone their previously-scheduled early negotiations of the union’s commercials agreement, the union announced Saturday. The existing agreement remains in place through March 31, 2013.

Broken Windows

DealFatigue

Fred Wilson wrote a piece on his blog today complaining about the film business ’ distribution model. Fred wrote in part that: denying customers the films they want, on the devices they want to watch them, when they want to watch them is not a great business model.

ENTERTAINMENT & MEDIA LITIGATION: FORMER UCLA BASKETBALL PLAYER REEVES NELSON SUES SPORTS ILLUSTRATED FOR DEFAMATION

Entertainment Litigation Blog

LAWSUIT TARGETS ARTICLE WRITTEN BY PULITZER PRIZE WINNING AUTHOR. Former UCLA men’s basketball player, Reeves Nelson, has filed a lawsuit for defamation against Sports Illustrated resulting from SI’s March 2012 article entitled, Special Report: Not The UCLA Way.

Warner Bros. Vs. Custom-Built Batmobiles: The Legal Battle Continues

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

A man who builds replicas of cars featured in movies and TV shows says an attempt to block him will have "a significant impact on automobile makers and manufacturers." read more. Warner Bros. THR, Esq. Television Tech Business

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More Trending

Blawg Review #322

Cyberlaw Central

CRACK… By striking my bone gavel, I call this special Blawg Review meeting of the Skull and Bones Society to order. Ever since the passing of Demosthenes in the year 322, and since the founding of our Society here at Yale in 1832, we honor eloquence.

Be Thankful: Trademarks on the Table Thanksgiving Day

Current Trends

Sometimes it’s so hard to separate work from home — even Thanksgiving Day is filed with trademarks and brand management. Here are a few brands you might see: OCEAN SPRAY w design. Date of first use 1964. Registration No. 1960131.

What you absolutely must know before you approach investors for your film / play / musical.

Gordon P. Firemark

photo via flickr (bschmove) under Creative Commons License.

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Update on status of Jobs Act revisions to Regulation D, Rule 506 securities offerings

Gordon P. Firemark

Last April, Congress passed, and President Obama signed into law, the JOBS Act. One important component of that act loosened restrictions on the way film and theatre producers companies can obtain financing through private offerings under Rule 506.

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new book - The New Zealand Hobbit Crisis

Digital Media Law

My new book, The New Zealand Hobbit Crisis, is out on Amazon. Normal. false. false. false. in paper ( [link] amzn.to/SiHUX2) SiHUX2) and Kindle ( [link] Check it out. Here's the description: Normal. false. false. false.

Broken Windows

DealFatigue

Fred Wilson wrote a piece on his blog today complaining about the film business’ distribution model. Fred wrote in part that: denying customers the films they want, on the devices they want to watch them, when they want to watch them is not a great business model.

ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS LITIGATION: LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS ASSERT TRADEMARK RIGHTS AGAINST CLIPPER DARRELL

Entertainment Litigation Blog

NBA TEAM SEEKS TO STIFLE SUPERFAN AND STOP USE OF “CLIPPER” MARK.

'Storage Wars' Star David Hester Alleges Show is Rigged in Lawsuit

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Hester says he was wrongfully terminated after complaining that the show was possibly illegal. read more. A&E THR, Esq. Television Storage Wars Business

The next time you are asked to play for free…

Music Technology Policy

Thanks to @pcamusic!

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Court Says 1st Amendment Protects Lawyer’s Blogging

Media Law

A three-judge panel in Virginia has issued a decision that is important for lawyer-bloggers everywhere. The panel ruled that a lawyer has a First Amendment right to blog about his own cases, at least with regard to information that is already available on the public record.

Steubenville, Ohio: Gang Rape + SLAPP Suit

The Legal Satyricon

SLAPP suits are never pretty. This one is particularly ugly and disturbing. Member of the Steubenville, Ohio Big Red football team were accused of kidnapping and raping a 16 year old girl. source, source) A local blogger, Alexandria Goddard, wrote about the incident. Naturally, she was outraged. She wrote another post, in which she also [.]. defamation First Amendment Section 230

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What does an entertainment lawyer do? (Part I)

Gordon P. Firemark

Entertainment Lawyers, at the root of things, provide legal advice, counsel and representation to businesses and individuals in the entertainment industries, including the fields of theatre, television, film, music, publishing, and digital media.

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Independent Contractor vs. Employee – misclassification can cost entertainment industry employers dearly.

Gordon P. Firemark

Lately, I’ve had several conversations with clients about whether the folks they hire to work on their films and theatre projects are properly classified as employees or independent contractors. It’s an important distinction, and one that can have costly consequences if not handled properly.

Theatre Producers make historic vote to form L.A. League

Gordon P. Firemark

Theatre Producers make historic vote to form L.A. League. On Sunday, May 20, 2012 a little bit of L.A. Theatre history was made. I was honored to be among a crowd of L.A.

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Quoted on ReelGrok about Crowdfunding and the JOBS Act

Gordon P. Firemark

ReelGrok about the new crowdfunding rules to be implemented following President Obama’s signing of the JOBS ACT Thursday.

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Lucasfilm Faces New Accusation of Pregnancy Discrimination

Digital Media Law

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Broken Windows

DealFatigue

Fred Wilson wrote a piece on his blog today complaining about the film business’ distribution model. Fred wrote in part that: denying customers the films they want, on the devices they want to watch them, when they want to watch them is not a great business model.

ENTERTAINMENT LITIGATION: BEASTIE BOYS SUED FOR ILLEGAL SAMPLING

Entertainment Litigation Blog

HOP-HOP LABEL FILES LAWSUIT AGAINST GROUP DAY BEFORE MCA LOSES FIGHT WITH CANCER Adam “MCA” Rauch co-founded the “Beastie Boys” hip hop group with Michael “Mike D” Diamond and Adam “Adrock” Horovitz.

Tolkien Estate Sues Warner Bros. Over 'Lord of the Rings' Slot Machines (Exclusive)

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The suit claims at least $80 million in damages from unauthorized merchandising of the Tolkien books. read more. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Movies Warner Bros. THR, Esq

How Much Do Artists Earn Online?

Music Technology Policy

Excellent graph from Information is Beautiful: [link]. This graph may not be exactly correct on the number of streams at the Spotify end of the equation, but I think it is spot on–so to speak–on the relative numbers.

Fastcase Releases Android Version of its Free Research App

Media Law

Back in January 2010, this blog had an exclusive first look as Fastcase was about to launch its app to let iPhone users research cases and statutes for free, directly on their devices. Later, Fastcase came out with a version for the iPad.

Anonymous Comes for Hunter Moore

The Legal Satyricon

The cool thing about Anonymous is that they may want less rules on the Internet than some would wish for. But, they also realize that there is a line. You cross it, you eat s**t. Take the legal issue out of it, and this is why Hunter Moore is a douchebag: Once upon a time, [.]. 2257 Adult Entertainment Law ass hat culture feminism imbeciles internet jurisdiction internet law life obscenity piracy political correctness Section 230 Sexual Politics

When the corporate shield… isn’t one.

Gordon P. Firemark

New York Case holds film producer liable despite corporate shield.

9th Circuit ruling could limit publication of private celebrity photos, videos, sex tapes.

Gordon P. Firemark

Treacherous waters ahead for news media. Things just got more treacherous for publishers and news organizations to run private photographs and videos of celebrities. This week, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals issued a ruling in Monge v.

Asked and Answered: Do I need permission to portray real people who died in 1872?

Gordon P. Firemark

Q: Bernie asks whether he needs permission to portray a long-dead ship’s captain and his family, in a screenplay that attempts to dispel myths about their disappearance, and presents an alternative hypothesis suitable for the horror film market. In this video, I give my answer. . . . .

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Get a discount on Crowdfunding Bootcamp October 9-11

Gordon P. Firemark

Producers of independent films, theatre productions, web series and musical projects can learn how to use crowdfunding to finance their ventures. Readers of this blog can get a ten percent discount on the upcoming CrowdFunding Bootcamp being held at Lake Las Vegas October 9-11. Read on for details.

Hollywood Sign Owner Cries Foul Over Ad Agency 'Infringement'

Digital Media Law

11.9999. Normal. false. false. false. Visit the website for The Brooklyn Brothers, a New York ad agency, and you’ll find a splash page. announcing their new Hollywood venture, called BB Hollywood.

Yet Another Post On SOPA

DealFatigue

Note: Cross-posted in part from my tumblr blog. See the additional note at the bottom of this post. ]. I generally don’t blog politics. It can be bad for business. However, the SOPA/PIPA legislation, which pitted new tech against old media, requires a response. Piracy is a serious problem that may or may not need additional attention (we already have the DMCA to protect copyright interests). However, the legislation as drafted is bad law.

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ENTERTAINMENT & MEDIA LITIGATION: FORMER UCLA BASKETBALL PLAYER REEVES NELSON SUES SPORTS ILLUSTRATED FOR DEFAMATION

Entertainment Litigation Blog

LAWSUIT TARGETS ARTICLE WRITTEN BY PULITZER PRIZE WINNING AUTHOR'. Former UCLA men's basketball player, Reeves Nelson, has filed a lawsuit for defamation against Sports Illustrated resulting from SI's March 2012 article entitled, Special Report: Not The UCLA Way.