Is Equity Crowdfunding a game changer?

Gordon P. Firemark

Unfortunately, this new crowdfunding mechanism isn't likely to be a real game-changer for entertainment productions with budgets over about $1 MIllion. Equity Crowdfunding isn't going to be a big game changer. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -.

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'Star Wars' Card Game Sabacc Sparks Lawsuit From Lucasfilm

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The fictional game plays an important role in the franchise canon and Lucasfilm says a video game app maker is unfairly capitalizing on its fame.

Trending Sources

Asked and Answered: Do I need permission to base a fan film on a video game?

Gordon P. Firemark

In this Asked and Answered video, I respond to Guy’s inquiry about whether permission is required for a fan film based on a video game. Asked and Answered: Do I need permission to base a fan film on a video game?

How to get your music into film, TV, Video Games, etc.

Gordon P. Firemark

If you’ve wondered how composers and songwriters get noticed, and have their music licensed for use in movies, on television, in video games, and other media, you’re not alone. The post How to get your music into film, TV, Video Games, etc.

'Game of Thrones' Finale Breaks Piracy Record

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Game of Thrones THR, Esq. The HBO series clocks in a massive 170,000 simultaneous shares on BitTorrent in the hours after the HBO premiere. read more. Television Live Feed

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'Hunger Games' Studio Sends Lawyer Letter to Charity Using 'Hunger Is Not a Game' Slogan

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Movies Movies Business Lionsgate Hunger GamesEriq Gardner Lionsgate cites its trademark and is demanding a stop to the way a group of socially-conscious fans of Harry Potter is promoting its food sustainability efforts. read more. THR, Esq.

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Video Games with Gay Content

Digital Media Law

If you’re a gay gamer (a gaymer ), you might have wished from time to time to find a game or two with some gay/lesbian content. Lucky for you, someone has prepared a list of such games. The games they don’t like, but you might, for glbt reasons, are: “Army of Two,” “Bully,” “Fable 2,” “Grand Theft Auto IV,” “Mass Effect,” “Saints Row 2,” various “Sims 2” games, and “Valkyria Chronicles.” Tags: gay video games

'Madden NFL' Creator Loses Appeal Over Video Game Royalties

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Electronic Arts gets the win because Robin Antonick failed to introduce source code at trial to show how later versions of game were similar to his original.

Judge: Beyoncé Video Game Lawsuit Can Move Forward

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Eriq Gardner Singer says she isn't to blame for pulling out of the motion-sensing dance video game, "Starpower: Beyoncé." Music Music Beyonce Video Gamesread more. THR, Esq.

Asked and Answered: Protection for a game.

Gordon P. Firemark

Q; I’m developing a game which is an original idea and is based on a film that I did (wrote, produced, directed) and on scripts that I’m working on. What is the best way to register games ? A: “Games&# encompass a very wide variety of technologies, so it’s difficult to answer this question without knowing more. Copyright law also protects computer code, to a certain extent, so this may apply for video and computer games.

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Sony defeats video game equal rights claim

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

By Eriq Gardner We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal -- unless, of course, these men are pursuing happiness inside a massively-multiplayer-online-role-playing game. Computer and video games continue to yield some interesting law. Tags: Decisions Roundup Litigation Video Games

Sony defeats video game equal rights claim

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

By Eriq Gardner We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal -- unless, of course, these men are pursuing happiness inside a massively-multiplayer-online-role-playing game. Computer and video games continue to yield some interesting law. Tags: Decisions Roundup Litigation Video Games

'Game of Thrones' Tops List of Most Pirated TV Shows

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Game of Thrones HBO How I Met Your Mother THR, Esq. The HBO hit is followed by “The Big Bang Theory” and “How I Met Your Mother” in illegal downloads this spring. read more. Television CBS Tech The Big Bang Theory Live Feed

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Mobile Gaming and IP

Media Law Prof Blog

Mejia, Florida A&M University College of Law, has published Game On: Building an Analytic Framework for Addressing Copyright and Trademark Issues in Mobile Gaming. The mobile gaming industry is a multi-billion dollar international industry Sebastian C. Here is the abstract.

Milwaukee, Wisconsin Sued for Requiring Permits on Augmented Reality Games

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Candy Lab AR alleges a First Amendment violation in the way the city responded to "Pokemon Go" mania. read more. THR, Esq. Tech Television Tech Business THR Online

Tattoo Artist Sues Over Copycat in 'UFC Undisputed' Video Game

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Video Games THR, Esq. Chris Escobedo identifies the tattoo on UFC Welterweight Champion Carlos Condit as his own, and says it is protected by copyright. read more. Style Tech Business

Green on New Frontiers for the Derivative Work Right in Video Games @j_remy_green

Media Law Prof Blog

Remy Green, Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver, & Jacobsen, LLP, is publishing All Your Works Are Belong to Us: New Frontiers for the Derivative Work Right in Video Games in volume 19 of the North Carolina Journal of Law and

'Star Wars' Card Game App Lawsuit Produces Copyright Win for Lucasfilm

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

A judge rules an app-maker infringed copyright, but will allow a jury to decide whether the infringement was willful or innocent. read more. THR, Esq. Business Movies Tech Business THR Online

'Hunger Games' Studio Hit With $10 Million Lawsuit Over Nail Polish Deal (Exclusive)

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Movies Movies Hunger GamesMatthew Belloni UPDATED: American International Industries says it has a deal to create the nail polish as part of the film's upcoming promotional campaign but that the studio has improperly terminated the contract. read more. THR, Esq. THR, Esq.

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Beyonce Settles $100M Lawsuit With Video Game Company

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The Business Music Video Games THR, Esq. Gate Five alleged the singer walked away from a motion-sensing dance project. read more. Beyonce Tech Business

Judge Won't Speed Up 'Ender's Game' Commission Dispute

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Ender''s Game Business Orson Scott Card''s ex-manager finds herself in TAA purgatory. read more. The Business Movies THR, Esq.

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Game developer claims Atari owes $30M on "Dungeons and Dragons"

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

By Eriq Gardner The video game and online game industries continue to stratify much like Hollywood once did — some companies have become producers and some have developed into more of a publisher/distributor role. Tags: Contracts & Riders Litigation Video Games We still remember our first video.

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The Waiting Game

DealFatigue

I really don’t have skin in the game here. Good morning! It’s November 1st, the sun is still shining and the world is still spinning. As of this writing, hell has yet to break loose from a writers strike. As noted in earlier posts, Nikki Finke seems to have the most up to date (and inside) information on where things are going. You can also find a “pro-WGA” blog here. I’m not aware of any pro-AMPTP blogs. Please let me know if there are any.

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The Waiting Game

DealFatigue

I really don’t have skin in the game here. Good morning! It’s November 1st, the sun is still shining and the world is still spinning. As of this writing, hell has yet to break loose from a writers strike. As noted in earlier posts, Nikki Finke seems to have the most up to date (and inside) information on where things are going. You can also find a “pro- WGA ” blog here. I’m not aware of any pro-AMPTP blogs. Please let me know if there are any.

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The Waiting Game

DealFatigue

I really don’t have skin in the game here. Good morning! It’s November 1st, the sun is still shining and the world is still spinning. As of this writing, hell has yet to break loose from a writers strike. As noted in earlier posts, Nikki Finke seems to have the most up to date (and inside) information on where things are going. You can also find a “pro-WGA&# blog here. I’m not aware of any pro-AMPTP blogs. Please let me know if there are any.

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Does a 'Game of Thrones' Star's Money Dispute Point to Immigration Fraud in Hollywood?

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

At a hearing last week, a judge ruled Nikolaj Coster-Waldau couldn't avoid appearing before an arbitrator in a dispute over commissions, but not before hearing about an allegedly fraudulent document submitted in a visa application. read more. THR, Esq. Business Television Business THR Online

Lionsgate Sues to Protect Cherished 'Hunger Games' Emblem

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Hunger Games BusinessAn alleged counterfeiter is selling a "Mockingjay Pin," an important symbol in the story of Katniss Everdeen, and an item so prized that an antitrust warning was sent when one retailer couldn't gain access to it. read more. Lionsgate Movies THR, Esq.

Paramount Hit With $10 Million Video Game Lawsuit

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

A Swedish gaming company says the studio shut down its digital entertainment division and walked away from a co-production deal on games. read more. THR, Esq. Movies Movies Tech Business Paramount Pictures

Video game publishers escalate fight for their rights

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The trade association for game publishers has filed a lawsuit in Illinois District Court against the Chicago Transit Authority. Tags: Advertising Free Speech Litigation Staffing Video Games By Eriq Gardner The Electronic Software Association looks to be getting a little more aggressive in sticking up for its rights.

Video game designer-turned-space traveler awarded $28 million by jury

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

By Eriq Gardner Famed video game designer Richard Garriot has just taken one hell of a trip. Two years ago, the man behind blockbuster role-playing games Ultima and Tabula Rasa spent $30 million of his own money to be a. Tags: Decisions Roundup Labor Video Games

Internet Gaming and Public Policy

Media Law Prof Blog

The gaming industry is at a crossroads in the United Keith C. Miller, Drake University Law School, has published Public Policy and the Inevitability of Internet Gambling in volume 60 of Drake Law Review Discourse (2012). Here is the abstract.

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'Game of Thrones,' 'Breaking Bad' Top List of 2013's Most Pirated TV Shows

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The Walking Dead Game of Thrones How I Met Your Mother THR Online THR, Esq. "The Walking Dead" and "The Big Bang Theory" also make TorrentFreak''s annual ranking. read more. Homeland Television Arrow Dexter Breaking Bad Tech The Big Bang Theory Suits Live Feed Vikings Piracy Business

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Lawsuit May Endanger Survival of NCAA Video Games

JetLawBlog

O’Bannon was a star basketball player for UCLA in the mid-1990s, and now he’s at the forefront of a class action antitrust lawsuit against the NCAA for its use of his likeness (and those of other athletes) in NCAA-licensed products, particularly video games.

Lucasfilm Asks Court to Strike Counterclaims in 'Star Wars' Card Game Trademark Dispute

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

"Defendants apparently believe that the best defense is any offense, including a meritless one fueled by gall," argues Lucasfilm in the filing. read more. THR, Esq. Movies Movies THR Online Lucasfilm

Pandora’s Shell Game with Royalty and Revenue

Music Technology Policy

Remember when Pandora used to complain about how royalty costs were over half their revenue? Let’s take a look at their income statement for the last 12 months (“trailing twelve months” or “ttm”) from Yahoo! Finance : “Total Revenue” of $1,100,000,000.

Game Show Network Sues After Gaming Company Cancels Acquisition

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

GSN was ready to pay up to $160 million for Bash Gaming, but at the last second, the owners made a deal with someone else. read more. THR Online THR, Esq. Television

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Games and the Right of Publicity

Media Law Prof Blog

Ford and Raizel Liebler, John Marshall Law School, have published Games are Not Coffee Mugs: Games and the Right of Publicity in volume 29 of Santa Clara Computer and High Technology Law Journal (2012). William K. Here is the abstract

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The Win-Win Deal-Making Fallacy

DealFatigue

Negotiations The Culture game theory twitter win-win zero-sum game @DanWilliams @lrozen win-win should always be the goal in any negotiation, but I get nervous when one side says that. It's a zero-sum tell. — Peter Kaufman (@Dealfatigue) February 11, 2015.

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'Game of Thrones' Star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau Sues Ex-Manager for Fraud

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The actor says he doesn't have to pay Jill Littman commissions from the HBO hit since he terminated their business relationship. read more. THR, Esq. Television Television THR Online

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EMI Sues Over Def Jam Rapstar Video Game

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Eriq Gardner The complicated business of a video game that features rap songs. read more. THR, Esq. Music Music Tech Business

Swiss Pass Resolution Banning the Sale of Violent Video Games to Minors

JetLawBlog

In European news, Switzerland has taken a giant leap in the effort to regulate video games. Recently, the country’s parliament passed two resolutions concerning the sale of violent video games. Games corresponding to a “Teen&# rating in the U.S.

Game Show Network Tests FCC's Definition of a Fair Competition

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Cablevision is defending a decision to relegate GSN from a wide tier of "female-oriented" channels to a premium tier of "male-oriented" ones. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Television Business THR Online

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'League of Legends' Game Publisher Targets Hackers and Cheaters in Lawsuit

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

To protect a competition played by 67 million people, Riot Games is asserting a copyright violation. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Television Tech Business THR Online