Paramount Beats Musicians Guild in Lawsuit Over Outsourcing Film Scores

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A judge figures out the meaning of "producer" and "employer" in Hollywood. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Movies Music Business THR Online Paramount Pictures AFM Labor

Hollywood Docket: Musicians Guild Sues Major Labels Over Streaming Revenue

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Foreign streaming and non-permanent downloads are the subject of the guild's latest big legal move. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Movies Music THR Online Sony Music The Walt Disney Company Universal Music Group Warner Music Group

Hollywood Guilds Fight to Save Residuals in Relativity Bankruptcy (Analysis)

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Will residuals be paid? It’s complicated. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Home Movies Business THR Online DGA Relativity Media SAG-AFTRA WGA Labor

Directors Guild Denies Violating Obamacare

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A lawsuit asserts that refusal to pay for naturopathic care violates discrimination provisions of the controversial law. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Television Business THR Online Labor

Musicians Guild Sues Warner Bros, MGM, Paramount Over Film Scores

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AFM says the score for "Interstellar" was out of its world — but not in a good way. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Movies Music Business THR Online Labor

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Paramount Pictures Disputes Being a "Producer" of Renee Zellweger Film In Battle With Labor Guild

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A lawsuit over a film score produced overseas has suddenly become an important labor case in Hollywood. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Movies Business THR Online Labor

Hollywood Guilds Claim 'Wolf of Wall Street' Money After Government Seizure

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Red Granite is also being audited over concern for pension and health contributions to those in the entertainment industry. read more. THR, Esq. Movies Movies Business THR Online Labor

Directors Guild slams judge for Viacom/YouTube decision

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Now the Directors Guild of America is about to issue a statement predicting a. By Matthew Belloni Reaction is coming in from the content community to yesterday's ruling in favor of Google in Viacom's $1 billion copyright litigation over YouTube.

Songwriters Guild of America Jumps Into 'Y.M.C.A.' Copyright Termination Fray (Exclusive)

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Eriq Gardner The Guild tells the judge about the huge stakes and why the case shouldn't get bogged down in legal maneuvers from the well-heeled music industry. read more. THR, Esq. Music Music Business

Writers Guild Trying to Shut Down 'Bring It On: The Musical' (Exclusive)

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Jonathan Handel Citing the guild agreement’s “separated rights” provisions, the union is seeking to enjoin the new play and obtain damages on behalf of the screenwriter of the 2000 movie that began the franchise.

Creditors, Guilds Move to Liquidate Five Former David Bergstein Companies

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Alex Ben Block The groups aim to recover up to $120 million, through recovery of assets, as well as lawsuits against any parties who are found to have acted fraudulently. read more. THR, Esq. THR, Esq. The Business Movies Business David Bergstein Labor

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Results of Writers Guild 'Pattern of Demands' Vote Still Unknown

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24 on the wide-ranging outline of negotiating priorities, but the guild has not yet announced the results of the vote. Balloting closed Jan. Details: The Hollywood Reporter. _. Watch for my new book “Hollywood on Strike!,” due out this month. Subscribe to my blog ( jhandel.com ) for more about entertainment law and digital media law. Check out my residuals chart there too. Go to the blog itself to subscribe via RSS or email.

Relativity Bankruptcy: Sale Objections Pour In From Creditors, Netflix, Viacom, Labor Guilds

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One large P&A lender argues a September auction is designed to enrich some of the other financial firms. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Movies Business THR Online

WGA East Executive Director Optimistic on Guild Negotiating Goals

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Lowell Peterson also confirms that there is no date set for negotiations. See The Hollywood Reporter exclusive. _. Watch for my new book “Hollywood on Strike!,” due out next month. Subscribe to my blog ( jhandel.com ) for more about entertainment law and digital media law. Check out my residuals chart there too. Go to the blog itself to subscribe via RSS or email. Or, follow me on Twitter , friend me on Facebook , or subscribe to my Forbes.com or Huffington Post articles.

Former DGA Lawyer Sues Guild for Gender Discrimination (Exclusive)

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Jonathan Handel The lawsuit filed Friday also alleges a practice of discrimination, but may face a statute of limitations challenge. The DGA has 30 days to file a response. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Business Labor

Global Songwriter and Composer Organizations Send Open Letter to RIAA Proposing Solution to Massive Failures to Accord Credit and Respect International Laws of Moral Rights

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Screen Composers Guild of Canada (SCGC). Songwriters Guild of America (SGA). irespectmusic campaign #standwithsongwriters Moral Rights BASCA Council of Music Creators ECSA Music Creators North America MusicAnswers Screen Composers Guild of Canada Societe Professionnelle des Autuers et des Composituers du Quebec Society of Composers and Lyricists songwriters association of canada Songwriters Guild of America Songwriters of North America

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Paramount, MGM Sued for Allegedly Failing to Pay 'Ben Hur' Musicians

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The two studios are taken to court by a guild. read more. THR, Esq. Business Movies Music Business THR Online Labor

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Hollywood Docket: Seagal sex suit dropped; Guilds vs. Bergstein; Mel tapes admissible?

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The $1 million sexual harassment lawsuit against Steven Seagal from a former assistant has been dismissed. Attorneys had been trying to resolve the case through private arbitration. The allegations led to the suspension of production on A&E's "Steven Seagal Lawman.".

Studios, guilds get split decision in Taster's Choice right-of-publicity case

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By Eriq Gardner In 2002, California school teacher Russell Christoff was standing in line at Home Depot when he noticed his face on a jar of Taster's Choice instant coffee. Just as surprising, perhaps. was that the resulting court case, Tags: Decisions Roundup Litigation Right of Publicity

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Strike: The Writers Guild, SAG, the Studios, and the Labor Disputes of 2007-2009

Media Law Prof Blog

The Writers Guild went on strike in 2007. Jonathan Handel, TroyGould & the Hollywood Reporter, has published Hollywood on Strike! Excerpts), Los Angeles, Hollywood Analytics (2011). Here is the abstract. The big issue: fees for programs released on new media

Analysis: How the Guilds Lost the 'Hobbit' War

Digital Media Law

Will entertainment workers of the world unite? Probably not any time soon. They just tried, and it blew up in their faces. But why? The analysis is in my THR piece. -. Watch for my new book “Hollywood on Strike!,” due out next month. Subscribe to my blog ( jhandel.com ) for more about entertainment law and digital media law. Check out my residuals chart there too. Go to the blog itself to subscribe via RSS or email.

SAG-AFTRA Wants to Become a Defendant in Lawsuit Over Actors' Ages on IMDb

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The guild asks to intervene and raises concern about California's defense of a new law in the face of the tech industry's might. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Movies Television Tech Business THR Online Labor

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The MTP Interview: An Inconvenient Truth: Songwriters Guild President Rick Carnes talks about the effect of piracy on American songwriters

Music Technology Policy

Songwriters are the ones who are most often “followed upon” and “remixed out of culture” And as noted in this interview, there are fewer and fewer original professional songwriters around every year.Rick Carnes is the President of the Songwriters Guild of America, and is a tireless advocate for American songwriters on Captiol Hill. MTP: Tell me about what you do at the Songwriters Guild and the untold riches you are being paid for the job?

'The Expendables': Writers Guild Tribunal Evolves Into Fraud Lawsuit

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Producers of the 2010 Sylvester Stallone film claim that one of the credited writers withheld e-mails in a secret fight over authorship. read more. Movies THR Online THR, Esq. Labor Business

Appeals Court Rules Google Book Scanning Project is Fair Use

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The 2nd Circuit writes the latest chapter in a decade-old fight that attracted the interest of the MPAA and practically every labor guild representing authors in media and entertainment.

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The MTP Interview: An Inconvenient Truth: Songwriters Guild President Rick Carnes talks about the effect of piracy on American songwriters

Music Technology Policy

Songwriters are the ones who are most often “followed upon” and “remixed out of culture” And as noted in this interview, there are fewer and fewer original professional songwriters around every year.Rick Carnes is the President of the Songwriters Guild of America, and is a tireless advocate for American songwriters on Captiol Hill. MTP: Tell me about what you do at the Songwriters Guild and the untold riches you are being paid for the job?

Potential Breakthrough In Writers Guild Strike

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The Directors Guild closed their deal over these issues last month but many striking writers (and SAG members) criticized that deal for not going far enough on streaming.

Potential Breakthrough In Writers Guild Strike

DealFatigue

The Directors Guild closed their deal over these issues last month but many striking writers (and SAG members) criticized that deal for not going far enough on streaming.

Potential Breakthrough In Writers Guild Strike

DealFatigue

The Directors Guild closed their deal over these issues last month but many striking writers (and SAG members) criticized that deal for not going far enough on streaming.

Feds Must Respond to Lawsuit Claiming IRS "Peeping Toms" Raided Health Records

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The plaintiff in the case alleges that tax agents have intimate information on "leading and politically controversial members of the Screen Actors Guild and the Directors Guild."

Top Hollywood Labor Lawyer Howard Fabrick Switches Firms (Exclusive)

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Matthew Belloni Fabrick, an expert on guild negotiations and employment disputes, joins Barnes & Thornburg as a partner. read more. THR, Esq. THR, Esq. The Business Business

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How Talent Loses if Aereo Wins (Analysis)

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THR follows the money and discovers an unstated reason the guilds weighed in with briefs opposing the new service. read more. The Business WGA DGA THR, Esq. Television Barry Diller Behind the Screen SAG-AFTRA Labor Tech Business

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Hollywood Guilds Want Supreme Court to Hear Marvel Characters Dispute

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The Screen Actors Guild, the Directors Guild of America and the Writers Guild of America are rallying behind efforts by the heirs of Jack Kirby to terminate rights to Spider-Man, The Fantastic Four and the Avengers.

Actors Guild Gets Behind Copyrights for Some Performers

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With nods to the many actors who played "Batman" and the actress who plays many roles on "Orphan Black," the guild weighs in on a controversial case before a federal appeals court read more.

SAG and AFTRA Condemn IMDb Revealing Performers' Ages

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Alex Ben Block Talks between the guilds and the online database about the site's refusal to delete or change actor and actress ages have broken down. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Movies Television Tech Business IMDB SAG

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Judge Dismisses Authors Guild Suit Against Google

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District Court Judge Denny Chin has dismissed the Authors Guild lawsuit against Google, ruling that the search engine company''s practice of displaying parts of books as part of its Google Books Project does not violate the plaintiffs'' copyright

Oscar-Winning Danish Film at Center of Tug-of-War

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A producer who acquired the rights to "Babette’s Feast" is now dueling with the director and his trade guild. read more. The Business Awards International Movies THR, Esq. Business

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Same Picture Post-Election at the Animation Guild

Digital Media Law

Business representative Steve Hulett and most incumbents re-elected. Details in my Hollywood Reporter piece. -. Watch for my new book “Hollywood on Strike!,” due out next month. Subscribe to my blog ( jhandel.com ) for more about entertainment law and digital media law. Check out my residuals chart there too. Go to the blog itself to subscribe via RSS or email. Or, follow me on Twitter , friend me on Facebook , or subscribe to my Forbes.com or Huffington Post articles.

Oscar Watch: Guild Awards Update

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There isn't much suspense building for this year's Oscar show on February 22--final ballots are due Tuesday, February 17--as the various guilds dole out their prizes.

WGA Restores Dalton Trumbo's Screenwriting Credit on 'Roman Holiday'

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Eriq Gardner The Guild says it wants to "make amends" for injustices of 1950s McCarthyism by telling the truth about who really wrote the 1953 classic film.

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