'Star Trek' Lawsuit: The Debate Over Klingon Language Heats Up

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

A federal judge gets an earful of Klingon proverbs from a language society intent on making sure that Paramount Pictures can't claim ownership. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Movies Television Culture Tech Business THR Online

Comcast Beats Spanish-Language Broadcaster's Discrimination Complaint

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The FCC says that Liberman Broadcasting, owner of Estrella TV, isn't a “video programming vendor” and thus can't make its case. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Television Tech Business THR Online

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Paramount Claims Crowdfunded 'Star Trek' Film Infringes Copyright to Klingon Language

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The film studio details what in the "Star Trek" universe is protected by law. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Movies Television Tech Business THR Online

AMC Argues Hispanics in Houston Are Served by English-Language Films

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The film exhibition giant fights an antitrust lawsuit claiming it improperly put a theater serving Spanish-language films out of business. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Movies Business THR Online

Russian-Language Video Service eTVnet Sued for Allegedly Streaming Stolen Content

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The suit claims the service is harming competitors, customers and copyright owners. read more. THR, Esq. Tech Tech THR Online

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Dish Claims Univision Breached Contract by Streaming Soccer Matches on Facebook

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

A court is asked to prohibit the Spanish-language broadcaster from putting its programming online. read more. THR, Esq. Business Television Tech Business THR Online

An iOS Law Dictionary for English as a Second Language

Media Law

Here is an interesting iteration of the standard law dictionary — one designed specifically to help legal professionals who are not native speakers of English.

Hollywood Studios Win Injunction Against Streamer VidAngel

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

VidAngel gives users the ability to filter language, nudity and violence from films and television shows. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Tech Business THR Online

European Court of Justice Rules on Copyright Status of Computer Programming Languages and Functionality

New Media and Technology Law

have been toiling over complicated issues related to the copyrightability of the Java computer programming language, and they may well return a verdict before the ink is dry on this post. Google have been lapped by the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg, which ruled on May 2 that, under the law of the European Union, the functionality of a computer program and computer programming language are not protected by copyright. In a jury room in San Francisco, jurors in Oracle, Inc.

Senator Insists Trump Used ‘Vile and Racist’ Language - The New York Times

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

Senator Insists Trump Used ‘Vile and Racist’ Language - The New York Times

The Weinstein Co. Hit With Class Action Suit From Six Women

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

"If money is the language they speak, then so be it," say the women. Let them learn the hard way: wallet first." read more. THR, Esq. Movies Movies THR Online Harvey Weinstein The Weinstein Company

'Star Trek' Lawsuit Now Explores What Vulcans and Vampires Have in Common

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Plus, the 19th-century Supreme Court case that is being called upon to knock the contention that the language of Klingon is copyrighted. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Movies Television Business THR Online

Trump’s Degradation of the Language - The New York Times

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

“.One of the more pernicious and insidious effects of the Donald Trump regime may well be the damage he does to language itself. Trumpian language is a thing unto itself: some manner of sophistry peppered with superlatives. Trump’s Degradation of the Language - The New York Times

Judge Wants to Know If 'Happy Birthday' Copyright Was Abandoned

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

An order today might give Warner/Chappell reason to be optimistic in defending the validity of its copyright to the English language's most popular song.

#NewMusic Weekend: Body Language, Speedy Ortiz, EULA, Ava Luna, Tamaryn

Music Technology Policy

Body Language (Brooklyn) “Social Studies” @body__language. New Music Weekend Ava Luna Body Language EULA Speedy Ortiz TamarynThis weeks staff picks from Semaphore Music (and the ultimate arbiter of taste!) Digging Brooklyn in post-CMJ haze. Speedy Ortiz (Northampton) “Basketball” @killquilty. EULA (Brooklyn) “Maurice Narcisse” @eulamusic. Ava Luna (Brooklyn) “Wrenning Day” @avalunaband.

"Rape Culture" Language and the News Media

Media Law Prof Blog

April Cobos, Old Dominion University, has published ''Rape Culture'' Language and the News Media: Contested Versus Non-Contested Cases (Le Language De La Culture Du Viol Et Les Médias D’Information: Cas Non Contestés vs Cas Contestés), in vol.

Did SiriusXM Pull a Fast One on Major Record Labels in a Deal With Suing Indie Musicians?

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The satcaster confronts allegations from the RIAA, SAG-AFTRA and others that it gratuitously included language in its Flo & Eddie settlement with an eye towards winning future royalty rate-setting proceedings. read more. THR, Esq. Business Music Business THR Online

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Judge Refuses to Dismiss Lawsuit Over Crowdfunded 'Star Trek' Film

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The use of Klingon — a language allegedly not copyrightable — in a not-yet-produced feature film can't doom this lawsuit. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Movies Business THR Online

Brinton on Racist Language and Censorship in the Media

Media Law Prof Blog

Hal Brinton, University of Leeds, is publishing Racist Language and Censorship in the Media in the Westlaw Insight Encyclopedia (Sweet & Maxwell, 2015). Here is the abstract. This article explores the varied regulation across different media which might apply in

'Happy Birthday' Copyright Case Hears Charity's Plea: Think of the Children

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Co-founded by "Happy Birthday" author Patty Hill, the Association for Childhood Education says it may be the real owner of the English language's most popular song.

Is “throughout the universe” contract language broad enough?

Gordon P. Firemark

This kind of language [.]. Eriq Gardner at the Hollywood Reporter, Esq. blog has got me thinking. In his post today he discusses a Wall Street Journal article that pokes fun at entertainment lawyers’ use of “throughout the universe, in perpetuity&# to define the territorial scope and the term of rights being granted by a contract. Related posts: Copyright and Contract in conflict? Legal pitfalls for reality and documentary producers.

‘Lynch Mob’: Misuse of Language - NYTimes.com

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

"For instance, according to the Maryland Historical Society Library : “Mary Denston, the elderly wife of a Somerset County farmer, was returning to her home in Princess Anne on the morning of October 17, 1933 when she was attacked by an assailant. A manhunt quickly began for the alleged perpetrator, 22-year-old African-American George Armwood. He was soon arrested and charged with felonious assault.

Manias-Muñoz on The Impact of a Legal Framework on National Film Industry: An Approach to Basque-Language Cinema @UofGlasgow

Media Law Prof Blog

Miren Manias-Muñoz, University of Glasgow, Centre for Cultural Policy Research, has published The Impact of a Legal Framework on National Film Industry: An Approach to Basque-Language Cinema, in volume 6, number 5, of Oñati Socio-Legal Series (2016).

Comcast Tells FCC There's Nothing Unlawful About Negotiating Hard for Digital TV Rights

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The cable giant is fighting a complaint that it discriminated against the Spanish-language network, Estrella TV. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Television Tech Business THR Online

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Charter Gets Restraining Order Temporarily Restoring Univision Programming

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

A blackout of the Spanish-language ends, but maybe not for long. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Television Business THR Online

China Expels Al Jazeera English-Language Channel - NYTimes.com

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

China Expels Al Jazeera English-Language Channel - NYTimes.com

On Techdirt and 'derogatory' language

Copyrights & Campaigns

But please don't upset the patent trolls non-practicing entities with any "derogatory" language.). Techdirt's editor on the term " patent trolls ": I tend to avoid it unless it absolutely fits. Since, by it's [sic] very nature, it's derogatory, it tends to shut off conversation rather than encourage it. Fair enough. Derogatory" is bad. Conversation" is good, and should be "encourage[d]." So let's see what non-derogatory words Techdirt uses to encourage conversation: Clueless. Clueless.

Consent Decrees, Sex Tapes, Klingons and Nude Scenes – ELU #72

Gordon P. Firemark

Start Trek Fan Film Case — Paramount claims infringement of Klingon Language. 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.

New AI-Powered Patent Tool Helps Prepare Responses to Office Actions

Media Law

A new tool being released today for patent lawyers and paralegals uses artificial intelligence and natural language processing to help prepare responses to office actions and then uses analytics to help predict how the case is likely to develop.

New Rule: What Would a Dick Do? | Real Time with Bill Maher (HBO) Be forewarned, the language is very crude but the message is dead on.

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

University of Delaware Tells Students To Stop Selling T-Shirts With Vulgar Language

Media Law Prof Blog

From the Chronicle of Higher Education: The University of Delaware has served a cease-and-desist letter on two of its students who want to sell t-shirts emblazoned with colorful language. It may not the colorful language that precipitated the letter.

FCC Reminder About January 1, 2010 Obligation to Close Caption Spanish Language Programming, and To Deliver Emergency Information So that it is Accessible to the Hearing Impaired

Broadcast Law Blog

The first notice made clear that stations must caption 100% of their "new, non-exempt" Spanish language programming as of January 1, 2010. Tags: Emergency Communications FCC emergency Television captioning exceptions captioning exemptions closed captioning emergency communication emergency information spanish language captioning The FCC recently issued two reminders about television programmer's obligations to members of their audience who are hearing impaired.

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We must call him a terrorist: Dylann Roof, Fox News and the truth about why language matters

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

Language can obscure as much as it reveals. "How we talk about the truth matters. What happened in Charleston, S.C. was a lot of things – a crime, a tragedy, a massacre, a butchery, and, above all, an act of terror. President Obama referred to the South Carolina shootings as “senseless murders.” ” That was a terrible mistake; it’s not just wrong – it’s dangerous and misleading.

"A riot is the language of the unheard" - Martin Luther King

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

Hollywood Docket: Superman Legal Fees; Telenovela Infringement; Lionsgate Lawsuit

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

A roundup of entertainment law news including the expensive battle over Superman rights, a battle over Spanish-language programming and a Fox settlement.

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New ‘Lexis Answers’ Brings Artificial Intelligence to Lexis Advance

Media Law

With Lexis Answers, a researcher can ask a natural-language question and get back the single-best answer in the form of what Lexis is calling a Lexis Answer Card. LexisNexis is today announcing the launch of Lexis Answers, a feature that brings artificial intelligence to the Lexis Advance legal research platform. LexisNexis says that Lexis Answers […].

FBI Anti-Piracy Warnings: A Graphical History (Photos)

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

But from the use of color to subtle changes in language, the FBI's anti-piracy warning has taken on different looks over the last 30 years. Eriq Gardner The message that piracy is wrong has never evolved.

Pat Tillman Documentary Will Keep "R" Rating Because of Language

Media Law Prof Blog

The MPAA has refused to re-rate The Tillman Story, a documentary about the late Pat Tillman, from R to PG-13. The producers had wanted the more child-friendly rating to make the film accessible to young people but the MPAA kept

New TV pilot deal language putting a squeeze on residuals

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

By Matthew Belloni and Nellie Andreeva “Test deals” are making a lot of people, well, testy this pilot season. TV studios and broadcast networks are insisting on new talent concessions to shave off-the-top costs like residuals. The test deals, which.

Cry for Argentina’s Free Press

The Legal Satyricon

Damian Pachter of the English-language Buenos Aires Herald is currently in Uruguay, en route to Israel. An Argentine journalist credited with breaking the news of a prosecutor’s suspicious death has been forced to flee the country, fearing for his own safety. In 1994, the Argentine-Israeli Mutual Association in Buenos Aires was bombed, leaving 84 dead. […].