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

Entertainment Litigation Blog

With the arrival of new star players Chris Paul and deAndre Jordan, coinciding with the continued rise of mega-star Blake Griffin, the once hapless Los Angeles Clippers have a new identity (“Lob City”) and a rekindled fan base.

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

Gordon P. Firemark

based 99-seat theatre producers meeting at the Kirk Douglas theatre to discuss the way forward in dealing with the various issues confronting the theatre business (and art) in Los Angeles. A series of meetings of 99-seat producers.

I’m Presenting at Podcast Movement 2016

Gordon P. Firemark

If you’re going to be in Chicago and want to meet up, drop me a note. I’d love to meet you! Firemark - Los Angeles Entertainment Lawyers - Theatre, Film, TV & New Media. I’m coming to Chicago for Podcast Movement. Just a quick announcement that I’ll be speaking at the Podcast Movement conference in Chicago next week. Q & A session on legal and business issues for podcasters.

Entertainment Law Asked & Answered – Does an Actor’s Agent have an Obligation to Tell the Actor about all Job Offers?

Gordon P. Firemark

So, if a role or a pay-grade doesn’t meet the pre-established criteria, the agent probably doesn’t need to bother forwarding the offer. Firemark - Los Angeles Entertainment Lawyers - Theatre, Film, TV & New Media.

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Chairman Goodlatte’s Listening Tour: Google Search Meets the Ford Pinto

Music Technology Policy

The LA meeting produced an exchange between film producer Richard Gladstein and Google’s chief copyright executioner, Fred Von Lohman. Americans are freedom loving people, and nothing says freedom like getting away with it. From Long Long Time , by Guy Forsyth.

5 people every producer needs to have on the team.

Gordon P. Firemark

Are you really being productive when you’re scheduling your own meetings, fielding calls from vendors who just need a billing address, and opening the masses of mail that come into any business? Firemark - Los Angeles Entertainment Lawyers - Theatre, Film, TV & New Media.

Filming in Public – Entertainment Law Asked & Answered

Gordon P. Firemark

Likewise, if an event is held at a gallery, meeting room, hotel, convention center, etc…. Firemark - Los Angeles Entertainment Lawyers - Theatre, Film, TV & New Media. AUDIO: TRANSCRIPT: [link]. link].

LAFF: Yeldham Leads Charge

Thompson On Hollywood

It's crucial that new Los Angeles Film Festival director Rebecca Yeldham programmed an indie opener for Thursday night's LAFF launch. Plenty of American independents didn't meet the standards for our programmers," says Yeldham.

LAFF: Public Enemies is Centerpiece

Thompson On Hollywood

In keeping with Film Independent's recent policy of pursuing Hollywood studio summer movies, the 2009 Los Angeles Film Festival will include as its Centerpiece a Sony gangster movie, Michael Mann's Public Enemies , starring Johnny Depp as John Dillinger.

We Got Trouble My Friends, Right Here in Music City: The Spotify Meltdown Tour Continues

Music Technology Policy

Now here’s the problem–the Featured Artist Coalition spent a good deal of time putting together these meetings with the best of intentions.

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Episode 48 – Google wins some, loses some, and more.

Gordon P. Firemark

Dumb Starbucks Coffee Shop Opens in Los Feliz. A few weeks ago, pop-up store, Dumb Starbucks Coffee, appeared in Los Feliz. If it does not meet the burden, then the case will be dismissed.

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LawZam: ‘Like Speed Dating for the Legal World’

Media Law

“LawZam is like speed dating for the legal world,” Dunkelman, a Los Angeles lawyer , says in a press release. It simply provides the venue for consumers and lawyers to meet and consult. That is how co-founder Claudio Dunkelman describes his new lawyer-client matching site, LawZam. The site aims to connect consumers with attorneys by facilitating free, face-to-face consultations conducted live via videoconferencing.

Meltdown at the Soho House: Spotify’s Artist Charm Offensive Tour Self-Destructs on Opening Night

Music Technology Policy

Spotify is conducting a artist relations charm offensive in New York, Nashville and Los Angeles. The idea was there would be a meeting at the toney Soho House in New York, a membership only location that costs more to join than most artists make in a year or two. This is a time to be thankful I live in a flyover state–they won’t be coming to Austin!).

Reflections on L.A.’s nascent producer’s league. Treason… No, but…

Gordon P. Firemark

The process has been grueling, involving 6 meetings so far (2 more are scheduled), at which various interests have to be reconciled, and rules for the group’s governance established. Here, in 2012 Los Angeles, as we meet to debate and ultimately vote on the league’s mission, bylaws, and governing principles, it’s important to maintain perspective. Frequent readers probably know that I have lately been involved with a group of L.A.

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Rut Ro: @taylorswift13 Leaves the Spotify Cult and Proves the Rule: Spotify Needs Hits, But Hits Don’t Need Spotify

Music Technology Policy

Remember, Spotify is just coming off of a hoped-for charm offensive with meetings in New York, Nashville and Los Angeles that turned into an absolute debacle. If you’ve been observing the media campaign opposing Taylor Swift’s decision to withdraw from Cult Spotify while having the biggest first week sales of any record in a very long time, hopefully you haven’t been distracted by the bright and shiny object.

SAG Stalemate Update

Digital Media Law

The SAG Board is meeting this weekend, and Variety suggests a proposed TV/theatrical deal might be presented to the Board then. What is known is that the SAG and AFTRA boards will spend part of the weekend meeting jointly to review the proposed commercials contract , a deal reached earlier this month between the two unions and the ad industry. Elected Los Angeles Officers and Board members will begin their terms July 1. The Screen Actors Guild stalemate grinds on.

TV Incentive Auction Moves Forward – FCC Estimates the Value of TV Stations and Clarifies the Interference Standard for Stations Who Remain After the Auction

Broadcast Law Blog

Those projected payments ranged from Los Angeles, where the FCC projected that the maximum that could be paid to a broadcaster for surrendering their license could be as much as $570,000,000, with the median value of a surrendered license being $340,000,000, to much smaller markets where the value, in the smallest television market of Glendive, Montana and in several smaller Alaska markets, where the FCC did not foresee any payments to TV broadcasters for surrendering their licenses.

Entertainment Law Update Podcast #46 – Top Ten Stories of 2013 – Forecast 2014

Gordon P. Firemark

Blancarte, the Labor Commissioner found that Los Angeles attorney James Blancarte had violated the Talent Agencies Act by “procuring employment” for his client, sports reporter Mario Solis, without a talent agent license.

Supreme Court Decides to Review Aereo – Why This is Not the New Betamax Case

Broadcast Law Blog

One newspaper editorial, from the Los Angeles Times , has suggested that this is a Betamax case for the 21 st century. The resolution of that issue will seemingly be crucial to Aereo’s case, as they would have a much tougher time meeting the fair use test used in Sony.

SAG Feels its Own Labor Pains

Digital Media Law

Negotiations between the actors guild and Teamsters Local 986, which represents more than 40 of SAG's Los Angeles-based business representatives, have gotten bumpy. After about a dozen meetings, the two sides are far apart, with the key sticking issues being wages and a SAG proposal to require the employees to arbitrate discrimination and sexual harassment claims rather than file them in court. Labor unrest is hitting SAG close to home.

IATSE and Teamsters Reach Mutual Assistance Pact

Digital Media Law

Teamsters Locals 399 (Los Angeles) and 817 (New York) represent motion picture and television drivers and others. Recent meetings (which I previously reported) between the leadership of the two labor organizations have led to closer ties. The International Brotherhood of Teamsters and the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees have entered into an agreement to work together toward common goals.

How Do We Know Driverless Cars Are Safe? Google Says ‘Trust Us’

Digital Media Law

Test plans, source code, design documents and more are required to be submitted, and the programming process itself has to meet certain standards. Jonathan Handel ( jhandel.com ) is an entertainment/technology attorney and journalist in Los Angeles.

Will SAG Strike? – Conference Call

Digital Media Law

There’ve been a lot of developments at SAG in the last few days: town hall meetings filled with members, many of whom in LA were pro-strike and in NY anti-strike; an anti-strike letter from A-list stars; an anti-strike op-ed in the LA Times; and more. There’s another town hall meeting in LA in a few hours.

ENTERTAINMENT LITIGATION: 2010 NINTH CIRCUIT JUDICIAL CONFERENCE

Entertainment Litigation Blog

He was likely focused on the business meetings that help shape how the courts in the Ninth Circuit try to do justice and the gathering of the three major aspects of the legal community -- judges, lawyers and law school professors. Everyone knew everyone else -- even in Los Angeles.

Speaking at LA County Bar Association

Gordon P. Firemark

The Details: Los Angeles County Bar Association’s Second Annual Small Firm and Solo Practitioner Conference , June 24-25. In this interactive session we will explore the buzz surrounding social networking and social media tools and how solo and small firms practitioners can effectively employ them to communicate with current clients; control your messaging as you reach out to new clients and the media; and to meet, network and collaborate with colleagues.

Reflections on the State of Radio - A Month of Discussions at The Radio Show, State Broadcasters Meetings and Digital Media Conferences

Broadcast Law Blog

And at the Digital Music Forum West in Los Angeles last week, I moderated a panel on music licensing issue for digital media companies. Tomorrow is here today, and it is time to take advantage of its opportunities, and meet its challenges. The NAB Radio Show in Washington two weeks ago was a upbeat reflection of the present state of the broadcast industry.

Nipper, the EFF and the Badges: Triangulating their master’s voice

Music Technology Policy

These emails provided further evidence that McLaughlin was meeting with various people from Google at Caribou Coffee across the street from the White House–the new swinging spot for the Coffee Generation to meet and greet.

SAG Moves towards Joint Bargaining with AFTRA

Digital Media Law

The margin was unexpected, since the board is almost evenly divided between factions that support joint bargaining (Unite for Strength and an independent in Los Angeles, and most or all members of the New York and regional boards) and a group (Membership First) that has generally expressed bitter opposition to joint bargaining under Phase One, a framework that gives SAG and AFTRA equal weight on the negotiating committee. The meeting adjourned just after 5:00 p.m.

SAG - Hardliners Successful

Digital Media Law

As of earlier this afternoon, a source inside the room tells me Membership First beat back the majority (composed of moderates) on the SAG Board and prevented passage of a resolution that would have removed Doug Allen as Chief Negotiator and dissolved the Negotiating Committee and rescinded the Strike Authorization Vote. Subscribe to my blog ( jhandel.com ) for more about SAG, or digital media law generally. Go to the blog itself to subscribe via RSS or email.

SAG No News Press Release

Digital Media Law

Here's the release: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE SCREEN ACTORS GUILD STATEMENT REGARDING NATIONAL BOARD ACTIONS OF JANUARY 26, 2009 Los Angeles (January 26, 2009) -- The Screen Actors Guild National Board of Directors by written assent today terminated the employment of Doug Allen and appointed former Guild general counsel David White to replace him as interim national executive director. SAG's out with a press release confirming what was first reported about 10 hours ago.

Should there be a rating system for “red flag” knowledge: How many DMCA notices are too many?

Music Technology Policy

Kind of like an Alexa.com meets Good Housekeeping for infringers? In Los Angeles, the city health department gives restaurants a rating card that is posted on the front door of the establishment. Update: In written testimony before the House Judiciary Committee on November 16, Google’s lobbyist acknowledged that “During 2010, we processed DMCA takedown notices for approximately three million items across all of our products.

WGA Candidates for President and Board Announced

Digital Media Law

If you work in tech, check out my new book How to Write LOIs and Term Sheets. ——————— WGA press release: WRITERS GUILD OF AMERICA , WEST ANNOUNCES CANDIDATES FOR 2009 OFFICERS AND BOARD OF DIRECTORS ELECTION LOS ANGELES – The Writers Guild of America, West’s Nominating Committee has announced its initial list of candidates for the 2009 WGAW Officers and Board of Directors election.

Should there be a rating system for “red flag” knowledge: How many DMCA notices are too many?

Music Technology Policy

Kind of like an Alexa.com meets Good Housekeeping for infringers? In Los Angeles, the city health department gives restaurants a rating card that is posted on the front door of the establishment. In a recent conversation I had with an attorney who has represented YouTube, I asked him a question that I now feel very safe in asking—does a million notice and takedowns sent to one service in 12-18 months constitute “red flag” knowledge?

How many DMCA notices are too many?

Music Technology Policy

Kind of like an Alexa.com meets Good Housekeeping for infringers? In Los Angeles, the city health department gives restaurants a rating card that is posted on the front door of the establishment. In a recent conversation I had with an attorney who has represented YouTube, I asked him a question that I now feel very safe in asking—does a million notice and takedowns sent to one service in 12-18 months constitute “red flag” knowledge?

SAG/AMPTP Reach Tentative Deal

Thompson On Hollywood

It is subject to review by the SAG national board of directors at an already-scheduled meeting/video conference in LA and NY this Sunday. The Screen Actors Guild and the AMPTP have reached a tentative agreement.

Entertainment Law Update Podcast Episode 14

Gordon P. Firemark

NOW | Los Angeles Times Last Month, the jury awarded Johnson $23.2 Los Angeles, says Madonna’s Material Girl line of clothing for Macy ’s breaches its trademark for the name. Meet the new Napster of television. In this Episode: follow ups. Letterman v. Phoenix?

The MTP Interview: Canadian Artist Suzana Barbosa Who Really Did #walkmilesformusic

Music Technology Policy

Suzana Barbosa is a Canadian artist who walked from Los Angeles to the Googleplex (well…not inside the Googleplex) and used her #walkmilesformusic campaign to call attention to the absurdly low streaming royalties that are cannibalizing sales.

London Calling For Outsourced Writing

DealFatigue

Here in Los Angeles, rep confusion abounds. go to meetings for the writer’s optioned property? With the WGA strike two weeks old tonight, the demand for quality writers (or near-acceptable substitutes) is getting acute.

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London Calling For Outsourced Writing

DealFatigue

Here in Los Angeles, rep confusion abounds. go to meetings for the writer’s optioned property? With the WGA strike two weeks old tonight, the demand for quality writers (or near-acceptable substitutes) is getting acute.

WGA 2

London Calling For Outsourced Writing

DealFatigue

Here in Los Angeles, rep confusion abounds. go to meetings for the writer’s optioned property? With the WGA strike two weeks old tonight, the demand for quality writers (or near-acceptable substitutes) is getting acute.

WGA 2