Lynyrd Skynyrd Members Head to Trial Over Plane Crash Movie

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Newly unsealed court documents reveal a dispute emanating from a "blood oath" taken upon the plane crash that befell the 1970s band. read more. THR, Esq. Business Movies Television Business THR Online

Vivendi Demands Spinal Tap Members Be Ousted From Lawsuit "Absurdly" Claiming $400M in Damages

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The conglomerate offers a "reality check" to Harry Shearer's claim over contingent profits and also states he has no termination rights because his co-written material was a work-for-hire. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Movies Music Business THR Online

Disney Board Members Facing Shareholder Lawsuit Over Anti-Poaching Pacts

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg are among the defendants. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Movies Business THR Online

Can Allegedly Raped 'Real World' Star Beat MTV's Strict Cast-Member Contract?

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Eriq Gardner Cast member Tonya Cooley alleges in a lawsuit that she was victim of sexual harassment during a show trip to Thailand. Cooley believes MTV violated employment laws by encouraging the behavior and retaliating against her, but is a reality TV star really a network employee?

WGA Sends Studio Deal to Members

Digital Media Law

The ratification vote will take place in April, before the existing contract's May 1 expiration. Details: The Hollywood Reporter. On a separate note, I will be speaking at Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles on April 12 at 7:30 p.m. as part of the school's "A Conversation With" series. The subject is "The Past, Present and Future of Hollywood Unions." I'll also be discussing my new book “Hollywood on Strike!,” available on Amazon (also in a Kindle edition).

WGA West Alerts Members to Non-Compliant Producer (Exclusive)

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Jonathan Handel The producer and some of his companies are on the guild’s strike list. In an apparent first, the union has emailed an advisory regarding some of his other, non-struck companies. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Business Labor THR exclusive

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SAG-AFTRA Members Ratify Netcode Deal

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The deal was approved by 96.5 percent read more. The Business THR Online THR, Esq. Television SAG-AFTRA Labor Business

AFTRA Members Okay Agreement With Networks

Media Law Prof Blog

From the Hollywood Reporter: AFTRA members have overwhelmingly okayed a contract with the four major networks that covers daytime programming, unscripted (reality) shows, and late night tv. Among the provisions--a two percent wage increase. The agreement runs for nearly three

AFTRA Investigation Finds No Misconduct by Board Member Over SAGWatch Site

Digital Media Law

The union's outside counsel determines that David Browde did not violate non-disparagement or confidentiality rules and is not an owner or editor of the site. Details: The Hollywood Reporter. 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.

Dispute Erupts Among Members of Popular '90s Band Live

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Original lead singer Ed Kowalczyk is sued for $2 million for continuing to use the band name after leaving the group in 2009. read more. THR, Esq. Music Music Business

Spotify Hit With Two Lawsuits Claiming "Staggering" Copyright Infringement

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The plaintiffs, including a founding member of the group Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, call the streaming giant's recent $43 million settlement with publishers and songwriters an "empty gesture."

Washington Post: Trump Seeks Advice On Pardoning Himself, Family Members.

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

The Kingston Trio's Trademark Sparks Legal Battle of the Bands

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The son of one of the band's founding members says he paid $100K for a 10-year exclusive license. read more. THR, Esq. Music Music THR Online

Three Ex-Members of Bay City Rollers Denied in Royalty Collection Attempt

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

A new appellate ruling is the latest development in a marathon dispute involving the band once heralded as the biggest group since The Beatles. read more. Music THR, Esq

MTV Settles Lawsuit With 'Real World' Cast Member Who Alleged Rape (Exclusive)

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Tonya Cooley had alleged that she was sent home after she complained of being sexually abused by other castmembers. In its response, Viacom said she was "rowdy, combative (and) flirtatious" on the "The Ruins." read more. THR, Esq. Television MTV The Real World Business

Senate Leaders Try to Appease Members as Support for Health Bill Slips - The New York Times

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"WASHINGTON — Senate Republican leaders scrambled Sunday to rally support for their health care bill as opposition continued to build inside and outside Congress, and as several Republican senators questioned whether it would be approved this week.

Africa Bambaataa and Soulsonic Force Seek to Reclaim 'Planet Rock' from Record Label

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Two members of the group exploit the termination provision under copyright law. read more. THR, Esq. Music Music THR Online

AFTRA board member accused of running SAGWatch

Digital Media Law

For details, see my THR piece: [link]. ——————. 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. Or, follow me on Twitter or friend me on Facebook. If you work in tech, check out my book How to Write LOIs and Term Sheets

Academy Invites New Members, Oscar Host Jackman

Thompson On Hollywood

The Academy has invited 134 new members, many of them long overdue, from actor Hugh Jackman--who wasn't a member when he hosted the Oscars on February 22--and producer Paula Wagner to directors Danny Boyle and Henry Selick, execs Daniel Battsek and Joe Drake, and writers John August and Howard A.

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Universal Sued Over Tom Cruise Film by Family of Slain DEA Informant

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The lawsuit says the studio made a $350,000 deal with the wrong family members. read more. THR, Esq. Movies Movies Business THR Online

Beyonce Sued for Allegedly Lifting Short Film to Create 'Lemonade' Trailer

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The plaintiff — a creative director at a news station — claims that a member of the pop superstar's team has acknowleged seeing his work. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Television Music Business THR Online

Is This Christian Campus Group Purging LGBT Sympathetic Members? - The Daily Beast

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"nterVarsity, one of the largest Christian presences on campuses, shocked members with a hardline stance on LGBT issues that many interpreted as a step to purging its ranks. Is This Christian Campus Group Purging LGBT Sympathetic Members? -

MPAA Wins $10.5 Million and Injunction in MovieTube Lawsuit

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The member studios now will try to figure out who operated the streaming sites. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Movies Tech Business THR Online MPAA Avengers: Age of Ultron

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Boy Scouts to accept openly gay members | MSNBC

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

Boy Scouts to accept openly gay members | MSNBC

HAAM Members Need to Re-Enroll by January 31!

Music Technology Policy

If you are a member of the Austin music community and get your health coverage through the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians (“HAAM”) listen up! If you not yet a member of HAAM you can apply. HAAM says: We are currently accepting new Member applications.

Creedence Clearwater Members Sue John Fogerty Over Use of Band's Name

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Former band members are now on the offensive against Fogerty read more. Music THR Online THR, Esq

Hollywood Studios Defend Freedom to Have Smoking in Movies Rated Suitable for Children

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In response to a class-action lawsuit, MPAA members raise the First Amendment flag and warn of forced R ratings for movies with soda and fatty foods.

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MN Bar Returns to Fastcase, Six Months After Switching to Casemaker

Media Law

In their ongoing competition to win over bar associations as the legal-research member benefit, Fastcase is starting 2017 with an unprecedented victory over Casemaker. Just six months after the Minnesota State Bar Association left Fastcase and switched to Casemaker, it is going back to Fastcase in response to demand by its members. “Our members offered […].

In Lawsuit, Fox News Demands No Sharing of Clips Until 72 Hours After Broadcast

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The cable news channel also wants the many prominent members of TVEyes' service to sign click-wrap agreements. And much, much more. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Television Tech Business THR Online

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FCC to Eliminate Need for Social Security Numbers from Board Members of Noncommercial Licensees for Biennial Ownership Report

Broadcast Law Blog

The third item, also related to noncommercial licensees, is the resolution of the long-simmering dispute about whether or not to require that those individuals with attributable interests in noncommercial broadcast stations – officers and board members – to provide their Social Security Numbers or other personal information to the FCC to obtain an FCC Registration Number – an FRN. Their officers and board members don’t have an economic interest in the business success of the station.

Hollywood Docket: Lumineers Ex-Member; Rocky Top, Tennessee; 'Rambo Knives'

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A roundup of entertainment law news including a victory for American cities that wish to change their names to song titles. read more. The Business Music THR Online THR, Esq. The Lumineers Business

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'Grey’s Anatomy' Crew Member Sues Claiming Gender Discrimination

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Timothy Day files a lawsuit in Los Angeles against ABC and Disney claiming he was wrongfully terminated from his longtime job for complaining about actions by the director of photography. read more. THR Online THR, Esq. Television

WGA Members Okay Three Year Contract With AMPTP

Media Law Prof Blog

The Writers Guild (WGA) membership has voted to ratify a three year contract with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP). The vote was overwhelmingly in favor of the new deal: 98.5 percent yes to 1.5 Provisions

Rolling Stone Sued For $25M By Fraternity Implicated in Rape Story

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The lawsuit from the University of Virginia frat joins cases from three former members and the associate dean of the university. read more. THR, Esq. Culture Culture Business THR Online

Hollywood Studios Win Landmark Court Victory Blocking Popcorn Time Sites

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A High Court Justice in England makes a decision to cut off access even after finding problems with MPAA member arguments. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Movies Television Tech Business THR Online

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Calling Cabal Members

Music Technology Policy

Please respond if you are a member of Professor Pamela Samuelson's copyright cabal, we're trying to get invited to the next meeting

Does Interference with Someone Filming a Documentary About Police Interaction with Gang Members in Public Violate the Rights Afforded to that Person Under the NJ or the U.S. Constitutions?

Film and Television Law Blog

On several occasions, a police officer (“Defendant”) made Plaintiff stop filming public encounters between the police and gang members. For example, on one occasion Plaintiff went to the Trenton Public Library to film a police investigation regarding a meeting between gang members on its premises.

Does Interference with Someone Filming a Documentary About Police Interaction with Gang Members in Public Violate the Rights Afforded to that Person Under the NJ or the U.S. Constitutions?

Film and Television Law Blog

 On several occasions, a police officer (“Defendant”) made Plaintiff stop filming public encounters between the police and gang members.   For example, on one occasion Plaintiff went to the Trenton Public Library to film a police investigation regarding a meeting between gang members on its premises.

Indie Rock Disputes: Expelling Band Members Isn't Easy

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

New lawsuit says Gogol Bordello''s singer absconded with half-a-million dollars. Plus, an update on the former Ariel Pink drummer who is suing after being ousted. read more. Music THR, Esq

The Cavalier Daily :: University student, Honor Committee member Martese Johnson arrested

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

Martese Johnson, a third-year student in the College and a member of the Honor Committee and Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity, was arrested around 12:45 a.m. The Cavalier Daily :: University student, Honor Committee member Martese Johnson arrested