Judge Allows Michael Jackson's Ex-Manager to Amend Complaint Against Estate

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The late King of Pop's former manager says he's owed a share of gross receipts and a finder's fee for a Neverland Ranch bank loan. read more. THR, Esq. Music Music THR Online

Appeals Court: Book Publisher Must Face Self-Dealing Lawsuit

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Suing romance novelists believe that Harlequin used foreign subsidiaries to create artificially low net receipts on eBooks. read more. The Business THR Online THR, Esq. Books Business

A Cost-Imposing Law that may Indirectly Save Millions

The Legal Satyricon

The first major provision governs state contractors in receipt of confidential information received from the state. by Jay Marshall Wolman, CIPP/US This past June, the Connecticut General Assembly enacted Public Law No. 15-142, ostensibly to improve data security in the state. It follows on the heals of the Anthem Data Breach earlier this year. The second […].

Acrobat Reader’s Free Mobile Version Gets A Useful Scanning Tool

Media Law

Adobe is today releasing a new scanning tool built into its free Acrobat Reader app for iOS and Android mobile devices that lawyers should find useful for scanning documents, receipts, business cards and other paper. If you already have the Adobe Reader app, the scanning tool will be available as soon as you update it. […]. The post Acrobat Reader’s Free Mobile Version Gets A Useful Scanning Tool appeared first on Robert Ambrogi's LawSites. General Adobe

Taylor Swift Out of the Stream

Media Law Prof Blog

Taylor Swift has pulled her catalog from Spotify and other streaming outlets, apparently over problems with receipts of royalties. More here from the Guardian, here from Time Magazine (in an article which discusses Spotify''s attempt to respond to her concerns

David Bergstein now dancing with wolves

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

This one is over foreign receipts from the Oscar-winning film "Dances With Wolves." By Eriq Gardner Another day, another lawsuit involving David Bergstein. According to the lawsuit, filed this week in L.A. Superior Court, money was allegedly diverted to entities.

Hollywood Docket: MPAA vs. boxoffice exchange; Viacom on YouTube: 'A wonderful service'; Ted Turner's bison

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The MPAA is objecting to two proposed boxoffice futures commodities exchanges, arguing in a letter to regulators that gambling on movie receipts would tarnish the reputation and integrity of the industry. LAT] Here's a quote that came too late for.

New Bots From DoNotPay Includes One That Lets You Sue In Any Small Claims Court At The Press Of A Button

Media Law

Alternatively, if the user does not want to sue anyone right away, the app can analyze the user’s receipts stored in email and, based on the information it finds, display all the class action lawsuit settlements for which the user is eligible.

Copyright and Trademark Filings Still Accepted – Government Shut Down

Current Trends

If at all possible, use the eCo system to upload your deposit to insure the date of receipt of the deposit. The U.S. Copyright Office shut down at 12:00 am October 1, 2013. According to their website , new Copyright Applications may be filed via the online eCo system.

The Royalty Pool

Gordon P. Firemark

Until a few decades ago, in the mid 1980’s, the usual approach was that Authors and other creative personnel were paid a percentage of the Gross Weekly Box Office Receipts (“GWBOR”) from productions of the show. What is the Royalty Pool?

Domestic Distribution Part III, Home Video Formulas

Entertainment Law Resources Blog

The first deal allows the distributor to retain a percentage of Gross Receipts as a distribution fee, and to recoup certain designated marketing expenses from film revenues, with the remaining balance, if any, paid to the filmmaker. I will call this formula a “standard distribution deal,” although there is nothing standard about it except for the fact that these deals calculate the distributor’s fee as a percentage of Gross Receipts.

Production Services Agreements

Gordon P. Firemark

The Financier will have the right to takeover the production under certain circumstances, such as budget overruns, scheduling overruns, or upon receipt of certain warnings from the completion bond company.

Why productions like “Moneyball” get shelved.

Gordon P. Firemark

Last month, just hours before the scheduled start of production on Columbia Pictures’ “Moneyball&# , starring Brad Pitt and directed by Steven Soderbergh, the studio pulled the plug on production, putting the project into “limited turnaround&#.


Entertainment Litigation Blog

of the gross receipts of the film and any sequels and spinoffs. SETTLEMENT PROMPTED BY CHRISTMAS EVE RULING Certain details of the settlement between Fox and Warner Bros. over the "Watchmen" movie have been reported since my post yesterday on the end of the litigation between the studios.

'Star Trek' boldly debuts on most-pirated list

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

By Eriq Gardner "Star Trek" opened Friday to great reviews and solid box office receipts. Now, predictably, the movie has gone where plenty of blockbusters have gone before: onto torrent channels. The film places in the Top 10 of the.

Sean Spicer publicly slammed ProPublica and they responded with a must-read flurry of damning facts

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

ProPublica replied with a flurry of damning facts, bringing all the receipts and it is going viral for great reason. At a White House press briefing, Press Secretary Sean Spicer responded to a question about a report in ProPublica that shows Donald Trump made changes to his business trust after taking office.

Reminder: Electronic Registration of Designated Agent for DMCA Safe-Harbor Take-Down Notices Due at Copyright Office by December 31

Broadcast Law Blog

Having a current and effective registration for the receipt of take-down notices is necessary for a service to claim a safe-harbor under Section 512 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act against claims of infringing content posted on the service by third parties.

Opinion | We Don’t Need No Education - The New York Times

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

This means that when tax receipts plunge, the conservatives running many states can’t do what Trump and his allies in Congress are doing at the federal level — simply let the budget deficit balloon.

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Manage Service of Process via The Cloud

Media Law

When the service is complete, you receive an electronic proof of service and an itemized receipt. As soon as you approve the receipt, ServeCentral pays the process server.

'Cruel Summer' campaign video removed

Copyrights & Campaigns

of the time, they take it down" upon receipt of a notice, according to Asci. "We The video from Congressional candidate Sean Mahoney (R-NH) that featured the Bananarama hit " Cruel Summer " has been removed from several web video sites, apparently by the campaign itself.

SAG National Executive Director Firing – How it Went Down

Digital Media Law

Upon receipt of this document, he is to cease and desist in all work on behalf of this union. The SAG board’s moderate majority fired National Executive Director Doug Allen today by using a document signed by board members and called a “written assent.” Much to my surprise, Allen chose not to fight and instead emailed the SAG staff acknowledging that he had been terminated and saying goodbye. A copy of the email is below.

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Entertainment Law Resources Blog

In these deals, "Gross Receipts" has been defined and calculated on the revenue received by the sub-label after the parent company has deducted its fees and expenses. A well-drawn contract will carefully define "Gross Receipts" as the wholesale price which is the amount remitted from the home video buyers, and not the amount remitted to the sub-label. In my last article I discussed foreign sales agents and their role in the distribution of independent films.


Entertainment Litigation Blog

To come within that safe harbor, "service providers" like YouTube and MySpace need to implement procedures to block and remove allegedly infringing material upon receipt of a "takedown notice" from a copyright holder. HOW THE DIGITAL MILLENNIUM COPYRIGHT ACT (DMCA) PITS WEBSITES AGAINST TRADITIONAL MEDIA COMPANIES The growing power and influence of the internet presents a different kind of challenge to traditional media companies.

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@stuartdredge finds Google Can’t Control YouTube Music Announcements–But they want to run the Copyright Office?

Music Technology Policy

Your receipt for your first payment is below.”. The great myth of Google is that they are the gold standard in technology. MTP readers might have a different idea of Google’s gold standard–the gold standard in corporate coverups.

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California Court Declines to Dismiss Illinois Facial Recognition/Biometric Privacy Suit against Facebook on Standing Grounds

New Media and Technology Law

This injury is worlds away from the trivial harm of a mishandled zip code or credit card receipt. This past week, a California district court again declined Facebook’s motion to dismiss an ongoing litigation involving claims under the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act , 740 Ill. Comp Stat. 14/1 (“BIPA”), surrounding Tag Suggestions, its facial recognition-based system of photo tagging.

U.S. Dept. of Commerce Releases Multistakeholder Guidance on DMCA Notice and Takedown Best Practices

New Media and Technology Law

Providing confirmation of receipt of a notice or counter-notice that includes a method for referencing past notices in further communications. On Tuesday, the U.S. of Commerce’s Internet Policy Task Force released a guidance containing a list of best practices (and notable “bad” practices), all designed to improve the DMCA’s notice and takedown system for both senders and recipients of notices [See “ DMCA Notice-and-Takedown Processes: List of Good, Bad, and Situational Practices ”].


Summary by Congressional Research Service of Fair Play, Fair Pay Act #irespectmusic

Music Technology Policy

As MTP readers will know, we got the exciting news that Reps. Jerry Nadler and Marsha Blackburn have introduced the Fair Play, Fair Pay act, which is the legislation creating the right for artist to be paid for radio play.


Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

Respondent Lopez-Mendoza unsuccessfully objected to being summoned to the deportation hearing following his allegedly unlawful arrest by an Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) agent, but he did not object to the receipt in evidence of his admission, after the arrest, of illegal entry into this country. Relevant Case law setting guideline limits to ICE searches an seizures of undocumented aliens. United States Supreme CourtINS v. LOPEZ-MENDOZA, (1984)No.

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Please allow me to introduce myself…Shareholder Suit against Google filed Over Drug Sting

Music Technology Policy

Ram Shriram, Shirley M Tilghman ( Filing fee $ 350, receipt number 34611064016). COMPLAINT (Summons Issued); jury demand; against Nikesh Arora, Sergey Brin, L. John Doerr, Google, Inc., Paul S Otellini, Larry Page, Patrick Pichette, Eric E Schmidt, K. Filed by Patricia M McKenna. (bw, bw, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 8/29/2011) (Entered: 08/30/2011). Summons Issued as to Nikesh Arora, Sergey Brin, L. John Doerr, Google, Inc., Paul S Otellini, Larry Page, Patrick Pichette, Eric E Schmidt, K.

Please allow me to introduce myself…Shareholder Suit against Google filed

Music Technology Policy

Ram Shriram, Shirley M Tilghman ( Filing fee $ 350, receipt number 34611064016). COMPLAINT (Summons Issued); jury demand; against Nikesh Arora, Sergey Brin, L. John Doerr, Google, Inc., Paul S Otellini, Larry Page, Patrick Pichette, Eric E Schmidt, K. Filed by Patricia M McKenna. (bw, bw, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 8/29/2011) (Entered: 08/30/2011). Summons Issued as to Nikesh Arora, Sergey Brin, L. John Doerr, Google, Inc., Paul S Otellini, Larry Page, Patrick Pichette, Eric E Schmidt, K.



In April, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) approved the creation of markets for trading box office futures, essentially contracts investors can buy or sell based on individual films’ box office receipts.

Don’t Stop ’til You Get Enough


She was granted this temporary allowance pending receipt of the proceeds of his estate. Money, that is. It seems the Jackson clan cannot get enough of the late pop icon’s money.

Guest Post: @JanitaArtist’s #IRespectMusic Interview for Forbes That Forbes Refused to Publish

Music Technology Policy

I was informed that following the receipt of my answers, the reporter had suddenly “passed” on her own interview with me.

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Self Defense Checklist

Entertainment Law Resources Blog

In addition, the filmmaker should have a lien on the filmmaker’s share of the gross receipts derived from the film. REMEDIES: A filmmaker should be given at least three years from receipt of a financial statement, or from discovery of an accounting error, to object. Here is a summary of some of the most important ways film¬makers can protect their interests: 1. OBTAIN ALL PROMISES IN WRITING. Don’t accept oral assurances from a producer or studio executive.

Hollywood Labor: SAG Source Says a Strike Unlikely, Joint SAG-AFTRA Bargaining Likely; and the Year Ahead

Digital Media Law

After the fixed residual period, the contract specifies a percentage of gross receipts. A SAG strike in the upcoming negotiating cycle is “difficult to envision,” a source from SAG’s moderate faction, Unite for Strength, told me, though he/she cautioned that avoiding one will require that management negotiate reasonably and he/she wouldn’t take the strike option off the table (as, indeed, no union could).

In Clickwrap Data Pass Contract Dispute, Second Circuit Sacks E-mail Notice of Post-Transaction Terms

New Media and Technology Law

The first possibility is that the agreement between the parties, including the terms and conditions including the arbitration provision, became effective only after the receipt of the e-mail by the plaintiffs and their failure to cancel their memberships. Further, because of the ease with which the consumer was able to enroll in the program, the receipt of the e-mail was unlikely to “raise a red flag” to alert the consumer to the proffer of legally significant terms.


Entertainment Law Resources Blog

The distributor receives 48% to 63% of box office receipts, with more receipts earning the distributor a larger percentage. The filmmaker, in turn, retains all the box office receipts. The goal for many filmmakers is nothing less than to see their film shown in a theater. Theatrical distributors typically advance all marketing and distribution costs and, for highly desirable films, may provide the producer with an advance payment or minimum guarantee ("MG").

Must-carry or Retransmission Consent? Television Stations Must Notify Cable and Satellite Operators by October 1st

Broadcast Law Blog

stations must send a written election notice to the cable systems and satellite providers in their market via certified mail, return receipt requested. Just a reminder that by October 1, Television stations must once again make their triennial carriage elections.

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DISTRIBUTION 101 – Foreign Sales Agents

Entertainment Law Resources Blog

Chinese b ox-office receipts hit a record $1.5 LIMITATION ON ACTION: The filmmaker should have at least three years from receipt of any financial statement, or discovery of any accounting irregularity, whichever is later, to contest accounting errors and file a Demand for Arbitration. With the start of the Festival De Cannes and accompanying Marche Du Film, one is reminded that film is both an art form and a business.

Be on the Alert for EAS Tones in Non-Emergency Situations – Big FCC Fines for These Violations and Other EAS Issues

Broadcast Law Blog

It is the broadcaster’s responsibility to have an operating EAS system to conduct the required tests of the system, to monitor the system for the receipt of the required weekly tests, and to keep records of the tests in the station’s log. The FCC has recently staked out a policy that the any use of EAS tones, or tones that sound like those alerts, outside of a real emergency, will lead to big fines.

Recession Boxoffice Surge

Thompson On Hollywood

Box office receipts are on the up and up. Well, the movie industry doesn't mind that audiences are returning to theaters in droves during a recession. It's obviously good news all around. But David Poland debunks the NYT's recession "hype."

Polio as a Child, Man

Music Technology Policy

His coffee table was a complete mass of pieces of paper, receipts, fan mags, and one day a check for about $30,000 in royalties that I happened to notice underneath a mass of crap. Kim Fowley died on January 15. There are a lot of people who really despised Kim but I’m not one.

No VPPA Liability for Disclosure of Certain Anonymous Digital Identifiers

New Media and Technology Law

Despite some statutory ambiguity, the Third Circuit agreed with sister courts in stating that liability is limited to the prohibition against disclosure of PII, not to the receipt of PII.