YouTube, Facebook and Moral Rights

Music Technology Policy

I was honored last year to have been asked to participate in a symposium on moral rights co-sponsored by the U.S. The symposium relates to the Copyright Office Study on the Moral Rights of Attribution and Integrit y. irespectmusic campaign Moral Rights

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Artist Rights are Human Rights

Music Technology Policy

Artists' rights are human rights. The human rights of artists is a different concept from intellectual property rights, such as copyright. This human right itself derives from the inherent dignity and worth of all persons.

Paul McCartney Sues Sony to Regain Rights to Beatles Songs

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Sony/ATV is the defendant and could be primed to make a defense similar to the one being used against Duran Duran. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Music Business THR Online

Music Rights in Video of Play – Entertainment Law Asked & Answered

Gordon P. Firemark

Scott asks a tricky question about music rights for video of a stage production… Hi, I’m attorney Gordon Firemark, and this is Asked and Answered, where I answer your entertainment law questions, to help you take your career and business to the next level.

Entertainment Law Asked & Answered – What are Separated Rights?

Gordon P. Firemark

In this Asked & Answered video, I answer a question about separated rights. The Separated Rights provision is One of the most frequently misunderstood parts of the writers Guild contract so stick around… I’ll do what I can to explain. What are Separated Rights?

Ennio Morricone Loses Bid to Reclaim Rights to Film Scores

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

A judge rules that under Italian law, his scores were created as works made for hire. read more. THR, Esq. Business Movies Music Business THR Online

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"Big Pimpin'" Legal Battle Centers on Moral Rights

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Does the Egyptian heir who considers "Big Pimpin'" a vulgar, misogynistic and offensive song have any recourse in U.S. courts? read more. THR, Esq. Music Music THR Online Jay Z Timbaland

'Price Is Right' Model's $7.7 Million Legal Win Wiped Out

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The Business The Price is Right THR, Esq. Thanks to bad jury instructions, a judge has ordered a new trial in Brandi Cochran's claims of pregnancy discrimination. read more. Television Business

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Paul McCartney Claims Sony Is Devaluing His Beatles Rights by Attempt to Delay Lawsuit

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

His lawyer also tells a judge that without resolution to his attempt to reclaim rights, McCartney would be exposing himself — and others — to liability.

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Feds Look to Seize 'Dumb and Dumber To' Rights and Leonardo DiCaprio's Art

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The government asserts that funding for Red Granite films came from stolen Malaysian funds and that Leonardo DiCaprio was gifted artwork purchased with embezzled money. The actor has already turned over a Marlon Brando Oscar. read more. THR, Esq. Business Movies Business THR Online International

Beware of Music in Your Podcasts – SoundExchange, ASCAP, BMI and SESAC Don’t Give You the Rights You Need

Broadcast Law Blog

One of the biggest reasons for the lack of music in podcasts has to do with rights issues, as the royalties paid to SoundExchange and even to ASCAP, BMI and SESAC don’t apply to traditional podcasts meant to be downloaded onto a digital audio recording device like an iPhone or any other smartphone. The rights that a broadcaster or digital music company gets from ASCAP, BMI and SESAC (commonly called the “PROs” or performing rights organizations ) deal with the public performance of music.

Paul McCartney Reaches Settlement With Sony/ATV in Beatles Rights Dispute

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The fight that was poised to be a landmark music battle has ended in a draw. read more. THR, Esq. Music Music THR Online

'Friday the 13th' Producer Points to Writers' Union Membership in Bid to Retain Franchise Rights

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Victor Miller, the original film's scriptwriter, is looking to reclaim rights, but will he be able to take the hockey-masked "Jason" with him? read more. THR, Esq. Business Movies Business THR Online Labor

Judge Agrees Broadcasters Have First Amendment Right to Refuse Advertisements

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

SiriusXM wins a lawsuit against a dating company as a result. read more. THR, Esq. Business Television Business THR Online

Judge Rules 'Krusty Krab' Restaurant Violates Viacom's 'SpongeBob' Rights

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

According to opinion, consumers would likely be confused that the defendant's joint is officially licensed like the Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Television Business THR Online

Rights of Publicity and Privacy in True Crime Stories – Entertainment Law Asked & Answered

Gordon P. Firemark

When you get into using people’s names, likenesses, and personas, you’re talking about either Rights of Publicity or Rights of Privacy. The Right of Publicity is recognized in about half of the US States, as well as some foreign countries. AUDIO: TRANSCRIPT: [link].

Warner Bros. Asserts First Amendment Right to Hunt Copyright Pirates

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The studio is facing a proposed class action lawsuit that alleges it has abused subpoenas and allowed representatives to make robocalls to cell phones demanding settlements. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Movies Tech Business THR Online

Effort to Free Civil Rights Anthem May Hinge on Difference Between "Will" and "Shall"

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Is the official narrative on the origins of "We Shall Overcome" one big lie? A judge will soon decide. read more. THR, Esq. Music Music Culture THR Online

Ennio Morricone Sues to Reclaim Rights to Film Scores

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

He wants a court to declare successful termination of a copyright grant against objections that three of his scores were created as works-made-for-hire. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Movies Music Business THR Online International

CBS Defends Right to Restrict Access to Online Streams

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

To hold otherwise, it tells the FCC, would risk broadcasters refusing to put content online in the first place. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Television Tech Business THR Online

The Weinstein Co. Sued Over Movie Rights to Stephen King's 'Children of the Corn'

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Who doesn't love a good intellectual property horror story? read more. THR, Esq. Business Movies Business THR Online

Having a Character in a Play Sing a Song (Grand Rights) – Entertainment Law Asked & Answered

Gordon P. Firemark

She would be performing it unaccompanied OR with very, very limited live accompaniment… My question is two fold: first, can I do this without obtaining rights? And, you guessed it, those are also exclusive rights of the copyright owner. AUDIO: TRANSCRIPT: [link].

Global Music Rights Takes Fire at Radio "Cartel"

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Dueling antitrust claims could shake the music industry. read more. THR, Esq. Music Music THR Online

New York Appeals Court Rules No Public Performance Rights in Pre-1972 Sound Recordings

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

In a big victory for SiriusXM and a major setback for owners of older sound recordings, a lower court's decision is reversed. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Music Business THR Online

After Supreme Court, MGM Settles 'Raging Bull' Rights Dispute

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

A deal announced in court on Friday ends a fight that lasted more than two decades. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Movies Business THR Online Martin Scorsese

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Performance Rights in Pre-1972 Sound Recordings Kicked to California Supreme Court

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Pandora is appealing a denied bid to escape a class action lawsuit. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Music Business THR Online

Tom Clancy's Widow Aims to Win Jack Ryan Character Rights in Lawsuit

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The dispute is more than 30 years in the making — ever since 'Hunt for Red October' came out and Clancy was told that he'd be committing copyright infringement if he used Jack Ryan again. read more. THR, Esq. Business Movies Television Business THR Online

'Spinal Tap' Lawsuit Now Seeks Confirmation That Creators Reclaimed Rights

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Is Vivendi sticking Harry Shearer with the bill for defending a profit participation lawsuit? read more. THR, Esq. Business Movies Music Business THR Online

Artist Rights are Human Rights

Music Technology Policy

December 10 is International Human Rights Day. For a variety of reasons, today is a good day to think about the state of human rights in general, and for me, in the professional creative community in particular. The recent history of the protection of creator rights is a fascinating story. These discussions frequently center on the intellectual property rights of copyright or patent accorded to creators but often assigned to private companies. human rights treaties.

TV Networks Hit With Antitrust Lawsuit Over NFL Rights Deals

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Plaintiffs say that CBS, NBC, Fox and ESPN are harming competition in the pro-football marketplace. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Television Business THR Online CBS DirecTV ESPN NBC NFL Sports

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Anne Hathaway Monster Movie Settles Lawsuit From Godzilla Rights Holders

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Toho alleged that producers of 'Colossal' were selling the film without regards to its intellectual property. read more. THR, Esq. Movies Movies Business THR Online

'Porky's' Rights Dispute Settled

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

A lawsuit over whether a cheap version of the 1982 comedy allowed a film producer to retain rights is now over. Good news for Howard Stern? read more. The Business Howard Stern Movies THR, Esq. Business

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Judge Confirms Warner Bros Owns 'Superman' Rights

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

However, the judge's ruling suggests that more litigation could be coming. read more. The Business Movies THR, Esq. Business

Publisher Seeks to Overcome Copyright Suit Over Famous Civil Rights Song

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The lawsuit seeks to put "We Shall Overcome" in the public domain and make defendants return fees collected for licensing the song. read more. THR, Esq. Music Music THR Online

Universal Tells 'Blurred Lines' Judge Not to Violate Its Seventh Amendment Right

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The right to a jury trial is the latest legal concept that gets blurred in this high-profile case. read more. THR, Esq. Music Music Business THR Online

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Viacom Sues Owner of "Krusty Krab" Restaurant for Violating 'SpongeBob' Rights

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The next Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.? read more. THR, Esq. The Business Television Business THR Online

Ray Charles' Children Win Lawsuit Over Song Rights Termination

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

In a year when record labels and song publishers are receiving termination notices, Ray Charles' children have prevailed in the first step in winning back song rights.

Sony Asserts Right to Structure Deal With Spotify Even If Results Disfavor Artists

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Taking equity in Spotify, keeping advertising income and not sharing the spoils of piracy lawsuits is all proper, according to new court papers by the record giant. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Music Business THR Online

Appeals Court Rules EMI's "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town" Rights Terminate Next Year

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Songwriter's heirs win hard-fought case over holiday classic. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Music Business THR Online

Music Rights and Licensing in Theatre (Free Webinar)

Gordon P. Firemark

This Friday, I’ll be presenting a webinar on music rights and licensing in theatre, Admission is free, and space is limited to 50 attendees. You’ll learn about the rights issues that arise in this area, and how to efficiently and effectively secure the permissions needed.