Power Lawyers: How 'Star Wars' Nerds Sold Lucasfilm to Disney

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Power Lawyers Star Wars George Lucas Business With $4 billion in the balance, Skadden Arps'' Brian McCarthy sorted through decades of complex rights deals. read more. Home Movies THR, Esq.

Disney Fights Unlicensed 'Star Wars,' 'Frozen' Characters at Children's Birthday Parties

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The guy who runs Characters for Hire isn't giving into the force. read more. THR, Esq. Business Movies Business THR Online

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'Star Wars' Director Rian Johnson Sued By Ex-Agent For Commissions

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The director's former agent, Brian Dreyfuss, claims that he's owed a 10 percent commission from Johnson for 'Star Wars: Episode VIII.' read more. THR, Esq. Movies Movies THR Online

'Star Wars' Model-Maker Sues Ex-Employees For Stealing Trade Secrets

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Two long-time employees of iconic model-maker Grant McCune stole a key client and proprietary information before leaving to form a competing company, according to the lawsuit. read more. THR Online THR, Esq. Movies Movies

Judge Explores Boundaries of Authorship With Nods to 'Star Wars,' Spike Lee and 'Love Actually'

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Modded video games get likened to movies in a tour de force of legal writing. read more. THR, Esq. Business Movies Tech Business THR Online

AMC Theaters Blamed for Depriving Spanish-Only Moviegoers of 'Star Wars'

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Theatrical giants face antitrust lawsuits — and litigants attempt to use the power of the force. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Movies Business THR Online

Appeals Court Upholds Injunction Against VidAngel's Streaming Service

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"Star Wars is still Star Wars, even without Princess Leia’s bikini scene," states the opinion. read more. THR, Esq. Business Movies Tech Business THR Online

'Star Wars' Model-Maker Sues Ex-Employees For Stealing Trade Secrets

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Two long-time employees of iconic model-maker Grant McCune stole a key client and proprietary information before leaving to form a competing company, according to the lawsuit. read more. THR, Esq. Movies Movies THR Online

Disney's Lucasfilm Sues Academy That Teaches People How to Use Lightsabers

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A lawsuit contends it's a violation of various 'Star Wars' trademarks. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Movies Business THR Online

Lawyer Mind Tricks

The Legal Satyricon

by Jay Marshall Wolman, CIPP/US Like many of you, I saw Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens. Star Wars exists in a galaxy where they have […]. culture misc cyber security force awakens slavery star wars theftI’m a lawyer and had law-oriented thoughts. This post contains spoilers, so scroll past this image: and this one: OK, that should be far enough. Cyber Security.

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Star Wars Trilogy Retold by Teenager

Thompson On Hollywood

This retelling of the Star Wars Trilogy made me smile. Star Wars: Retold (by someone who hasn't seen it) from Joe Nicolosi on Vimeo. Tags: Star Wars Star Wars Trilogy

Hollywood Hologram Wars: Vicious Legal Feud Behind Virtual Mariah, Marilyn and Mick

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

From Homer Simpson to Jimmy Kimmel to Disney's upcoming 'Star Wars' movie, Hollywood’s new technology already is transmitting stars to multiple spots and reviving ones long gone.

Hayden Christensen's Lawsuit Against USA Tossed Out by Judge

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Kimberly Nordyke The "Star Wars" actor and his brother had sued the network over its "Royal Pains" series. read more. THR, Esq. Television Television Hayden Christensen USA Network

George Lucas’ Lawsuit Over Stormtrooper Costumes Goes to U.K. Supreme Court

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Stuart Kemp The 'Star Wars' creator argues prop designer Andrew Ainsworth doesn’t have the rights to sell the replica suits. read more. THR, Esq. Movies Home George Lucas

The chaebols: Samsung and LG's 50-year 'star wars' - CNET

Communications And Entertainment Law Blog

The chaebols: Samsung and LG''s 50-year ''star wars'' - CNET Samsung and LG had some uncharacteristically warm words for each other during this year''s Mobile World Congress trade show. Samsung co-CEO JK Shin commended the LG Watch Urbane, while LG''s mobile boss Juno Cho in turn praised Samsung''s new Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge smartphones. The rarity likely occurred because the two companies weren''t launching competing products for once.

Regal Responds to D.C. Theater Monopoly Suit

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Landmark claims Regal threatened to nationally boycott films, including 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens,' if a distributor licensed that film to the Atlantic Plumbing theater in Washington, D.C.

Disney Can't Be Forced Into Licensing 'Star Wars' Flying Car

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On Wednesday, the entertainment giant beat a lawsuit claiming it was "stalling the next evolution of human transportation on this planet." read more. The Business Movies THR Online THR, Esq. Tech Heat Vision Business

LucasFilm Sues for Infringment of Star Wars Toys

Current Trends

al for the manufacture and distribution of unauthorized merchandise that are remarkable similar to authorized STAR WARS branded toys. Lucas alleges EZ2FLY advertised and sold a replica of the STAR WARS X-WING STARFIGHTER online and at trade shows, titled as “X-WING.&# The plaintiffs also allege the STAR WARS theme music was played in connection with advertising for the products. Lucasfilm, Ltd. and Lucasfilm Entertainment Company, Ltd.

Hayden Christensen claims USA stole his idea for 'Royal Pains'

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Hayden Christensen, Anakin Skywalker in the "Star Wars" prequels, is suing USA Network over "Royal Pains," saying the cable network ripped off his. By Eriq Gardner Not even Darth Vader has the power to stop alleged idea theft in Hollywood.

'Star Wars' stormtrooper costumes not artistic, says court

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

By Eriq Gardner George Lucas should have used the Force rather than lawyers to pursue a British designer who sculpted the original Stormtropper helmets in the first "Star Wars" film. A British appeals court has ruled that these helmets are.

Hollywood Docket: Stormtrooper uniform 'art'; George Clooney peacemaker?; Gershwin family fight

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Entertainment law news this morning: Lucasfilm continues to pursue a British designer who sculpted the Stormtrooper helmets in the first "Star Wars" film. Last year, a British court ruled that Andrew Ainsworth had violated Lucas's U.S. copyright by selling replicas.

Hollywood Docket: Labels settle with Project Playlist; Don Johnson in court; 'Star Wars' kid

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Universal Music Group and Warner Music Group have settled a lawsuit with Project Playlist over accusations of facilitating piracy. Terms of the settlement have not been released but Playlist.com will be able to now offer music from three of the.

Trademark for Album Titles – Entertainment Law Asked & Answered

Gordon P. Firemark

AUDIO: TRANSCRIPT: [link]. Should you register a trademark for your album title? 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.

Storming the Courts: Lucasfilm and Copyright Infringement in Foreign Courts

Media Law Prof Blog

Joost Blom, University of British Columbia Faculty of Law, has published Star Wars Storm Troopers, the Next Episode: Lucasfilm in the United Kingdom Supreme Court at 24 Intellectual Property Journal 15 (December 2011). Here is the abstract. George Lucas's production

Lucasfilm Can’t Block Pornographic “Star Wars” Parody

Entertainment Law Resources Blog

September 13, 2002 Lucasfilm Can’t Block Pornographic “Star Wars” Parody In a brief decision, U.S. s attempt to block distribution of an animated, pornographic parody of “Star Wars.” District Court Judge Claudia Wilken thwarted Lucasfilm Ltd.’s Lucasfilm had tried for a preliminary injunction against Media Market Group, producer or distributor of the porn parody “Starballz,” claming trademark dilution, copyright infringement and trademark infringement.

Lucasfilm Can’t Block Pornographic “Star Wars” Parody

Entertainment Law Resources Blog

September 13, 2002 Lucasfilm Can’t Block Pornographic “Star Wars” Parody In a brief decision, U.S. s attempt to block distribution of an animated, pornographic parody of “Star Wars.” District Court Judge Claudia Wilken thwarted Lucasfilm Ltd.’s Lucasfilm had tried for a preliminary injunction against Media Market Group, producer or distributor of the porn parody “Starballz,” claming trademark dilution, copyright infringement and trademark infringement.

Gone with the Wind Knocks Titanic Off B.O. Chart, Dark Knight Leads Flickchart Rankings

Thompson On Hollywood

top box office list, along with Star Wars , The Sound of Music and E.T.: This reminds me of my current revelations on Flickchart , a new ranking site that doesn't ask you to rate movies with stars. 1939 2 Star Wars Fox $1,278.9 2008 3 Star Wars Fox $461.0

Revenge of the Trip: Lessig gets it wrong again

Music Technology Policy

[Editor Charlie says: Today "Star Wars: Phantom Menace" crossed $1 billion in worldwide box office. In his continuing quest to undermine the interests of copyright owners, Professor Lessig is at it again with his op-ed: Lucasfilm’s Phantom Menace in which he takes on Lucasfilm and George Lucas for the rules they established for allowing users to “remix” some Star Wars footage with other works. Lessig must think that Star Wars is in dire need of resuscitation.

Have two free hours?

The Legal Satyricon

DeVoy Check out this review of Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. Yes, it is a 110-minute-long review of the crappiest Star Wars prequel, evinced by the merely 90-minute review of Episode II: The Clone Wars and 70-minute dissection of Episode I: The Phantom Menace.

Broken Windows

DealFatigue

the latest incarnation of any Apple product or Star Wars sequel). Fred Wilson wrote a piece on his blog today complaining about the film business ’ distribution model.

Ghostbusters is the Greatest Film Ever Made (???)

The Legal Satyricon

Caitlin Moran argues that Ghostbusters, not Star Wars, is the greatest film ever made. Personally I don’t think too much of Star Wars either… before we get to her logic, lets get this marvelous piece of writing out of the way. What art should be about,” they will say, “is [.].

Would you buy a LucasFilm cease and desist letter?

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

By Eriq Gardner LucasFilm recently served a Hong-Kong manufacturer of a handheld laser with a cease-and-desist letter for selling an item it claimed was too close in resemblance to its trademark lightsabers from "Star Wars." Now, the Hong-Kong company is.

Zorro sues over masked M&Ms character

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Promotions have included M&Ms dressed as characters from "Star Wars,". By Eriq Gardner Colorful button-shaped candies are both delicious and litigious. Mars Company, maker of M&Ms, has for years been dressing up the bite-sized candies as colorful characters in ads.

Guest Post: If Not PROTECT IP, Then What, When and How? By Robert Levine

Music Technology Policy

Even remixes depend on mixes – that hilarious YouTube show about Chad Vader wouldn’t work if George Lucas hadn’t created Star Wars. For the past decade, ever since Napster changed the world of digital distribution, we’ve been telling ourselves a story about big businesses trying to fight little people, old companies trying to block new ideas, the past trying to stop the future.

Revenge of the Trip: Lessig gets it wrong again

Music Technology Policy

[Editor Charlie says: As of Christmas Day (7 days in release) “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” has grossed $890 million in worldwide box office. “How In his continuing quest to undermine the interests of copyright owners, Professor Lessig is at it again with his op-ed: Lucasfilm’s Phantom Menace in which he takes on Lucasfilm and George Lucas for the rules they established for allowing users to “remix” some Star Wars footage with other works.

My debate with Bill Patry continues

Copyrights & Campaigns

AP , the copyright status of a hypothetical unauthorized Star Wars sequel, and whether it was the Jews or the Greeks who popularized the habit of answering a question with another question (wherein we pit Barney Frank against Socrates). Just a reminder that my friendly debate with Bill Patry continues at his blog. Recent installments include back-and-forth on such topics of Fairey v.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Will Open Huge

Thompson On Hollywood

1, Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith , No. 9 Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones · No.

Pandora’s Spin Machine Trading on Ambiguities Again

Music Technology Policy

It easily beat competition from a new Justin Bieber song, smashed a record recently set by Taylor Swift , and has already been viewed on YouTube far more times than the Star Wars trailer released a week ago. In case you missed it (and US readers probably have better things to do today as it’s the Thanksgiving holiday here), Pandora is apparently feeding stories to the business press with that special level of duplicitousness we have come to expect from P.

WGA Awards Fete Slumdog, Milk, Mad Men, 30 Rock

Digital Media Law

Controversially, among other awards was one for videogame writing (to Star Wars: The Force Unleashed ). Slumdog Millionaire continued its winning streak this awards season, with Simon Beaufoy winning the 2009 Writers Guild of America award this evening for adapted screenplay.

Monday Morning JETLawg

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George Lucas sends cease-and-desist letter to Hong Kong company claiming new high-tech product looks to much like famed Star Wars lightsaber.