Recorded before a studio audience: ELU66

Gordon P. Firemark

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Major Studios, Streamers Win Early Battle in War with TickBox

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The court ordered TickBox to maintain certain changes it made to its user interface and advertising after the studios sued. read more. THR, Esq. THR, Esq. Tech Tech THR Online

Major Studios, Streamers Declare Legal War on TickBox

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

"What TickBox actually sells is nothing less than illegal access to Plaintiffs’ copyrighted content," a lawyer for the studios and streamers says. read more. THR, Esq. Movies Movies THR Online

Hollywood Studios Win Injunction Against Streamer VidAngel

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

VidAngel gives users the ability to filter language, nudity and violence from films and television shows. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Tech Business THR Online

'RoboCop' Studio Settles Dispute With Security Firm

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Details of the settlement are scarce, but it appears Orion Pictures and RoboCopp LLC have agreed to put down their legal weapons. read more. THR, Esq. Movies Movies THR Online

Teamsters, studios fail to break stalemate

Digital Media Law

Talks between the studios and Hollywood Teamsters Local 399 ended late Friday night with no movement and no new negotiating sessions scheduled. That authorization would, in turn, allow union leaders to call a strike at any time after the July 31 expiration of their contract with the studios and producers. The union meets in Burbank early Sunday morning, where the leadership is expected to seek – and obtain – a strike authorization vote from members.

SAG-Studio Pregame Report

Digital Media Law

With kickoff in the SAG vs. studios matchup just a day away, what better time for a pre-game report? For those unionists who pessimistically note that the proposed studio deal is referred to as a “last, best and final” offer, well, that’s almost true, in the same sense that Astroturf is almost grass. It derives from several factors: First is the studios' desire for labor peace. The studios want bonding to be available, but this in turn requires a deal.

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Comments on FCC Proposal to Abolish Broadcast Main Studio Rule Due July 3

Broadcast Law Blog

In today’s Federal Register, the FCC has given notice of its proposal to abolish the main studio rule. AM Radio FCC Fines FM Radio Public Interest Obligations/Localism Television main studio rules main studio staffing requirementsThat notice, here , sets the date for comments on this proposal as July 3. Reply comments are due two weeks later on July 17. We wrote about the FCC’s proposal and the questions being asked in this proceeding here and here.

FCC Fines Station $7000 for Violation of Main Studio Rule – Good Reminder on Broadcast Main Studio Requirements

Broadcast Law Blog

The FCC issued a Forfeiture Order this week, fining a station $7000 for violations of the main studio rule. The facts of the case were set out in a Notice of Apparent Liability issued back in February, where the licensee had claimed that its studio was in a location that was shared with another broadcaster who had agreed to lease it space. The decision reiterates what the FCC is seeking when it looks to determine if a licensee is in compliance with the main studio rules.

Ex-Maker Studios CEO Lawsuit Seeks to Halt Disney Sale

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Tech Maker Studios Business A California judge is asked to enjoin a merger vote, scheduled for next week at the digital media company. read more. The Business THR Online THR, Esq.

Weinstein Co. Bankruptcy: Grim Last Days for Troubled Studio Outlined in Court

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The bankruptcy papers provide a deep look at the company's revenue and debt. read more. THR, Esq. Business Movies Television Business THR Online

FCC Releases Draft Order to Abolish Main Studio Rule – To Be Considered at its October 24 Meeting

Broadcast Law Blog

For broadcasters, the single most significant proposal was a draft order ( available here ) to abolish the requirement that a broadcast station maintain a main studio in close proximity to its city of license that is open to the public and staffed during normal business hours. Together with the main studio rule, the FCC order would also eliminate the requirement that the station have staff members available at that studio.

FCC Officially Starts Proceedings to Abolish Main Studio Rule and Review All Other Broadcast Rules

Broadcast Law Blog

The first looks at the abolition of the main studio rules. The proposal to abolish the main studio rule very closely tracked the draft order that we summarized back in April, here , asking a number of questions about the impact that the abolition would have on station’s ability to serve their communities. In effect, if adopted, these would be new requirements that a broadcaster giving up its main studio would have to live with.

Making Good on Deregulation – FCC Proposes to Eliminate Main Studio Rules and Review All Other Broadcast Regulatory Requirements

Broadcast Law Blog

He promised to move quickly to eliminate a number of the unnecessary broadcast rules, and specifically to repeal the main studio rule (see our articles here and here about the current requirements for the operation and staffing of the main studio). The draft Notice of Proposed Rulemaking seeking to eliminate the main studio rules asks a number of questions seeking support for the FCC’s tentative conclusion that the elimination of the main studio rule is in the public interest.

FCC Approves Repeal of Main Studio Rules and Starts Proceeding to Examine Broadcast Public Notices and Filing of TV Ancillary and Supplementary Revenue Reports

Broadcast Law Blog

At the FCC meeting yesterday, the FCC repealed, on a 3 to 2 vote, the main studio and studio staffing requirements for TV and radio broadcasters. Broadcasters need no longer have a main studio or even locate employees in their service areas, but must continue to serve the needs of their community, reflect that service in quarterly issues programs lists, and maintain a toll-free number that will allow local residents to contact the station.

Studios Must Face Trimmed Lawsuit Over CG Characters in Blockbuster Movies

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

A judge rejects a copyright claim, but tells Disney, Fox, and Paramount that claims for inducing patent infringement and violating trademarks will move forward. read more. THR, Esq. Business Movies Tech Business THR Online

SAG Board Approves Studio Deal

Digital Media Law

Voting on party lines, a sharply divided SAG board approved the tentative deal with the studios yesterday by a vote of about 53% to 47%. Details and analysis of the deal are available here , and below are press releases from SAG, AFTRA (a rival actors union) and the AMPTP (the alliance representing the studios). The deal now goes to the membership for ratification, with a bruising fight promised by the hardline MembershipFirst faction.

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SAG & Studios Agree to Tentative Deal

Digital Media Law

The Screen Actors Guild and the AMPTP (alliance representing studios and producers) reached tentative agreement on a two-year TV/theatrical contract, potentially ending a ten-month stalemate that halted production of most studio movies and put thousands of people out of work. This synchronicity should give the unions significant leverage, which raises the question of why the studios agreed to it.

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Maker Studios Lawsuit: Inside the War for YouTube's Top Studio

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Danny Zappin, a failed actor and jailed drug dealer, co-founded Maker with a simple goal: to become the United Artists of the digital era. But as it became L.A.''s

Hollywood Studios Rip VidAngel's New Service in Filtering Fight

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

"[B]y telling its users that its new service is lawful, VidAngel threatens to confuse consumers regarding the legitimate streaming market," Disney's attorney Kelly Klaus writes. read more. THR, Esq. Movies Movies THR Online

SAG and the Studios: The Next Roadblocks

Digital Media Law

Without leverage, all SAG achieved was stalemate, and it’s had no contract with the studios since last June. That issue, in essence, is this: SAG wants any new deal to expire in mid-2011 (3 years from when the old deal expired), while the studios are offering what amounts to mid-2012 at the earliest (3 years from whenever the new deal is ratified). Are the studios likely to cough up such a large increase? Last year proved that time is not on SAG’s side.

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SAG Rejects Studio Offer; Back to Stalemate

Digital Media Law

By a vote of 73% to 27%, the Screen Actors Guild board of directors voted Saturday to reject the studios’ most recent offer, which the studio alliance, the AMPTP, had delivered two days earlier. The studio offer by its terms was to remain on the table for up to 60 days. Now that it’s been formally rejected, however, the studios could presumably impose the proposed deal unilaterally.

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Studios even more afraid of unsolicited scripts

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Agents began scouring websites like MySpace for untapped talent and studios were setting up sites aimed at cultivating creativity. Tags: Copyright Representation Talent & Studios By Eriq Gardner and Matthew Belloni A few years ago, the rise of the Internet portended a new meritocracy in Hollywood.

Hollywood Studios Are Suspicious of VidAngel's New Filtering App

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Warner Bros, Disney and 20th Century Fox raise questions and ask a judge to allow an inspection before blessing it. read more. THR, Esq. Business Movies Television Tech Business THR Online

U.S. Gov't, Hollywood Studios Weigh in on Dispute Exploring Reach of U.S. Copyright Law

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The streaming of a Polish broadcaster's programming is making for an exciting appeal. read more. THR, Esq. Business Movies Television Music Tech Business THR Online

Relativity Bankruptcy: Ryan Kavanaugh Feuds With Studio's Chief Restructuring Officer

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Creditors are also voicing concerns about the plan for the studio's reorganization. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Movies Business THR Online

My appearance on “The Podcasters Studio” ‘Podcasting and the Law’

Gordon P. Firemark

Earlier this week, I was interviewed for Episode 38 of “The Podcasters Studio&# , a podcast about podcasting technique, technology and philosophy.

Hollywood Studios File Suit Against Service Streaming $1 Movies

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Warner, Fox and Disney want an injunction against VidAngel, which sells films for $20 before buying them back for $19. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Movies Tech Business THR Online

Hollywood Studios Launch Lawsuit Against Megaupload

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The copyright infringement filing in Virginia federal court targets Kim Dotcom as well. read more. The Business Movies THR Online THR, Esq. Business

SAG, AFTRA start talks with studios

Digital Media Law

For details, see my Hollywood Reporter piece.

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Viacom Argues Alleged Rape by Former Studio Head Doesn't Add Up to Fraud

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Attorneys for Viacom, Brad Grey's estate and Brian Graden each tell the judge why a lawsuit from Rovier Carrington deserves to be tossed. read more. THR, Esq. Business Television Business THR Online

Hollywood Studios Beat Lawsuit Over Non-Captioning of Song Lyrics in Movies and Television

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The putative class action came on behalf of those with hearing disabilities alleging misrepresentations and violations of civil rights. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Movies Television Music Business THR Online

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).

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Relativity Bankruptcy Judge Rejects Biggest Objection to Studio Sale

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Bankruptcy Court Judge Michael Wiles rejected Manchester Securities' arguments of its rights under Relativity's operating agreement, clearing a major hurdle in the sale of the studio.

DGA and Studios Reach Tentative Deal

Digital Media Law

However, union will not release details until Wednesday board meeting. 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. Or, follow me on Twitter , friend me on Facebook , or subscribe to my Forbes.com or Huffington Post articles.

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SAG-AFTRA Joint Board Approves Studio Deal

Digital Media Law

A ballot referendum recommending ratification will soon go out to members, for return by mid-January. 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. Or, follow me on Twitter , friend me on Facebook , or subscribe to my Forbes.com or Huffington Post articles.

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Fired Disney Exec Sues Studio

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Daniel Miller Glen Lajeski, a former executive vice president at Walt Disney Studios, alleges his contract was breached when his contract was terminated in June.

Paramount Pictures Studio Lot Expansion Challenged in Court

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

A lawsuit is filed after last month's approval by Los Angeles' city council. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Movies Business THR Online

Netflix Defends Bold Gambit Aimed at Poaching Studio Executives

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The streaming giant argues it has every right to challenge Fox's use of fixed-term contracts. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Movies Television Tech Business THR Online

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Hollywood Studios Win IsoHunt Appeal

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

An appeals court addresses how a tech service that indexes torrent files can induce users to infringe copyrights. read more. The Business Movies THR, Esq. Tech Business