Recorded before a studio audience: ELU66

Gordon P. Firemark

The post Recorded before a studio audience: ELU66 originally appeared on Entertainment Law Offices of Gordon P. The Latest episode of my Entertainment Law podcast, Entertainment Law Update , is now available for your enjoyment.

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

Major Studios, Streamers Declare Legal War on TickBox

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"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

Major Studios, Streamers Win Early Battle in War with TickBox

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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

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.

'RoboCop' Studio Settles Dispute With Security Firm

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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

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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VidAngel Launches New Platform Amid Studio Legal Battle (Exclusive)

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Game of Thrones' without nudity? There's an app for that. read more. THR, Esq. Tech Tech THR Online

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Former Fox Executive Sues Studio for Gender Discrimination, Sexual Harassment

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A company-appointed executive coach allegedly told the ex-vp to "lift up her skirt." read more. THR, Esq. Movies Movies Television Business THR Online Twentieth Century Fox Television nsfs

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Fired Disney Exec Sues Studio

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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.

Studios even more afraid of unsolicited scripts

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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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SAG, AFTRA start talks with studios

Digital Media Law

For details, see my Hollywood Reporter piece.

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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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Hollywood Studios Sued for Recycling Film Soundtracks Too Much

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A new lawsuit from the American Federation of Musicians counts dozens of examples from "Bridesmaids" to "Argo" where music wasn't totally original. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Movies Television Music Business THR Online

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

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

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

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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

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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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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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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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.

Hollywood Studios Rip VidAngel's New Service in Filtering Fight

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"[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

Studios Must Face Trimmed Lawsuit Over CG Characters in Blockbuster Movies

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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

Fox lawsuit wonders why studios ever buy insurance

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How a New Studio-Backed Union Contract Hurts Independent Producers (Analysis)

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Without apparent input from indies, the major studios and IATSE agreed to a provision that appears to hike residuals for small-budget producers while leaving majors untouched. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Movies Business THR Online IATSE Labor

Movie Studios Pull Injunction Demand in MovieTube Lawsuit

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The MPAA's withdrawal follows intervention from Google, Yahoo, Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Movies Business THR Online

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Hollywood Studios Launch Lawsuit Against Megaupload

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

MPAA Lines Up With Porn Studio in Steamy Copyright Dispute

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Eriq Gardner Embedded links and repeat infringers are subject of a battle that's garnered the interest of movie studios, Google and Facebook. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Tech Business Facebook Google MPAA

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Hollywood Studios File Suit Against Service Streaming $1 Movies

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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

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

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

Movie Studios Renew Injunction Demand in MovieTube Lawsuit

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One step back, then two steps forward: The MPAA seeks $10.5 million, domain disabling and an investigation of copyright pirating. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Movies Tech Business THR Online

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Hollywood Studios Win IsoHunt Appeal

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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

Hollywood Studios Are Suspicious of VidAngel's New Filtering App

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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

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.

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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Q&A: Sony general counsel Leah Weil on life as a studio's top lawyer

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In conjunction with THR's annual Power Lawyers issue, our Raising the Bar honoree Leah Weil sat down for an interview on life as the top lawyer at a studio. Tags: Power Lawyers Talent & Studios By Matthew Belloni Divas populate the walls of Leah Weil's office.

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

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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

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

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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