Embattled Trans-Pacific Trade Pact Good for Hollywood, Says Official

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Senior trade official Michael Froman makes the case for the TPP but acknowledges political headwinds. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Australia Chile Japan Mexico New Zealand USA Business THR Online International

Federal Trade Commission Brings First Case Over a Kickstarter Project

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Erik Chevalier raised four times his goal for a fantasy board game — and according to the FTC, used funds for personal expenses. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Movies Tech Business THR Online

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Entertainment Industry Sends U.S. Trade Office a NAFTA Negotiation Wish List

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Lifting foreign equity caps and overhauling safe harbor protections for Internet companies is on the agenda for the MPAA and others. read more. THR, Esq. Business Movies Television Music Tech Business THR Online

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'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

E*Trade Responds to Harvey Keitel Lawsuit: "No Deal"

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The actor alleges the online brokerage firm breached a contract to have him appear in commercials. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Movies Television Business THR Online

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Talent Agency Defections Spark Trade Secrets Lawsuit

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Eriq Gardner Diverse Talent Group sues three of its former agents and rival, Function Talent Group, for stealing info and poaching clients. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Business

Harvey Keitel Loses Appeal Over Being Dropped from E*Trade Commercials

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The actor thought he had a $1.5 million deal. But it's held that a term sheet doesn't substitute for a formal written agreement. read more. THR, Esq. Business Television 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

Sadly, we will never know why the 'milkaholic' E-Trade baby was named Lindsay

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

By Eriq Gardner Lindsay Lohan hasn't had much good news lately, with a judge issuing a bench warrant today for her arrest after violating terms of her probation. But the actress has shut the book on one legal matter. Lohan.

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Hollywood Docket: YouTube lawyers take bow; B.O. trading ban; Michael Jackson doc

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

You saw the result in the Viacom-YouTube case. Now tally the lawyers' scorecards. YouTube's lead litigators are David Kramer and a team at Wilson Sonsini and a group at Mayer Brown. Viacom's team is from Shearman & Sterling and Jenner.

Widow claims forged license put Gene Kelly on 'highly offensive' trading cards

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By Matthew Belloni EXCLUSIVE: The widow of "Singin' in the Rain" star Gene Kelly has filed a strange lawsuit claiming a company once run by the son of Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall used a forged license to put her.

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Rethinking Hot News and Trade Secrets As Property Rights

Media Law Prof Blog

Claeys, George Mason University, has published Intellectual Usufructs: Trade Secrets, Hot News, and the Usufructuary Paradigm at Common Law, in Intellectual Property and the Common Law (Shyam Balganesh ed., Eric R. Cambridge University Press, forthcoming). Here is the abstract. Contemporary

Top Ten Lists: Patent, Trademark, Copyright, and Trade Secret Cases

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McJohn, Suffolk University Law School, is publishing Top Tens in 2013: Patent, Trademark, Copyright and Trade Secret Cases in the Northwestern Journal of Technology and Intellectual Property. Stephen M. Here is the abstract. This paper discusses notable intellectual property law

Attention Seattle and Northwest Washington Artists! TONIGHT! Attend @Local76_493 Fair Trade Music Meeting

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afl-cio afm artist rights artists as free agents arts education Uncategorized AFM American Federation of Musicians fair trade music seattle musiciansSee the Seattle Musicians email for more information. And make sure you’re registered to vote ! Ask the candidates where they stand!

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Hollywood Docket Top 5: Viacom drops clips from Youtube suit; more Lindsay vs. E-Trade baby; Tom Cruise headed back to 'South Park'

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Viacom withdrew 187 video clips from contention yesterday in its copyright infringement lawsuit against YouTube. The removal was on top of the 241 clips that Viacom previously withdrew in October. The company says it decided to pull them to "streamline.

Judge Trims Relativity's $1.5 Billion Lawsuit Against Netflix

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Ryan Kavanaugh's studio loses its trade libel claim against the streaming giant. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Movies Tech Business THR Online

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'Hoosiers' Writer and Movie Producer Trade Blows Over Boxer Film

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Angelo Pizzo and Chad Verdi are in court arguing over script delivery and payment related to a project about Vinny Pazienza. read more. THR, Esq. Movies Movies Hoosiers

Pandora’s Spin Machine Trading on Ambiguities Again

Music Technology Policy

The news–or shall we say propaganda–drove Pandora’s stock price up about 5%–or somewhere around a $27,690,000 increase on the day of the value of Pandora’s outstanding publicly traded shares. 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.

SAG-AFTRA, Managers Trade Barbs on Regulatory Code (Analysis)

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A manager turns down a client and blames the union, while the union fires back at “misrepresentations. from special interests.” read more. The Business THR Online THR, Esq. SAG-AFTRA Labor Business

Brad Grey on 'Sopranos' Legal Fight: Universal Wants Money 'For Rights It Traded Away'

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The Paramount CEO's rep tells THR that an arbitration filed by the studio over $50 million in profits from the HBO show is "without merit." read more. The Business THR, Esq. The Sopranos Brad Grey Business

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Trading Barbs

Thompson On Hollywood

It may be possible for a small online outfit to survive on trade ads. As for giving Joe Flint the LAT Company Town blog (what about their own Claudia Eller, who comes from the trades and can duke it out with the competition better than anyone?),

Top Ten Patent, Trademark, Copyright and Trade Secret Cases of 2010

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McJohn, Suffolk University Law School, is publishing Top Tens in 2010: Patent, Trademark, Copyright and Trade Secret Cases in the Northwestern Journal of Technology and Intellectual Property (January 2011). Stephen M. Here is the abstract. This piece discusses notable intellectual

Radio DJ Adds Slander to Lawsuit Against Taylor Swift

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The pop star and the former KYGO DJ David Mueller have been trading legal blows for months. read more. THR, Esq. Music Music THR Online Taylor Swift

MPAA Touts Big Legal Success Against Popcorn Time

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The studios trade association has scored injunctions in Canada and New Zealand over PopcornTime.io and the torrent outfit YTS. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Movies Television Tech Business THR Online

MPAA Fights Back Against Anonymous Attacks

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Eriq Gardner Hollywood trade group says it is working with the feds to identify the people responsible for the attack on its website. read more. THR, Esq. Tech Tech Business Chris Dodd MPAA Piracy

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ENTERTAINMENT LITIGATION: LINDSAY LOHAN SUES E*TRADE FOR $100 MILLION

Entertainment Litigation Blog

Instead, Lohan has made the news by filing a $100 million lawsuit against the online stock trading company, E*Trade, over their "milkaholic" baby girlfriend commercial. Lohan also seeks to enjoin E*Trade from airing the commercial again.

Jury Clears Mark Cuban of Insider Trading

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The "Shark Tank" star was accused of illegally divesting stock in Mamma.com. read more. The Business THR Online THR, Esq. Business

Variety Settles Long-Running Lawsuit Against L.A. Punk Band (Exclusive)

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Matthew Belloni The trade newspaper claimed The Vandals breached a deal to stop using an album cover that contained lettering similar to its trademarked logo.

Online Content Distribution and Unfair Trading

Media Law Prof Blog

Katri Havu, University of Helsinki, is publishing Unfair Commercial Contracts and Online Content Distribution: Insights into Problems, Regulation and Potential of European Harmonization in Tidskrift utgiven av Juridiska Föreningen i Finland, 6/2014 (forthcoming). Here is the abstract. Commercial online content

Free Speech and Trade Secrets

Media Law Prof Blog

Rowe, University of Florida College of Law, has published "Trade Secret Litigation and Free Speech: Is it Time to Restrain the Plaintiffs?" Trade secret misappropriation litigation is Elizabeth A. in the Boston College Law Review (2009). Here is the abstract.

CBS Allowed to Pursue 'Glass House' Producers in Arbitration (Exclusive)

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A judge has dismissed a demand that the network be enjoined from arbitrating claims that ex-'Big Brother' producers violated trade secrets by creating an alleged copycat show.

MPAA Slams Google's Efforts to Learn About Its Anti-Piracy Strategies

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

The studio trade association says Google is abusing the litigation process by trying to unfairly use Sony hack documents in a public relations war.

Drones and Dead Rockers. Special guest: Enrico Schaefer – Episode 74

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7 Congress Passes Sweeping New Legislation To Protect Trade Secrets. The Latest episode of my Entertainment Law podcast, Entertainment Law Update , is now available for your enjoyment. Listen here, or subscribe and download in your favorite podcast listening app.

ENTERTAINMENT LITIGATION: LINDSAY LOHAN SUES E*TRADE FOR $100 MILLION

Entertainment Litigation Blog

Instead, Lohan has made the news by filing a $100 million lawsuit against the online stock trading company, E*Trade, over their "milkaholic" baby girlfriend commercial. Now comes Lohan's latest foray into the news: a $100 million dollar lawsuit against E*Trade for their latest "baby" commercial. ACTRESS CLAIMS BABY GIRLFRIEND COMMERCIAL IS ABOUT HER. Actress Lindsay Lohan is once again in the news.

Trading Spaces Host Doug Wilson Busted on DUI

Law of Hollywood Land

Early Tuesday morning, December 30th, Doug Wilson of “Trading Spaces&# fame was arrested by police in Decatur, Illinois. Tags: DUI Celebrity Wannabe Under Arrest trading spaces Drunk Driving Wilson failed to yield to an emergency vehicle and was later pulled over by said vehicle, which happened to be a police car. Wilson was charged with multiple crimes including aggravated DUI, driving on a suspended license and illegal transportation of alcohol.

Hollywood Docket: Motley Crue's 'Drum Ring' Isn't Stolen Trade Secret

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A roundup of entertainment law news including a possible Terrence Malick settlement and "Y.M.C.A." in French. read more. The Business THR Online THR, Esq. Business

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Does Trade Secret Litigation Restrict Free Speech?

Media Law Prof Blog

Rowe, University of Florida College of Law, has published "Trade Secret Litigation and Free Speech: Is it Time to Restrain the Plaintiffs?" Trade secret misappropriation litigation is often Elizabeh A. in Boston College Law Review (2009). Here is the abstract.

Variety Loses Round One to Punk Band In Album Cover Dispute (Video)

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Eriq Gardner Lawsuit alleging band violated Variety's logo moved to LA; Band ridicules entertainment trade pub read more. THR, Esq. Music Music

Alki David, CBS Trade Barbs After Contempt Ruling

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After a judge says FilmOn violated an injunction and a settlement agreement, Alki David accuses the TV networks of lying to the judge. read more. The Business THR, Esq. Television CBS Business

Federal Trade Commission Revises Rules on Endorsements

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The Federal Trade Commission is issuing new guidelines regarding endorsements and reviews by bloggers on their posts. Bloggers must disclose payments or gifts. Check out the text of the Federal Register notice here