VFX Town Hall Meeting Urges Trade Association and Union

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VFX vet Scott Ross and others outlined a plan that involves the formation of a VFX union for VFX artists and of a trade association for visual effects facilities, all aimed at addressing the troubled VFX business model. Normal. false. false. false.

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Kind Sues Cliff For Trade Dress Infringement

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Kind, LLC thinks new product packaging from competitor Cliff Bar & Company is an infringement on the KIND brand trade dress shown above. Trade dress for product packing and product design may be registered with the U.S. Branding trade dress trademark tradedress Trademark

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?),

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.

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

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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

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

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

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.

'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, Esq. Movies Movies THR Online

Rick Carnes, Eddie Schwartz and Fair Trade Music Project Speaks Out for Silenced Songwriters–Please sign the petition!

Music Technology Policy

The Music Creators North America (spearheading the Fair Trade Music Project) took another step toward defending the rights of creators. This is why the Fair Trade Music Project adopted protection of free speech as one of its five principles. artist rights artist rights are human rights Eddie Schwartz fair trade music Hoang Nhat Thong Pussy Riot Rick Carnes Roozbeh Bemani Viet Khang Zhu Yufu

'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

Harvey Keitel Sues E*Trade for Dropping Him From Commercials

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The 'Pulp Fiction' star says the company owes him $1.5 million from a previous contract. read more. THR, Esq. Movies Movies Business THR Online Harvey Keitel

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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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

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.

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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.

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

#howgoogleworks: Why did the Federal Trade Commission ignore staff recommendations to prosecute Google for antitrust violations?

Music Technology Policy

OK, now that you’ve stopped laughing, that’s not a trick question. We all know why Google has never been prosecuted by the U.S. government.

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.

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

Media Law Prof Blog

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

Trade secret war over Hollywood set locations

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By Eriq Gardner A lot of people would love to see their home used as the set location for a big Hollywood movie. Sure, it's a nuisance, but property owners get a great story to tell their grandkids and, with.

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.

More on Pirate Bay sale insider trading

Music Technology Policy

According to Threat Level of Wired the Pure, "Insider Trading Suspected Ahead of Pirate Bay Sale" and trading was suspended in the acquirer's stock pending an investigation by officials at the Swedish AktieTorget exchange (No, that's not Swedish for "Torrents".) do] not permit criminal enterprises to trade on the exchange."

Trade Dress Can Be Viable Means of Protecting Websites from Competitor’s Look-Alike Sites

New Media and Technology Law

For those with a unique look, it might be possible that the “trade dress” of their sites – the unique look and feel – could be protectable, and therefore useful in fending off competitors who copy their online presence. To maintain an action for trade dress infringement, a plaintiff must allege that a competitor’s product design or packaging is likely to confuse consumers as to the product source. The court held that trade dress protection is not dependent on registration.

FINRA Issues Investor Alert Concerning Bitcoin Trading and Speculation

New Media and Technology Law

The temporary suspension of trading in the securities of one technology company producing a mobile bitcoin platform, the venture capital investment in bitcoin-related startups, and the rash of cyberhacking incidents against digital wallet services have all been prominently featured in the press. Bitcoin remains fixed on the front pages of the business and technology news for both the salacious and the positive.

Alki David, CBS Trade Barbs After Contempt Ruling

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

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

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@scleland: What EU-Google Advertising Antitrust Charges Mean for the Obama Federal Trade Commission — Artist Rights Watch

Music Technology Policy

Like their colleagues at the Department of Justice, the Federal Trade Commission has spectacularly ignored Google’s violations of law. via @scleland: What EU-Google Advertising Antitrust Charges Mean for the Obama Federal Trade Commission — Artist Rights Watch.

@andreworlowski: YouTube sharecroppers start Internet Creators Guild, the world’s most useless trade union — Artist Rights Watch

Music Technology Policy

via @andreworlowski: YouTube sharecroppers start Internet Creators Guild, the world’s most useless trade union — Artist Rights WatchWorkers of YouTube, Unite! But Be Awesomely Unroiled Up! YouTube stars have started a labour guild to represent low paid video producers for sites like YouTube. But it promises to be really, really polite and it won’t be asking Google for more money.

Federal Trade Commission Revises Rules on Endorsements

Media Law Prof Blog

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

'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

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

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

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

Talent Agency Defections Spark Trade Secrets Lawsuit

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

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

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

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

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

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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

The World Trade Organization and Online Games

Media Law Prof Blog

Thomas Steiner, Swiss National Centre of Competence in Research, has published "Online Games Under WTO Law: Unresolved Classification Issues," as NCCR Trade Regulation Working Paper No. 2009/3. Here is the abstract.This paper explores the views of state and non-state actors

FinCEN Releases Two Rulings Classifying a Bitcoin Payment System and Virtual Currency Trading Platform as MSBs

New Media and Technology Law

In FIN-2014-R011 , “Request for Administrative Ruling on the Application of FinCEN’s Regulations to a Virtual Currency Trading Platform,” one company asked whether its plans to set up a virtual currency trading and booking platform would make it subject to FinCEN regulations.

The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), Copyright, and Internet Privacy

Media Law Prof Blog

Iryna Ievdokymova, Leiden University, Leiden Law School, has published ACTA and the Enforcement of Copyright in Cyberspace: The Impact on Privacy, at 19 European Law Journal 759 (2013). Here is the abstract. As the reach of the Internet expands, governments

Movie research firm claims former head misappropriated trade secrets

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

By Gregg Kilday Caught off-guard when Kevin Goetz resigned as president of its motion picture group in late February, entertainment research firm OTX has taken its case to court. On Tuesday, OTX filed suit in Los Angeles Superior Court against.

EU Parliament, Member States Want "Culture Exception" in Upcoming EU/US Trade Talks

Media Law Prof Blog

The EU Parliament has indicated it wants the area of culture exempted from upcoming trade talks with the United States. France, an EU member states, agrees, and is vocal about backing a cultural exception for French films, for example.

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Spain Escapes U.S. Trade Rep's Piracy 'Watch List'

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Ukraine and 40 other countries are not so lucky. read more. The Business International THR, Esq. Business