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Appeals Court Won't Rehear "Blurred Lines" Case

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Marvin Gaye's family prevails once again against Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams. read more. THR, Esq. Business Music Business THR Online

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Quintais on Untangling the Hyperlinking Web: In Search of the Online Right of Communication to the Public @JPQuintais

Media Law Prof Blog

João Quintais, University of Amsterdam, Institute for Information Law, has published Untangling the Hyperlinking Web: In Search of the Online Right of Communication to the Public at 2018 J. World Intellectual Prop. Here is the abstract. This article examines

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Fox Shareholder Sues to Stop Disney Acquisition

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The absence of financial projections for Hulu in SEC filings are among the ommissions alleged to violate securities rules. read more. THR, Esq. Business Movies Television Business THR Online

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Here Comes the Shiv: Sen. Sasse to Move to Strike the CLASSICS Act and Screw Pre-72 Artists

Music Technology Policy

MTP readers will not be surprised to learn that Senator Sasse is c irculating an amendment to strike the CLASSICS Act from the Senate version of the Music Modernization Act. The amendment appears to have been drafted by the Google Shills at Public Knowledge.

CFAA and Breach of Contract Claims Dismissed in Website Data Scraping Suit

New Media and Technology Law

This past week, an Illinois district court dismissed, with leave to amend, claims relating to a competitor’s alleged scraping of sales listings from a company’s website for use on its own site. Alan Ross Machinery Corp. Machinio Corp. , 17-3569 (N.D. July 9, 2018)).

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Pollicino on Fake News, Internet [,] and Metaphors

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Oreste Pollicino, Bocconi University Department of Law is publishing Fake News, Internet and Metaphors (to Be Handled Carefully) in Rivista di diritto dei media, 2017. Here is the abstract. The metaphor of the free marketplace of ideas is frequently referred

Watch Out, CNN: Trump’s Supreme Court Frontrunner Is Bad News for Free Speech

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With a single decision four years ago, Brett Kavanaugh led something of a revolution in federal courts. read more. THR, Esq. Business Movies Television Politics Business THR Online

Dr. Dre, Jimmy Iovine Hit With $25M Verdict at Beats Trial

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Steven Lamar come out ahead at trial with a verdict for headphone royalties. read more. THR, Esq. Business Music Business THR Online

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Ed Sheeran's Copyright Battles Are Much Weirder Than Anyone Can Imagine

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Investment bankers, Bowie bonds, paternity challenges and alleged adoption concealment — when it comes to a copyright lawsuit over "Thinking Out Loud," alleged to be a rip-off of Marvin Gaye's classic "Let's Get It On," there are fireworks. read more. THR, Esq. Business Music Business THR Online

Judge Allows Profits Lawsuit Against Universal Music Over Drake Albums

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Cash Money may have settled with Lil Wayne, but its legal problems — now Universal's — aren't over. read more. THR, Esq. Music Music Business THR Online

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Ticketmaster Secretly Provides Scalpers With Bot Software, Brokers Claim

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On the defensive for using its own bots to bypass CAPTCHA, two firms file counterclaims against the Live Nation subsidiary. read more. THR, Esq. Business Music Business THR Online

Appeals Court Deals Loss to Chuck Close and Other Artists Seeking Resale Royalties

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Other nations might recognize "droit de suite," but in America, there's the first sale doctrine. read more. THR, Esq. Culture Culture Business THR Online

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Cardi B Files $15M Countersuit Against Ex-Manager

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The hip-hop star alleges Klenord Raphael, known as "Shaft," breached contractual and fiduciary duties. read more. THR, Esq. Music Music THR Online

BBC Goes to Court to Identify 'Doctor Who' Leaker

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The broadcaster has subpoenaed a mobile community a week after scenes from a show to air months from now surfaced online. read more. THR, Esq. Business Television Business THR Online

AMC's 'Fear the Walking Dead' Is Target of Copyright Lawsuit

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Mel Smith alleges the second season was a rip-off of his zombie comic series, "Dead Ahead." read more. THR, Esq. Business Television Business THR Online

Will Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh Gut Television Broadcasting As We Know It?

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What Trump's nominee said last year during a hearing could send shivers down the spines of broadcasters and other copyright holders. read more. THR, Esq. Business Television Politics Business THR Online

Jerry Seinfeld Argues 'Comedians in Cars' Lawsuit Is "Textbook Case" for Statute of Limitations

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The comedian is facing claims from Christian Charles, who directed the pilot episode and credits himself as the show's true creator. read more. THR, Esq. Business Television Business THR Online

'Star Wars' Card Game App Lawsuit Produces Copyright Win for Lucasfilm

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A judge rules an app-maker infringed copyright, but will allow a jury to decide whether the infringement was willful or innocent. read more. THR, Esq. Business Movies Tech Business THR Online

Sumner Redstone Nearing Trial Over His Massive Fortune

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A historic trial was to begin on July 16 until an appellate petition on Friday caused a delay. read more. THR, Esq. Business Television Business THR Online

Justice Department Appealing Decision Allowing AT&T-Time Warner Merger

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A federal judge rejected the government's antitrust contentions in June. The case is now headed to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. read more. THR, Esq. Business Television Business THR Online

Marvel's Ike Perlmutter Sued for Allegedly Sending Court Filing to Hollywood Reporter

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A Toronto businessman, represented by a high-powered law firm, alleges Perlmutter and his own well-known attorney Roy Black committed defamation. again. read more. THR, Esq. Tech Movies Business THR Online

Judge Allows Lawsuit Over Risque Melania Trump Photos

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According to the Florida judge, it's enough to allege ownership despite a copyright registration that credits the photographers as the owners. read more. THR, Esq. Business Television Culture Business THR Online

Sinclair Broadcasting Looks to Shed Responsibility for Sexual Harassment Allegations

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Three comedy writers say they endured a hostile workplace, but whose workplace was it? read more. THR, Esq. Business Television Business THR Online

Sony Must Tell Kesha Who It Interviewed in Dr. Luke Investigation

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Meanwhile, court documents point to involvement in this case from Adam Levine, Kelly Clarkson, Pink, and other star musicians. read more. THR, Esq. Business Music Business THR Online

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Netflix Gets Green Light from Appeals Court to Challenge Fox's Employment Contracts

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Fox had argued that Netflix's legal claims were based on enforcement of contracts, but in a decision with potentially big ramifications, a California appeals court disagrees. read more. THR, Esq. Business Television Tech Business THR Online

Are Data Centers The New Cornhusker Kickback and the Facebook Fakeout?

Music Technology Policy

In case you were scratching your head about why Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse decided to stick his beak into trying to continue discrimination against recording artists who had the misfortune to record before 1972–here’s a possible explanation. Maybe he was just getting his beak wet?

Judge Rules Morgan Spurlock Production Co. Likely Breached Deal for TNT Docuseries

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Turner sued after Spurlock's #metoo confession, and the judge has now issued a preliminary injunction after hearing that funds for a women's issues docuseries were commingled into a general operating account. read more. THR, Esq. Business Television Business THR Online

CAA, UTA Headed to Second Arbitration Over "Lawless Midnight Raid"

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The dispute over poached agents is very much active — with a recent court decision, a big hearing this month and the introduction of a second arbitrator. read more. THR, Esq. Business Movies Television Business THR Online CAA UTA Representation

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Producer Says He Was Frozen Out of Weinstein Co. Sale Because of Racism

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Read the flimsy complaint against Lantern Entertainment here. read more. THR, Esq. Business Movies Business THR Online

Weinstein Co. Buyer Lantern Investigating David Glasser for Interfering in $289M Sale

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An attorney for Lantern shares the belief that Glasser, possibly in concert with Viacom, impaired the closing of the sale. read more. THR, Esq. Business Movies Business THR Online

Shari Redstone Beats Racketeering Lawsuit From Father's Ex-Girlfriend

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A judge also dismisses wiretapping and defamation claims made by Manuela Herzer. read more. THR, Esq. Business Business THR Online

Simmons and Means on Constructing a Coherent Right of Publicity Statute @Kirland_Ellis

Media Law Prof Blog

Joshua L. Simmons and Miranda Means, both of Kirkland & Ellis, have published Split Personality: Constructing a Coherent Right of Publicity Statute, at 10 Landslade (May-June, 2018). Here is the abstract. The right of publicity is a growing battleground, on

Postdoc Available: Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy (PCMLP) @Oxford_MediaLaw

Media Law Prof Blog

Via Matt Stahl, Associate Professor, University of Western Ontario There is an postdoc job opportunity at the Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy (PCMLP) for a 3 year post-doc. This is an open fellowship so come with good ideas

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What’s Up With @SenSasse’s Vicious Little Amendment on pre-72?

Music Technology Policy

It’s important to know who your friends are, and we’ve learned this week that Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse is not one of them.