'Zootopia' Lawsuit: Plot Similarities Detailed by Writer Suing Disney

THR, Esq. Entertainment & Media Law Blog

Esplanade Pictures sued Disney in March, claiming its film copied the work of writer Gary L. Goldman who had pitched his franchise idea to the animation powerhouse in 2000 and 2009. read more. THR, Esq. Movies Movies THR Online

Writers Want (And Should Take) More Time To Call Strike

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Writers wanting more time? Guilds Negotiations Writers entertainment law strike wga wga strike writers guild What a surprise. Glad to hear there’s probably a delay ( though I’m still predicting that they will close a deal without a strike ).

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Writers Want (And Should Take) More Time To Call Strike

DealFatigue

Writers wanting more time? Guilds Negotiations Writers entertainment law strike wga wga strike writers guildWhat a surprise. Glad to hear there’s probably a delay ( though I’m still predicting that they will close a deal without a strike ).

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Writers Want (And Should Take) More Time To Call Strike

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Writers wanting more time? Tags: Writers Negotiations Guilds WGA Strike entertainment law writers guild wga strike What a surprise. Glad to hear there’s probably a delay ( though I’m still predicting that they will close a deal without a strike ).

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Newsweek Writer Going After Twitter User for Allegedly Causing Seizure

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"I'm coming for you," Kurt Eichenwald warned the anonymous user on Twitter. read more. THR, Esq. Tech Tech THR Online

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Sylvester Stallone's 'Expendables' Launches Nasty Writers Battle

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A legal dispute over the hit action franchise -- in which Stallone has been taking punches from writers who claim their work was stolen -- exposes the whole messy system of who gets credit for what.

NBC Universal Writers Pen Letter of Support for Comcast Writers

Digital Media Law

The WGA’s effort to represent Comcast writers is heating up. The letter also asserts Comcast CEO promised at Congressional hearing “‘to continue the good relations with the guilds and with the unions that NBC Universal has.’” 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.

The ABA Journal is Looking For A Legal Affairs Writer

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The ABA Journal, the flagship magazine and website of the American Bar Association, is looking for a full-time legal affairs writer. The post The ABA Journal is Looking For A Legal Affairs Writer appeared first on Robert Ambrogi's LawSites. Are you a lawyer-turned-journalist or a journalist with an interest in writing about legal issues? If so, then here’s the job for you.

Writer Joe McGinniss Dies

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Joe McGinniss, author of The Selling of the President, 1968, and Fatal Vision, has died at the age of 71. Mr. McGinniss was only 26 when he wrote the The Selling of the President, which was an eye-opener for those

'Seinfeld' Writer Beats Kramer's Defamation Lawsuit

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A New York judge analyzes whether one popular catchphrase from the show, when shouted from a bus, can be interpreted as a homophobic taunt. read more. THR Online THR, Esq. Television LGBT Seinfeld Business

MGM Sues 'Buckaroo Banzai' Writer and Director Over Right to Make New TV Series

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Earl Mac Rauch and Walter Richter proclaim they own rights — and have been telling others including Amazon Studios and Kevin Smith's agents at WME. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Movies Television Business THR Online

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No Strike Waivers For TV Yet But Web Start Ups Tempt Writers

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The LA Times ran a story that striking writers are in talks with venture capitalists to finance and launch Internet start-up companies. Variety’s Dave McNary reported that the WGA rejected requests for strike waivers by the Golden Globes and Oscar telecasts today.

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No Strike Waivers For TV Yet But Web Start Ups Tempt Writers

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The LA Times ran a story that striking writers are in talks with venture capitalists to finance and launch Internet start-up companies. Variety’s Dave McNary reported that the WGA rejected requests for strike waivers by the Golden Globes and Oscar telecasts today.

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No Strike Waivers For TV Yet But Web Start Ups Tempt Writers

DealFatigue

The LA Times ran a story that striking writers are in talks with venture capitalists to finance and launch Internet start-up companies. Variety’s Dave McNary reported that the WGA rejected requests for strike waivers by the Golden Globes and Oscar telecasts today.

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Arsenio Hall Sued Over Head Writer Position

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Paul Raff claims he was promised a top position with the syndicated series that went to another writer. read more. Arsenio Hall THR Online THR, Esq. Television Business

Hollywood Docket: Writer Tries to Reanimate 'Zootopia' Lawsuit Against Disney

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Plus, Walmart ends its insurance fight over the crash that killed comedian James McNair and left actor Tracy Morgan in critical condition. read more. THR, Esq. Movies Movies THR Online

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Disney Hit With Lawsuit Claiming 'Zootopia' Ripped Off 'Total Recall' Writer

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According to complaint, Gary Goldman pitched his own 'Zootopia' project twice to Disney. read more. THR, Esq. Business Movies Business THR Online

Asked & Answered: Using references to passages from other writers’ works

Gordon P. Firemark

Q: Robert asks whether he needs permission from a famous author’s estate to refer to a passage from that author’s book in hi screenplay. In this video, I give my answer. . Asked & Answered copyright Entertainment law fair use Lawyer

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Writer Sues BBC for Stealing 'Orphan Black'

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The $5 million lawsuit alleges the series was cloned from a screenplay submitted to producers a decade ago. read more. The Business Orphan Black THR Online THR, Esq. Television BBC America Business

Two Writers Depart DC, Leaving "Batwoman" Behind

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The writers Batwoman''s co-authors J. Williams and W. Haden Blackman have announced via a blogpost (unavailable 9/5/2013 due to maintenance issues) that they are parting ways with DC Comics, due to creative differences (more here from The Hollywood Reporter).

Asked and Answered: What can I do if my co-writer bails before the script is finished?

Gordon P. Firemark

So, you could continue with a new draft on your own, but you’d still be required to share billing credit and compensation with your former co-writer. (and BUT, all of this depends on your recalcitrant (and absent) co-writer being reachable, and amenable to such a deal.

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'G.I. Joe' Writers Sue Paramount, MGM Over 'Stolen' Sequel (Exclusive)

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Two of the three writers who worked on the 2009 film seek $23 million for work on "G.I. Joe: Retaliation," which was allegedly taken without credit or compensation. read more. The Business G.I. Joe: Retaliation Movies THR, Esq. Business

'The Expendables': Writers Guild Tribunal Evolves Into Fraud Lawsuit

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Producers of the 2010 Sylvester Stallone film claim that one of the credited writers withheld e-mails in a secret fight over authorship. read more. Movies THR Online THR, Esq. Labor Business

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'Friday the 13th' Producer Points to Writers' Union Membership in Bid to Retain Franchise Rights

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Victor Miller, the original film's scriptwriter, is looking to reclaim rights, but will he be able to take the hockey-masked "Jason" with him? read more. THR, Esq. Business Movies Business THR Online Labor

'21 Jump Street' Writer Says He Was Defrauded by Unlicensed Lawyer

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Michael Bacall is suing Jeffrey Shumway for taking hundreds of thousands of dollars for illegally performed legal services. read more. THR, Esq. Business Movies Business THR Online

Judge Orders N.Y. Times Editorial Writer to Testify in Sarah Palin Lawsuit

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Testimony is needed, writes the judge, to help determine whether Palin has sufficiently stated a case for actual malice in her defamation complaint. read more. THR, Esq. Business Culture Politics Business THR Online

CAA Settles TV Writer Age Discrimination Lawsuit

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Matthew Belloni Lawyers for the agency and the writers jointly announced the settlement; CAA will make a $150,000 donation to a charity that assists older writers. read more. THR, Esq. THR, Esq. The Business Television CAA

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Comcast Writers Overwhelmingly Vote for WGA in Unofficial Secret Ballot

Digital Media Law

About 3/4 of eligible writers voted in an unusual procedure supervised by LA City Council president Eric Garcetti, meant to draw attention to labor issue. 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.

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More Writers Object To Amazon Policies

Media Law Prof Blog

A number of German writers have now joined the chorus protesting Amazon''s policy promoting e-books, alleging that the online retailing giant delays or fails to promote the products of those authors whose publishers do not agree to Amazon''s pricing policies

Chinese Government Delays Writer's Trial

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The National Campaign reports that the Chinese government is putting off the trial of writer Tragyal; the writer has criticized the government's policies toward Tibet. Via Jurist

London Calling For Outsourced Writing

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With the WGA strike two weeks old tonight, the demand for quality writers (or near-acceptable substitutes) is getting acute. The Guild only has jurisdiction in the US; making Canadian or UK writers a potential writing resource during the strike.

London Calling For Outsourced Writing

DealFatigue

With the WGA strike two weeks old tonight, the demand for quality writers (or near-acceptable substitutes) is getting acute. The Guild only has jurisdiction in the US; making Canadian or UK writers a potential writing resource during the strike.

London Calling For Outsourced Writing

DealFatigue

With the WGA strike two weeks old tonight, the demand for quality writers (or near-acceptable substitutes) is getting acute. The Guild only has jurisdiction in the US; making Canadian or UK writers a potential writing resource during the strike.

Writer claims agents stole TV show ideas

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A TV writer named Brian Everett is suing Endeavor (now WME) alleging that the short-lived 2008 CBS show "Welcome to the Captain" infringed. By Eriq Gardner Hollywood studios get sued all the time for idea theft. But a talent agency?

Judge Rejects Lawsuit Alleging Fox's 'New Girl' Was Stolen from Two Writers

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After two years of fighting, Fox, WME, Peter Chernin and showrunner Elizabeth Meriwether fend off copyright claims. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Television Business THR Online New Girl

National Security and South Korean Writers

Media Law Prof Blog

From the New York Times: South Korea's national security law and its application to writers, particularly satirists

Results of Writers Guild 'Pattern of Demands' Vote Still Unknown

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Balloting closed Jan. 24 on the wide-ranging outline of negotiating priorities, but the guild has not yet announced the results of the vote. Details: The Hollywood Reporter. _. Watch for my new book “Hollywood on Strike!,” due out this 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.

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Chinua Achebe, Nigerian Writer, Dies at 82 - NYTimes.com

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He was a great writer. Chinua Achebe, Nigerian Writer, Dies at 82 - NYTimes.comThings Fall Apart and Arrow of God deeply impacted me while in college and afterwards.

Conservative writer and former Reagan speechwriter Peggy Noonan describes Trump perfectly.

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Universal Loses Bid to Toss Lawsuit Claiming 'The Purge' Was Stolen from Writer

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A judge finds the allegation that Douglas Jordan-Benel's 'Settler's Day' was infringed to be plausibly supported at this stage. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Movies Business THR Online