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

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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

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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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

The ABA Journal is Looking For A Legal Affairs Writer

Media Law

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.

'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

'Pirates of the Caribbean' Writer Sued For Commission By Former Manager

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Terry Rossio, whose other credits include 'The Lone Ranger' and 'Deja Vu,' allegedly owes two years' worth. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Movies Business THR Online Terry Rossio Pirates of the Caribbean 5

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

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

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?

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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

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

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

Warner Bros. Wraps 'Smallville' Lawsuit By Settling with Writers

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Miles Millar and Alfred Gough had claimed millions of dollars in damages over the way WBTV handled financials on the long-running Superman series. read more. The Business THR, Esq. Television Business

Judge: Writer Must Pay Fox $40,000 for Claiming 'Alien vs. Predator' Stole His Script

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Eriq Gardner In reaching a decision, judge says he wants to send a message to would-be plaintiffs about the real 'goals of the Copyright Act.' read more. THR, Esq. Movies Business

Writer Sues Fox Claiming 'Touch' Was Stolen From Book, Asks For Broadcast Halt

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Eriq Gardner Author of a mystical book says that show creator may have been given a copy through mutual acquaintance. Exec producer and star Kiefer Sutherland also sued read more. THR, Esq. Television Television Business Kiefer Sutherland Touch

CBS Sues Writer of NBC's 'The Firm' Claiming Show Was Stolen (Exclusive)

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Matthew Belloni A nasty legal fued has broken out over the upcoming TV series based on characters in John Grisham’s seminal legal thriller. read more. THR, Esq. Television Television The Firm

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Writers Guild Trying to Shut Down 'Bring It On: The Musical' (Exclusive)

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Jonathan Handel Citing the guild agreement’s “separated rights” provisions, the union is seeking to enjoin the new play and obtain damages on behalf of the screenwriter of the 2000 movie that began the franchise. read more. THR, Esq. The Business Movies Business Labor THR exclusive

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

Digital Media Law

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.

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

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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'Desperate Housewives' Trial: Nicollette Sheridan's Lawyer Calls Writer Testimony 'Devastating' to ABC

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Alex Ben Block Talking to reporters, Mark Baute also said testimony from witnesses for the network and Marc Cherry is "fantasy" and "delusion"; "they are all protecting the studio.” read more. THR, Esq. THR, Esq.

Television Writer/Producer Dies In Hawaii

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The AP and the Hollywood Reporter report that Aron Abrams, who has been associated with such shows as King of the Hill, Everybody Hates Chris, Grounded for Life, and 3d Rock from the Sun, has been found dead in his

'Fashion Police' Writers File Complaint Against Joan Rivers for Back Wages

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The filing with a California labor agency seeks $400,000 in back wages the writers say they are owed. writers last week seeking $1.1 A similar suit was filed by E! million read more. Entertainment THR, Esq. Television Comcast Joan Rivers

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.

'Fashion Police' Writers File $1 Million Wage Complaint

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They allege that they are hourly employees who are due overtime on the popular Joan Rivers-hosted E! series. read more. THR, Esq. Television Style Kelly Osbourne Business Joan Rivers

'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

'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

Strike: The Writers Guild, SAG, the Studios, and the Labor Disputes of 2007-2009

Media Law Prof Blog

The Writers Guild went on strike in 2007. Jonathan Handel, TroyGould & the Hollywood Reporter, has published Hollywood on Strike! Excerpts), Los Angeles, Hollywood Analytics (2011). Here is the abstract. The big issue: fees for programs released on new media

20 More Questions for Artists: Co-writing for Artist-Writers with Record Deals

Music Technology Policy

20 More Questions for Artists: Co-writing for Artist-Writers with Record Deals (Controlled Compositions, Pt. Videos : You will need to be sure that the co-writer agrees to whatever terms are in your record deal that cover the synchronization license for promo music videos that are in your recording agreement. If you are an artist signed to a recording agreement with a controlled compositions clause, you want to be sure that your co-writer accepts all the terms that apply to you.

What It Takes

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Aspiring producers/writers/creatives: dogged persistence, while Capraesque, is not in itself enough (woefully misplaced?) Film The Culture Writers development execution film business producing screenplay success twitter writing to execute. — Peter Kaufman (@Dealfatigue) February 7, 2015. 2 indie or not, to produce for the mass market, requires an understanding that the business of the art views the project as a commodity. — Peter Kaufman (@Dealfatigue) February 7, 2015.

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Starz Beats 'Power' Copyright Lawsuit

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A writer had claimed the series infringes on his rights in 'Tribulation of a Ghetto Kid.' read more. THR, Esq. Television Television THR Online

Disney Wins Dismissal of 'Zootopia' Copyright Lawsuit (For Now)

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Goldman, the writer of "Total Recall." At this point, a judge doesn't see enough similarity in work from Gary L. read more. THR, Esq. Business Movies Business THR Online

Disney Accused of Pillaging 'Pirates of the Caribbean' Concepts in New Copyright Suit

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The writers claim they created the first "funny" pirate and Disney copied the character for Johnny Depp's Jack Sparrow. read more. THR, Esq. Movies Movies THR Online

Canadian Writer’s Union Conducts a Little Direct Action–the Unmasked Remix

Music Technology Policy

Here’s where thing got confusing–nobody was wearing a mask, so naturally the writers were asked to leave.

Disney Seeks Dismissal of 'Zootopia' Copyright Lawsuit

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The studio tells a judge that its hit animated film is nothing like the one pitched by the writer of "Total Recall." read more. THR, Esq. Business Movies Business THR Online

Does Phone Call Equal Song Lyrics? Drake Sued by Ex As Co-Writer of Song

Current Trends

If a record label doesn’t have a fiduciary duty to an artist, do we really think that one songwriter would owe the highest duty of utmost care to a co-writer? Grammy nominee Drake has been sued by an ex-girlfriend who claims she co-wrote the hit song “Marvin’s Room” and is entitled to part ownership in the copyright in the song; copyright in the sound recording; and payment of songwriter royalties.

Does Phone Call Equal Song Lyrics? Drake Sued by Ex As Co-Writer of Song

Current Trends

If a record label doesn’t have a fiduciary duty to an artist, do we really think that one songwriter would owe the highest duty of utmost care to a co-writer? Grammy nominee Drake has been sued by an ex-girlfriend who claims she co-wrote the hit song “Marvin’s Room” and is entitled to part ownership in the copyright in the song; copyright in the sound recording; and payment of songwriter royalties.

'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

Judge Overturns Jury's Verdict That 'Jersey Boys' Is a Copyright Infringement

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After nearly a decade in court, a Nevada judge decides that producers, writers and the director of the hit musical fairly used an unpublished biography.

Thomas Gibson Mulls Lawsuit Over 'Criminal Minds' Firing as New Details Emerge

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The actor was terminated Friday after allegedly kicking writer-producer Virgil Williams during an on-set argument. read more. THR, Esq. Live Feed Television Television THR Online Criminal Minds

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