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Wilson v. The Walt Disney Company - USDC, N.D. California, April 16, 2015

In copyright infringement action concerning trailer for Disney’s blockbuster film Frozen court denied both parties’ motions for summary judgment, finding that plaintiff established genuine factual dispute as to Disney’s...more

4/27/2015 - Copyright Copyright Infringement Copyright Litigation Disney Evidence Film Industry Infringement Intellectual Property Litigation Movies Pixar Summary Judgment

Murakami-Wolf-Swenson, Inc. v. Cole - USDC, D. Oregon, March 18, 2015

District court holds defendants willfully infringed plaintiff’s copyright in animated film, finding defendants acted recklessly by manufacturing film without searching Copyright Office’s records, and by concluding that film...more

3/27/2015 - Animation Copyright Copyright Infringement Movies Public Domain YouTube

Gerritsen v. Warner Bros. Entertainment - USDC, C.D. California, January 30, 2015

District court dismisses breach of contract and breach of guaranty claims against Warner Bros. based on Oscar-winning motion picture Gravity, holding that plaintiff Terry Gerritsen, author of novel by same name, failed to...more

2/13/2015 - Authorship Breach of Contract Movies Screenplays Warner Brothers Entertainment

Rhoads v. Margolis - Cal. App. 2d, January 26, 2015

In lawsuit brought by family of guitarist Randy Rhoads against writer and publisher of his biography, California appellate court affirms lower court denial of anti-SLAPP motion as it relates to family's breach of contract...more

2/6/2015 - Anti-SLAPP Assignments Breach of Contract Fraud Invasion of Privacy License Agreements Misappropriation Movies Publishers Randy Rhoads Right of Publicity Television Shows Unfair Competition

Valencia v. Universal City Studios LLC

USDC, N.D. Georgia, December 18, 2014 - District court dismisses all claims of hip-hop dancer Honey Rockwell, who alleged that films Honey and Honey 2 violated her privacy rights and trademark rights, holding that some...more

1/9/2015 - Common Law Torts Dismissals Film Industry First Amendment Lanham Act Movies Right to Privacy Statute of Limitations Trademarks

Briggs v. Blomkamp - USDC, N.D. Cal., October 3, 2014

Briggs v. Blomkamp - USDC, N.D. Cal., October 3, 2014 : District court grants summary judgment for screenwriter and film companies in copyright infringement case, finding that plaintiff author lacked any evidence of...more

10/17/2014 - Copyright Copyright Infringement Film Industry Movies Screenplays Summary Judgment

Dean v. Cameron -- USDC, S.D.N.Y., September 17, 2014

Dean v. Cameron - USDC, S.D.N.Y., September 17, 2014: Court dismisses artist’s copyright infringement suit against defendants, including James Cameron, involved in production and distribution of blockbuster feature...more

9/25/2014 - Copyright Copyright Infringement Dismissals Movies Paintings Sculptures and Engravings

Arrow Productions, LTD v. The Weinstein Company LLC

Arrow Productions, LTD v. The Weinstein Company LLC - USDC, S.D. New York, August 25, 2014: District court dismisses copyright and trademark infringement claims of copyright owner of 1972 pornographic film Deep Throat,...more

9/8/2014 - Copyright Copyright Infringement Fair Use Film Industry Infringement Movies Trademarks

Wilson v. The Walt Disney Co. - USDC, N.D. California, July 30, 2014

Wilson v. The Walt Disney Co. - USDC, N.D. California, July 30, 2014: Identifying numerous similarities, the court allowed the plaintiff filmmaker to pursue a claim that Disney’s teaser trailer for Frozen infringed on...more

8/8/2014 - Copyright Infringement Disney Film Industry Independent Films Infringement Movies

IP/Entertainment Law Weekly Case Update for Motion Picture Studios and Television Networks - January 27, 2014

Moore v. Lightstorm Entertainment, USDC, D. Maryland, January 17, 2014 - District court grants summary judgment dismissing screenwriter’s copyright infringement claims against producers of motion picture Avatar,...more

1/28/2014 - Anti-SLAPP Avatar Copyright Infringement Intellectual Property Litigation James Cameron Lindsay Lohan Motion Picture Industry Movies

IP/Entertainment Law Weekly Case Update for Motion Picture Studios and Television Networks -- October 10, 2013

United States v. Liu, USCA, Ninth Circuit, October 1, 2013 - Ninth Circuit panel vacates defendant’s convictions for criminal copyright infringement and trafficking in counterfeit labels, holding that district court...more

10/10/2013 - Copyright Counterfeiting Dish Network Fraudulent Concealment Infringement Jury Instructions Movies Preliminary Injunctions Television Broadcast Stations Television Commercials Trafficking

IP/Entertainment Law Weekly Case Update for Motion Picture Studios and Television Networks -- September 27, 2013

Capitol Records, LLC v. Vimeo, LLC, USDC, S.D.N.Y., September 18, 2013 - District court grants in part and denies in part video-sharing website’s summary judgment motion for safe harbor protection under the DMCA for...more

9/27/2013 - Copyright DMCA Entertainment Industry Infringement Motion Picture Industry Movies Networks Safe Harbors Television Broadcast Stations

IP/Entertainment Law Weekly Case Update for Motion Picture Studios and Television Networks -- August 9, 2013

Brown v. Electronic Arts, Inc., USCA, Ninth Circuit, July 31, 2013 - Ninth Circuit affirms dismissal of NFL great Jim Brown’s Lanham Act claim against video game developer Electronic Arts, Inc., concluding that Rogers...more

8/12/2013 - Electronic Arts Entertainment Industry First Amendment Football Lanham Act Motion Picture Industry Movies NFL Right of Publicity

IP/Entertainment Law Weekly Case Update for Motion Picture Studios and Television Networks -- August 1, 2013

Fox Broadcasting Co. v. Dish Network, USCA, Ninth Circuit, July 24, 2013 - Ninth Circuit affirms denial of preliminary injunction based on district court’s finding that Fox was unlikely to succeed on copyright...more

8/2/2013 - Copyright Copyright Infringement Entertainment Industry Fox Searchlight Pictures Motion Picture Industry Movies

IP/Entertainment Law Weekly Case Update for Motion Picture Studios and Television Networks -- July 25, 2013

American Broadcasting Cos., Inc. v. Aereo, Inc., USCA, Second Circuit, July 16, 2013 - Second Circuit denies petitions for en banc rehearing of ruling that Aereo’s streaming service does not infringe plaintiffs’...more

7/26/2013 - Aereo Broadcasting Copyright Copyright Infringement Entertainment Industry Internet Streaming Movies Public Performance Rights

IP/Entertainment Law Weekly Case Update for Motion Picture Studios and Television Networks -- July 18, 2013

Paramount Pictures Corporation v. International Media Films Inc., USDC, C.D. California, June 12, 2013 - In case involving competing chains of title to the ownership rights to the motion picture La Dolce Vita, district...more

7/19/2013 - Copyright Copyright Infringement Entertainment Industry Movies Ownership of Works

IP/Entertainment Law Weekly Case Update for Motion Picture Studios and Television Networks - May 10, 2013

Dunn v. DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc., California Court of Appeal, April 30, 2013 (unpublished opinion) - California Court of Appeal affirms judgment in favor of defendant DreamWorks Animation on plaintiff’s breach of...more

5/10/2013 - Breach of Contract Implied-In-Law Contracts Jury Instructions Jury Trial Movies Substantially Similar

IP/Entertainment Law Weekly Case Update for Motion Picture Studios and Television Networks -- March 28, 2013

In This Issue: - Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., U.S. Supreme Court, March 19, 2013: In a 6-to-3 decision with far-reaching implications, U.S. Supreme Court holds that copyright “first sale” doctrine...more

3/28/2013 - BitTorrent Copyright DC Comics Exports Fair Use First Sale Doctrine Grey Market Imports Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons Movies Peer-to-Peer SCOTUS Superman

IP/Entertainment Law Weekly Case Update for Motion Picture Studios and Television Networks -- March 14, 2013

In This Issue: - Gibson Guitar Corp. v. Viacom International, Inc., USDC C.D. California, March 8, 2013: District court grants Viacom’s motion to dismiss plaintiff’s Lanham Act and related state law claims for...more

3/14/2013 - Attorney's Fees Copyright Fiduciary Duty Joint Venture Lanham Act Movies Music Statute of Limitations Trademarks Viacom

IP/Entertainment Law Weekly Case Update for Motion Picture Studios and Television Networks -- January 10, 2013

Table of Contents: - Harney v. Sony Pictures Television, USCA First Circuit, January 7, 2013: Circuit court affirms summary judgment in favor of defendants, on plaintiff photographer’s copyright infringement claim,...more

1/12/2013 - Copyright Infringement Movies Photographs Scripts Summary Judgment Sylvester Stallone

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