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Harlem Shake's Copyright Issues
Why Did Godzilla & James Bond Need Congress' Protection?
After Trademark Ruling, Yankees are Officially "The Evil Empire"
Jeff Ifrah on the Historic Legalization of Online Gaming in New Jersey
Wanting Him to Stay Home, HS Running Back’s Mom Takes Letter of Intent to Lawyer
New Happy Birthday Song, Copyright-Free
NHL's Lawyer: Lockouts Are 'Necessary' Weapons
"A Great Day for New Jersey" - On Governor Christie's Move to Bring Online Gaming to NJ
Legal Fallout of an Armstrong Confession
Lance's Lawyer: Armstrong Didn't Betray Me
Lance's Lawyer: Armstrong Didn't Betray Me: Video
Jennifer Abril on The Story of Fragrances
Filmmaker's Lawyer Asserts Privilege to Oppose NYC Subpoena
Jeff Rosenblum on The Naked Brand
California Enacts “Student-Athletes Bill of Rights” For Collegiate Athletics
Jeff Ifrah on Historic DOJ/Poker Stars/Full Tilt Deal
Tom Cruise's Divorce Lawyer: Money Motivates Quick Settlements
Freeh Report Reveals Paterno & Penn State Officials Covered Up Sandusky Sexual Abuse—Joe Bahgat
Breaking Down the NFL Concussion Class Action and the Players’ “Warrior Mentality”—Eliot Wagonheim
Roger Clemens Perjury Re-Trial Begins, Will He End Up In Jail? — Joe Bahgat
As my diehard readers (maybe reader? Hi Mom! (Just kidding, I’m pretty sure even she doesn’t read these)) will remember, I blogged about pending litigation between former college athletes and the NCAA regarding whether...more
In This Issue:
- Stacy Allen Speaks:
Right of Publicity: Advantage Athletes - Recent court decisions regarding unlicensed likenesses of celebrities in programs, products or video games represent a disturbing...more
Here at Law Law Land, there are a few pearls of wisdom we like to repeat — perhaps to a fault — just because they are so helpful and right. Copyright law doesn’t protect ideas, only the expressions of ideas. Being legally...more
On any given week, most of us are asked to sign at least one or two releases of liability for various sporting and recreational events. The Missouri Court of Appeals for the Eastern District recently held those releases may...more
In keeping with tradition, and gambling that there won't actually be any significant entertainment/media law occurrences between now and January 1, 2013 (which is probably a pretty safe bet), we offer our humble thoughts on...more
A beauty queen who said the Miss USA contest was fixed must pay the pageant $5 million for defamation.
Miss Pennsylvania USA, Sheena Monnin, said on Facebook and on the “Today” show that the five Miss USA finalists were...more
George Zimmerman’s legal team said in October that they planned to sue NBC over its airing of an edited version of the call he made to 911 after shooting and killing unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin. And on Dec. 6, they made...more
Today we bring you Part Two of an article authored by our partner Ms. Emily Bayton and published by Law360 on October 16, 2012...
As an intellectual property lawyer and avid sports fan, I’m always interested in a case...more
Picture a sexy young bride, reclining sensuously on the nuptial bed. Smiling seductively, she lifts her wedding dress — a stretch white mini — to give her new husband a glimpse of the lingerie covering her private parts....more
The right of publicity — the legal doctrine that protects the right of celebrities to control and profit from their names, likenesses, and other aspects of their identities — is a familiar topic here at Law Law Land. But it...more
As any viewer of The Apprentice knows, Donald Trump likes to be the one to say “you’re fired.” However, Miss Pennsylvania, Sheena Monnin, recently “fired” Trump and his Miss Universe Organization.
Monnin gave up her...more
After being barred from going after opposing quarterbacks in 2012, Jonathan Vilma is now going after the biggest bounty of them all — NFL Commissioner, Roger Goodell. Last week, Vilma sued Goodell for defamation based on...more
In This Issue:
- Paul Watler's Perspective
A Million to None in Texas Defamation Rulings — The same red-flag words may yield vastly different results in defamation litigation. Two recent Texas rulings serve as...more
Michael Jordan recently learned that his achievements on the basketball court do not translate into success in court when his opponent is the First Amendment.
In a ruling against Mr. Jordan, a federal judge in Chicago...more
By now, you may have heard that the defamation lawsuit brought against Barbara Walters in connection with her autobiography, Audition: A Memior, has been dismissed for insufficient merit. However, it brings up a few...more
Tarragon Theatre hasn’t announced next year’s season yet, but Michael Healey’s Proud won’t be part of it. And Healey has been making media circuit rounds, alleging libel chill as the reason why his...more
The case of The Oglio Entertainment Group, Inc. v. Hartford Casualty Ins. Co., 200 Cal. App. 4th 573 (2011), analyzes the distinction between copying an advertising idea and copying a product that is advertised in the context...more
The Selected Proceedings of the Manatt-sponsored Second
Annual Santa Clara Sports Law Symposium are now available
online. Click here (see article below) to read the proceedings.
The articles in the Selected...more
On Sept. 9, 2011, Judge Freda Wolfson of the United States District Court for the district of New Jersey issued a 67 page opinion that is not only the latest in a series of decisions involving Electronic Arts’ (EA) sports...more
My article "Chasing Reputation: The Argument for Differential Treatment of 'Public Figures' in Canadian Defamation Law" has been published in the Osgoode Hall Law Journal (citation: 48 OHLJ 595) and is now available online....more
In this issue: The Situation is Asked Not to Cover His Situation With Abercrombie Anymore; The Kardashian - Sears Marriage Causes the Girls to End Up in Court.
Excerpt from 'The Situation...':
Abercrombie & Fitch...more
In This Issue:
- Fore! What Is It Good For? (In New York, Absolutely Nothing)
- Super Bowl Song Owner Shuffles into Court
- The House Doesn’t Always Win, Especially When it Disregards IP Rights
In the interest of full disclosure, I have been a New York Giants fan since I was about three years old. I've lived in Washington, DC for almost twenty years, and the Redskins' off the field decision making and on the field...more
In This Issue:
Chip Babcock Communique'
Oh What a Tangled Web — Truth is the foundation of our justice system and certainly of defamation law, where truth or falsity is a central issue. But it is much more elusive on...more
Table of Contents
• ivi, Inc. v. Fisher Communications, Inc.
• Hayne v. The Innocence Project
ivi, Inc. v. Fisher Communications, Inc., USDC W.D. Washington, January 19, 2011
• Court grants defendant television...more
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