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No one can deny that, over the last decade, Spain has taken the fight against Sports’ doping networks very seriously. In 2006 and 2013, two demanding laws for the health protection of federated sportsmen and the prosecution...more
Schwarzenegger Sues Over Publicity Rights -
The Governator has filed a $10 million suit alleging that Nevada-based Arnold Nutrition Group “brazenly stole and exploited” his likeness to market its products in...more
When I read about one of the recent “right of publicity” cases, I thought back to the Eighties and “Who Shot JR?” This is because Mary Crosby, as the character Kristin Shepard, was the one who shot JR in 1980 on the widely...more
California gives you the right to profit from your own identity. But what if you assume somebody else’s?
Rick Ross is famous for rapping about cocaine. Ricky D. Ross is famous for selling it. Ross (the cocaine...more
Table of Contents:
- DiTocco v. Riordan -
Second Circuit affirms district court’s dismissal of plaintiffs’ copyright claims, holding that defendants’ Percy Jackson book series was not substantially similar to...more
The question of whether Ontario law recognizes a tort cause of action for invasion/breach of privacy has long been a contentious one - but it has finally been definitively settled in the affirmative. The Ontario Court of...more
In This Issue:
Supreme Court Strikes Down Law Prohibiting Sale of Violent Video Games to Minors; The Hurt Locker; and In Re NCAA Student-Athlete Name.
Supreme Court Strikes Down Law Prohibiting Sale of Violent Video...more
Table of Contents
•Smith v. Summit Entertainment LLC
•Armstrong v. NBC Universal, Inc.
Smith v. Summit Entertainment LLC, USDC ND Ohio, June 6, 2011
•District Court refuses to dismiss copyright owner’s claims for (1)...more
Closely watched class action lawsuits by former student athletes against the National Collegiate Athletic Association “NCAA”), its licensing arm, the Collegiate Licensing company (“CLC”), and the popular video game maker,...more
The Ontario Superior Court of Justice recently confirmed, in emphatic an unambiguous terms, that Ontario law does not recognize a common law tort of "invasion of privacy". In Jones v. Tsige, 2011 ONSC 1475, Whitaker J. framed...more
How much can real people be fictionalized in the movies? Two recent films make that point — The Social Network and All Good Things. Though these movies often blend truth and fiction, the legal implications that can result are...more
Eriq Gardner has published a simply excellent article in the ABA Journal: "What's In a Name?" explores the history, caselaw and controversies surrounding US "right of publicity" law.
Publicity rights battles are growing...more
Diane Krausz has posted a valuable item: Whose Life is it Anyway? Clearance of Life Story Rights in Film. The article is particularly interesting for her concise provision of this heuristic, which I think nicely articulates...more
ESPN, Inc. put legendary boxing promoter Don King down for the count this summer when a Florida appellate court upheld summary judgment in favor of the sports media giant on King's defamation claims in Don King Productions,...more
Last week Manatt lawyers filed an opening brief in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on behalf of football legend Jim Brown. This opening salvo in Brown’s appeal was widely reported, including coverage in the New York Times...more
In This Bulletin:
*California's Amended Right of Publicity Statute (California Civil Code Section 3344.1)
*Ethical Limits on Investigations in IP Litigation
Please see full bulletin for more...more
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