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Five Tips for Film Distributors and Other Licensees

The United States Copyright Act does not discriminate between two or more joint infringers, even if one infringer is found to be more “blameworthy”. As a result, distributors of copyrighted works must take special care to...more

IP/Entertainment Law Weekly Case Update for Motion Picture Studios and Television Networks -- February, 10 2013: Baldwin v. EMI...

District court holds that EMI owns copyright to “Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town” until 2029, finding that grantors’ termination attempts were invalid for failure to record termination with Copyright Office under 1976 Act. ...more

IP/Entertainment Law Weekly Case Update for Motion Picture Studios and Television Networks -- January 31, 2014: Fox Broadcasting...

Ninth Circuit issues amended opinion affirming denial of plaintiff broadcasting companies’ motion for preliminary injunction against Dish Network over Dish Network’s network television recording product, finding that...more

IP/Entertainment Law Weekly Case Update for Motion Picture Studios and Television Networks -- January 31, 2014: Atlantique...

French television production company Atlantique Productions, S.A. sued ION Media Networks, Inc. for breach of contract, and related claims, based on negotiations regarding U.S. television distribution of the internationally...more

The Bill Graham Show Goes On … and On - Graham-Sult v. Clainos

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit concluded that the federal district court erred in dismissing claims for copyright infringement, conversion and declaratory relief brought by the sons of the late concert...more

Recent New Jersey Case Highlights Several Aspects of the Corporate Attorney-Client Privilege

In Hedden v. Kean University, the New Jersey Appellate Division ruled that an email sent by the University’s women’s basketball coach to the school’s in-house counsel was privileged even though a copy also was sent to the...more

Huff Fund Inv. P’ship v. CKx, Inc., C.A. No. 6844 (Del. Ch. Nov. 1, 2013) (Glasscock, V.C.)

In this post-trial memorandum opinion, Vice Chancellor Glasscock conducted an appraisal proceeding in which he found that the price paid in the acquisition of CKx, Inc. (CKx or the “Company”) by Apollo Global Management was a...more

Lance Armstrong Confession Injects New Life Into Insurance-Related Arbitration Dispute

Here is a cautionary tale for insurers with respect to the enforceability of settlement agreements. SCA Promotions, Inc. (SCA), a Dallas-based company that offers prize indemnification insurance to athletes, has been...more

VLT penalties’ saga: over only for someone…

We previously reported that Italian videolottery operators had been offered with the option to settle the massive fines issued against them through the payment of 20% of their value. The term for the payment expired and it...more

Gaming Legal News - October 2013 • Volume 6, Number 23

In This Issue: - WAR GAMES IN WISCONSIN (2013 STYLE): Wisconsin is home to 11 recognized Indian tribes. It is a fact that 11 tribes will not unanimously agree on all issues. It also is a fact that not all issues...more

UK: Court of Appeal rules that PRS agreement covers in future assigned works

The Court of Appeal (the Court) recently ruled that a clause in a PRS agreement with two composers, which transferred future rights in works which a composer “may acquire or own” would work to give PRS rights over future...more

Talent Agencies Act: Entertainment Lawyers Not Laughing

Entertainment litigators routinely use the Talent Agencies Act, California Labor Code 1700 to their advantage. The Act is used to void compensation contracts between artists and various representatives. For, the first an...more

IP/Entertainment Law Weekly Case Update for Motion Picture Studios and Television Networks -- October 4, 2013

Dash v. Mayweather, USCA, Fourth Circuit, September 26, 2013 - In copyright infringement action arising from unauthorized use of musical work during televised wrestling events, Fourth Circuit affirms grant of summary...more

What Is Preliminary Relief in CA?

Plaintiffs are often confronted with the dilemma of prolonged litigation vis-a-vis losing their business to trademark infringement, competition, etc. Preliminary relief in some instances, along with other litigation tactics,...more

IP Update, Vol. 16, No. 8, August 2013

President Disapproves ITC Exclusion Order - For the first time since the administration of President Ronald Reagan, an exclusion order issued by the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) has been disapproved by the...more

New Jersey Changes its Playbook On Appeal to Third Circuit

On June 26, 2013, a three judge panel of the Third Circuit heard oral argument in National Collegiate Athletic Association, et al. v. Governor of New Jersey, et al. The NCAA and the North American professional sports leagues...more

IP/Entertainment Law Weekly Case Update for Motion Picture Studios and Television Networks -- August 16, 2013

Marvel Worldwide, Inc. v. Kirby, USCA Second Circuit, August 8, 2013 - Second Circuit affirms grant of summary judgment in favor of plaintiffs, comic book publishers, and against defendants, heirs of renowned comic...more

Dang v. San Francisco Forty Niners - Consumers can challenge Reebok's exclusive NFL apparel deal based just on a market of...

On August 2, 2013, District Judge Edward J. Davila denied a motion to dismiss antitrust claims brought by consumers of NFL apparel against Reebok and the NFL in Dang v. San Francisco Forty Niners, Case No. 5:12-CV-5481 (N.D....more

Marvel Characters, Inc. v. Kirby

US Court of Appeal (2nd Cir.) Opinion Affirming in Part, Reversing in Part re works "made for hire"

Before: CABRANES, SACK, and CARNEY, Circuit Judges. Appeal by the defendants-counter-claimants from a judgment of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York (Colleen McMahon, Judge) granting...more

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

Insurance Recovery Law -- Jul 26, 2013

Three Wins and A New Rule - In this edition of the Manatt newsletter, we take a look at several new cases that examine an array of important insurance issues. First, though, we report an important victory for...more

Leave It to Hollywood: No D&O Insurance Coverage for Failure to Pay Leave It to Beaver Television Royalties

On July 11, 2013, the Central District of California held that a liability insurer is not required to reimburse its insured for costs arising out of a breach of contract class action claim....more

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

Super Bowl Ticketholders Denied Bid for Class Certification

A group of Super Bowl XLV ticketholders recently lost their bid in federal court in Texas for class certification of their lawsuit arising from problems with temporary seating at the event....more

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

Dillon v. NBCUniversal Media, LLC, USDC, C.D. California, June 18, 2013 - District court denies defendants’ motion to dismiss plaintiff’s claim for copyright infringement involving reality television series “Stars Earn...more

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