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Nine Thoughts On The Ninth Circuit’s “Innocence of Muslims” Copyright Decision

By now, you’ve probably heard the agonized shrieks of your friendly neighborhood copyright lawyer, decrying the Ninth Circuit’s opinion Garcia v. Google. If you haven’t had the time or inclination to read the opinion, here is...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

How the New California Laws Will Impact Your Business in 2014 and Beyond, Part 1: Wage and Hour Legislation

In 2013, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law approximately 9 out of 10 bills presented to him. This three-part blog series summarizes the new legislation and captures the key employment law related bills that are likely to...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

California Court Rules that D&O Insurer Not Obligated to Reimburse Screen Actors Guild for Underlying Attorneys’ Fee Award

In Screen Actors Guild Inc. v. Federal Insurance Company, et al., 2013 WL 3525273 (C.D. Cal. July 11, 2013), the United States District Court for the Central District of California held that Federal Insurance Company...more

TC's inside IP - Summer 2013: Dish Network’s Ad-Skipping Hopper DVR Leaps Over Fox’s Injunction Request

The 9th Circuit agrees: Fox cannot stop the Hopper…for now. At stake is the future of how we watch TV: whether DVRs can automatically remove commercials from network shows. Dish Network says yes; Fox says no. While standard...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

Gaming Legal News - July 17, 2013 • Volume 6, Number 15

In This Issue: ENFORCEABILITY OF IGAMING DEBTS IN ONTARIO: As previously reported in Gaming Legal News, in October 2010 the Ontario Superior Court of Justice (Divisional Court) ruled in the case of Bérubé v....more

Your Band is Your Business

Often overlooked with the emerging entrepreneurial spirit amongst musicians, are the mundane (but necessary) legal matters associated with managing their own career. Remember, your band is your business. Treating it like your...more

Game Developer’s Conduct Justified Granting Publisher a Permanent Royalty-Free License

On April 9, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit issued an order upholding an arbitration award against a video game developer and granting a publisher a perpetual license in the developer’s game due to the...more

US v. Pokerstars, et. al. (Lederer)

STIPULATION AND ORDER OF SETTLEMENT IN REGARD TO HOWARD LEDERER

STIPULATION AND ORDER OF SETTLEMENT IN REGARD TO HOWARD LEDERER [SDNY Court Clerk Summary]: IT IS HEREBY STIPULATED, ORDERED AND AGREED, by and between Plaintiff United States of America, by its attorney Preet Bharara,...more

IP/Entertainment Law Weekly Case Update for Motion Picture Studios and Television Networks -- December 12, 2012

In This Issue: Celador Int’l Inc. v. American Broadcasting Companies, Inc., USCA Ninth Circuit, December 3, 2012 (unpublished opinion): Ninth Circuit upholds $269 million jury award against ABC and other Disney...more

US v. Pokerstars, et. al. (Rafael Furst)

STIPULATION AND ORDER OF SETTLEMENT IN REGARD TO RAFAEL FURST AND TELAMONIAN AJAX TRUST

STIPULATION AND ORDER OF SETTLEMENT IN REGARD TO RAFAEL FURST AND TELAMONIAN AJAX TRUST [SDNY CourtClerk Summary]: The Claimants agree to forfeit to the United States all funds in the Trust Account (the "Trust Account...more

IP/Entertainment Law Weekly Case Update for Motion Picture Studios and Television Networks -- November 16, 2012

Table of Contents: Muller v. Anderson, USCA Second Circuit, November 8, 2012 (unpublished opinion) - Circuit court affirms summary judgment in favor of producers and creators of motion picture Alien v. Predator,...more

Is A Race Entry a Contract?

Originally published in Runner's World on November 6, 2012. As do most races, the New York City Marathon has a stated policy that registrants are not due refunds, even in the event of cancellation. While runners wait to...more

Weekly Law Resume - October 18, 2012: Tolling Agreements vs. Statute of Limitations Waivers

Don Johnson Productions, Inc. v. Rysher Entertainment California Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District Code of Civil Procedure Section 360.5 allows parties to waive the statute of limitations if the parties follow...more

Exhibition's (Movie Theater) Contract In Release of Motion Picture

Exhibitors play a rather instrumental role in bringing to audiences a movie and fulfilling financial and artistic aspirations of makers of a motion picture. Nonetheless, much is discussed about making movies and the legal...more

IP/Entertainment Law Weekly Case Update for Motion Picture Studios and Television Networks -- October 10, 2012

Table of Contents: - Mena v. Fox Entertainment Group District court grants defendants’ motion to dismiss plaintiff’s copyright-infringement action, finding no substantial similarity between plaintiff’s copyrighted...more

Wrongful Termination Claim Too Desperate for Ex-Desperate Housewives Star

A California appellate court recently rejected an attempt by Desperate Housewives star, Nicollette Sheridan, to sue for wrongful termination in violation of public policy when Touchstone failed to renew her contract past...more

IP/Entertainment Law Weekly Case Update for Motion Picture Studios and Television Networks -- August 9, 2012

Table of Contents: - Flava Works, Inc. v. Gunter: Seventh Circuit vacates preliminary injunction against social bookmarking site myVidster, finding that plaintiff Flava Works was not likely to succeed on its claim...more

Toeing the Line: Ohio’s Internet Sweepstakes Cafes

Internet Sweepstakes Cafés have been active throughout Ohio since 2010. These establishments offer customers the opportunity to play slot-style computer games online. Potential winnings include more Internet time and...more

Department of Justice Enters Historic Agreement with Poker Stars, Full Tilt Poker

Full Tilt Poker, Poker Stars, and the U.S. Department of Justice announced today that Poker Stars will acquire Full Tilt Poker’s assets in a transaction that ends the DOJ’s civil forfeiture case against Full Tilt. Both Full...more

Re-Employed After 2 Weeks, Employee Gets 6 Months: Mitigation did not Apply to Contractual Notice Clause

The Ontario Court of Appeal has held that an employee who found a new job after two weeks was entitled to the full six months’ pay in lieu of notice under his written employment contract because the principle of “mitigation”...more

Recapturing Copyrights: How the Village People’s Policeman Laid Down the Law

Thousands of musicians dream about the moment they will ink their first record deal. For the lucky few who break into the music industry, they are quickly ushered back to reality when, at the time of their “big break,” they...more

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