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UK: Freedom of Speech - Unnamed artist to appeal publishing injunction in the Supreme Court

On 9 December a well-known British performing artist was granted permission to take his case to the Supreme Court, where he will appeal the Court of Appeal’s decision in OPO v MLA & STL, reported here in October 2014....more

Midwest Gaming Win Reinforces Division Between Police and Taxing Powers

In United States v. Doremus, 249 U.S. 86 (1919) the Supreme Court held that a tax law “may not be declared unconstitutional, because its effect may be to accomplish another purpose as well as the raising of revenue.” That...more

Protecting High Profile Reputations - Brownstein's $19 Million Verdict Stands After Appeal

In the modern age of the Internet where “news”—whether or not it’s true—spreads worldwide in an instant, high-profile corporate and individual reputations are under attack every day from business adversaries, disgruntled...more

Musicians in the theatre production ‘War Horse’ lose their legal bid

Musicians employed by the National Theatre in its production of War Horse at the New London Theatre have been refused their application for an interim injunction, or alternatively specific performance, to require the National...more

Minden Pictures, Inc. v. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Minden Pictures, Inc. v. John Wiley & Sons, Inc. - USDC, N.D. Cal., April 29, 2014: California district court holds that dismissal of copyright action for lack of statutory standing did not divest the court of...more

World IP Day “Movie – A Global Passion” / Fair compensation for authors of movies

Next 26 April – as every year – the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) celebrates the World IP Day. 26 April is the day on which the WIPO Convention came into force in 1970 and it has become an opportunity for...more

Tarantino’s “Hateful” Revenge: Director Pursues Copyright Claim Over Hyperlink To Leaked Script

Quentin Tarantino probably wasn’t offended when the Hollywood gossip website Defamer, owned by Gawker Media LLC, compared him to a petulant child and accused him of throwing a “temper tantrum.” After all, the colorful...more

Garcia v. Google, Inc. - USCA Ninth Circuit, February 26, 2014

Garcia v. Google, Inc. - USCA Ninth Circuit, February 26, 2014 - In Depth - Ninth Circuit panel rules that Google must remove Innocence of Muslims video from YouTube, concluding that plaintiff actress,...more

Ninth Circuit Recognizes Copyright Interest in Actor’s Performance in Response to Fatwa to Justify Takedown of Video

The Ninth Circuit became the first federal appellate court to hold that an actor has a copyright interest in her performance, holding that a district court abused its discretion in denying a motion for preliminary...more

Cherms v. Sony Online Entertainment LLC - California Superior Court, February 2014

Plaintiff sued Sony Online Entertainment, a publisher, developer, and seller of video games, for negligence and products liability, alleging that he suffered emotional distress as a result of his adult son’s addiction to...more

Parameters of CDA Immunity Being Tested by Appeals Court in Jones v. Dirty World Entertainment

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit is currently hearing an appeal of a district court decision, which if upheld would have enormous ramifications for freedom of speech and the online service provider safe harbor...more

Sweden: The Swedish Gambling Authority takes action against links to foreign based online gambling operators

The Swedish Gambling Authority has issued injunctions under the penalty of a fine of SEK 45,000 per day against the Swedish newspapers Aftonbladet and Expressen, claiming that the newspapers’ links to foreign based gambling...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

Divided Appeals Court Overturns N.J. Sports Betting Law: Is Supreme Court Next Stop?

Today the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit affirmed a district court decision from New Jersey invalidating New Jersey’s sports betting law. The decision marks a setback in New Jersey’s efforts to implement sports...more

IP/Entertainment Law Weekly Case Update for Motion Picture Studios and Television Networks -- July 12, 2013

Sony BMG Music Entertainment v. Tenenbaum, USCA, First Circuit, June 25, 2013 - First Circuit affirms judgment in favor of recording companies, holding that statutory damage award of $675,000 for willfully infringing...more

I Am… Other — How Trademark Owners Can Avoid Declaratory Judgments Actions

Singer-songwriter Pharrell Williams recently filed a declaratory judgment suit in the Southern District of New York against will.i.am of the music group The Black Eyed Peas. will.i.am owns the trademarks I AM and WILL.I.AM...more

Copyright Infringement Damages Upheld in File Sharing Case

The Tenebaum copyright infringement file sharing case, about which we first reported in an earlier blog, reached another milestone this week when the First Circuit upheld the jury’s $675, 000 damages award. Tenenbaum had been...more

IP/Entertainment Law Weekly Case Update for Motion Picture Studios and Television Networks -- June 6, 2013

Fortres Grand Corp. v. Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc., U.S.D.C., N.D. Indiana, May 16, 2013 - District court dismisses computer software company’s trademark claims against Warner Bros. based on references in Batman...more

IP/Entertainment Law Weekly Case Update for Motion Picture Studios and Television Networks -- May 31, 2013

Hart v. Electronic Arts, Inc., U.S.C.A., Third Circuit, May 21, 2013 - Third Circuit reverses district court’s grant of summary judgment dismissing claim of plaintiff, former college football player, for violating his...more

Va. Court Declines to Decide Status of Poker Under State’s Gambling Law

On February 28, 2013, the Virginia Supreme Court issued an opinion in which it declined to address the legality of playing poker in the state but left open the possibility for the issue to be decided in a future case. ...more

Will the Supreme Court Review Copyright Damages in Music Downloading Case?

Like Joel Tenenbaum, who has been discussed in prior entries in this blog, Jammie Thomas-Rasset has conducted a long-running battle with the recording industry over how much damages she should pay for her downloading...more

IP/Entertainment Law Weekly Case Update for Motion Picture Studios and Television Networks -- November 21, 2012

Table of Contents: Alexander v. Murdoch, USCA Second Circuit, November 14, 2012 - Second Circuit affirms dismissal of plaintiff’s copyright infringement and other claims against defendants, creators and producers...more

Music Law Weekly Case Update for Music Industry Executives -- September 13, 2012

Table of Contents: Capitol Records Inc. v. Thomas-Rasset - Circuit court reinstates $222,000 statutory damages award against defendant, individual, for willful infringement related to her downloading and making...more

Update: $675,000 Jury Verdict Against Music File-Sharer Upheld

As previously discussed on this blog, last year the First Circuit held that the jury verdict for $675,000 in statutory damages against graduate student and file sharer Joel Tenenbaum should not have been reduced to $67,500 by...more

Nat'l Collegiate Athletic Ass'n, et al. vs. Christie, Governor of New Jersey, et al.

Complaint for Declaratory & Injunctive Relief

The NCAA, NBA, NFL, NHL, and MLB have all filed suit against NJ Governor Chris Christie, alleging that New Jersey's law that opens the door to sports betting is preempted by federal law. ...more

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