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You Want Me To Do WHAT?! The Nudity Rider In Film And TV Projects

When we have our monthly strategy meetings with our marketing consultants about how we can generate traffic for this blog, they usually furrow their brows and ask if we can’t make our topics a little “sexier” in order to...more

Casino AML Compliance Update: Las Vegas Sands Corp. Places Macau Casino Junkets Under Increased Scrutiny.

On April 4, 2014, Bloomberg reported that the Las Vegas Sands Corp. (“Sands”) has increased its scrutiny of casino junket operators in Macau. The decision comes as casinos seek to meet the increased demands of federal...more

Duffey v. Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp.

Duffey v. Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp. - USDC S.D.N.Y., March 27, 2014 - District court dismisses false endorsement and breach of contract suit brought by actor in film Office Space, finding that actor had...more

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

Optioning Film Or TV Rights In A Book – A Checklist

As Torontonians know, we are in the midst of a mayoral election campaign; in all the excitement surrounding the candidate debates, it may have slipped into the rearview mirror that last month it was announced that the film...more

I’m Ready For My Close-Up: SEC Puts The Focus On Moviemaker Over Hostile Takeover Maneuvers

In a story right out of the movies, complete with “poison pills” and “white squires,” the SEC announced on March 13, 2014 that motion picture company Lions Gate Entertainment Corporation settled charges that it failed to...more

Bracketology 101 – A Look Ahead at Legal Issues that May Change the Face of the Final Four

This year’s NCAA Division I Basketball Tournament may be the last of its kind. This post explores some of the brewing legal issues that may force big changes to future “Final Fours,” and in turn, the legal rights and...more

GB: POC Bill – new FAQs issued by the Commission as the Bill reaches its final stages of the Parliamentary process

The Gambling (Licencing and Advertising) Bill (“Bill“) receives its Third Reading in the House of Lords, the upper chamber of the British Parliament today. It has always been envisaged that following the Third Reading, the...more

Ninth Circuit Makes Bad Copyright Law from Bad Facts

In a decision that is already being criticized as “horrific” and “judicial activism,” the Ninth Circuit created copyright protection for an acting performance in a short film for which the actress read from a script and was...more

Expanding Smart: Is Franchising Right For Your Restaurant Concept?

The franchise model can offer restaurateurs plenty of upside, which is precisely why franchise restaurants blanket the country. As growth vehicles go, however, franchising works better for some concepts than for others. Is...more

Ownership Of Competitive Franchise Systems: Risks And Rewards

Franchise systems have been, and continue to be, sought-after investment and acquisition targets. As a result of this, the demand for ownership of franchise systems often exceeds supply. In fact, there has been almost a...more

Model Behavior? Brands Beware - U.S. Legal Changes Impact Use of Brand Ambassadors

Due to a recent increase in wage and hour claims in the entertainment industries, U.S. brands using models and spokespeople for their ads and marketing campaigns need to be conscious of how they treat talent who are not...more

Purple Haze Lifted by Ninth Circuit Regarding Jimi Hendrix’s Post-Mortem Publicity Rights

In Experience Hendrix L.L.C. v. HendrixLicensing.com LTD, Nos. 11–35858, 11–35872 (9th Cir. Jan. 29, 2014), the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the constitutionality of Washington State’s Personality Rights Act (WPRA),...more

"Chain" versus "Independent" A View from an Operator of Independent Hotels

In recent years, the topic of "brand versus independent" has become increasingly popular. Every industry conference has a panel titled the same, numerous articles - and blogs - are being written on the topic by every...more

Three Point Shot, March 2014

D'oh! Simpsons Voice Actor Scores Big Win in Baseball Character Suit Popcorn, peanuts, character and voice rights in one jam-packed action for declaratory relief! Thank you for joining us on this sunny day at...more

Prize Promotions Across the World (Global)

Prize promotions are an effective and increasingly popular marketing tool used globally for attracting customers. The internet and various social media platforms make this an attractive, cost efficient means of reaching a...more

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

What Do You Get When You Cross March Madness With Insurance?

A chance to win one billion dollars. Quicken Loans and Berkshire Hathaway recently announced that they are teaming up to award one billion dollars to be shared by persons who correctly predict the winners of every game in...more

The First Rule of Bieber Parties: Can You Talk About Bieber Parties?

Although 2014 has thrust Justin Bieber into the legal spotlight for a variety of reasons, the most interesting Beiber-related legal question surrounds a party he threw at his California home in November, 2013. While the party...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

Massachusetts Tax Developments - A Reed Smith Quarterly Update (4th Quarter 2013)

Welcome to the latest Reed Smith Massachusetts State Tax Quarterly Update. In this update, we’ll take a look back to the developments from the last quarter of 2013, and look ahead to some percolating issues at the Appellate...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

Four Casino Resort Licenses on the Table in Upstate New York – Time to Place Your Bets

As New York State prepares to issue four new gaming licenses, this alert takes a closer look at the details involved in the application requirements, bidding process, fees and approval considerations for prospective...more

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